Style Watch

Aiming high

Three fashionable Bostonians demonstrate that modest necklines offer plenty of allure.

Tina Sutton


  • 23 / BRIGHTON

  • > While most students go for the latest trends, Kim thinks of fashion as an investment in her future. The Boston College economics major bought this mod (and modest) cocktail dress when in high school, supposing it would be appropriate for business-related evening functions. She was right.

  • > Opaque tights make Kim look taller and de-emphasize the short hemline. Her gray beaded necklace (from Anthropologie) also blends rather than stands out.

  • > Kim’s accessories are timeless: Ferragamo bowed pumps (bought on sale in Paris) and a YSL clutch that came with a matching tote (from a New York boutique).

  • Favorite Stores J.Crew, Club Monaco, Daniela Corte

Tina Sutton


  • 35 / BEACON HILL

  • > Fashion-savvy Roux-Langhoff understands the power of a not-so-little black dress (from Bettie Page). The elegant, close-fitting silhouette is a showcase for her lank shape. “This dress is magical because it erases all our little spare tire,” she says, crediting the quality of the fabric.

  • > As an industrial designer, Roux-Langhoff has an eye for form and function. She added the skinny cream belt to accentuate her waist, the cap-toe T-straps for classic refinement and ’50s style, and the two-tone turquoise bag for a necessary pop — it was the event’s color theme (all from DSW).

  • > Ladylike dresses were all over spring/summer runways, emphasizing a flirty femininity with a retro appeal. She captures that spirit with her elbow-length gloves (from iParty) and costume pearls (from So Good Jewelry).

  • Favorite Stores Bettie Page, T.J. Maxx, So Good Jewelry — “great jewelry on a little budget and so many styles that I can always have jewels matching with my clothes.”

Tina Sutton


  • 60-plus / BOSTON

  • > Plunging necklines aren’t the only way to get attention at a soiree. No one could miss Choucri in her tomato-red sheath (Harve Benard) and feminine ruffled knit jacket (from Lord & Taylor) that fluttered attractively as she walked.

  • > “Today happened to be my 1920s day,” joked the MIT political science professor describing her head-to-toe look. “It’s my daughter’s hat [from Talbots when she was a teenager]. She didn’t like it.” Adding panache is the chunky beaded choker, a gift from Choucri’s husband.

  • > A world traveler, the Egyptian-born Choucri considers both comfort and versatility when buying footwear, as in these stylish bowed, low-heeled pumps (from Bally).

  • Favorite Stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bally

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