To a Job Interview
Suit Up: Garcia says a "chic, modern take on the classic suit" is the way to go for first-round interviews and recommends an eye-catching yet tactful touch of flair. "It's refreshing to see a woman who can artfully weave her individuality into an otherwise safe ensemble," notes Garcia, adding that loud jewelry, wild patterns, and heavy embellishments should be avoided. Sorry, sequins.
When Out Shopping
Layer It Up: Wear jeans and a camisole, cardigan, and light jacket. "It allows you to adjust to the changing temperatures of each store and you can preview whatever outfits you try on with a different top or pants option, using the clothes you already own," Garcia writes.
On a First Date
Go Natural: Most men have conservative taste and don't react well to straight-off-the-runway ensembles, even if you do look ridic in those Fall 2010 leather thigh-highs. With a goal of being "effortlessly cool and sexy," opt for a simple tailored dress or a V-neck top paired with skinny jeans. "Nothing is more alluring to a man than a woman who looks good in her jeans," she writes.
For Brunch with the Girls
Get Some Breathing Room: "This is the time for a billowy maxi dress in a gorgeous floral print," she suggests. "You'll have plenty of room for post-brunch expansion." And opt for ballet flats or slouchy boots as you'll likely "want to take a stroll after all that girl talk."
To Jury Duty
Break Free: If you are eager to do your civic duty, keep your look simple and unobtrusive. But, if you have no desire to live out some Law & Order fantasy, you increase your changes of being excused "by dressing more suggestively, very eccentrically, or as if your outfit were laid out by your butler that morning," she says. "Make them wonder who the hell you are."
Get More: If you are still wondering what you should wear to a formal dinner, a gallery opening, a therapy session (yes, it matters), or a dreaded office party, Garcia's book has tips to get you through whatever fashion questions life throws your way.