I originally purchased these earrings as a "go to" for casual to dress casual wear, but the gold is so shiny that I can add "dressy" to that mix, which expands the versatility. If you're looking for more of a muted gold look, these probably won't be for you, they're even shinier in person than in the stock photos. I love how they glisten when the light hits them, even in ambient lighting at restaurants. I agree with Bree's review that three strands would have been outstanding, but we'd have to buy another pair and have a jeweler tweak a length, which would be way out of my price point. Thank you for using lever backs instead of the inferior open shepherd's hooks that Macy's uses in many 14k earrings!