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Q. I have winter white, tall, high heel boots. I don’t know what to wear with them.

Q. I would like to know if I can wear white boots in winter. I recently move to South Carolina and people are more strict here about it than in Florida.

A. A little bit retro (think Twiggy’s mod look or Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots Are Made For Walking” look) and definitely statement-making, white boots are not the easiest style to wear, regardless of the time of year. However, if done correctly, this is a look that you can work, even in the winter and yes, even in South Carolina.

You can always go mod and wear a minidress with black or colored tights and your white boots. If you’re looking to work them into your daily wardrobe though, the key to wearing your boots now is to do it in a modern, updated way. Wear them with skinny jeans or black leggings and a cozy sweater for a relaxed, casual look. You can also try wearing them with a slim knee length skirt or dress. Whichever way you wear them, be prepared for fashion traditionalists to make a comment or two, especially in the winter, just wear them with confidence and feel good.

Here are some photos of celebs in white boots for inspiration:


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Q. I’m a 27 year old who recently moved from the rolling plains of Mississippi to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The weather of course is drastically different. I would like to wear skirts to work but some seem to look better with bare legs. I feel I’m too young to wear old lady panty-hose but don’t want my legs to freeze. I do wear tights but it all depends on the outfit. What are the age guidelines for hosiery? I don’t want to look too old or too young for my age.

A. Whether you choose opaque black or colored tights, textured hosiery or even sheers this season, hosiery has never been more stylish. You almost can’t go wrong with whatever legwear you choose. That being said, there are a few tips to remember:

1. When wearing nude hosiery, make sure it is an ultra sheer shade that matches your skin tone. The quickest road to “old lady” hosiery (as you put it) is to wear nudes that are too dark or light for your legs or are too opaque.

2. Don’t wear white tights unless you are 7 years old.

3. Though sheer colored hosiery is a trend this season, it is easier to wear tights during the day instead. Unless the rest of your outfit is very fashion forward, you risk looking dated (or older) with your sheers.

If you prefer to wear bare legs and the weather isn’t too cool, then by all means, go for it!

Q. I just want to say that your site is awsome! I was having a fashion crisis because I have this party to go to next week. I have this great pair of red heels and a flowy white skirt. Unfortunately, I have no idea what to wear on top. I really hope you could help me out on this for I have to impress a whole bunch of family and friends that I haven’t seen in years!

A. Thanks! We’re assuming that your white skirt is appropriate for the winter and not a lightweight remnant of your summer wardrobe. If so, we suggest pairing your skirt and red shoes with a pretty black sweater, skinny red belt and add an evening clutch to finish off the look. Now you’re dressed to impress! (click on each item for purchasing info)

Q. I will soon attend a dressy wedding for which a bought a knee-height black satin dress. Now I’m looking for a pair of proper shoes. One candidate is black suede high heel pumps with tiny gold lines on it, while the other is high heeled black patent. My best choice would have been black satin shoes, however can’t find them in nearby stores. Is it ok to wear suede shoes with a satin dress? And what color hosiery alternatives would you recommend other than black, considering i don’t wanna be “all-black”?

A. Black suede or patent would look lovely with your black satin dress. In fact, the mixture of textures adds richness to your look. Don’t feel boxed in by having to match fabrics and luster.

As for hosiery, a dressy wedding might not be the time to take a risk with a contrasting pair of hosiery when you are wearing black shoes and a black dress. Instead, why not opt for hosiery with a texture or pattern to help avoid the all-black look. A pair with subtle gold shimmer might work also. (see options below) For a holiday party or festive affair, you can have fun with your hosiery color and opt for a rich purple or a silvery gray (though not if your shoes have gold lines in them).

Q. I’m attending a Christmas party. I have a satin violet party dress with a cowl neck and is knee length. I’m 5’4”. What color and style shoe would you suggest?

Sounds pretty! Black and silver are your best shoe options for a purple party dress (so chic!).

Here are a few looks for you:
Q. I am attending a military ball. I have no idea what I should wear. I don’t want to be underdressed, but I also don’t want to look over dressed either. Also, I am a modest dresser. I like my dresses to have sleeves, basically. I am only 22, and the majority of modest dresses that I find look like they’re made for 50 year olds. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

A. You’re in luck! There are plenty of modest, yet stylish, dresses available this season, whether you are attending a military ball or a holiday soiree. Depending on your comfort level, the key to looking youthful is to show a little skin, whether it’s a scoop neck, some leg in the form of a shorter dress or even a sheer fabric that shows skin while still covering up. Also look for touches of metallic or sparkle that add stylish flair.

There’s no need to worry about being too overdressed or underdressed with these picks:

Q. My husband will be graduating this month from ASU, I have no idea what to wear I don’t even own a pair of jeans at the time. I’m 5ft tall and weigh about 106 pounds. Please give some ideas, the ceremony will be at 4:30pm. Thanks!

A. Skip the jeans and go for a chic day dress for your husband’s graduation. Not only will you be dressed appropriately, but you won’t have to worry about matching a top to a bottom - one-piece dressing is the ultimate in ease. Below are some selections that will flatter your petite figure, will be suitable for the Arizona weather, and will carry you from the 4:30 ceremony out to an evening of celebration. Finish off the look with a pair of chic pumps and you’re ready to go!

Q. I bought my first pair of black leggings and I’ve been looking for months for a short dress or a tunic that would look cute with a large belt and leggings. I’d like to spend less than $30-$40…Do you have any suggestions?

A. Belting a sweater dress or tunic and pairing it with leggings creates a look that feels relaxed and comfortable but looks neat and pulled together (not sloppy). The key is to look for tops that are slim fitting and long enough to cover the bumpy areas on your thighs. Wear knee high boots or ankle boots to complete the look. Here are a few options for you:

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