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Q. I recently bought a long navy skirt from Anthropologie that I plan to pair with a tank and flower belt in the summer. I was surprised that at 5’2” I could pull this look off but the darting and flowiness of the skirt work on me. Plus, I plan to wear the belt at my natural waist to make my legs seem even longer. However, I am confused about what shoes to wear. I don’t want to pair it with flats because I am afraid that it would look dowdy. I am not sure that I should introduce gold or silver gladiators to the look either. Do you have any suggestions? Please note that I am a mom chasing around my 9-month-year old so I can’t really rock stilettos but I am open to a comfortable wedge or short heel.

A. One of this season’s top trends, the maxi skirt, looks great worn with platform sandals in the spring and summer. Whether you prefer a high wedge or one of the new “flatform” low wedge styles, here are some options to pair with your new skirt:


Q. I’m totally obsessed with the Versace skirt in this Elle Magazine feature. I haven’t been able to find anything like it in a more reasonable price range. Can you find/suggest similar pieces that cost less? It would be great to get the entire look!

A. I also love the way Joe Zee styled this high waisted front-vent skirt from Versace ($795 at - it’s the perfect mix of sophisticated chic (the pencil skirt), sex appeal (the corset) and casual (the military jacket). Paired with strappy python heels, it’s a great look that combines many of spring’s top trends. We styled a similar look for you using affordable pieces:


Q. I have such a hard time finding cropped pants/jeans that actually hug the calves a la Audrey Hepburn. Can you recommend any?

hepburn-pants-180.jpgA. Cropped skinny pants happen to be a big trend for spring, so it will be easier to find the pants you’re looking for. Try looking for heavier weight cropped leggings, skinny cropped trousers or legging jeans - these will hug your calves and give you the look you’re after. Below are some options to try.

Q. I want to buy a chic but classic little bag to wear for evenings out or to go to dinner. I’m willing to spend a few hundred dollars, but want to make sure whatever I buy won’t go out of style in a year. Can you recommend something?

A. Absolutely! Look no further than a classic Chanel-inspired quilted bag with a chain handle. Though the Chanel original costs a lot more than a few hundred dollars, there are plenty of gorgeous bags that “borrow” the look, from designers like Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff, that are well within your price range. Not only is this a classic bag you’ll wear for years, but it also happens to be incredibly “in” right now. Here are some beautiful options for you:


Q. I’m trying out a new look-bangs!-and I need some headband ideas! I don’t really know whether to go for a thin band or a thick band or a patterned band or a solid band…gah! I don’t even know what color would go with my hair (it’s a very vivid shade of blonde at the moment). Any suggestions?

A. I love a great headband, not only for its style, but also for practicality. The options are endless, whether you have bangs or not, or are blonde or brunette; there are thin and thick styles, plastic, metallic, jeweled and even scarf styles. There are no rules, so experiment with your favorite styles, wearing your bangs blunt or pushed to the side for a different look.

Our one recommendation? Avoid the hippie-influenced middle-of-the-forehead headband - this fleeting trend thankfully seems to be over. Instead, opt for a classic, feminine look like the celebrities below, each wearing a chic headband perfectly:


Here are some stylish headbands to consider:

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