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Q. I really like this year’s spring trend of printed denim, not all of them, but the ones with small and subtle prints. But the problem is, I am 30. On top of it, I am petite, I don’t look like 30, the most common thing I hear when I tell people my age is “you look so young!”…I hate it, so normally I stick to formals and mostly neutrals. So my question is, should I skip this trend? I don’t want to look like I am wearing my niece’s pants nor do I want people to faint on knowing I am 30.

A. Printed jeans are more wearable than you might think, and definitely not just for teenagers. The key is to choose a “sophisticated” pair and wear it with tailored separates and heels if you are petite. Try pairing yours with button downs, blazers, floaty blouses and dressy tees. For shoes, try a pump, wedge or strappy sandal. Here are a few looks to show how women over 30 can wear printed jeans.

Q. My office wardrobe feels so stale and uninspired lately. Now that summer is here, I feel like I should be wearing something more exciting - but I can’t really break dress code either. Are there any styles or pieces you can suggest that will shake things up without going overboard?

A. Corporate attire doesn’t always inspire a great deal of excitement, but with a few small tweaks here and there you can really change things up just enough to make your summer 9-to-5 more stylish. The key is to achieve a balance that addresses the sweltering temps outside and your no doubt brisk, air-conditioned office. Don’t shy away from bright colors that add a little pop to your practical neutrals, and embrace the simplicity of lightweight fabrics that keep you comfy all day long. Here are a few pieces that will seamlessly integrate into your work wardrobe.

summer-office-1.jpgBoss Black Ipepla Blouse, $185
DKNY Jacket - $109.50
Vince Camuto Floral Blouse, $99

summer-office-2.jpgWhite House Black Market Perfect Pencil Skirt, $78
Eliza J Colorblock Shift Dress, $70.80
Ann Taylor Carnegie Cropped Pants
, $68

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