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Q. In the Spring, I saw tons of leopard pencil skirts and didn't snatch one up!! Now I really want one and can't seem to find one anywhere. My price point is anything under $60 & I prefer no sequins or metallics.

A. Leopard print pencil skirts offer a chic update on a classic silhouette. We love them paired with feminine blouses, dark blazers and even leather jackets. Here are several affordable options, as well as a super cute leopard print skirt that's a bit shorter and more flirty than a pencil skirt.


Q. I want to get a military jacket but are they still going to be in fashion the next season?

A. Military is a huge trend for Spring 2010, as designers like Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Balmain and Celine (below) found inspiration from the Army Navy store in everything from jackets to pants to footwear.


So, there's never been a better time to splurge on a military jacket that you'll wear now and all the way through spring. Here are a few options worthy of taking a place in your wardrobe - and many of them are super affordable.

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Q. It's the middle of April already and I am having so much trouble getting motivated to get in shape for swimsuit season. Any suggestions?

A. We'll admit it, we're also guilty of letting our fitness regimes slide during the cold months. After all, living in boyfriend cardigans, boyfriend blazers and chunky sweaters all winter long, it's easy to hide a multitude of sins. Now that warm weather is around the corner, there's no camouflaging those extra pounds in spring's skin-baring clothes.

If the thought of swimsuits, sleeveless dresses, tank tops and shorts isn't enough to motivate you to hit the gym and switch to healthier snacks, we've always found that investing in a fitness wardrobe is a great way to encourage you to resume your daily workouts.

Here are some chic but functional pieces to get you started on your road to fitness:

Q. I just bought a lovely skirt suit. What camisole colors can I wear with a brownish purple suit? Need help fast.
-Color Clarity

A. When you say "a camisole under a suit," do you mean the basic simple tank style or a style more like lingerie? Depending on how strong the brownish purple color is, you can easily go with chocolate or purple. But I'd say choose something with more zing of color.

Hanky Panky Gilded Rose CamisoleLace-trim camisole
 Nanette Lepore 'Kiss Me' Top Classiques Entier® Twist Front TopDesign History Sleeveless Ruffle TopSilk Illusion Blouse

1. Hanky Panky Gilded Rose Camisole, $47.99 at
2. Lace-trim camisole, $28 at
3. Nanette Lepore 'Kiss Me' Top, $255 at
4. Classiques Entier® Twist Front Top, $98 at
5. Design History Sleeveless Ruffle Top, $75 at
6. Silk Illusion Blouse, $58 at

Q. I need to find an attractive yet durable gym bag that mimics a zip tote. Something that's reminiscent of Longchamps style is preferred.
-Active Tote

A. Why not carry a Longchamps bag? It’s the style you’re longing for and it will carry your athletic gear in classic style. Gym bags don’t necessarily come cheap and you obviously want a bag that is simple in style and won’t compete with your handbag or coat.  I found multiple styles, many of which come in several color choices to pair with any other bags you may be lugging:

Longchamp Small Nylon Foldable ToteLeSportsac Small Travel ToteKenneth Cole Reaction "Sportster" ToteunXpected Hobo Tote LXSherpani MetaPinnacle Club Sports BagPUMA Fitness Sports BagLug Chocolate Puddle Jumper Gym Bag
Lug Chocolate Puddle Jumper Gym Bag

1. Longchamp Small Nylon Foldable Tote, $115 at
2. LeSportsac Small Travel Tote, $68 at
3. Kenneth Cole Reaction "Sportster" Tote, $38.25 (sale) at
4. unXpected Hobo Tote LX, $49.99 at
5. Sherpani Meta, $75 at
6. Pinnacle Club Sports Bag, $203.95 at
7. PUMA Fitness Sports Bag, $55.95 at
8.  Lug Chocolate Puddle Jumper Gym Bag, $72 at

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