Q. I am a hostess for my friends' wedding and we were asked to wear an ivory/winter white suit. I am not a shoe connoisseur and I have been pulling my hair out trying to find a pair of comfortable yet stylish closed toe, low heel shoe for the occasion - but it seems as though those are not popular colors. I have been to numerous stores and even checked many websites but have had no success. Is it appropriate to wear a black shoe and if so, what kind (patent leather, soft leather, etc...)? -Confused and frustrated
A. I knew I could help you find choices beyond black to wear with your light colored suit. The point is to keep the look soft and sophisticated. Black can sometimes seem harsh. Look for ivory, taupe or beige, or other soft colors like caramel, tan or a pale gold or bronze metallic pump. I’ve found a few picks that suit your needs (the right color, low heel and closed toe) that won’t break the bank.