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Q. My girlfriends and I were shopping this weekend, and noticed a lot of winter white pants. These are great, but we are looking for a winter white skirt. I saw one in J. Crew, but it was too short and not really work-appropriate. Ideally, it would be wool, knee length, and pencil or A-line. Any suggestions? Thanks!

A. Ooh, so chic. Many women overlook the crisp appeal of winter white or ivory. We found a few pencil and A-line wool skirts that would look great at work.

Q. I have a dilemma. I’ve been searching for riding boots for months! I just can’t seem to find a pair that hits below my knees. They’re all too tall. Are there any options for petite women with normal-sized calves?

A. Several of us here share your plight - many riding boots are simply too tall for women who are 5’4” and under. Boots that hit at or above the knee can ruin the proportion of your legs, making them look even shorter. Your best bet is to seek out boots that have a 14” shaft or smaller (the shaft is the part of the boot that covers the leg, measured along the inside seam of the boot). Or better yet, measure your leg so you know exactly what shaft height you need before you begin your search. To measure: measure the height of the inside of your leg, starting at your instep to below your knee.

We sought out some chic options for you that are 14” or shorter, good luck!

Q. I just returned from a wonderful (but all too brief) getaway to Montreal, and it seemed like every woman there was carrying a small, chic leather backpack instead of a purse or handbag. What a great alternative for a long day of travel or shopping! Most looked like they measured about 7.5” by 9.5” … and none of them would be mistaken for a kid’s or student’s backpack. Where can I find something similar?Is this trend just a Canadian thing, or can something similar be found in the States?

A. Backpacks may not exactly be a “trend” in the States right now, but that’s no reason for you not to wear one if it is convenient for you. A small chic leather backpack like the ones you saw in Canada is a far better choice than a bulky student’s backpack. We found a few cute options for you:

923207_fpx.jpgQ. I just got a short hair cut, (Mia Farrow short) and I love it-but I also like to wear hats in the winter, do you have any suggestions on styles of hats that would be flattering?

A. The trick to wearing a hat with a very short cut is to make sure some of your hair peeks out, whether it’s your bangs or the back of your hair, otherwise you risk looking bald. With a retro-inspired cut like a pixie, opt for a retro hat style like a beret, fedora or cloche. Here are some chic hats worn stylishly by short-haired women for inspiration:

Q. I am in love with capes and oversized coats, but everything I find online (especially in the way of capes) costs $400 + . Have any tips on where to find affordable versions of this trend?

A. You came to the right place! We found some gorgeous and chic capes for far less than $400 (and some even under $50!). Check ‘em out:

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