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219276_4520.jpgQ. I just bought this pair of orange capris that I love. I’m looking for other color combinations besides the typical standby of an off-white top and sandals. Any suggestions?

A. Of course, you can always pair your orange bottoms with neutrals like white, off-white and navy, but this summer, we’re all about mixing up colors. Try wearing your orange capris with other citrus shades like lemon and lime. Or try one of these colorful printed tops below:

As for shoes, metallic gold looks great with orange, as does brown, navy and of course tan/neutrals.
Q. I’m trying to protect my hair and the skin on my face from the summer sun, so I went looking for a nice hat that would cover my face and hair but with a brim that wasn’t so broad that I look like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. My bathing suits are all different colors — black, navy, brown, even some purple thrown in. What I really want is a canvas hat with a little bit of a metallic sheen. But everything I see out there is black, black, black, or straw. I can’t find what I’m looking for anywhere! Does such a thing exist? Can you help?-Thanks, (Going) Mad Hatter

BKM400-lg.jpgA. Finding a sun hat with a small brim can be very difficult, after all, it’s the brim that protects your face from the sun. You might want to try a bucket or cowboy hat as an alternative to the typical wide-brimmed hat. As for colors, there are plenty of options other than black, and canvas is certainly an option, but why the aversion to straw? There are many chic straw options available - and they look great with virtually any swimsuit color, including the ones you mentioned.

We had a hard time finding a small-brimmed, non straw metallic hat, but the Hat Attack metallic linen sunhat with piping shown here somewhat fits the bill. It does have a brim, but the floppy style makes it youthful and not too Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Scroll through some more options you may like:

Q. I recently purchased a one piece retro-inspired swimsuit. I am worried about my belly bulge and am wondering, is it possible to wear some type of shapewear underneath the swimsuit?

r410568-p410574-back.jpgA. We’re not aware of a shapewear product specifically designed to be worn under a swimsuit in the water, but I suppose you could always wear a icontummy flattener thong, provided it fits completely underneath your swimsuit. I can’t think of anything more uncomfortable, though, on a hot summer day than shapewear underneath a swimsuit. Next time, opt for a tummy trimming swimsuit instead. There are so many styles available, including retro-inspired, that have built-in tummy panels and high spandex content to suck you in - you’re sure to find one that suits you.
Q. Do you have any suggestions for some fun, stylish walking shoes? I live in NYC and walk my dog frequently in Central Park. I’m finding that my old stand-by shoes - Pumas, one of the older styles - don’t look quite right when I’m wearing cropped pants in the summer and flip flops don’t work either. My dog enjoys walking and running off the sidewalk so maximum foot coverage is probably best. Any ideas on some sporty shoes that would work in the summer?

A. You and me both, trekking around the city with our pooches. A girl needs to weather the hard city streets, a chance to enjoy the green grass in the park and still look slightly stylish. I am hooked on the Cole Haan Air Brea ballet flats as my substitute for sneakers and I found some other choices that are pulling me nearly as strong as my dog when she sees another cute pooch she has to meet or actually sniff.

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1. Privo Tidal, $89 at
2. Cole Haan Air Billie Mary Jane, $149 at
3. Cole Haan Remy Ballet, $149 at
4. Cole Haan Women’s “Air Bria” Woven Ballet Flats, $150 at
5. Naturalizer Cresson, $69 at
Q. I just bought a Calvin Klein black pinstripe suit for a job interview, and I am trying to choose a white shell to wear under it. Since the suit is linen, I’m thinking a cotton/poly blend with a tiny bit of lace around the neckline or a viscose/nylon white shell knit. The knit looks good with the suit, but I’m wondering if a knit with linen “works”. I think it looks good, but I know mixing the right types of fabrics together can make a difference in the overall look. What do you suggest?

A. Basically, just avoid heavy fabrics, particularly wool or thicker fabrics. A thin knit or light blend will work with your suit, but be willing to consider a variety of tops to pair with your suit in the future once you nab the job, from patterned white on white to chic tops with collars in bold colors. Don’t just settle for the safety of black and white. Here are some white tops you might like:

brshawl.png alfani.png 915436_fpx.jpg 1. Shawl-collar textured blouse, $64 at

2. Alfani Short-Sleeve Polka-Dot Mesh Top, $59 at

3. Nanette Lepore Women’s Jamming Eyelet Top, $215 at

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