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91eILCKRtVL._AA280_.jpgQ. I had to buy these “Minx” shoes by Luichiny ($88.95 at amazon.com). It was an impulse - buy now, figure it out later. Now I’m having trouble figuring out what to wear with them other than a plain black short dress. I do know that I should go with basic and simple.

- What Now?


A. Basic and simple does not mean that the look has to be boring or a solid color to wear with your new embellished heels. I envision a black and white patterned, fitted sheath dress or a pencil skirt worn with a flowy ruffled top. Tops from designers like Geren Ford, Diane Von Furstenberg or Tucker would work or a dress from Alice + Olivia. Here are some ideas:

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1. Alice + Olivia Polka Dot Tulip Dress, $330 at shopbop.com
2. Alice + Olivia Pleated Puff Dress, $495 at shopbop.com
3. Maggy London Print Silk Twill Shift Dress, $148 at nordstrom.com
4. Milly Cotton Jacquard Dress, $385 at nordstrom.com
5. Black and White Cotton Dresses by Tibi, $360 at edressme.com
6. Alexander Wang Seersucker Silk & Wool Dress, $650 at nordstrom.com (expensive, but so chic!)
Q. I am going to a summer wedding and need some advice on my outfit. I purchased a pewter color dress from J Crew to wear to it, but my dilemma is the accessories. I want something to make the outfit pop. I was thinking some marigold yellow color shoes and a Pashmina might be nice…do you have any suggestions?
-Pop in Pewter


A. You’ll surely help your look pop by adding bright colored strappy sandals. I found multiple choices in yellow and blue online at shops like zappos.com, nordstrom.com and jcrew.com.

Q. My favorite tank top from last summer was Susana Monaco. When I went to buy another one for this summer, I realized she changed the styles and no longer makes the one that fit me perfectly. Any secrets to finding leftovers from last year?
-Tanked Last Year


A. That can be nearly impossible when the item is a year old. While many chain retail stores like J.Crew and Banana Republic make the same tees and tanks each year, designers like Susana Monaco have to keep their designs fresh. Best bet is to try some of her newer styles or find a tank top from another designer and if you love it, buy two. Or as a last resort try ebay.com, but for a tank it may not be worth the auction.
Here are two possible replacements from the same designer:

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left: Susana Monaco Jennifer Tank Tunic, $113 at shopbop.com



right: Susana Monaco Urban Gather Tank, $102 at shopbop.com
Q. You’ve been a big help before, now I’m wondering what to wear for an internship in downtown Washington DC this summer. They have told me that business casual is the norm for the office but I’m wondering what that exactly entails. Are open toed sandals normally okay? I’m a big fan of printed skirts, can one of those be worn?
-Business Curious


A. Generally, a company that says business causal is not expecting you to wear a conservative business suit. This will give you more stylish options. Printed skirts paired with flattering tops are an ideal fashion choice for your internship. And open toed sandals should be fine, but perhaps wear a pump or peep toe the first day and take a look at the staff to get a sense of what the rest of the team is wearing. If you have any questions always look to a stylishly dressed superior for company policy guidance.

Here are a few business casual looks from jcrew.com:

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Q. Summer is here and I can’t wait to be out of school and done with “teacher clothes” for a few months. I’m looking for a pair of white pants to wear to daytime social events (backyard parties), but would prefer them to be chic and sexy enough that I can wear them out at night. Also, I’m on a tight budget, so I would appreciate some suggestions under $50.
-Tight Budget in White

A. You need a pair of white pants that work day and night. And best bets for finding a pair within your budget of under $50 is to stick with the large retail chains like oldnavy.com, gap.com, delias.com and target.com. I was able to find several pairs that should fulfill your needs to go from casual get-togethers to chic parties:

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1. Wide-Leg Cuffed Trousers, $32.50 at oldnavy.com
2. Sunkissed khakis, $34.99 at gap.com
3. Quinn Low-Rise Sailor Flare, $39.50 at delias.com
4. Rubbish® ‘Sadie’ Pants, $38 at nordstrom.com
5. Ultimate Linen Trousers, $32.50 at alloy.com

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