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Q. Do stylish and comfy go together when describing a pair of shoes? I hope so! Going to New Orleans means a lot of walking and standing in the heat. Do you have suggestions for stylish and comfy shoes/sandals that would go well with casual dresses and skirts?
- Good Look Foot

A. You can stand, dance and explore New Orleans from the Garden District to the French Market to Bourbon Street in these sandals whether you wear a dress, skirt or shorts.

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1. Onex Icon, $79 at zappos.com
2. Taryn by Taryn Rose Extol, $195 at zappos.com
3. Aquatalia by Marvin K. Twist, $181.90 (sale) at zappos.com
4. Soul Mate, $49.99 (sale) at aerosoles.com
5. Picnic, $49.99 (sale) at aerosoles.com

Q. I love your site and have been checking out your great advice for a while now. I have a dilemma: I am going to several weddings this summer and purchased a lovely black cocktail dress from Banana Republic (very Audrey). However, I tend to be cold and it is a bit on the skimpy side. I have been trying to find a jacket or sweater to wear over it that won’t dress it down too much, and I am having very little luck. Do you have any advice?
- Chic Coverage

A. When looking for a little coverage, a Pashmina wrap is not always the best answer. To complete your Audrey Hepburn look add a jacket or cardigan, but rather than keeping it black as well, choose a color or shine to stand out and embrace Spring.

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1. Solid cashmere rosette cardigan, $188 at jcrew.com
2. Cotton-cashmere primrose cardigan, $98 at jcrew.com
3. Stardust sequin cardigan, $450 at jcrew.com
4. Metallic mosaic jacket, $300 at jcrew.com

Q. I have my cousin’s wedding coming up in June and I can’t decide on a style of dress to wear to the event. I am about 5’5”, a little busty with large hips and a smaller waist; I typically wear a size 12. I definitely keep up with trends, so I would like something fashionable, preferably short. My budget is around $150 or less. Any suggestions?
- Stylish Dress

A. While we girls at StyleBakery.com totally rock when it comes to finding the best for less, it can still be a daunting task when it comes to a special occasion. I was able to find several choices that are available in size 12, wedding appropriate and under your budget.

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1. Pink Charmeuse Floral Embellished Dresses, $94 at edressme.com
2. Maggy London Silk Chiffon Halter Dress, $98 at nordstrom.com
3. Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Keyhole Matte Jersey Dress, $128 at nordstrom.com
4. Maggy London Chiffon Dress with Sash (available in 4 colors), $128 at nordstrom.com
5. Maggy London Bateau Neck Chiffon Dress, $138 at nordstrom.com
6. O Oscar Belted Dot-Hem Dress, $111.75 (sale) at macys.com

Q. Our good friends are getting married in Malibu in a beachside ceremony with an indoor reception, late afternoon to early evening. I just bought a sweet cotton Antonio Melani dress that’s A-line and pale yellow, which I love, but I’m not sure where to go from here! I would love to incorporate another color (maybe turquoise?) or a print in the accessories. Help!
- Beach Bound

A. Yeah! A girl who wants to add more color and not just match it head to toe. I found several items from accessories to sandals that should add some sass and sophistication.

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1. Tasha Butterfly Bangle, $48 at nordstrom.com
2. Juicy Couture ‘Garden Party’ Bracelet, $98 at nordstrom.com
3. Seychelles necklace, $150 at jcrew.com
4. double-strand jeweled-flower pearl necklace, $250 at jcrew.com

5. Nine West Argent, $83 at zappos.com
6. Betsey Johnson ‘Fanny’ Sandal, $165 at nordstrom.com
7. Linea Paolo ‘Adella’ Sandal, $99.95 at nordstrom.com
8. BCBGirls ‘Saraff’ Slingback Sandal, $109.95 at nordstrom.com

Q. I just bought a new button down white short sleeve shirt and I love the look of wearing a black belt with shirts although I’ve never tried it. I’m always at a loss with what type of belt to wear with shirts. Could you help me to find the perfect belt to go with my white button down shirt?
- Belted

A. This answer could not have been simpler. Anything goes with a classic white button down. A black belt is a safe bet, but don’t stop there. Choose stripes, patents, bright colors or a neutral woven band to give your white shirt - and whatever you pair it with - distinction.

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1. Women’s Basic Leather Belts, $16.50 at oldnavy.com
2. Lacoste 201000, $64 at zappos.com
3. Silk resin-buckle belt, $34 at jcrew.com

4. Cynthia Rowley Patent Leather Belt, $42 at nordstrom.com
5. Lucky Brand Leather Embroidered, Perforated And Studded Belt, $2 at zappos.com
6. Splurge: Gucci Bamboo D-Ring Buckle Belt, $315 at saks.com

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