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Q. I have been so inspired by all of your bridesmaid tips. I am narrowing down bridesmaid dress choices for my wedding next April. I think the silk chiffon Sophia dress by J Crew in bright aquamarine or maybe tulip - (haven’t decided) is most likely the dress I’ll go with, since it seems to be pretty flattering for the body types of all my bridesmaids and it’s a good price, to boot. The question that remains is shoes! I am considering letting the girls choose their own, but I’d like to give them a color to make them look somewhat uniform. Bad idea? I’m thinking gold or silver… any suggestions? I love the look of a d’orsay heel, but I’m not sure if that will be appropriate for a springtime, late-afternoon wedding (indoors). Please advise! Thank you!
- Shoe Clueless


A. For either dress, gold or silver will work and as I’ve said in the past, it’s a help to your bridesmaids cash flow to offer them the opportunity to buy their own shoes in your color of choice. They may already own one of these metallic colors and if not, a metallic heel is certainly a must-have in a girl’s shoe closet. I’ve found a few options that will work with the dresses once you make your color choice. While d’orsay heels are stylish enough for indoors or outdoors, they are not so readily available in multiple choices of metallic as sandals are each season. So perhaps keep the options open.



1. Matisse ‘Elvey’ Pump, $114.95 at
2. Liza patterned d’Orsays, $195 at

3. Charles by Charles David ‘Pandora’ Metallic Sandal, $66.90 (sale) at
4. Lucie high heels, $168 at
5. Caparros Jalena, $65 at

Q. I just bought a very cute BCBG dress, but it has fall colors: oranges (light and deep), bone, and dark grey. I am wondering if I could wear such an obviously fall dress in the spring and if so what color shoes and accessories to put with it.
- Wear in Spring

A. While the dress may be darker fall colors, the whether-to-wear-now depends on the fabric. If it is not a heavy wool dress and is made of lighter fabrics then slip it on. The best way to lighten up the look for spring would be to pair it with shoes and accessories that play with the colors of the dress. Opt for light grey patent peep toes or a bright orange strappy sandal. Alternatively, look for a taupe strappy heel that you can wear with many other pieces in your wardrobe. Add bright enamel bracelets to add more color.

Q. I have a short chartreuse colored cocktail dress I am wearing to an event on Friday evening… what color shoes? Black or Gold? The color is a bright lime-y chartreuse 100% Silk.
- Very Sex In The City!

A. Go for gold or neutral strappy heels. Here are some suggestions:


1. Luichiny Primal, $73 at
2. Charles David Cascade, $170 (sale) at
3. Nine West Dayglow, $83 at
4. Nine West Argent, $83 at

Q. I can see that this issue has been addressed before, but I am wondering if a 55 year old should always wear hose to the office. Our office is pretty relaxed but “at my age” I wear stockings and wear toeless stockings with sandals and a skirt. The younger women are appalled at the site of hosiery.
- Not Care for Bare

A. If you feel more comfortable wearing hosiery then don’t let the younger woman get you feeling down. Let them know their time may come when they’ll want a little coverage. While I try to avoid hosiery unless it’s tights in winter, I know there will come a time when my confidence with bare legs may falter and I’ll want some coverage. We won’t all be blessed with Tina Turner’s legs later in life. Your best bet is to try to match a sheer hosiery color as close your skin tone as possible. You may have to experiment with a few styles. Look for ones that claim to be virtually invisible. And if you wear a skirt or dress that falls below the knee you may want to dare to go bare in the heat of the summer and try using a body lotion that will gradually give your skin a hint of color. Summer months can be brutal if you wear hosiery in the heat.

Q. I have this cute Shoshanna dress that I plan to wear to an outdoor spring wedding. It’s an evening ceremony, so I’d like a sweater/jacket that I could throw on top in case it’s a bit chilly. Any ideas? Also, I’m wondering what kind of shoes to wear - I have a cute pair of black peep toe heels, but I think I want something a bit more fun. Any suggestions? Thanks! Love reading your advice!
- Cute Seeker


A. Go for a pop of color in your heels and you’ll surely strike a pose of stylish sass. Orange or hot pink heels would be ideal to give the dress punch and wear black the next time you pull on the dress and want to keep it simple. As for a jacket or cardigan, choose black or white to keep the look sophisticated. I’ve chosen several shapes that should work with the dress.


Get the dress: Shoshanna Geometric Print Silk Dress, $350 at nordstrom

1. Theory ‘Niba - Deep’ Jacket (black or white), $365 at nordstrom
2. Trina Turk ‘Minx’ Ponte Jacket (black or white), $298 at nordstrom
3. Two Wishes Double Breasted Linen Blend Jacket, $138 at nordstrom
4. Kenneth Cole Reaction Button Front Cardigan (black or white), $79 at nordstrom
5. Lilly Pulitzer® ‘Flora’ Cardigan, $148 at nordstrom

6. BCBGirls Oriana, $89 at
7. Pura Lopez ‘K122’ Sandal, $228 at nordstrom
8. Guess Footwear Jelissa, $100 at
9. Stuart Weitzman ‘Sharp’ Pump, $280 at nordstrom
10. BCBGirls Nice, $90 at

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