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Q. I just got a great new pair of white jeans and now I’m at a loss as to what to wear with them.
- White Uncertain

A. At a loss? How can that be? White jeans are a classic in the Spring and Summer months and the list seems endless of what works with them. Bright polo shirts and striped belts create a preppy look, while striped tops and cropped jackets give an homage to Parisian or nautical flair. Add a button down shirt and a cotton or linen blazer and you’re appropriate for casual Friday at the office and shopping chic. For night, pair your white jeans with a flirty v-neck wrap top or a shiny, silky camisole and don’t forget the heels. Make sure you have your jeans hemmed as long as you can while wearing semi flats without touching the ground (nobody likes dirty whites) so you can wear low heels to high heeled wedges, strappy sandals or espadrilles.

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1. Ralph Lauren Skinny Polo (10 colors), $79.50 at ralphlauren.com
2. Airy ribbon washed favorite tank (6 colors), $29.50 at jcrew.com
3. Solid cross-back tissue tank (8 colors), $48 at jcrew.com
4. Joie Flower Child Bubble Tank (2 colors), $118 at shopbop.com

Q. I love your answers to all the quandaries that people write and do peruse them for helpful hints for me for the future! My dilemma is this: we are going on a Mediterranean cruise in early June. It’s a work related cruise my husband has earned. I will know some of the people but need advice/ ideas as to the formal nights. I have plenty of black, but don’t really want to be taking black. I love color and wear it well. I am 4 ‘11 and about 118 lbs and 48. I don’t want to look to matronly or too prom-ish! I am having dilemma as I haven’t shopped for formalwear in a long time and need to always leave alteration time as well. Any ideas? I am eagerly awaiting your formal flair opinions! Thanks for your help.
- Formal cruise wear challenged

A. Skip the black dresses and embrace color while enjoying the view of intense blue waters. I’ve found several options both long and short that should make a sophisticated and stylish impression - far from prom styles. You will, however, have to visit your beloved tailor.

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1. Phoebe Couture for Kay Unger V-Neck Stretch Satin Dress - Petites’, $280 at bloomingdales.com
2. Pencey Sonnies Dress, $417 at shopbop.com
3. Green and Gold Ruched Gowns by BCBG MAXAZRIA, $440 at edressme.com
4. Maggy London Chiffon Gown with Charmeuse Waist, $158 at nordstrom.com

Q. I saw you on The View the other day. I’m having a hard time finding bras to fit me right. I order out of Blair’s Book but I’m still not happy. I’m on the heavy side and I take a 48 DD but my bras are tight around the middle plus it’s extremely hard for me to turn them around after a shower. I have crippling arthritis with deterioration of the bones. I would rather have a bra with a front closure because my hands cramp and my fingers stiffen up as well. Can you suggest a store here in St. Louis, Missouri where I can get measured? I went to JCPenny’s to get fitted but the sales lady said I didn’t take a double just a D. I’m not sure I believe that. I don’t like under wire so if there is a brand that will fit me without one I’d be very happy.
- Larger Lady

A. I suggest you try the Playtex 18 Hour Style 4695 Front Close with Flex Back, which is wire free, has a front close with easy-to-close hooks and eyes, and comes in a 48DD. You can go to Macy’s for a fitting, and they should have the product there or they can order it if they don’t. Alternatively, you can order it from onehanesplace.com. Unfortunately, it only comes in white in that size (just one band size down, a 46DD, comes in Black, or up to a 44DD also comes in Beige. Hope this helps!

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Q. I am a HUGE fan of your website and would love to get your advice. I will be vacationing with my fiancé’s family in St. Maarten in mid-June. I have never been outside the states or to such a nice vacation spot. I do not have a clue what to wear that would be comfortable and beach-worthy. I know we will be going around sightseeing, since I am a very adventurous gal. I am in my early-twenties, petite, and looking for some great versatile pieces to wear. Any help would be greatly appreciated! And, could you find some great footwear as well?
-Beach Bummed

A. It’s very simple to pack for the Caribbean. By day you’ll be wearing a swimsuit, shorts, tanks and short skirts, and by night, sundresses. For shoes you’ll need a good pair of flip-flops. I’m a fan of inexpensive Havianas, sandals/flats and one pair of higher heeled sandals or espadrilles. For sandals, consider a metallic pair that will match with all the dresses. And just bring along one small clutch for evening and an oversized bag for shopping and the beach. I shopped for several pieces that should fulfill many items on your packing list and they are all incredibly affordable.

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1. Havaianas Flip Flops (7 colors), $16 at saks.com
2. Boutique Nordstrom ‘Tabby’ Sandal (5 colors), $69.95 at nordstrom.com
3. Xhilaration® Tally Strappy Wedge, $19.99 at target.com
4. Calvin Klein ‘Coral’ Sandal (2 colors), $89.95 at nordstrom.com
5. Steven by Steve Madden ‘Casting’ Thong Sandal (4 colors), $78.95 at nordstrom.com

6. Women’s Mix-Print Henley Tanks, $14.50 at oldnavy.com
7. Women’s Low-Rise Cuffed Twill Shorts (4 colors), $15 (sale) at oldnavy.com
8. Holly Striped Hobo (2 colors), $26.50 at delias.com
9. Women’s Embroidered Keyhole Halter Dresses (2 colors), $39.50 at oldnavy.com
10. Lux Lightning Strikes Dress, $68 at urbanoutfitters.com

Q. I love your website, you have excellent fashion advice. I have a question about skinny jeans, well a few questions really! I love the look of them, but do you have to be a size 2 to pull it off? I’m a size 6/8 with a booty. What tops are best to wear with them? And what about shoes? Are flats ok? They seem to make your feet look bigger but heels aren’t practical everyday.
- Skinny on Jeans

A. A girl doesn’t have to be a size 2 to wear skinny jeans, but she does need to have minimal curves in order not to emphasize a triangle effect - meaning looking much bigger around hips and butt while looking skinny around the ankles. Generally a variety of top styles work, but to help slim the look, avoid billowy tops. Shoes will depend on the head to toe look. And true, flats can be tough to pull with skinny jeans. Just remember that all trends do not work for all people and you should dress in what suits your figure best.

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