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Q. I just discovered your site today and thought perhaps you could help me. Every time I have to go to a wedding, I end up getting a long, floor length dress because I feel the need to conceal a very noticeable, three-inch-long scar right below my knee. One of my best friends is having her wedding reception outdoors at the botanical gardens in Dallas in June, however, and a dress this long would be inappropriate due to the warm weather. Could you please suggest some calf-length dresses that would be appropriate for an outdoor reception? Also, you should know that I am pear shaped, 5’3”, size 4/6 on top and 8/10 on bottom. Also because of the scar, I only wear slacks to work. Now that summer is coming, I would love a couple of suggestions on skirts and dresses that would be appropriate for work as well. Thank you in advance for all of your help!
- Just So Sick of Slacks

A. I wish I could help you unlock some confidence to bare your scar without feeling self-conscious, but until you’re ready, here are a few dress options that are fresh, fun and appropriate for an outdoor garden wedding setting. They should lay fluidly over your bottom half, but you may have to get a little tailoring to have a snugger fit up top. Pair any of these with strappy, high-heeled sandals.

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1. Diane von Furstenberg Naro Printed Silk Jersey Wrap Dress, $385 at bloomingdales.com
2. Alice + Olivia Belted One Shoulder Dress, $330 at shopbop.com
3. Lauren Ralph Lauren Petite Linen Sleeveless Wrap Ruffle Dress, $179 at macys.com
4. Diane von Furstenberg Tolara Dress, $365 at shopbop.com
5. Calvin Klein Petite Graphic-Print V-Neck Dress, $148 at macys.com
6. G Wheels Drapeneck Top and Sandy Starkman Printed Skirt, $79 at bloomingdales.com

Q. I am getting married in India and will be wearing a saree, which looks like this photo. I am trying to decide what kind of jewelry would look best with this. I have an antique necklace from Temple jewelry, which looks somewhat like the one below. It is a duller shade of pink and not as bright as this one. I think it will contrast well with the sari but no one agrees with me. What do you think?
- Dull or Bright

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A. You’re wearing a brilliant, bright saree, so why not have a big statement necklace? Just don’t match earrings to the necklace. Go with gold, green or blue and keep the look fairly bold. Here are some suggestions of beautiful pieces to wear on your big day.

Citrine Briolette Drop NecklaceYazza's Faux Turquoise Gold NecklaceAyla's 60 in. Brushed Gold Plated Dangle Disc Layered Necklace
Triple Strand Swarovski Austrian Crystal NecklaceFlower Chain NecklaceWhite Pearl Cluster Half Moon Hoop Necklace


1. Citrine Briolette Drop Necklace, $128.80 at blueluxe.com
2. Yazza’s Faux Turquoise Gold Necklace, $49 at emitations.com
3. Ayla’s 60 in. Brushed Gold Plated Dangle Disc Layered Necklace, $149 at emitations.com

4. Triple Strand Swarovski Austrian Crystal Necklace, $68 at blueluxe.com
5. Flower Chain Necklace, $105 at blueluxe.com
6. White Pearl Cluster Half Moon Hoop Necklace, $86.50 at blueluxe.com

Q. I want to buy a basic black dress that I can dress up at night with pearls and cute bag/shoes. I would also like to be able to wear it to work with a jacket or cardigan. I am in my early 50’s, size 14/16 and although I feel like I carry most of my weight in my hips/thighs I also have a fairly large bust area. Can you advise any items that I could purchase?
- Basic Black

A. I found several options that will work for your curvy figure and move fluidly from work to evening. They won’t hug your hips and thighs and are flattering for a busty gal.

Goddess-inspired pleated dressSutton Studio Exclusive Wrap Dress - Women'sBUBBLE-HEMMED DRESS Lily Cap Sleeve Faux Shrug DressRuched Surplice Dress


1. Goddess-inspired pleated dress, $59.50 at lanebryant.com
2. Sutton Studio Exclusive Wrap Dress - Women’s, $249 at bloomingdales.com
3. Bubble-Hemmed Dress, $79 at ullapopken.com
4. Lily Cap Sleeve Faux Shrug Dress, $124 at nordstrom.com
5. Ruched Surplice Dress, $116 at kiyonna.com

Q. I’m the maid of honor (and only attendant) for an April wedding in Florida. Most of the dresses that I like have a halter-style bodice, which definitely flatters my figure. The bride’s gown is also a halter-style, and neither of us is sure if my dress will complement hers, or if it will look strange for them to be so similar. She’s in white, I’ll be in black, her halter is smooth satin with some beading, mine would be more of gathered silk or ruched chiffon, and so the only similarity would be the basic shape. What do you think?

A. I think you’ll be fine wearing the halter style. What would help distinguish them further is if your dress were cocktail length.

Q. I love reading your suggestions! I recently purchased several pairs of wide leg trouser-style pants in white, dark blue denim and a light khaki. I would like to find a pair of shoes that would look great with all of them, perhaps a metallic platform. I am 5’3” so a little height helps make my legs look longer. Please provide some suggestions. Thanks so much!
- Well Heeled in Atlanta

A. Here are a few metallic platforms including a wedge, cork, and espadrille style.

Roberto Cavalli T6039 Jessica Simpson 'Miles' Metallic Sandal Ash 'Shine' T-Strap Platform Sandal

Carlos by Carlos Santana Explicit Athena Alexander 'Alantia' Sandal

1. Roberto Cavalli T6039, $365 at zappos.com
2. Jessica Simpson ‘Miles’ Metallic Sandal, $78.95 at nordstrom.com
3. Ash ‘Shine’ T-Strap Platform Sandal, $159.95 at nordstrom.com

4. Carlos by Carlos Santana Explicit, $100 at piperlime.com
5. Athena Alexander ‘Alantia’ Sandal at nordstrom.com

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