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Q. I recently got engaged and will be planning a wedding on the beach. Do you think black is an appropriate color for a bridesmaid’s dress for a beach wedding?
-Hot Color
 

A. I would probably choose a color to keep the look cheerful since black can make you feel even hotter in the sun. It seems to attract and “suck” up the heat. If you choose black, then opt for a dress that looks more like a sundress or choose cotton and brighten the arrangement of flowers or keep it very simple and contemporary with a white floral bouquet.

Q. I have been asked to be a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding this coming August. Instead of selecting a specific bridesmaid’s dress, the bride said that we can wear any dress, as long as it’s navy. I am having a terrible time deciding on a style and finding the perfect dress. The bride’s dress is quite fancy, but the guys are just wearing khakis and blue blazers. And it’s an August outdoor wedding, so it will most likely be HOT.
-Navy Ne’er Do Well
 

A. Hey, high five to you. Three cheers, make that an ovation to the bride to be. I wish you could see my jubilant face right now and you’d probably feel a little more confident. You have been given the great “gift” of not having to conform to a long list of bride’s wishes and demands and you’ll save yourself some money or at least the anguish of stashing the dress in the back of your closet after the wedding is over. Navy is super chic and I’ve fallen in love with it lately as a substitute to black. The dress doesn’t have to be long-YEAH! Since the guys are wearing the classic prep look of blue blazers and khakis you just need to find a cocktail length dress that can possibly take you from the wedding to a Saturday night dinner party some other time. These fabulous dresses should keep you looking cool.

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1. Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Halter Dress, $158 at nordstrom.com
2. Jones New York Dress Bateau Neck Silk Dress, $180 at nordstrom.com
3. MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Kitty’ Strapless Dress, $448 at nordstrom.com
4. David Meister One Shoulder Sheath Dress, $306 at nordstrom.com 

5. JS Boutique Embellished Matte Jersey Halter Dress, $158 at nordstrom.com
6. Tiered Layered Strapless Cocktail Dresses by BCBG MAXAZRIA, $320 at edressme.com
7. Sophia short silk dress, $195 at jcrew.com
8. Silk tricotine Jenelle short dress, $195 at jcrew.com 

Q. We’re attending a family wedding in the south in June. My mother has chosen a purple dress. She mentioned she plans to wear white nylons and white pumps (she’s in her 70’s but very active still). I keep thinking there’s something better than white for her. She refuses to go without hose. Any advice?
-White Not?
 

A. I’ve always believed that unless you’re under 10 years old, a ballerina or a quirky rock star, an adult should avoid white stockings. Suggest flesh toned hosiery for your mom and try to match the color perfectly so it looks like she has bare legs. Look for another color of pumps she can wear like a neutral cream or light tan, which can be very sophisticated.

Q. I’m dying for a cool, worn in bomber jacket for spring. But I can’t find one that’s just what I’m looking for. I want one that’s kind of slouchy, rock and roll cool, but not too over the top. Something I can dress up or down.
-Rock Chick
 

A. I found plenty of options in all price ranges that you might fancy for rock and roll cool.

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1. Theory Lanri Leather Jacket- Bloomingdale’s Exclusive, $615 at bloomingdales.com
2. Xhilaration® Shirred Metallic Faux Leather Bomber, $29.99 at target.com
3. S.W.O.R.D. Lucca Jacket, $745 at tobi.com
4. Corpus Lambskin Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket in Black, $462 at revolveclothing.com 

5. Lux Faux Leather Bomber Jacket, $128 at urbanoutfitters.com
6. Converse by John Varvatos Zip Hoodie Leather Jacket in Olive, $611 at revolveclothing.com
7. S.W.O.R.D Piacenza Leather Jacket in Black, $770 at revolveclothing.com
8. Mossimo® Black: Faux Leather Button Bomber, $34.99 at target.com 

Q. I just picked out the most beautiful Lazaro bridesmaid dress in champagne. The only problem is: I have no idea how to accessorize them. Just earrings or a necklace as well? What color shoes? Any suggestions? -Accessory Challenged  

A. Feel free to choose between earrings and a necklace or choose both, but please don’t buy one of those matching sets of earrings and necklace. Do you really need the bridesmaids to wear exactly the same jewelry? If you’re concerned about their taste level, then suggest they wear earrings of their own choice, but nothing too big or over the top and skip a necklace, which may distract from the dress. Unless you intend to buy your bridesmaids the jewelry to go with the dress, remember it can become a big expense to buy the dress, jewelry and shoes that you expect them to wear. As for shoes, something strappy or a high-heeled sling back. I like a champagne, pale gold or sophisticated cream heel.

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