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Old Navy Denim Sailor SkirtsQ. I love your website. I learned a lot from your answers to all the questions but now I need some help. I recently purchased this denim Sailor skirt in blue steel from Old Navy. I want to know what kind of tops would go nicely with it for a casual look since I can’t wear jeans to work. Also what type of shoes, flats or heels? The skirt falls exactly on my knees. I’m petite with an athletic build (12P on top and 8P on bottom).

-Denim Dressed Up

A. You can be casual with a button down shirt tucked in and add a wide belt around your waist or kick it with stripes or patterns in a top or cardigan layered over a cami style top or short sleeve shirt. As for flats or heels, that will depend on your desired comfort and what top you’re wearing. I’ve given a few indications of shoe choices with the tops I shopped.

Pair it with:

Trastevere paisley cardiganCoppelle paisley Alessia blouseBr547639-00Vliv01Bella swirl print keyhole blouse Sparkle Striped Boatneck Tee

1. Trastevere paisley cardigan, $100 at jcrew.com wear simple flat sandals when the weather gets warmer
2. Coppelle paisley Alessia blouse, $88 at jcrew.com wear with espadrilles or navy patent wedge (closed or peep toe)
3. Petite silk ruffle-sleeve top, $64 at bananarepublic.comwear with cream or chocolate heels
4. Bella swirl print keyhole blouse, $34.30 at petitesophisticate.com wear with a black or navy mid-heel pump or patent leather slide. choose sandals in the summer.
5. Sparkle Striped Boatneck Tee, $14.99 at urbanoutfitters.comwear with an espadrille or strappy sandal

Breakfast at TiffanysQ. For my 40th birthday, I plan to do the Holly Golightly, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look. I have the perfect black dress, the tiara and gloves, but am struggling to find something similar to the triple strand pearls with the brooch in the middle that she had. I’m wondering what ideas you might have to recreate her stylish look. I would prefer the jewelry to be fake so it doesn’t cost a fortune.
-Look-a-like

A. An homage to Audrey, much fun. I searched the net for affordable options to imitate the necklace and, while they are not an exact match, they should do the trick. They range in price from $49-169. Just add your own brooch for full effect.

100 inch Freshwater Cultured Pearl NecklaceCrystal Vine and White Simulated Pearl Multi Row Bib Necklace 	
Pearl Multi Row Crystal Deco Clasp NecklaceThree Row White Pearl Collar Necklace

1. 100 inch Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace, $95 at ice.com
2. Crystal Vine and White Simulated Pearl Multi Row Bib Necklace, $150 at carolee.com
3. Pearl Multi Row Crystal Deco Clasp Necklace, $125 at carolee.com
4. Three Row White Pearl Collar Necklace, $45 at carolee.com

Q. I just bought a lovely skirt suit. What camisole colors can I wear with a brownish purple suit? Need help fast.
-Color Clarity

A. When you say “a camisole under a suit,” do you mean the basic simple tank style or a style more like lingerie? Depending on how strong the brownish purple color is, you can easily go with chocolate or purple. But I’d say choose something with more zing of color.

Hanky Panky Gilded Rose CamisoleLace-trim camisole
 Nanette Lepore 'Kiss Me' Top Classiques Entier® Twist Front TopDesign History Sleeveless Ruffle TopSilk Illusion Blouse

1. Hanky Panky Gilded Rose Camisole, $47.99 at barenecessities.com
2. Lace-trim camisole, $28 at bananarepublic.com
3. Nanette Lepore ‘Kiss Me’ Top, $255 at nordstrom.com
4. Classiques Entier® Twist Front Top, $98 at nordstrom.com
5. Design History Sleeveless Ruffle Top, $75 at saks.com
6. Silk Illusion Blouse, $58 at ardenb.com

Q. I have been searching for answers all over the internet, and I came across your page. I am attending my fiance’s sister’s wedding in a month and we are part of the wedding party. We will be attending the rehearsal dinner, and I am not sure what to wear. In order to complement what my fiance is wearing, I came across an ivory colored dress. Is that inappropriate to wear to the rehearsal dinner? The day of the wedding I am wearing blue, and I don’t want to wear blue again the night before. Help! What are the dress rules for the rehearsal dinner and also for the brunch the morning after the wedding?
-Ivory Intimidation

A. As long as you’re not wearing a competing white or ivory the day of the wedding, then feel free to wear the ivory dress to the rehearsal dinner. There should be no expectation to wear blue the night before to match the day of the wedding as well.

Q. My question is based on something I keep seeing on celebrities - leather jackets. I love the black leather jackets I’ve been seeing on young starlets, they look great with both jeans and dresses. I’d like to find a jacket that is flattering (some I’ve tried on make me look wide) and has the rock and roll feel of the ones I’ve seen in magazines, but hopefully won’t go out of style in the next few years. Could you help me?
-Rockin’ It

Hayden-Harnett Rizzo Motorcycle Jacket,A. A good leather jacket is not cheap, so I warn you now that it may be an investment piece. One that has some attitude and fewer over-the-top embellishments will last longer than others. Keep it sleek and look for ones that help define your waist. Add some of your own ‘tude and you’ll covet the jacket for years. Wear it with a tank top and dark jeans, pair it with a black cashmere turtleneck and tuxedo pants then throw it over a knit or lightweight wool dress on Saturday night.

I own this jacket in black and love it (Hayden-Harnett Rizzo Motorcycle Jacket, $650) >



Some more options for you:

Vince Leather Motorcycle JacketS.W.O.R.D Genova Pocket JacketJill Stuart Lara Jacket in MascaraS.W.O.R.D Volterra Leather Jacket in Chocolate

1. Vince Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $774 at bloomingdales.com
2. S.W.O.R.D Genova Pocket Jacket, $825 at shopbop.com
3. Jill Stuart Lara Jacket in Mascara, $675 at revolveclothing.com
4. S.W.O.R.D Volterra Leather Jacket, $748 at revolveclothing.com

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