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Q. I love your site and would love to get your advice on a matching issue. I have a casual chocolate brown blazer that has a velvet-like texture to it and I’m looking for an everyday shoe that I could pair it with. Comfort is super important to me so something that is either flat or has no heel would be perfect. I’m concerned that wearing brown shoes is too matchy, but that black wouldn’t be appropriate (in any case, I have way too many black shoes). And can you recommend any cute footwear in neutral colors?
-Matching Madness

A. Wearing brown flats with a brown jacket is not too matchy-matchy. I’ve shopped for flats that should offer all day comfort and are far from plain jane styles. Whether textured, embellished or in a pattern, these flats should stretch to coordinate with other items in your wardrobe.

Nine West
LeduceCity suede ballet flatsMaisie printed calf-hair driving mocsCorso Como Fleur

1. Nine West Leduce, $82.95 at
2. City suede ballet flats, $125 at
3. Maisie printed calf-hair driving mocs, $250 at
4. Corso Como Fleur, $130 at

Q. I’m getting married in June. My fiance is Indian and my family is of Scandinavian descent. To capture both of our cultures and personalities we are having a wedding focusing around pinks, greens, metallics, and adding paisley and embroidered elements which are very prominent in both themes. We are having a garden style wedding with our siblings as our honored attendants. We are keeping it really simple yet elegant (and inexpensive). I’m wearing a traditional white dress, my fiance is wearing a black traditional Indian outfit and our sisters are wearing black dresses and pink Pashminas. Our question: What should we have our brothers wear that would be very informal but classy? I was thinking of either a white shirt with a black tie or an Indian-style white shirt with light embroidery and a Nehru collar (which we cannot find anywhere!). Do you have ideas or suggestions?
-Culture Combination

A. A white button down shirt and tie is just fine, but have the men wear a tie in a color from the wedding to keep the colors bright and fun. I like the idea of extending the cultural expression at your wedding. Check out sites like and where you’ll find traditional Sherwani garments, Nehru shirts and colorful embroidered shirts. Here are a few additional sites and looks to help you shop and make your shirt choice.

Pink Half Silk ShirtMagenta Half Silk Mens Shirt323 C250597AWhite Nehru Collar Shirt

1. Pink Half Silk Shirt,
2. Magenta Half Silk Mens Shirt,
3. Nehru shirt,
4. White Nehru Collar Shirt,

Q. I’m wearing a gown for a ball next month and I don’t know what to wear over it for the cold weather. I was thinking a long cashmere or satin coat, or maybe a warm shrug, but I can’t find anything anywhere that would look good. Maybe you know where I can look for something?
-Cold Weather Cover

A. It’s difficult to find a long coat this time of year, but I found some fancy options that still work as a chic cover for a long dress and are appropriate even with your dress flowing out from beneath. And after scouring several sites, had the most options at a more affordable price.

 Tulle Funnel Neck Coat MARC BY MARC JACOBS Gold Threaded Trench Coat Andrew Marc 'Mode' Double Breasted Wool CapeMichael Kors Double-Breasted Satin Trench Coat

1. Tulle Funnel Neck Coat, $38.90 (sale) at
2. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Gold Threaded Trench Coat, $262.90 (sale) at
3. Andrew Marc ‘Mode’ Double Breasted Wool Cape, $158.90 (sale) at
4. Michael Kors Double-Breasted Satin Trench Coat, $199 at

Nine West Heech
Q. I am crazy in love with! I just ordered these gladiator sandals by Nine West. Can you give me some outfit suggestions?
-Standing Tall

Nine West Heech sandals, $92.95 at

A. You want to be sure you don’t add anymore “weight” to your outfit so keep the pieces light. Wear trouser jeans to balance the wedge heel or skinny jeans cuffed or long to reveal the full sandal. As for skirts, an A-line or a pencil style that has a hem that hits around the knee will be most flattering. It’s a strong shoe that you can balance with softer pieces on top unless you kick it rocker chic and add a modern cut jacket.

Sleeveless sash tunic Kimchi & Blue Floral Cutout TopStriped boatneck T

1. Sleeveless sash tunic, $44.50 at
2. Kimchi & Blue Floral Cutout Top, $42 at
3. Striped boatneck T, $22.99 at

 Lux Hi-Waisted A Line Skirt Lux Carousel Circle SkirtCuffed denim caprisTheor2021411496 Prod Medium

4. Lux Hi-Waisted A Line Skirt, $58 at
5. Lux Carousel Circle Skirt, $68 at
6. Cuffed denim capris, $29.95 at
7. Theory Strani Pant, $225 at

Q. I’m getting married this summer and I want a ’60s inspired knee-length lace dress with sleeves that won’t break the bank.
-Lace in Place

 ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace MinidressA. Oooh, this is a little tough. I scoured online retailers and found this lacy dress, but you may find your best options by working directly with a wedding dress designer or getting help from a fabulous vintage store like The Way We Wore in Los Angeles. You can contact the owner Doris Raymond (323-937-0878) and fill her in on what you’re shopping for. She’s an incredible curator of vintage fashions.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace Minidress, $330 at

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