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Q. What are your suggestions for a stay at home mom (40) with 4 kids, 7 years old and under who works part time? I am looking for a polished casual look that suits my very active lifestyle (I walk everywhere).
-Walkin’ Workin’ mom


A. To move flawlessly from errands to playtime to work, you need footwear that is comfortable and ranges from cute kicks to flats and low heels with padded insoles. I’m a big fan of Cole Haan’s collection with Nike Air technology. For a look that can go from work to running after the kids, trouser jeans are a must have. Take a look at our Classics Rock style recipe for tips on choosing button down shirts, a sporty blazer and other key pieces that can be paired with jeans or pants. Additionally, you’ll need shirts and skirts with stretch, fitted cotton jersey tops, and jackets that can pull double duty for play and work.

Jackets that can work and play and clearly don’t define themselves by a stuffy office:

 Semantiks Mandarin Collar Sharkskin Jacket  Stem Organic Cotton Jacket  Norma Kamali Oversized Turtleneck Jacket
1. Semantiks Mandarin Collar Sharkskin Jacket , $138 at nordstrom.com
2. Stem Organic Cotton Jacket, $68 at nordstrom.com
3. Norma Kamali Oversized Turtleneck Jacket, $375 at nordstrom.com

Pair them with:

Slim stretch shirtSoft knit long-sleeve scoopneck tee TOMMY HILFIGER Montauk Paisley Shirt
Diane von Furstenberg Gilligan Pant  David Kahn Jeans Stretch Trouser Jeans Cole Haan Fiona Mid Air Pump Cole Haan Air Bria Woven Ballet
4. Slim stretch shirt, $59.50 at jcrew.com
5. Soft knit long-sleeve scoopneck tee, $38 at jcrew.com
6. TOMMY HILFIGER Montauk Paisley Shirt, $69.50 at macys.com
7. Diane von Furstenberg Gilligan Pant, $275 at shopbop.com
8. David Kahn Jeans Stretch Trouser Jeans, $168 at nordstrom.com
9. Cole Haan Fiona Mid Air Pump, $278.95 at zappos.com
10. Cole Haan Air Bria Woven Ballet, $178.95 at zappos.comzappos.com

Q. I’m invited to a formal Saturday night affair at the end of March in New York. I’m stumped regarding what season to dress for. It will probably be too cold for summer fabrics and styles, but too late in the season (after Easter) for wintry velvets and taffetas. Please offer some help both for my 7-year-old daughter and myself!
-Stumped

A. While March is considered the beginning of Spring, in reality there could be a fluke snow storm. But when it comes to a formal affair, many of the rules of seasonal dressing don’t apply since many dressy looks don’t cover us from head to toe. Best scenario is to choose a dress that is cocktail length and wear with tights or sheer hosiery and a high heel that is closed toe, d’Orsay or peep toe. If you wear a full-length dress feel free to skip the hosiery and wear a heel of your choice. Think silk, jersey, and even taffeta still.

 	
Silk taffeta Felice dress Maggy London Ruched Crinkle Chiffon Dress Kay Unger Ruched GownSophia long silk dress

1. Silk taffeta Felice dress, $235 at jcrew.com
2. Maggy London Ruched Crinkle Chiffon Dress, $158 at nordstrom.com
3. Kay Unger Ruched Gown, $388 at nordstrom.com
4. Sophia long silk dress, $225 at jcrew.com

And for the little one:

Alexis silk faille dress Us Angels Tulle & Satin Dress

5. Alexis silk faille dress, $168 at jcrew.com
6. Us Angels Tulle & Satin Dress, $98 at nordstrom.com

Apres Ski Style

Q. I am about to go on my first ski trip (to Meribel in France) and have no idea what to wear for apres ski. I am really impressed with your advice on the website but could not see anything relating to skiing. Are you able to help? There are 14 of us going and we are all in our early to mid-twenties. The expectation is that the apres-ski will form a major part of the trip! I am particularly confused about footwear. I have read mixed things about the need to take extra-grippy footwear for getting around the resort. If I am to buy moon boots or some other alternative how can I make them look stylish (tucked in jeans are a complete no-no as I am hefty of thigh)?
-Snowbound

A. You need to keep your feet warm and toasty, avoid tumbling on icy streets and still look cute and cozy for those drinks by the fire chatting with handsome European guys. I’ve made some simple picks of sweaters for the cozy look that you can layer with tops underneath and boots that your jeans or corduroys will easily fall over without a need to tuck in, but you could cuff if you wanted to.

Braided Neck Hoodie Triple Five Soul Upland Mock Sweater DKNY Jeans Cabled Turtleneck Sweater DKNY Jeans Half Zip Sweater

1. Braided Neck Hoodie, $118 at freepeople.com
2. Triple Five Soul Upland Mock Sweater, $69.99 at urbanoutfitters.com
3. DKNY Jeans Cabled Turtleneck Sweater, $69 at nordstrom.com
4. DKNY Jeans Half Zip Sweater, $69 at nordstrom.com

La Canadienne FayeLa Canadienne Alexa

5. La Canadienne Faye, $190 at piperlime.com
6. La Canadienne Alexa, $260 at piperlime.com

Q. How long can you wear boots for into spring?
-Boots On

A. While I’ve been surprised to see women wearing boots in 95 degree heat in Florida and California in the summer (how stinky and sweaty!), I still have high fashion hopes that most women know that boots are for cooler temperatures. Typically, the season is late September through March.  You can squeeze in April if your city gets hit with the occasional freak snowstorm or cold snap.

Q. I recently purchased a pair of high waist gray denim jeans and have been trying to figure out what top would look good with this style.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I did see the recent issue of Elle which had a photo shoot with jeans of this kind but they showed a tank top and it is still cold where I live.
-High Waisted

A. High-waisted pants require a slim fitting top to tuck into the jeans to create a long lean look from shoulder to foot.  You can layer a short jacket or sweater or, to still keep the illusion of length, you can add a long thin knit cardigan worn open and loose.

Tuck in a slim top:

Soda Blu Short Sleeve TurtleneckRegatta boatneckVelvet Jovitas Top

1. Soda Blu Short Sleeve Turtleneck, $58 at tobi.com
2. Regatta boatneck, $34 at jcrew.com
3. Velvet Jovitas Top, $75 at tobi.com

Layer one of these over your tucked in top:

Camilla sweater jacket12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Cambazola Professor CardiganTokidoki TD Cable Knit Sweater

4. Camilla sweater jacket, $128 at jcrew.com
5. 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Cambazola Professor Cardigan, $399 at bluebee.com
6. Tokidoki TD Cable Knit Sweater, $132 at tobi.com

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