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Q. I know that rain boots are in season right now, but is it okay to still wear them when it is NOT raining?
-No Puddles

A. All those colorful, printed, patterned rain boots were designed to make splashing through puddles more fun on a dreary day. To wear a rain boot when it’s not raining means choosing a boot that doesn’t scream "rain boot."  Look for boots that have minimal details that are stylish enough to pair with pieces in your wardrobe, while still blending with your outerwear. I dig these four styles for their fashionable to rugged looks. And remember in the winter months to wear a warmer sock since rubber doesn’t offer much insulation.

Plask W6628-471460-DLa Canadienne
DorinaAquatalia by Marvin K. Nasty

1. Tretorn Plask W, $129 at
2. Sporto Lani, $68.95 at
3. La Canadienne Dorina, $258.95 at
4. Aquatalia by Marvin K. Nasty, $370 at

Q. I recently bought a few shirts that could use a black sweater to go along with them, but I am having a difficult time tracking down one that is cute and affordable.
-Basic not Boring

A. A black sweater is a classic and every woman should own a turtleneck and a v-neck or cardigan. But the sweaters don’t have to be dull in shape or style. For a sweater to stand apart in your wardrobe, look for extra details like a puffed sleeve, buttons in non-standard places, 3/4 sleeves and embroidery. All these sweaters are under $100:

3/4-sleeve buttonless cardiganVintage Lace SweaterBoyfriend Cardigan Sweater Gitano® metallic shimmer cardigan

 Chunky Cotton Cardigan Lux Santa Cruz Cardigan
 Lux Santa Cruz CardiganNoemi Smocked Sweater Zq1507 001

1. 3/4-sleeve buttonless cardigan, $68 at
2. Vintage Lace Sweater , $34.50 at
3. Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater , $24.50 at
4. Gitano metallic shimmer cardigan, $36.99 at
5.  Chunky Cotton Cardigan, $88 at
6.  Lux Santa Cruz Cardigan, $48 at
7. Noemi Smocked Sweater , $29.50 at
8. Roundneck sweater, $39.50 at

Q. I bought a cable knit scoop neck sweater dress in winter white that is about 18 inches, so it hits above the knee. I have NO idea what to wear on the bottom- tights? If so, what color? Boots? Flats? [I’m 6 feet tall, so I love flats.] I have a pair of flat black riding boots, but I don’t know how well that will go with winter white.
-Shed Some Light

A. Go for a bold contrast of black and white. Wear black opaque tights with black knee high boots or black pumps (or flats in your case). You can do the same with some textured brown tights and add brown boots or a patterned flat, wedge or pump in brown hues. Also consider playing with color for casual days with burgundy or hunter green tights and heels or boots.

Q. Any suggestions for a sophisticated prom dress? Should it be black? What length?
-Prom Pinache

A. A black dress or a long dress doesn’t guarantee sophistication. You need to look for a dress that is appropriate for your age, doesn’t show off too much skin and fits your personality. I had fun finding multiple styles that are sophisticated, feminine and perfect for prom.  My extra tips would be to make sure you go light on the hairspray, don’t wear too much makeup and be sure to blend below your chin. Rah, Rah!

Black Strapless Holiday Dresses
by Sue WongShort Black Dress by JovaniSequined Strapless Dresses
by Betsy JohnsonDKNY Jeans Juniors Ruffled Satin Halter Dress

 Ruby Rox Tube Party Dress with TieNavy Ruched Bodice Long Gowns
by BCBG MAXAZRIALavender Mist Chiffon Evening Gowns
by BCBG MAXAZRIAEdressme 1983 26555455

1. Black Strapless Holiday Dresses by Sue Wong, $372 at
2. Short Black Dress by Jovani, $440 at
3. Sequined Strapless Dresses by Betsy Johnson, $425 at
4. DKNY Jeans Juniors Ruffled Satin Halter Dress, $89 at
5. Ruby Rox Tube Party Dress with Tie, $66 at
6. Navy Ruched Bodice Long Gowns by BCBG MAXAZRIA, $440 at
7. Lavender Mist Chiffon Evening Gowns by BCBG MAXAZRIA, $480 at
8. Silver Prom Dresses by Faviana, $258 at

Q. Can you advise me what kind of earrings I should get to go with my halter style wedding dress? I will probably have my hair up somehow, but nothing too formal. I’m not wearing a veil and was thinking about a small hair accessory instead. I decided not to wear a necklace, but I am clueless as to whether I should go with a stud or small drop or some mid-sized chandelier earring. What kind of earring shape should I be looking for with a dress like this? I’m not very tall (5’2") and my wedding is being held at the Forever Grand Chapel at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July with a guest list of about 50 people.
-Not so Traditional Bride

A. Petite gals need to stay away from oversized jewelry.  Since you’re skipping all the other traditional accoutrements you do, however, need a little more shine on the ear. Skip the studs and choose something with a little drop from the lobes.

Aquamarine, Whisky Topaz, and Garnet EarringsIsharya Libra Earrings L-1CC Skye "Jackie O" Baguette HoopsJuliannes's Bow Earrings - Gold

2 Carat Olive Quartz and Citrine 14K Gold Earrings1/8 Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Flower Drop EarringsCubic Zirconia and Ivory Quartz Oval Earrings

1. Aquamarine, Whisky Topaz, and Garnet Earrings, $115.60 at
2. Isharya Libra Earrings, $188 at
3. CC Skye "Jackie O" Baguette Hoops, $165 at
4. Juliannes’s Bow Earrings - Gold, $29.99 at
5. 2 Carat Olive Quartz and Citrine 14K Gold Earrings, $195 at
6. 1/8 Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Flower Drop Earrings, $250 at
7. Cubic Zirconia and Ivory Quartz Oval Earrings, $126.40 at

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