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Q. Help! I’m going to a wedding (2 weekends from now ) in NYC and am having trouble finding shoes. Seems like there are wedges everywhere, but I need dressy black heels. One place suggested a wedge, but for a wedding? Any suggestions would be great.

A. I love a good wedge, but it’s not my favorite choice for a dressy affair. I agree that a sexy black heel is your better option for a NYC wedding. Here are some dressy black heels for you to choose from:

Q. I have a very large bust and have such a hard time finding cute bathing suits. Can you recommend some for women with a DD cup?

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A. It can be difficult to find stylish swimwear in larger cup sizes. However, it’s much easier than it used to be! We found a ton of great options for DD+ cup sizes (including DDD and FF sizes) on Asos.com, and they are just as stylish as the swimsuits for smaller cup sizes. Barenecessities.com also has a great selection of DD+ styles.

Q. This season’s maxi dresses look so fun and comfortable, but at 5’3”, they usually overwhelm my frame. Any suggestions for wearing the maxi dress trend this summer without wearing 6” heels or looking like I’m drowning in fabric?

Q. Could you suggest a casual maxi dress for me. I’m petite 5’1 (2/4 on top 4/6 on bottom). Most maxis that I am finding have large prints or are shapeless.

A. There’s no avoiding the fact that maxi dresses are a huge trend again this year. Stores are filled with racks of maxis in a variety of silhouettes and prints. The good news is, there is a maxi out there to suit every figure, even petite women. Case in point? It’s arguable that petite celebs Nicole Richie and Mary Kate Olsen, both 5’1” tall, are largely responsible for the popularity of the maxi dress over the past few years.


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Here are some tips for finding the right style maxi for your petite figure:

  • Look for maxi dresses that are suitable for your proportions. Petite departments are a good place to start, otherwise you may be forced to shorten the length of your dress.
  • Avoid overly voluminous styles, too much fabric will overwhelm your figure. Instead, look for lean styles.
  • Choose maxi dresses that are fitted at the top and empire waist. This will help elongate your lower half, making you appear taller.
  • Generally, monochrome colors or small prints and patterns are most flattering for petites, though some larger scale patterns may work.
  • Whenever possible, wear a wedge (even a small one) for a little added height.

Here are some maxi dresses that are suited to petite figures:


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Q. I have a pool party coming up in a few weeks and I am super uncomfortable about wearing a swimsuit in front of everyone. I don’t plan on swimming, so can I get away with just wearing cute shorts and a top or a little sundress?

A. Absolutely! A casual sundress or maxi dress with sandals or shorts and a top with wedges are perfect clothing options if you prefer not to wear a swimsuit. Another option is to wear a swimsuit with one of this season’s must-have tunics or a pretty kaftan on top - even if you never remove your cover-up, you’ll still look “ready” for the pool. Here are some looks for inspiration:

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Q. I was invited to a Memorial Day bbq party. The dress is casual, but I’m pretty insecure about my legs. What do you suggest I wear that is appropriate for the summery outdoor event that hides my legs? I don’t want to look overdressed or out of place.

A. Don’t fret! There are plenty of casual summer looks that don’t require shorts or short dresses. Lucky for you, the maxi has never been hotter, which means there are a multitude of maxi skirts and dresses available in every price point, and for every style. Pair a maxi skirt with a tank top, t-shirt, or even a little denim jacket if the weather is chilly. Or, opt for an easy maxi dress in solids or prints. If a maxi isn’t your thing, opt for slim white pants or cropped pants in a pretty print or color paired with the top or tunic of your choice. The good news is, you can look great and enjoy yourself while keeping your legs under wraps!

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