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Brand DressQ. I have the dress that I want to wear to a special awards dinner, but I don’t know what color shoes to get?  Can you give me some guidance on what style/color to look for?
-Color Query   

A.  My immediate reaction is “gold.”  Look for gold strappy heels to pair with your dress.  Black would be too safe and not lift the color of the dress, and trying to find a matching shoe would be impossible.

Q. I am in a wedding and the dresses are latte colored with a chocolate brown sash around the waist. We are not sure what shoes to wear. The dress is long, and we have been looking for a trendy (but inexpensive) shoes to wear, and we are trying to stay away from the dyeables. What do you suggest?
-Girl’s Guess

A. Latte is a hard color to match. Shop for a cream or pale gold heel or a chocolate strappy shoe to bring out the color of the sash. Stay away from the dyeables. I’ve found a few options that are under $100 and also come in other color choices:

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left to right, all from nordstrom.com: BP. ‘Beauty’ Pump, $59.95; Nina ‘Cupcake’ Sandal, $59.95; Enzo Angiolini ‘Maylie’ Pump, $88.95

Q. I’m going to be a bridesmaid and was told to pick any shade of purple for the dress color.  My question is, I’ve been told that I have yellow in my skin and that I fall into the warmer tone or autumn category.  What purples would look best with my skin tone?  I know pastels totally wash me out.
-No Passion for Purple

A. Skip the pastels and go for deep rich purple and preferably something with a bit of shine like silk shantung.  It’s hard to give you an exact color name since every designer names colors differently. If the dress is being made, then be sure to look at several “purple” hued swatches to choose your favorite and one that will work best with your skin tone.  If you’re shopping for the dress yourself then try on several and look for a dress, that while you may not love the color, is cut in a shape that compliments some part of your figure, like showing off collar bones and shoulders or a cocktail length to show off great legs.


S07 8355.Psd-1Q. My bridesmaids will be wearing this dress to my wedding, any suggestions for shoes?

-Shoe Help 

A. Choose silver strappy or peep toe shoes for your bridesmaids (they’ll be happy that they can wear the shoes again!)  Another suggestion—let your bridesmaids choose their own silver heels so they can be happy with the fit, heel height and not be complete clones of each other.

Here are a few pairs they may like:

Calvin Klein EmmalineHouse of Dereon 'Hot Rocks' SandalKenneth Cole Reaction 'Rags to Riches' PumpTyler by Richard Tyler 'Witness' Pump


left to right: Calvin Klein Emmaline, $130 at zappos.com; House of Dereon ‘Hot Rocks’ Sandal, $159.95 at nordstrom.com; Kenneth Cole Reaction ‘Rags to Riches’ Pump, $78.95 at nordstrom.com; Tyler by Richard Tyler ‘Witness’ Pump, $98.95 at nordstrom.com

Untitled1Q. I bought this dress and, besides the sandals shown on the model, I would like to get two more looks out of it. Something to dress it up with heels for evening and something to dress it down with a flat for day. Can you show me some options so I can get three looks out of one dress?
-Shoe Wonder

A. Smart girl to think about how to wear your dress in a variety of ways to multiple functions. Here are some options for work, day, evening and weekends. Now you just have to think about accessories!

Corsica stacked sandalsEnzo Angiolini ChicaraMichael Kors Seaport FlatNora strappy heels'Nautical' cork platform wedge

left to right: Corsica stacked sandals, $148 at jcrew.com; Enzo Angiolini Chicara, $99.95 at zappos.com;  Michael Kors Seaport Flat, $112.95 at zappos.com; Nora strappy heels, $168 at jcrew.com; ‘Nautical’ cork platform wedge, $88 at bananarepublic.com

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