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Q. I know that chandelier earrings are out, but what should I be wearing for a fun going-out earring now? And are large necklaces still in? I have a few that are the big chain style from last season. Can I still wear them? What earrings do I pair with them? 
- Ear Wear

A. Yes, go ahead and wear your chain style necklace, I still wear mine.  Just go simple on the earrings, like little drop earrings in gold or silver or a thin hoop. As for your chandelier earrings, keep them since fashion is cyclical and everything always comes back in style. If you want more “pop” on your ears, check these out:

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left to right: Julie Sandlau Amethyst Cluster Oblong Hoop Earrings ($194) at, Calico Juno Bohemian Earring #7 ($84.99) at, Kipepeo Jewelry Frangipani Earrings ($64) at

Q. My boyfriend is about to be back from Iraq and we have a very special vacation planned.  I want to wear a cute little black cocktail dress, but I don’t know if I should wear hose, and if so, what color to wear.  I am extremely pale  and our vacation will be in December.  I don’t want to look like a fashion disaster! 
-Pale Writer 

A. Assuming you are going somewhere warm, skip the hose and be sure to wear some knockout intimates under your dress.  If you’re pale, consider a spray on tan.  I’m a big fan of Model Co. transparent spray on tan.  Just be sure to continually wash your hands and be light on the ankles, feet and elbows to avoid staining.  Or start applying a gradual skin glowing lotion now like the “tanning” or body shimmer lotions from Jergens.

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ModelCo Tan Airbrush In A Can, $7 and up at

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, $5.99 at

Q. I am getting married in six months and I have picked out a nice dress that my bridesmaids will be able to get plenty of wear out of. The problem is, one of my girls likes it so much she wants to go ahead and wear it to an event next month. I will not be able to attend, but she, her husband, and my fiance will be going. Is it tacky for me to ask her not to wear the dress until after she has worn it in my wedding? I picked this dress specifically because I thought it was classy and could be worn again, but not before the wedding! Am I being ridiculous?
-To Wait or Not To Wait

A. Call your girlfriend and request that she hold off on wearing the dress until your wedding day.  Not only does it seem to pull away some of the initial glory from your special day, but what if the unforeseen mishap occurs like spilled wine, food stains or a ripped seam? Tell her that, while you understand the expense involved in buying the dress and your purpose was to make sure that the dress has an afterlife, you’d like it to occur after the wedding and to please respect your wishes.

Q. I love the advice you give and hope you’re able to answer my question. I have a couple of cute, retro style high heel peep toe shoes that I got this summer. I would love to be able to continue wearing into fall. I know generally speaking, hosiery with open toe shoes are a no-no. But I’m in my 20’s and think I might be able to get away with wearing peep toe heels with cute stocking. What’s your take on stockings with peep toe shoes? 
-A Toe Show 

A. My take is simple—this year it seems everyone will embrace a fun attitude with hosiery and tights. Wear your peep toes with opaque tights or even sheers, just be sure the sheers are sheer to toe and not sandalfoot.

Q. I am attending a non-traditional wedding (no suggested attire, but the bride is wearing a cocktail dress). I have a vintage silk sheer dress that is a bit of a tartan pattern with a metallic gold thread running through. It is just below the knee. It would look great with gold shoes … but the hose? It will be very chilly up here mid-December. I will likely wear a dark (burgundy or black) full slip under the dress (it is totally sheer), but I am stuck on what to wear on my legs. Bare legs are not an option!
-Bare Not

19283 Hsrphtssw02 H040306MA. Hanes has an invisible sheer to toe hosiery that truly made me a believer when I had a model wear them with strappy sandals on a cold evening shoot in Times Square.

Hanes: Silk Reflections Transparent Sheer To Waist Pantyhose
$8.95 at

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