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Q. I love the look of skinny jeans. How should I wear them—with what tops and shoes—so that I don’t look like I’m trying to be my teenage daughter? Or should I just skip this look entirely as I had already worn it in the ’80s?
-’80s Comeback

Gp380714-01P01V01A. I have been telling women for years to avoid tapered jeans. Unless you’re slender and have barely-there hips, you’ll only accentuate your hips, butt and thighs and will not look taller. That being said, there are ways to wear this season’s skinny jean in a flattering way. I bought skinny stretch cords and dark jeans for Fall to specifically wear with my mid-calf and knee-high boots. Skinny jeans allow you to slip on your boots over the pants without tucking in or folding. You suddenly look chic, not bunchy. Another way to wear the skinny jean is to pair it with a longer tunic style top or fitted short sheath (just covering your butt and hips) and wear a wide belt slung on the hips or at your waist.

For more jean tips, check out our latest Dream Jeans denim guide.

shown here, Gap Skinny Fit jeans, $58 at

Q. What are some good websites to find plus-sizes for a woman in her 40s?
-Plus Size Style

0454650782074 Astl 300X400A. Shopping for a curvy girl is a delight these days with so many chic options available. Check out sites like,,,,, and the plus size departments at and As for department stores, I’ve always liked the styles offered at and Salon Z at Many designers like Ellen Tracy, Dana Buchman, Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher and Sigrid Olsen select various styles from each collection and offer them in plus sizes.

shown left, Lafayette 148 Tweed Jacket and Stretch Wool Pants from Salon Z at

Q. I purchased a pair of Michael Kors brown suede cowboy boots last fall. I thought they’d be great to wear because of the low comfortable heel (approx. 2-3“), trouble is, I feel they are now passe - is this correct?
-Boots Made for Walkin’ ?

A. Go for it! While you may not see an abundance of fashion layouts in magazines, that doesn’t mean that cowboy boots are out of style. I’m sure Mary Kate and Ashley will still be wearing theirs. Cowboy boots are the style of boot that people who fall for them wear them for years. Most people say that after a year of wear, they really break them in and find them to be super comfy. So strut your stuff!

Q. Looking for a red and white fairly wide stripe top…who has such a thing?
-Striped Searcher

A. Easy Peasy-there are plenty of places and options for red and white striped tops. Some suggestions:


Lux Striped V Neck Tunic
$58 at


Lux Sheer Stripe Henley
$24 at


Free People Rugby Stripe Hoody
$78 at

Q. Help! I’m getting married in a tea length ivory dress (strapless and a-line skirt) and don’t know what shoes to wear with it. I was thinking of a metallic so I don’t have to match the ivory color, but what style?
-Shoe Unsure

A. While the actual wedding day is always joyous, wedding planning can be stressful. And matching colors can be a nightmare and a waste of precious shopping hours. A surefire successful choice is to choose metallic. It can be an ivory or off-white sandal with gold or pearls or all-over metallic in a strappy heel. You’ll look gorgeous - and surprise, surprise you’ll surely wear the heels again.

Here are two big day-worthy options, one closed toe and one strappy sandal:

Caparros Be-Bop
$59.95 at


Nina Aney-GS
$72.95 at

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