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Q. I would like to know if black strappy sandals will be okay to wear with a yellow dress?  I know that black goes with everything but I just want to make sure.
-Color Confusion 

A. I’m a little concerned about the severity of black sandals with a yellow dress and the unfortunate reminder of a bumble bee.  I don’t know if your yellow dress is formal or not, but there are so many light, bright, and soft colored sandals for Spring that would work with a yellow dress.  Consider pastels, metallics and even a pattern to brighten up the look of your dress rather than create a heavy sullen effect with black sandals. Here are just a few gold and white selections to give you a head start:

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MAXSTUDIO ´Orient Express´ Sandal
$138.95 at
nordstrom.com

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Nine West ‘Emerie’ Sandal
$68.95 at
nordstrom.com


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Laundry by Shelli Segal ‘Syna’ Sandal
$155 at
nordstrom.com

A. I have a question about ponchos.  I bought a light pink crochet poncho during the end of last winter and have only worn it once. I’d like to wear it again this spring but I noticed that nobody seems to wear ponchos anymore. I’m wondering, are they completely “out” this year?  Thanks for creating a venue where we fashion wobbly girls can get the low down without seeming dumb.
-Poncho Perplexed

A. As with everything in fashion from clothes to shoes to accessories, there are items that are “in” and items that are “out” each season.  Your poncho is, unfortunately, considered by many fashion editors and designers to be “out” this season.  It joins the multiple variations of the shrug that have also been such a hit for the last year. But, and this is a big BUT, if you absolutely love it and it looks great on you, then go ahead and wear it a few times.  But then put it in the back of your closet or pack it with your winter sweaters and realize that fashion is cyclical, so inevitably the poncho trend will return within a few years.

Q. I’m having a garden wedding this spring and am having a really hard time finding shoes.  I originally bought some silver ballet flats to wear with my simple, elegant A-line gown.  My toes peek out when I walk and the closed flats do not look very good. I really need to find something that looks great, won’t sink into the lawn and won’t make me tower over my fiancé (less then 2 1/2 inches). As far as color goes I’d love silver or white, but I’d even wear pink shoes. 
-Standing my ground   

A. Trying to navigate the outdoors on your wedding day can be tricky - you want a fabulous shoe that will fit the look of your dress, but you don’t want to get stuck in the dirt and lose your graceful poise.  Here are a few silver sandal suggestions that won’t have you sinking into the lawn or towering over your fiancé.

Barely there heels that easily navigate the grounds:

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kate spade ‘boisterous’ sandal
$295 at nordstrom.com

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kate spade ‘bauble’ sandal
$350 at nordstrom.com

 






A small heel to give you some height and still show off a pretty pedicure:

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Lumiani ‘Quarto’
$89.95 at zappos.com


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Nina ‘Whist’
$82.95 at zappos.com

Q. I love, love, love the dress you wore on the Tyra Banks show.  Can you tell me who makes it?
-Dress Impressed 

Detail1 1426-1A. Thanks for the compliment about the dress I wore on Tyra Banks.  These days, I am dress-buying obsessed and someone probably needs to restrain me! This nifty dress is by Conspiracy 8 and comes in two color ways: black with blue trim or chocolate with orange trim (currently on sale for $123 at mightyflirt.com). It is fairly low cut so be prepared to show a little cleavage, my fave right now is to pair it with the new Wonderbra Light Lift bra.
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Wonderbra Light Gel
Push-Up Underwire Bra
$21.99 at
onehanesplace.com

Q. I have a beautiful bronze evening gown with rhinestone pins on each shoulder strap. I’m not sure if I should wear a silver or bronze shoe to match the dress.
-Maddening Metallic 

A. It may traditionally be synonymous with coming in third place, but for you, bronze is the winning color for your dress. There are so many bronze hues and style available that it’s best if you choose a shade slightly darker or lighter than your dress.  Here are some gorgeous styles:

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rsvp ‘Venice’
$89.95 at
zappos.com

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Caparros ‘Intact’
$58.95 at zappos.com

 

 

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Nine West ‘Farideh’
$70.95 at
zappos.com

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