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Q. I am a 38 D, and I need a bra to lift up. I have noticed lately they are starting to droop.
-Need a Lift 

A. Weight fluctuation, pregnancy and age can create a myriad of changes in our bra size.  Before you go ahead and buy a new bra, get fitted by a bra specialist.  Many department stores have trained sales women in the intimates department.  Once you know your correct size, start looking for support or minimizing bras that will give you gravity defying effects.  The Bali Live It Up bra is one of our favorites for it’s lifting capabilities.

Bali-Bal001-3353-GsBali Live It Up Underwire
$29  (currently on sale for $23.20) at
herroom.com
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Q. I am 5’ 2 and love the new wedge shoe look. But I read that short people should not wear shoes with ankle straps that come around the ankles. What do you suggest?
-Harried Over Height

A. Ankle straps on a gal of any height usually don’t look good unless you have a slender leg and it can, on some bodies, look as if you’ve been cut off at the ankles. But don’t stress—there are options to get the leg-lengthening high heel of a wedge without the ankle strap:

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Kate Spade ‘Ariel’ Sandal
$350 at
nordstrom.com

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Daniblack ‘Amalie’
$133.95 at zappos.com


 

 

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Aerosoles ‘Thready Bear’
$69 at
aerosoles.com




Check out more wedges in our ultimate shoe guide

Q. I like wearing narrow legged jeans/pants with cowboy boots. How can I get the bottoms of my pants to stay snug and neat inside my cowboy boots?
-Leg Up

A. The best way to keep pants snug inside boots is to cuff your jeans and fold over the excess to the back of your calf.  Then bring your sock over the jeans so it holds it all in place.

Q. I can’t tell you how many great tips I’ve gleaned from your column.  Now I’m needing a bit of your expertise on a problem I’m facing!  My company’s annual meeting is coming up and I’m stumped on ideas for an awards dinner outfit.  I just found a short sequin skirt that is a blue mist color that I thought would be fun to wear, but I’m not sure what to pair with it.  Is black too harsh with a pale blue?  Also, this certainly isn’t a very formal affair (they suggest cocktail attire) so I don’t want to go too fancy but I thought I might be able to pull the sequins off with something more understated on the top.  I’m a size 20 and have a large breast size and want to make sure that it is flattering to me. Help!  You’re so great with everyone else I’m praying you can help me too!
-Lost in Boston 

A. This kind of event is infinitely more important than a cocktail party with friends.  You’ll be making an impression on many important people company wide and showing off a more glamorous version of yourself.  This is a chance to be fun and friendly and still be professional. Any fashion faux pas will be remembered. As for a short sequin skirt, I worry about the length.  This is not an event appropriate for anything closely resembling a mini. And sequins can be bright, so if you stick with the skirt, the top must be subtle.

V0454632187019 V1 M56577569831177699My first choice would be a white top (similar to the look shown at left), but black would be fine if your wear black sandals. It’s hard for me to really say yes to the black combination without seeing the skirt. If you opt for another outfit, then go for a dress—it’s a no-fuss solution that just requires the addition of accessories and the right bra underneath. I chose a few tops and some affordable dress options as well. Good luck at the annual meeting.

left: Lafayette 148, Salon Z Stretch Cotton Shirt, $248 at saks.com

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Lafayette 148,
Salon Z Sophie Jersey Top
$288 at
saks.com



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JS Boutique Shirred
Two Layer Dress
$190 at
nordstrom.com


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Lily Three Quarter
Sleeve Surplice Dress
$92 at
nordstrom.com

Q. I am thrilled to have found a website where I can “secretly” ask a style question and my friends will never know that I too question the do’s and don’ts of fashion.  I just purchased my first pair of camel colored heels.  I buy a new pair of black heels every month, because really you can never have enough and because I work 9-5 and wear heels EVERYDAY.  I need some information regarding how to wear camel.  Does my purse need to match?  I personally love camel and black, but have a fear of lighter colored shoes on the bottom of a dark pant.  Can I wear camel shoes with black pants?  Could you please give me some recommendations on outfits with camel heels?  I am very freaked out by anything but black, so this is a big step for me. 
-Camel Confusion 

A. I’m still reeling over the fact that you buy a new pair of black heels every month!  Girl, break out of the rut and start choosing color. You must have a huge closet for all those shoes or you’re savvy enough to sell them off through consignment.  At least you’ve decided on another neutral color to add to your wardrobe. First off, you don’t need to match your shoes with your purse these days, just be sure your look is polished for the office from head to toe.  As for camel heels—it’s easier to pair a lighter heel with a darker bottom when it’s a skirt.  Otherwise, your camel heels will look best with lighter bottoms like matching camel, pink, white/off white, pastels and pale hues. Black heels with black pants or a dark hued heel with dark pants keep your look streamlined and give an illusion of length/height.

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