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Q. I bought this gorgeous Chaiken black lace jacket (grosgrain ribbon belt, bell sleeves, hits just at the waist). While I think it looks super cool with a simple white cotton tank, jeans and fabulous shoes, I’d like to wear it to an engagement party and can’t think of what would look best. Any ideas? The party’s not super dressy, more sophisticated cocktail attire (guys will be in suits for sure).
-Black Lace Conundrum

A.  You can easily dress up your black lace jacket from good looking with jeans to bravo with a fitted camisole and a black pencil or slight a-line skirt on bottom and your fabulous shoes to finish the look.  The camisole doesn’t have to be black, but should be a fairly simple designed top so it doesn’t detract from the lace jacket. Use the link below to view some options.

Q.  I’m graduating High School this year and I’ve been searching for a dress, but I don’t want the usual prom dress, I want an Oscars couture-looking gown, but I it has to be around $350-375. I LOVE sequins and I’ve looked on the websites for Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and A.B.S., but I have found few dresses with sparkle! Do you have any suggestions?
-Sassy Sparkle   

A. For sparkle and shine, your dress shopping destination should be edressme.com.  They have many Hollywood and celebrity recreations that hit within your budget and have plenty of sparkle without overdoing it. And while you may be hesitant to shop among prom , you can find plenty of sequins and choices at promgirl.com. And don’t forget to check out other sites like saks.com like I did:

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Niteline Sequin Embellished Gown
$338 at
edressme.com

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Faviana Beaded Evening Gown
$218 at edressme.com

 

 

 





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Carmen Electra-inspired
$199 at promgirl.com

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Beaded Silk Slip Dress
$385 at
saks.com

Q. I have a friend in Florida with a pressing style question.  She is 60ish, but wants to do what is currently in style.  She has a pair of slingbacks with a closed toe.  She is wondering whether to go without hose or wear nude or black hose (which would match her outfit).  She will wear them with longish skirts.
-Hosiery know how 

A. Your stylish older gal pal can work her longish skirts two ways.  While it still gets a bit chilly at night in Florida, she can stay comfortable in black sheer hose and once the temps start heating up, then she can bare an ankle without the hose. And my 60-something mom agrees.

Q. I recently purchased an adorable Nanette Lepore navy and white suit for my engagement party. But I’m having a terrible time finding the appropriate shoes. I’ve looked everywhere but to no avail. I’d like something stylish but don’t need to blow $500 on them.  My ideal shoe would be navy, with cream tip and peep toe.
- In Need of Navy 

A. I’m not big on the matchy–matchy look from head to toe, but I did my best to find you some choices that would give you that option. Navy is one of those shoes that usually leads the shopper into a frustrated state of mind. Add me to the list since I too could not find a navy and white peep toe that wasn’t dowdy.  So I shopped many of our favorite shoe sites to give you some options that would give you a stylish foot to pair with your girly Nanette Lepore suit.

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Givenchy 554922
$378.95 at zappos.com

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RSVP Sabine
$99.95 at
zappos.com

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‘Sunny’ Sandal
$88.95 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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