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Q. I have a Bat Mitzvah to go to on September 3rd. The services are in the morning with the party to follow. The party will be at the temple also. What do I wear to this? I never went to an afternoon affair. I don’t want to be underdressed but I don’t want to overdress either. I have a black skirt with sequins and was wondering if I could wear this with a tank or tee shirt and strappy sandals and a funky necklace or would a skirt with sequins be too much for a daytime affair?
-Afternoon Affair

A. A skirt with sequins is fine as long as the top is toned down. Since the entire affair takes place at the temple, be sure you are respectful and have some kind of wrap or a little jacket or cardigan to cover your shoulders during the religious services. If it is an orthodox affair, your skirt should be long and skip the tank. Sequins on your skirt are ok provided you don’t look like a Vegas showgirl! Otherwise, you have the right idea for afternoon affair, funky necklace and all.

Q. I am an 18-year-old heading off to college in a month. I will be going to a school where the dress code is jeans, flip-flops or tennis shoes, and a shirt with the university name or logo on it. I would like to look a little more classy than that. What should I wear to look casual, fashionable, and comfortable in the dorms, going out, and to class?
-Casual with Class

A. Does the college actually have that “dress code” written in school literature? I assume that you are going to a college in a warm weather state, perhaps Florida or California? Think of college as your first steps towards defining your own style. You may go through multiple looks from freshman year to graduation, just like some students change majors. But this is the best time to experiment: be girly with sundresses while the weather is still warm and add gold or silver flip flops; be bohemian with a tiered skirt in ombre, a bold color or a fun print and add a tank and long strands of beads; embrace denim with dark jeans or a mini or wear colorful cords and add cowboy boots and a fitted blazer. College was the time when I also had fun discovering vintage clothing on my limited budget. Enjoy!

Q. I have very pale skin and have experimented with sunless tanners for years. I recently started using Neutrogena’s MicroMist spray (which Stylebakery recommends) and I love it! But I was wondering, how often should I reapply? I don’t want to get too dark but I want my color to be consistent so it doesn’t look fake.
-Fake Bake

300-7A. The look of most sunless tanners only lasts a few days and then you have to find the time to reapply, wait to dry and hope your elbows, ankles and hands don’t look funny. So, for the sun-kissed look all year long without hand stains, try the new Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. They make it for fair and darker skin tones and you can use it every day to maintain color over time.

Q. I was watching your segment on T-shirts on “The View” on August 3, 2005 and Elizabeth mentioned something she uses instead of “petals” and I believe she called them “chicken cutlets”. Could you tell me what they are used for and where they can be bought? This is the second time I’ve heard them referenced on a TV show. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-Covering It Up

Pm Pc-P9006A. TV lights may be strong, but the temperatures in the studio can be frigid, so a girl has got to cover her nipples. Often with sheer tops and low cut shirts, it can take more than just the right bra to achieve a clean, smooth look. That’s where the handy secrets of stylists come in.

The “cutlets” Elizabeth referred to are small curved silicone shapes that look like chicken cutlets and can be put in the cup of your bra to give you the illusion of cleavage and a little more size. (Preciani silicone enhancers, shown left, $58 at figleaves.com)


555Fas.FpxPetals are lovely little items to place over your nipples to hide the “cold factor” and cover up under a sheer top. They have two versions—a flat version and now a version with a little gel like center that still stick right onto the nipple and come off easily. (Fashion Forms breast petals, shown right, $6 for package of 3 at barenecessities.com)


8450Fas.FpxAnd lastly, there’s the cutlet-slash-bra. It’s as if they took two cutlets and added a clasp in the center with a sticky back. These are perfect under a top or dress when a regular bra is impossible. This is best for girls no bigger than a c-cup. They stick onto your breasts and can take a little finagling to figure out the right fit. (Fashion Forms: Nu Bra Divine Body Bra, shown left, $65 at barenecessities.com)

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