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Q. Skinny cargo pants were really in last year, especially in military green by J Brand. Are they still in this fall/winter, and if so how can I update the style for 2011?

A. True, skinny cargo pants were a huge trend last year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them again this season. Rather than treating them as the central part of your look, think of your skinny cargos as a basic and pair them with cozy sweaters and ankle boots. This season, a Southwest-inspired sweater, faux fur vest, or poncho/cape will give your skinny cargos a fresh update.

Tell us, are you still wearing your skinny cargo pants? If so, what do you wear them with?

Q. We are eloping in Vegas at a strip chapel, I found this cocktail dress in ivory, however I do not want to wear ivory shoes and I will need something to cover my arms since it is chilly this time of the year and I want to wear the dress out to dinner and wherever else we go that evening, I want to keep it simple as my fiance is wearing a white shirt, dark jeans and black dress shoes. Please help, I am running out of time.

A. Congratulations! Regardless of how dressed down your husband-to-be is, it’s your wedding and it’s Vegas! Don’t be afraid to put on the glam! Cover up your halter dress with a chic tuxedo jacket (which you’ll definitely wear again) or a pretty sequin jacket. Match your shoes to your jacket and you’re set! Here are two ideas for you:

Q. I’m always running around for my job in sales and I’m in search of a really stylish yet roomy tote bag to carry my materials, can you recommend some?

A. What you need is a lightweight tote with a strap that’s long enough to fit over your shoulder. Here are some options that are sure to impress your clients:


Q. A very generous friend gifted me a pair of leopard Louboutin pumps. They are Beeeautiful. I’m wondering what to wear them with so as not to overdo the look. I’m assuming a pair of skinny black trousers, but what kind of top? I have a nephew’s engagement party at a restaurant coming up and thought this would be the perfect opportunity.


A. Now that’s a friend! Can you make an introduction? Kidding aside, congrats on being the proud owner of a new pair of leopard Louboutin pumps. It is no secret that I have a serious love for leopard print shoes, so you’ve come to the right place.

There’s a reason I love leopard pumps: they’re eternally chic and can be worn with almost everything. A few examples: jeans and a blazer, skinny black pants and a tunic, a pencil skirt and blouse, camel trousers and a sweater, a little black dress…see what I mean? Everything. Day or night, work or weekend, dressy or casual, leopard pumps do it all.

Some favorite colors to pair with leopard are red, black, brown, camel, orange, blue, gold, yellow, pink, green, mustard and charcoal grey. Leopard shoes can even be paired with prints, but this is where it can get a little tricky, so if you’re not comfortable mixing your prints, then stick with solid colors. Take a look at two of Heidi Klum’s recent looks for great ways to wear leopard pumps with prints.

For those of you reading this who don’t already own a pair of leopard print shoes, it’s time to add this key piece to your wardrobe now — and you don’t have to spend Louboutin prices. Here are some options to get you started:

Q. I have a charcoal knit sweater dress and I’m not sure what to wear for leg wear and shoes. Is it okay to wear tights (I’m in my forties)? For shoes, I have grey or red closed toe wedges, would that work? I would like booties, but I’m petite (5”2 size 4/6) and I’m afraid the boots would make my legs look shorter. Any ideas? I want to wear this dress for a baby shower I’m hosting and also to a night out to dinner and a play with friends.

A. A sweater dress can be worn several ways; depending on the weather, you can opt for bare legs or of course tights (no matter what your age), but you can also opt for leggings or skinny jeans for a more casual look.

On your feet, your black closed toe wedges will look great with tights. Don’t completely rule out booties, though — a low bootie that is the same color as your tights can be worn even by petite women. Another option is to choose a taller boot that hits an inch or two below your knee, worn with tights or even bare legs.

To change up the look of a sweater dress, try adding a belt, or even a pretty scarf or vest. Here are some options to consider:


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