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Q. I am attending a wedding in early August and have purchased a strapless, knee length deep purple/berry colored dress. I have no idea how to wear this dress. I have been searching and searching on how to accessories with the shoes and the bag and jewelry. I am not into fashion at all, but I don’t want to look like hot mess. I read somewhere that gold shoes look nice with berry dresses, but I’m still not sure about the bag and jewelry. Please help me!

A. You can absolutely wear gold shoes with your purple dress, but I actually prefer silver shoes. Black shoes are also an option, and a great way to carry your dress into winter when paired with a black fitted tuxedo jacket. But I digress… For a summer wedding, try silver shoes, turquoise jewelry and a silver clutch for a standout look. For your jewelry, choose either dramatic earrings OR a statement necklace, and a bracelet or ring. Here are some options for inspiration:

Q. I just bought a cute sheer-ish maxi skirt for summer but just can’t seem to figure out how to wear it. Can you give me some ideas?

A. Breezy maxi skirts have a sort of beachy, boho vibe and look best when worn with slouchy tees and tanks and sandals. You can try tucking your top in fully, wearing it long and loose, or tucking it in partially for a laid-back look. You can also try wearing a crop top or knotted shirt, but this looks best for younger women (read: under 25). Here are a few looks for inspiration:


Also, check out how to wear a maxi skirt for ideas on how to dress it up for the office.

Q. I’m planning several getaways this summer and am on the hunt for a new weekend bag, can you recommend some?

A. We recently came across the amazing Weekender Bag from Kate Spade Saturday that is by far the best of its kind. At a reasonably priced $170, you get a coated canvas bag that not only looks great, but has tons of features that make packing for the weekend a breeze. Inside you’ll find several pockets including a removable cell-phone compartment and drawstring pockets to hold all your accessories. Perhaps the feature we love best, however, is the separate zippered shoe compartment which easily holds a couple pairs of sandals. It also comes in a variety of colors and prints to suit your style. Check it out at saturday.com — and while you’re there, check out some of the other chic/functional bags including a picnic tote that folds out into a blanket and a cooler tote.

(P.S. If you’re feeling really creative, there’s even an option to customize your own small weekender with several colorblocked combinations and a monogram.)


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Q. I really like this year’s spring trend of printed denim, not all of them, but the ones with small and subtle prints. But the problem is, I am 30. On top of it, I am petite, I don’t look like 30, the most common thing I hear when I tell people my age is “you look so young!”…I hate it, so normally I stick to formals and mostly neutrals. So my question is, should I skip this trend? I don’t want to look like I am wearing my niece’s pants nor do I want people to faint on knowing I am 30.

A. Printed jeans are more wearable than you might think, and definitely not just for teenagers. The key is to choose a “sophisticated” pair and wear it with tailored separates and heels if you are petite. Try pairing yours with button downs, blazers, floaty blouses and dressy tees. For shoes, try a pump, wedge or strappy sandal. Here are a few looks to show how women over 30 can wear printed jeans.

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