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Q. I keep seeing colorful jeans everywhere, but I’m not sure if I can pull the look off. Can you give me some ideas for wearing the trend?


A. Colored denim is a fun trend for spring. I think a slim ankle length jean in a bright hue can be pretty easy for most women to wear. Try pairing it with a contrasting solid colored top for this season’s color blocking trend, or pair with a printed top that picks up the color of the jeans. If you’re still a little uneasy with all that color, a white top is the perfect contrast for a bright hue. Add a flat sandal or wedge heel and you’ve got a breezy, bright, summery look. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

Q. I have a short, almost pencil, skirt that is oriental print. The main color is a wine or burgundy color with golds, deep pinks and another brighter wine or burgundy color. My question is, what color shoes to wear with the skirt? I was thinking a nude shoe but I’m not sure and open to other options. For an upcoming event I plan on wearing the skirt with a cream light blousy shirt tucked into the skirt. Any feedback would be much appreciated!


A. Without seeing the actual skirt, it’s difficult to choose the perfect shoe, however, you cannot go wrong with a nude pump. In fact, it sounds like a nude shoe would be the perfect option for your floral skirt and light cream blouse pairing. Not only will a nude heel work with this look, but just about anything else in your wardrobe as well, so you will certainly get a lot of wear from them. Not to mention the fact that a nude heel helps to make your legs look miles long. As an alternate to a nude shoe, you can try picking up some of the gold or pink tones from the skirt.

Here are some great nude shoes worth investing in:

Q. I’m not sure what shoes to wear with my skinny jeans when I’ll be walking around the city. Are sneakers ok to wear? What suggestions to you have for shoes that are comfy and made for lots of walking to wear with skinny jeans?

A. You have several comfortable options for spring to wear with your skinny jeans. A comfortable ballet flat would be my first preference as it is far more versatile than a sneaker, allowing you to look a little more polished as you go throughout the day. However, if you do opt for a sneaker, a pair of classic Converse always looks cute -and much more stylish than a pair of sneakers that you might wear to the gym. A flat sandal or even a comfortable low wedge can be a great option for city walking as well. Here are some comfortable, but chic, styles to wear with your skinnies this season:

Q. In June, I am attending an outdoor wedding at a North Carolina country club. I have a gorgeous dress in a solid dove gray color. I am leaning towards really saturated colors for accessories and shoes since the dress is very neutral. Would that be appropriate? Also, since I am having to travel to the wedding, I would like to spend less than $300 total on shoes, jewelry, and clutch. Is that feasible?

A. I love the idea of pairing a monochromatic dress with pops of bright. Dove gray is the perfect base color to pop with pinks, purples, yellows, greens and blues - whatever your preference. As for budget, you should have no problem finding shoes, a bag and some jewelry for under $300. Here is one look for inspiration below, using pink and silver to accessorize your gray dress:


Q. I am 5 feet and I love the Christian Louboutin platform mary jane! I am petite and curvy very similiar to Kim Kardashian. I was wondering if it will make me look shorter, even if they are 6.5 inches high?? Please help!

CL-mary-janes.jpgA. The platform Christian Louboutin is quite a shoe! I would be more worried about whether I could walk in them than if they made me look short, but that’s just me. Your instincts are correct that an ankle strap or mary jane style is typically not the best choice for petite women, however, the CL shoe has several things going for it that should make it a flattering option for you. Along with the super-high heel and platform, the strap hits lower on your instep, so they won’t visually shorten your legs the way other mary janes or ankle strap shoes will.


You didn’t mention which color you are interested in, but I would suggest a neutral or nude color, rather than black, which will really flatter your legs and make them appear longer. I’ve selected several platform mary janes below that look very similar to the Louboutin versions, without the $1000 price tag.

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