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Q. I’ve been seeing a lot of super bright bags for spring, but I’m not sure what to wear them with. Before I spend money on one, can you give me some ideas on how to wear it?

A. Absolutely! Bright bags are a big trend for spring, adding an instant pick-me-up to any look. There are several ways to incorporate a colorful accessory into your look:

Perhaps the easiest way to wear a bright bag is to pair it with neutrals like white, black or tan, letting the colorful accessory pop.

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A trickier trend that was huge on the runways is to pair a bright bag with other brights, creating a color blocked contrast.

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Finally, you can go matchy-matchy with your bright bag, pairing it with similarly hued clothing.

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Now that we’ve covered how to wear bright bags, in our next column, we’ll help you find the perfect bright bag, so stay tuned!

Q. I have my own engagement party coming up this weekend. I was hoping to find more of the spring colors out in the stores, but that doesn’t seem to be the case yet. I found a pretty black satin Betsey Johnson Dress. It’s to the knee and fitted. Is it wrong to wear black to my own engagement party? Are there any other options to order ?

I was thinking of adding fun shoes to it to make it a little more colorful and spring, maybe hot pink or light pink ? My wedding colors are raspberry, blush and silver, so I thought this might be cute.

Would a fun shoe look ridiculous ? Can you recommend some great high heel shoes for this occasion ? Thank you very much!!!

A. Congratulations on your engagement! While black would not be my first choice for you, what’s most important is that you feel good in your dress. A little black dress is a classic and works for pretty much any occasion, so if you love your dress and feel confident, that’s what matters.

I love the look of a bright shoe with a LBD, it’s a great way to add some fun and a touch of spring to your look. Also consider adding a bright earring or statement necklace (not both) to the look. Here are some ideas for inspiration:

Q. I recently bought a long navy skirt from Anthropologie that I plan to pair with a tank and flower belt in the summer. I was surprised that at 5’2” I could pull this look off but the darting and flowiness of the skirt work on me. Plus, I plan to wear the belt at my natural waist to make my legs seem even longer. However, I am confused about what shoes to wear. I don’t want to pair it with flats because I am afraid that it would look dowdy. I am not sure that I should introduce gold or silver gladiators to the look either. Do you have any suggestions? Please note that I am a mom chasing around my 9-month-year old so I can’t really rock stilettos but I am open to a comfortable wedge or short heel.

A. One of this season’s top trends, the maxi skirt, looks great worn with platform sandals in the spring and summer. Whether you prefer a high wedge or one of the new “flatform” low wedge styles, here are some options to pair with your new skirt:

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Q. I’m totally obsessed with the Versace skirt in this Elle Magazine feature. I haven’t been able to find anything like it in a more reasonable price range. Can you find/suggest similar pieces that cost less? It would be great to get the entire look!

A. I also love the way Joe Zee styled this high waisted front-vent skirt from Versace ($795 at neimanmarcus.com) - it’s the perfect mix of sophisticated chic (the pencil skirt), sex appeal (the corset) and casual (the military jacket). Paired with strappy python heels, it’s a great look that combines many of spring’s top trends. We styled a similar look for you using affordable pieces:

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Q. I have such a hard time finding cropped pants/jeans that actually hug the calves a la Audrey Hepburn. Can you recommend any?

hepburn-pants-180.jpgA. Cropped skinny pants happen to be a big trend for spring, so it will be easier to find the pants you’re looking for. Try looking for heavier weight cropped leggings, skinny cropped trousers or legging jeans - these will hug your calves and give you the look you’re after. Below are some options to try.

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