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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.


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


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


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:


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 - 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:


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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