Q. I am a 58 year young woman and will soon be going out on the town with some people I do not know that well. We are planning an overnighter in NYC to take in some music and cocktails etc. The couple we are going with are younger than we are. I want to look stylish and age appropriate. I am plus size while the young lady is svelte. Needless to say I am a bit insecure about my figure. I would love help! Advice I have been getting ranges so much that I do not know which way to turn. (from jeans to leggings, flats to heels etc.)A. Sounds fun! For your night out in NY city, I would recommend a chic great-fitting dress. With a dress, you don’t need to worry about coordinating your top with your bottom, so all you need to focus on is shoes, bag and jewelry to look stylish and put together. Pair your dress with pumps or knee boots, whichever you feel most comfortable in, though I would definitely recommend a heel instead of a flat. Wear opaque tights or bare legs, whichever you prefer. Here are two looks for inspiration:
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Q. I just bought a pair of leopard print shoes, and I need help! Other than a white shirt and black pants, what do I wear them with?
A. Leopard flats are a serious favorite of mine, so you’re asking the right girl! Over the years, I have collected no less than 6 variations of the leopard flat. I wear them with literally everything. They do look good with black and white as you mentioned, but they also look great with denim, red, camel, olive green, purple, orange, jewel tones… in fact, I can’t think of many colors a leopard print doesn’t go with.
This season, I’m particularly loving leopard prints paired with military-inspired pieces like cargo pants in khaki or olive green. I also love them worn with a ladylike camel coat or camel sweater and a pair of dark jeans.
The bottom line? Don’t feel boxed in to wearing your leopard with just black and white, they work with just about any color in your fall wardrobe!
Q. I am searching for a pair of control top leggings. I have plenty of regular leggings but have recently gained weight and would like to minimize my newly acquired hips, thighs and stomach. I have searched the internet but am having a hard time finding a pair that is not for maternity and not $100. Do you have any suggestions?
A. There are several control top and shaping leggings available, including denim leggings. Here are some of our top choices, from $29 to $76 at barenecessities.com:
Lisse Leggings: Shaping Control Top Leggings
Shape fx: Tummy Control Skinny Leggings
Miraclebody: Denim Shaping Leggings
Yummie Tummie: Knitted Shaping Leggings
Q. Are cargo pants in or over for the fall? If they are passe, is there something that has replaced them?
A. You will be thrilled to know that the military trend is marching right into fall, and that includes cargo pants. Whether you bought a pair of skinny cargo pants or a silky relaxed pair this summer, or are interested in investing in a few new pairs for fall, there are several ways to wear them this season.
Try pairing skinny cargo pants with a draped tank or t-shirt and a strong blazer. Finish the look with ankle booties or a platform pump. If you prefer a looser fitting cargo, look for one in a slinky knit or silky fabric which gives them a dressier appearance. Pair it with a slim fitting top and a this season’s must-have desert boot or lace-up bootie for a modern military look for fall.
Here are a few images for inspiration (click on each image to shop the look):
Q. I have a problem finding knee high boots because my feet are disproportionate to my body. Although I stand at 5’9, my feet are a size 7. This means that any knee high boots I try on are too small to zip around my calves. The other issue is that I’m only 24 and most of the wide calf boots I’ve found are matronly. Are there any boots out there offered in wide calf sizes that are also fit for a 24 year old?
A. There’s no need to sacrifice style when searching for a wide calf boot. Here are several different styles that we’re loving this season, all with a generous calf width: