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Q. I’m a Chiropractic Student so day to day I’m in lecture and adjusting lab and moving around a lot. Lately I have really loved the leggings trends. They are so easy to move in and I can be comfortable in class for long periods of time but still be able to work on my pateints without any contraints-and usually still pull together a cute outfit. I know leggings are still in style for spring but I can’t find any tops that I can wear with mine that aren’t really low cut and when I’m adjusting a patient I have to be modest. I know I can always just wear a long t-shirt or put a sweatshirt on over whatever I’m wearing but I want some more options. Could you please give me some ideas as to either types of tops I could wear. Thanks so much!

A. We’re all for dressing comfortably, as long as you still look neat (not sloppy) - especially if you are working on a patient. Leggings can be a great option worn with tunic tops and some of this season’s short dresses. If you’re concerned with exposing too much with a low-cut top, simply layer a tank or camisole under your top to avoid any issues. Here are some tops and dresses to wear with your leggings, add a pair of ballet flats and you’ve got a look that is stylish and comfortable:

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Q. Ok, this is another “I love how this looks on other women, but can I pull it off?” question. Gladiator sandals- love ‘em! My concern with wearing them is that I’m a curvy gal with curvy legs and thicker ankles. I’ve always gone by the fashion book of never wearing sandals that cut off my leg line. Does this mean that gladiator sandals are a no-go for me?

Specifically, I’m considering purchasing these (holla at my plus-size online outlet Fashion Bug!), but since they’re pretty ankle-restrictive I’m considering giving them the Roman thumbs down.

A. You’ll have to keep your Roman thumbs down, I’m afraid. Your instincts are correct that ankle strap gladiator sandals are a no-no for curvy women with thicker ankles. However, that doesn’t mean you have to forego the trend entirely. There are plenty of gladiator options that don’t climb up your leg, offering a more flattering alternative. Instead, look for slim straps that hit around your ankle bone or lower. And since the gladiators you were looking at were such a great price, we’ve found some equally affordable picks for you - all under $50:

Q. I work in San Francisco where it is sunny but Cool and windy in the Spring/Summer. Do you have any suggestions on outerwear/jackets/coats to wear during the summertime to keep warm, look put together and fashionable?   

A. This summer, opt for a lightweight boyfriend blazer, safari-inspired jacket, lightweight trench, or a summer leather jacket to ward off the chill indoors or out. For casual weekends, our favorites are the hot-again denim jacket (ideal for dresses and skirts) or a military jacket (paired with shorts, skinny pants and dresses). Here are some affordable and stylish options for you:

  

Q. I bought this dress to wear to a June wedding. The wedding is at 11 am in a church, and the reception outside in a garden I believe. I didn’t want something too flashy or colorful, as the wedding will be conservative and indoors. My question is, how to dress it up to look a bit more fancy? Thanks!

A. Don’t you love a dress that can be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions? The most obvious way to make this look more fancy and appropriate for a daytime wedding is with your shoes and jewelry. Look for a striking statement necklace to add interest to the otherwise simple and monochromatic dress. Finish it off with a bold cocktail ring and dressy shoes. Here are some suggestions:


Q. I have a job interview coming up at the end of May. Due to the nature of the job, it’s important that I look very professional, but at that time of year it is already going to be very hot and humid. What’s my best option to look professional but keep comfortable in the weather? I’m terrified of showing up sloppy and with pit stains!

A. We women are lucky when it comes to dressing for work in the summer - we can get away with showing a bit more skin than our suit-and-tie wearing male counterparts. Depending on the field you are interviewing for you have several options:

  • First and foremost, choose lightweight fabrics that breathe like silk, cotton and cotton blends. You may want to avoid linen since it tends to wrinkle fairly easily and you don’t want to arrive looking sloppy.

  • Personally, I hate wearing hosiery in the warmer months and avoid it at all costs. For all but the most buttoned-up corporate positions, you can go bare legged to an interview as long as the rest of your look is professional. A knee length dress or skirt worn with pumps ensures that just the lower part of your legs are shown and keeps you from looking too risque. Of course, your legs should be smooth and unbruised or unblemished, and a touch of self tanner wouldn’t hurt.

  • If you aren’t comfortable going bare legged, wear lightweight trousers with pumps and no socks. The sliver of ankle shown will not be an issue and you’ll feel more comfortable than if you were wearing socks or hosiery.

  • Go sleeveless - not to the interview, but on your way to the interview. Carry your blazer or cardigan with you to slip on once you’re safely in the air conditioned office.

  • If your hair style allows, pin it up into a loose bun during your commute and then take your hair down after you arrive. Wearing your hair up will help keep you cool and will also keep your strands from getting greasy or wet should you perspire.

  • Arrive early. This may be the smartest thing you can do to ensure that you’re calm, cool and collected before the interview. It will give you time to relax, cool down before the interview and freshen up in the ladies room if you must. Carry some blotting papers or a little translucent powder with you to erase any shine that may have accumulated.

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