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Q. Can a 50 year old wear a jean jacket and look age appropriate?

A. Of course! Denim works for every age, the trick is to choose styles that are age appropriate. We recommend skipping this season’s denim-on-denim trend, which can be difficult to pull off even for a 20 year old hipster. Instead, opt for classic denim jackets in darker washes. White denim and dark denim blazers are also great options. Pair your jacket with crisp khakis, white pants, even a dress or skirt. Accessorize with a chic wrapped scarf and you’ve got the perfect age-appropriate look.

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Here are some great options for you:

Q. Help! I graduate from College in May. I graduate with my associate’s. I am not really sure what to wear. I do live in Michigan so it will probably be either cool or warm but not hot like Florida. My gown is hunter green in color. Is a black cocktail dress appropriate? Or some other style? And how short or long should it be to have the perfect length. I don’t think I like the idea of pant and skirt or even shirt and and skirt. I prefer only solid color dresses. But there are so many types to choose from. I am 5 ft 3 and would be consider petite. What are some suggestions in color, length and style of dress for college graduation attire?

A. You can wear a little black dress if you like, provided it’s not too dressy. Or, you can opt for something a bit more happy and bright for a spring graduation. It’s a celebratory occasion and the perfect opportunity to invest in a pretty spring dress. Since the weather will be iffy, go for the classic cardigan as a layering piece (a jacket or blazer can be a little tricky underneath your gown. As for length, anything shorter than the length of your gown will work, but we suggest you look for something that hovers around the knee. Finish the look with chic wedges in case you’ll be walking on grass.

Since you prefer a monochromatic dress, here are some looks for inspiration. You don’t need to worry about matching your dress color to your green graduation gown since the dress will be fully covered during the ceremony. Bonus points: you can wear any of these dresses for upcoming job interviews.

For more ideas on what to wear for your college graduation, check out this post.

Q. I am 5’3” tall, 30 1/2 inch waist, 39” hips and a full rear end. Although I do not follow trends but wear what works for me, I saw some very nice inexpensive skinny, distressed jeans on the NY&Co. site. Would skinny jeans work for my shape or should I stick with boot-cut and trouser cut styles?

A. Yes, curvy women can wear skinny jeans! Just be sure to style them in a way that flatters your figure. We covered this topic in the fall, but here’s how to wear it for spring:

The cuffed distressed pair shown here from nyandcompany.com looks great with a pair of heeled sandals, tall wedges or the season’s new platform clog. The heels will add height and instantly slim your legs.

If you’re looking to minimize your hips and thighs, try a pretty summer tunic or a lightweight boyfriend cardigan paired with a tank. If the length of your loose-fitting top hits right below the widest part of your thigh, it will have a slimming effect.

Q. I am wearing this white dress to my husband’s military ball. I don’t want it to look too bridal, so I would prefer not to wear matching shoes, but what color would look best? I would like the shoes to go with the overall soft, feminine look of the dress.

A. What a pretty, feminine dress! In keeping with the soft look of the dress, you should look for pretty heels in nude, gold, silver or a soft champagne color. Here are a few affordable options:

Q. I’m tall - really tall. I love it, and I don’t shy away from wearing heals, however I draw the line at chunky platforms that add several more inches and can make me look ridiculous. However, I love the new clogs trend, and really want to get a pair. Is the big wooden platform an essential part of this style? Do you know of any cute clogs that aren’t quite so sky high?

A. When it comes to the new fashion-y clog (and not the traditional comfort clog), unfortunately, a high heel with a chunky platform is the most coveted style. However, you can still get the look of a clog with one of these variations on this season’s clog (which is in itself a variation of the traditional clog!) featuring wood soles but with a more manageable heel height or thinner platform:

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