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Q. I am in need of a jacket for spring and summer showers and cooler days. I’d like to purchase just one coat or jacket that would work for my office attire and my casual weekend wardrobe. I am a pettite and can easily look lost in too long of a style. Any suggestions?

A. Look no further than a short or cropped trench coat. Eternally chic, and effortlessly versatile, a trench easily transitions from work to weekend, looking just as fabulous with a dress as it does with jeans. Look for belted or single breasted styles that are slim-fitting and hit mid-thigh or above for the most flattering silhouette for your petite figure.

Here are some options for every budget:


Q. What do you recommend wearing to a Spring/Summer wedding that isn’t a destination wedding, isn’t a Yacht Club wedding, is really just an afternoon church wedding (4:30), followed by a reception at a local golf course country club? I know that It isn’t too formal, nothing evening like.

I guess my real confusion is that with all of the bright florals, geometric prints, black, white, red and animal prints this year, is that really appropriate for an afternoon wedding? Is that too bold? Any help you could offer on dress, shoes and accessories would be great. I’m about 5’9”, hourglass figure, blond hair, brown eyes - and will have a good tan after a week on vacation. I was thinking a nude shoe - but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I always love being fashion forward (the bride is a fellow fashionista), but also want to be appropriate for the crowd/event.

A. Great question: can you wear bold prints to a semi-formal or non-formal wedding? Yes, absolutely! An afternoon wedding followed by a country club reception is the perfect opportunity to wear a pretty dress in a fabulous print or bright color. Actually, the dress code is quite similar to the options we suggested for the yacht club wedding. Your choice to wear nude colored shoes is perfectly appropriate and on-trend as well.

Q. I keep hearing about the new trend of wearing denim on denim. How can I pull this off without looking like a reject from 1988?

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A. Truth? This is not an easy trend to wear. For me, it comes dangerously close to those horrid head-to-toe acid washed denim outfits from the early years of Beverly Hills 90210. Or bad high school pictures that make you cringe every time you look at them. However, if you’re determined to wear this spring trend, here are a few tips to pull it off in style:

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1. Wear different colors

The easiest way to wear double denim is to wear two different colors of denim like the chambray shirt and white jeans combination shown above. Blue with black denim is also a great look.

2. Wear different washes

When wearing the same color denim, it’s best to pair two different washes. A light shirt with darker jeans or a dark denim jacket with lighter blue jeans works well.

3. Break up your denim pieces

Break up your denim pieces with a belt or a shirt to avoid looking like you’re wearing the same color denim from head to toe.

Q. I bought a few pairs of gladiator sandals last summer, can I still wear them?

A. You’re in luck! Grecian-inspired sandals continue to be a huge trend this season. We especially love them worn with dresses and skirts. Here are some of this season’s stand-outs:

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Guess what? Gladiator sandals aren’t the only spring trend you already own.

Q. I am in the process of applying and interviewing for jobs in the graphic design field. What are your suggestions for appropriate interview attire? I want to look professional and respectful, but also show style and personality. I think in the creative industry employeers will want to see individuality and style, but I’m not sure how to balance that with professional business attire.

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A. Although you’ll likely be able to dress casually if you land a job in the graphic design field, you should dress professionally for the interview. You can avoid anything that looks too “buttoned up” or corporate, but you don’t want to wear anything too fun or funky that might be distracting. In other words, dress stylishly, but not too trendy; professional, but with a bit of personality. It goes without saying that you should avoid anything that shows too much cleavage and skirts that are too short (make sure you sit in your skirt to see how much leg shows).

A dress is always our favorite interview option, it is an effortless way to look pulled together without having to worry about matching a top to a bottom. Here are a few options for inspiration:


Black and white is a forever chic combination. The graphic print dress (above left) is a great alternative to a classic monochromatic sheath dress. Swap out the belt for something a little more stylish and layer on a black blazer for a look that is just right for an interview for a graphic design position. Black pumps and a chic tote with subtle stud details adds just a touch of trendiness.

For the look on the right (above), a solid colored shirtdress is the perfect background for stylish accessories. An elegant, yet not over-the-top, statement necklace and cuff bracelet show your creative personality. A neutral tote with interesting texture detail and gorgeous peep-toe pumps help create a head-to-toe chic look.

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