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Q. I’d like to go green for St. Patrick’s Day and was wondering if there were any rules on wearing green and mixing greens. I heard green is a trend for spring, so how can I wear green fashionably?

A. I’ve never been one to wear green on St. Patty’s Day, but lucky for you, it is a big trend for spring! We’re seeing everything from pale pastel and jewel tones to blue-green marine hues and military olives. I do love to see different shades of green mixed together, but it is not an easy look to wear head-to-toe. Try mixing in gold, copper, yellow, blue, nude and more to blend with your greens. Here are some gorgeous green pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe, for March 17th and beyond:


Q. I recently bought this adorable dress from Old Navy but I am having a hard time figuring out what to wear with it other than boring flip flops. Can you give me some suggestions on how to make this dress more versatile?


A. Your chambray dress is perfectly on trend this spring. Skip the flip flops and dress up your chambray dress with one of this season’s must-have nude sandals. Add a chic cuff bracelet or open up the top buttons and wear a statement necklace to add more style to the look.

Q. I am in a wedding this spring and the bride has chosen some really beautiful stilettos for us bridesmaids. My problem? I’ve had the “luxury” of a casual-dress environment for the last several years and very rarely wear heels anymore! I will be in these shoes for at least 12 hours; I really want to enjoy her wedding and not have to resort to flip-flops (horror!) or - ahem - getting drunk to relieve my aching feet. Do you have a “best” insert/insole recommendation?

A. Lucky for you, these heels aren’t too high, so they won’t completely destroy your comfort-shoe-loving feet. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have comfort insoles on hand to help you dance the night away. For years, the StyleBakery team has used Foot Petals “Killer Kushions” to soften the pain of our cute-but-killer heels. They have a slim profile, so they work with even the most bare sandals.

We also really like Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles which are made specifically for heels that are 2” or higher. They work by taking the pressure off the ball of your foot. They are clear and have a slim profile, so they work with virtually all shoes.

We can’t guarantee that either of these products will give you an ache-free evening (even a 2” heel can hurt after 12 hours on your feet!) but they will certainly help. And a glass of champagne or two wouldn’t hurt either.

Q. I really, really want to get into this boyfriend blazer trend. I read about how versatile they are on fashion blogs, I see ladies rocking them at bars on my nights on the town; but, every time I see one in a store all I see are 1980s blazers-and-shoulder-pads turning women into linebackers in skirts and dresses. I’m plus size and pretty broad shouldered already with a large chest, can I really pull this look off on a night out or a casual day at work without having do to the Super Bowl shuffle?

A. You can absolutely wear a boyfriend blazer. The key is to choose a style without shoulder pads, since you’re already broad, and to look for a long, slim cut which will give you a leaner appearance. Anything that is boxy or too short will make you look wider. Be sure to wear a slim bottom and wear heels, if possible, for the most flattering look.


005_primary.jpgQ. Do you think that a woman of age 65 should wear a strapless dress? is there an age limit? I look good, no flap or sagging arms, my husband also agrees.

A. If you feel good in a strapless dress, and the style is age appropriate, then go for it! I found this photo on which shows how sophisticated a strapless dress can look on someone over 50.

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