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Q. I am wearing a beautiful green one shoulder Badgley Mischka dress to a holiday party this weekend, but am afraid I’ll get cold and will need a sweater or jacket. I have no idea what would look good with this dress, because it comes in tight at the waist, flares out at the hips and the fabric is a flowing chffon. I will be wearing open toe Miu Miu gold shoes and thought either a cardigan or a short jacket perhaps? What color, and what style? Help!


A. Since you seem like a stylish gal, no ordinary cardigan or jacket will do. This season, we’re loving little sequin jackets and boleros or faux fur capes and chubbies over dressy dresses. Since you are wearing gold shoes, something in the gold or cream family would look rich and elegant. You can also opt for a neutral like black, brown or tan. Any of the styles below would look gorgeous with your green dress.

Q. I have to attend a formal dinner/dance (it’s been compared to a wedding) for my husband’s company. I have purchased this dress from Anthropologie. I was wondering if you could suggest what to wear with it. Because it is a work event, I wanted to wear a sweater or jacket over the dress to cover my arms for at least the beginning of the evening. I tried on a bunch of cardigans and jackets but because of where the dress cuts me in the middle, all of the things I tried on didn’t look right. Do you have any suggestions? I would also like jewelry, tights and shoes suggestions if you have them.


A. Pretty dress! This style dress that has the look of a shirt tucked into a skirt, is a big trend this season. One of the freshest way to wear this dress is with a jacket or blazer, so you are in luck! Everything from a cropped jacket to a longer boyfriend-style blazer would look great with the dress. To give the dress a more formal look, try a jacket with sequins, velvet or a tuxedo style.

For jewelry, we recommend a short but striking necklace that won’t interfere with the delicate ruffles at the neckline, or you can skip the necklace and go for sparkly earrings. A cocktail ring or rhinestone cuff bracelet would pair well with a necklace or earrings. Warning: don’t wear all of these together!

Since this is a formal work event, it’s not really the best time to experiment with this season’s lace or textured tights trend. Instead, go for black hosiery paired with pretty black heels. Have fun!

Q. I have a wedding in Atlanta this month. It is an evening wedding and I bought a great green dress for the occasion that would be accompanied by a black sparkly shawl. I was wondering if it was acceptable to pair that with a great pair of black calf boots with 3 inch heels and a buckle? I thought it looked pretty good, but have been told not to wear boots to a wedding. Is this true?


A. Your dress and shawl sound lovely. Unfortunately, however, I agree with your friends that boots are not the best option for an evening wedding. Most boots would be considered too casual to wear to a formal affair. You are much better off opting for a black evening shoe. Here are a few of our favorites:

Q. I have to go with my husband at his office Christmas party. Any suggestion what would be appropriate to wear? I’m 28 yrs old and size 4.

A. For your husband’s holiday party, you want to strike the balance between festive and fun yet conservative. You want to impress your husband’s colleagues without giving the office gossip something to chatter about. Since you didn’t mention whether this is a casual or formal affair, we are going to assume that the attire falls somewhere in between. Here are two chic yet understated looks to try.


The first look pairs black pants with a sequin tank and velvet blazer for just the right amount of festive sparkle. A rhinestone cuff and platform pumps finish the look. The second look starts with a simple and conservative timeless black dress. Swap out the belt that comes with the dress and add a sequin bow belt, along with a bauble necklace and cocktail ring to turn your understated dress into the perfect party look.

Q. I’ve been eyeing the Tuxxedo shoes from Steve Madden for a while now. I absolutely adore them in black and white, but I wonder if they’re too formal looking for every day wear? How I could I rock them or the ones in cognac?

A. Menswear-inspired Oxford shoes can be worn casually many different ways. Take a cue from Selma Blair, Taylor Swift and Sienna Miller by pairing your Oxfords with everything from dresses and skirts to skinny or boyfriend jeans.


The black and white Tuxxedo does have a slightly more dressy feel, but you can still wear it casually - and it would look great with a boyfriend blazer and leggings. If you’re unsure about whether you can pull it off or not, then go for the cognac color like the pair Taylor Swift is wearing above.


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