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Q. I loved your feature on how to wear leggings last year. I was wondering if you could do a more current feature on how to wear leggings this fall, preferably for a mix of temps. Are leggings still current or should I skip them and move on to denim leggings?

A. Leggings are not only current, they are hotter than ever. Everything from basic black to denim to wild patterns and colors were shown all over the fall runways. Leggings look best worn with longer tops like a boyfriend blazer or chunky knit sweater; or worn in place of tights with a skirt or dress. This season, pumps or ankle boots are the hottest pairing for your leggings, but you can also wear knee high boots and even flats.


Here are a few leggings looks for inspiration:

Q. I’d like some help with my summer-to-fall transitioning! I just bought a fabulous knee-length white linen skirt during the rash of Labor Day sales, and I’d like to wear it to work. It’s still summer weather where I live (in the 80s). Should I pair it with black tights and flats? Or, since it’s September and technically Fall, should I pack it in the closet for next spring? Any help would be appreciated.

A. Though we’re all for wearing white after Labor Day, linen can be tricky. If you live in a warm climate, you can still wear this tropical fabric as long as the weather is still hot. Here in the northeast, it’s already getting chilly, so it is no longer appropriate to wear linen.

If you’re still experiencing summer weather and would like to wear your white linen skirt, we suggest pairing it with black, an eternally chic combination. As for wearing black tights, if it’s warm enough for linen, then it is too warm for tights, so go barelegged instead.


Q. For some reason I stuggle with wearing patent leather shoes. I have a couple of pairs of shoes that are patent; one is navy and one is dark red. I don’t wear them because I question if it’s the right time of year. What season is it appropriate to wear patent or is it always ok to do so? Please set me straight.

A. Patent leather used to be strictly a spring and summer skin, but in recent years, it has not only been okay to wear in the fall and winter, it has actually been a trend (read this post from last year). For fall, we love patent leathers in black, red, navy and purple, but more important than the color is the style of your shoe. If the silhouette is fall-appropriate, then go for it. Below are some patent accessories that are new for fall for inspiration:


Q. I seem to be having quite a bit of trouble these days finding good jeans - I know, we all are, I get it. So instead of asking if you know of anywhere I might find jeans to fit my crazy, unporportionate hips, I’ll concentrate on the bigger problem, seeing as for the former there are always tailors…


It seems like everywhere I look every jean has rips, studs, hideously fake and obvious fading and cheap looking fabrics or washes. I like jeans but am a girly girl, I like things that are sexy while still classy and “romantic” looking. All I want is a nice, comfortable, form fitting jean (no skinnies) in a nice medium wash (this is way harder to find than a classy dark jean) with a nice fabric, and no distressing. I have literally scoured the internet and my local shopping malls for far to long now, so I am reaching out for help.

A. I totally get your distaste for all things distressed, shredded, destroyed, etc. in lieu of a jean in a clean, classic wash. But why the aversion to dark denim? Dark denim is not only slimming, but it can easily be dressed up or down - and it looks fantastic with everything from a classic white shirt to a romantic feminine top. That being said, you clearly prefer a lighter medium wash, which is difficult to find these days without any fading or distressing in styles that don’t look like “mom” jeans. Never fear, though, we found some affordable options for you to check out (no skinny styles included!):

Q. I am a maid of honor at a wedding in 2 weeks. My strapless dress is navy blue with an asymmetrical hem that is long in the back and tea length in the front. I cannot wear heels at all, since I’ve had previous injuries so I was wondering a few things…what style and color of shoes and what color, if at all for hose, should I wear? Or could I just opt for a nice dressy sandal and get a decent light tan? Thanks so much. The 2 bridesmaids can wear heels and the bride doesn’t care that we are identical.

dressyflats.jpgA. It’s definitely not easy finding an evening shoe that is flat, especially one to wear with the asymmetrical hemline of your dress. Your best bet is to go for something silver and strappy - this will help to dress up a flat. Definitely go the no-hose route and flaunt a pretty pedicure with your open toe shoes. Here are a few options for you:

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