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Q. I have noticed that military jackets seem to be becoming quite popular. Or so I think. I love the look but sadly do not own one yet. Do you know where someone could find a not-so-expensive military style jacket? Preferably around $100. Thank you!


A. You’re not seeing things, military jackets are most definitely in style this season. Featuring rows of buttons, epaulettes and military embellishments, these tailored jackets look great with jeans. We found several chic options for less than $100:

Q. I am wondering that type of shoes I can wear with my boyfriend jeans for the fall? Or should I put away the boyfriend jeans until spring?

A. You will be thrilled to know that you can wear your boyfriend jeans in the fall. Pile on the layers with cardigans, blazers, leather jackets and more. On your feet, you can wear ballet flats or heels for as long as your bare ankles can stand the cold. When the temperature drops, turn to ankle boots instead. Below are some runway looks and shoe choices for inspiration:


Q. I am 5’11’ and large busted. I have a terrible time finding a bra that fits at department stores. Help! How can I find a bra that fits?

A. We consulted Panache, the lingerie design expert for D+ cup sizes, for tips on ensuring that you have a properly fitting bra:

Baggy cups are a surefire sign that you have the wrong size. Try going down a cup size. If your cups are creasing around the nipple, try going down a back size to pull the fabric taut.

Spilling out over the tops or sides of your bra won’t make your breasts look bigger; it will make your clothes look lumpy. It means you’re wearing too small of a cup size, so try the next size up.

A bra’s main support comes from the band, not the straps. Make sure that you’re wearing the correct band size: too big, and your straps will end up taking the weight, which will cause them to dig in and be uncomfortable.

Stand sideways and look in the mirror. Is your bra band at the same level all the way around? If it’s riding up at the back, you probably need a smaller band size so it will stay in place and not cause the dreaded “back fat.”

Never mind a rule of thumb; here’s what you need to know about fingers. Your bra band should feel tight and firm but with enough space to insert two fingers under the back band, and one under the center front.

Fascinating bra fact: a bra band can grow up to 4” due to wash and wear. When you buy a new bra, make sure that it fits properly on the loosest hook as you might need to tighten it with wear.

The center front of your bra should lie flat against the breastbone. If it doesn’t, go up a cup size.

On that note, check the wire at the side of the bra. It should sit on the ribcage without digging into any breast tissue.

The best way to see what shape a new bra will give you is to try it on under a fitted T-shirt. Look at yourself from all angles and make sure you have an uplifted look with no unwanted bulges.

You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without walking around in them. So why should buying a bra be any different? Don’t just stand there: stretch out and swing your arms to make sure it feels comfortable when you move. Also, make sure to sit down in your new bra. This will tell you whether the bra will dig in and bother you when you are sitting in it all day.

Ready to start shopping? Here are some of our favorite bras for size D and up:

Panache Tango Classic Balconette Underwire Bra
Panache Harmony Full Cup Underwire Bra
Le Mystere Dream Lace Tisha Bra
Le Mystere Dream Tisha Seamless Full Fit Bra

Q. I’ve been out of work for a few months and finally have a really promising interview. Since I’ve had to cut corners lately, I don’t really have a lot to spend on an interview outfit. Can you recommend something affordable that I can get more than one wear out of?


A. It’s a lot easier to dress to impress a potential employer on a budget than you might think. We consulted Ryan Kohnen, the 29-year-old entrepreneur and author of the new book Young Professional’s Guide To Success and he offered these top 5 ways to dress for a job interview for less than $100:

1. Go monochromatic. Dressing in one color is always polished and can make up for the fact that your suit isn’t Armani.

2. Develop a relationship with a tailor. Even a $20 pair of Gap dress pants are interview-worthy if they fit right.

3. Discount retailers and off-season sales are your friends. Last season’s perfectly fashionable castoffs can be yours for often one quarter of the price.

4. Separates are an option, especially in neutral colors. A navy cardigan can replace a navy jacket-especially when paired with a navy pencil skirt.

5. Limit jewelry. It can tend towards expensive or showy, and neither will do you any favors while you’re looking for work.

What we say: Simple is better. Unless you are interviewing for a position in the fashion or style industry, it’s best to keep your look simple and classic. Avoid anything overly trendy or detailed, especially when you’re looking for clothes on a budget.

A simple seasonless sheath dress or pencil skirt in a basic color are perfect foundation pieces for your interview and work wardrobe. Add interest and dimension with jackets, cardigans, belts and jewelry to change up your look. Invest in rich looking accessories like a chic work tote and great looking shoes. They don’t have to be designer, but the materials should be of the best quality you can afford. Be sure to wear hosiery if you are interviewing at a conservative corporate office. If you’re unsure, it’s best to be safe and wear pantyhose or tights.

Below are some mix and match options that are affordable, classic and seasonless, so you’ll get a lot of wear out of them when you finally land the big job!

priscilladress.jpgQ. I will be wearing this dress as the Maid of Honor in my cousin’s Labor Day Weekend wedding. I will be wearing a pewter colored strappy high heeled sandal as well. I wanted to bring some color into the outfit with my jewelry. I figured a pair of ginormous costume earrings and bracelet would do. What color do you recommend?

A. Since your dress and shoes are both pewter, adding color to your look through jewelry is perfect. Focusing on your earrings and a bracelet and leaving your neck bare is a great look. Jewel tones like sapphire, amethyst, emerald and ruby would look gorgeous, as would icy colors like lavender and cool pinks. Keep the metals in the silver/pewter family instead of gold. Below are some pretty options for you:

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