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Q. Hi! I am in my best friend’s wedding in July. We can pick our own dress and shoes but the dress must be navy blue and the shoes must be pink. Navy blue dresses and pink shoes are not very common items. Do you have any affordable suggestions?

A. Lucky you, the freedom to choose your own dress with few restrictions! Navy blue is a classic color that works well for bridesmaid dresses year round. Since you didn’t specify the length of your dress, we selected one long style and one cocktail dress, both equally elegant styles that you can wear again (yes!) There are many shades in the pink spectrum, so here are 3 options for you in various hues.
Q. Is it okay to wear trouser socks with printed or colored shoes in the cold months, or do I need to freeze my feet to be fashionable?

2333063724_b53ce41f26.jpgA. Generally speaking, ballet flats are meant to be worn with bare feet. However, we’re guilty of wearing the occasional trouser sock or pair of tights with ballet flats when the weather is chilly. The key to doing this in a chic way is to match your sock color to your shoe as closely as possible (black with black is of course the easiest). This might not be as easy with your colored flats, so you should try to match your tights to your pants or skirt. But, rules are made to be broken - the black tights/red shoe combo shown here actually looks pretty cute! The key to pulling off any of these looks is to ensure that your socks fit well and don’t sag or bunch up.
51120081344343477300DBN_multi.jpgQ. So I FINALLY bought the Frye Harness boots I’ve been lusting over for years. (squeal!) They look fantastic with my straight cut faded black jeans that ruche up around the ankles, but they seem a bit - excuse the western pun - horsey with a looser bootcut or flare. How do I avoid the I’m-going-out-to-the-biker-bar-in-mom-jeans look and lean a bit more towards the artsy hipster side of things?

A. Loove, these boots, they are a great investment that you’ll wear for years with a rugged look that only improves with age. The great thing about these boots is that they do have a masculine feel, making them perfect for toughening up feminine pieces like a floral dress or skirt.

You’re on the right track wearing your skinny jeans tucked into the boots, however your bootcut or flare jeans worn over the boot is an option also. If you’re concerned about looking too tough or “biker-ish”, then wear something ultra feminine on top to balance the rugged boot. A belted fitted jacket or cardigan or a pretty ruffled blouse are great options. Even something simple like a tank top and draped scarf is an option.
Q. Are Tory Burch Reva flats still in for Spring 2009? I have worn my first pair out so much over the last year and a half and am in need of a new pair. I love them and don’t mind buying a new pair because they pay for themselves when you factor in the cost/wear; however, when I see all the teenage girls wearing them I begin to question their style status. Please advise!

A. The Tory Burch Reva ballet flat is so ubiquitous, it has become a classic. Once super trendy and “hot”, it has spawned a multitude of knockoffs which can be either the sincerest form of flattery or the kiss of death. The Reva has successfully transitioned from a must-have fad to timelessly chic, introducing new colors and styles every season. This season, there is even an espadrille and jelly version added to the line. In other words, don’t expect to get the same “oohs and ahs” you did when the shoe first came out, but it’s still a stylish addition to your wardrobe.

Q. I recently bought this white strapless dress online not realizing it is a terry dress (shopping online can be deceiving) and nowhere did it say it was a terry dress. I was going to send it back but I actually think it has potential and it can look cute with the right shoes and accessories. I live in Houston and the weather here is warm during the summer so I don’t necessarily have to wear this dress to the beach only. Can you give me some ideas on how to make this dress look nice without looking like I have a towel wrapped around myself, how do I accessorize? Help….  

A. You’re right, you don’t have to limit wearing this dress to the beach, however, no matter how much you try to dress it up, it will always be a casual dress. This means it’s not appropriate for the office or conservative affairs, however, it’s perfect for a day of shopping or meeting some friends for lunch. Start by adding some color to the white dress in the form of a pretty necklace. A casual but un-beachy tote and leather sandals (no rubber flip flops here), also with a dash of color, will help add some “street” to your beachy dress. Now you’re ready to hit the town in a cute, casual warm weather look.

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