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Q. I have tried to wear the new style of blazer, the short blazer. However, I am plus sized (size 16) and find that they don’t flatter me. If I wear a longer blazer, will I be committing a fashion faux pas?

A. Quite the contrary! You’re in luck, this season’s newest silhouette is the longer boyfriend style blazer. To properly wear this look without looking sloppy, the rest of your outfit should be slim: skinny or slim jeans or pants work best (and yes, even on a plus size figure). As for a shorter blazer, try layering it over a longer top for a more flattering look. Here are two long blazer looks and two short blazer over long top looks for inspiration:

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left to right: Alfani Plus Size Three-Button Suit Jacket, $149 at macys.com; Rag & Bone Elongated Blazer, shopbop.com (not available in plus size); Sweater with silvertone studs, $64.50 at lanebryant.com; Eyeshadow Plus Size Cropped Jacket with Peter Pan Collar, $40 at macys.com
Q. I am in search of a great pair of nude, high heel sandals in the same style that Rachel Bilson recently wore. The only thing I can find similar at any price range is the Stuart Weitzman Bandura. I would prefer to spend about half that and have a chunkier heel…can you help me?

A. I’m not sure what Rachel wore recently, but the Bandura is a chunky platform sandal with criss cross straps. We found a few similar options for you with a chunkier heel for less money.

Q I just bought a wonderful black sequin jacket at a great price. Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure what to wear it with! Is it possible to wear it with something besides formal clothes?

940378_fpx.jpgA. You can absolutely wear your sequin jacket with casual clothes - in fact, we encourage it! Pair it with a pretty feminine top or even a simple tank and jeans for a casual chic look. Take inspiration from the Iisli Women’s “Tiffany” Lace Cotton Blazer shown here (from bloomingdales.com) to see how great a plain white tee and dark jeans look with the sparkly blazer. Try it also with a day dress or even a pair of man-tailored trousers for some more dressy/daytime pairings.


Q. Do you have any suggestions for “spicing up” a very boring maternity wardrobe? I am seven months pregnant, and so bored with the styles. Any help would be great!!

A. Unless you’re lucky enough to have that famed pregnant glow, it’s usually somewhere around the seventh month that women start to feel big, uncomfortable and just plain “blah”. Of course this carries over to your appearance and feeling uninspired by your maternity wardrobe is quite common. Since you have only a few months left to go, it doesn’t make sense to invest in expensive maternity pieces that you’ll get very few wearings from.

Instead, add some spice to your maternity wardrobe with accessories: a gorgeous statement necklace, head-turning handbag, a fresh scarf or even some great shoes (comfortable, natch). These will freshen up the clothes you already have and can be worn long after the baby arrives. Here are a few ideas for you (click on each for store info):




Q. Once I finally succumbed to the legging phase, I realized I don’t look half bad in black, stretchy, cropped (mid-calf) pants. Unfortunately, leggings AREN’T pants (or at least I can’t wear them that way). So I’d love to find some slim, black, cropped pants that LOOK like leggings, but flatter like pants. I’ve had no luck in my search.

A. We love a challenge! We searched for cropped pants that have the look of leggings but the substance of a pant. Here are our picks:

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