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Q. I am attending a military ball. I have no idea what I should wear. I don’t want to be underdressed, but I also don’t want to look over dressed either. Also, I am a modest dresser. I like my dresses to have sleeves, basically. I am only 22, and the majority of modest dresses that I find look like they’re made for 50 year olds. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

A. You’re in luck! There are plenty of modest, yet stylish, dresses available this season, whether you are attending a military ball or a holiday soiree. Depending on your comfort level, the key to looking youthful is to show a little skin, whether it’s a scoop neck, some leg in the form of a shorter dress or even a sheer fabric that shows skin while still covering up. Also look for touches of metallic or sparkle that add stylish flair.

There’s no need to worry about being too overdressed or underdressed with these picks:

Q. My husband will be graduating this month from ASU, I have no idea what to wear I don’t even own a pair of jeans at the time. I’m 5ft tall and weigh about 106 pounds. Please give some ideas, the ceremony will be at 4:30pm. Thanks!

A. Skip the jeans and go for a chic day dress for your husband’s graduation. Not only will you be dressed appropriately, but you won’t have to worry about matching a top to a bottom - one-piece dressing is the ultimate in ease. Below are some selections that will flatter your petite figure, will be suitable for the Arizona weather, and will carry you from the 4:30 ceremony out to an evening of celebration. Finish off the look with a pair of chic pumps and you’re ready to go!

Q. I bought my first pair of black leggings and I’ve been looking for months for a short dress or a tunic that would look cute with a large belt and leggings. I’d like to spend less than $30-$40…Do you have any suggestions?

A. Belting a sweater dress or tunic and pairing it with leggings creates a look that feels relaxed and comfortable but looks neat and pulled together (not sloppy). The key is to look for tops that are slim fitting and long enough to cover the bumpy areas on your thighs. Wear knee high boots or ankle boots to complete the look. Here are a few options for you:

Q. I have spent more money than I care to admit on body-shaping undergarments that either just don’t work or are so uncomfortable I take them off half-way through the night. I want a serious tummy-cincher that doesn’t roll down. Is there such a thing?

A. We know exactly what you mean - so many tummy shapers roll down or require constant adjusting. There are a few options for you that will stay put while trimming your tummy, and are even comfortable to boot!


Yummie Tummie: Hip Length Shapewear Tank

This tank flawlessly slims your midsection and camouflages lumps and bumps. Its longer length means it won’t roll up while the tummy panel firmly shapes and smoothes bustline to hips.

$62 at


SPANX: Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

This shaper comfortably slims your tummy, thighs and rear. It even accentuates your waistline! PLUS, Slim Cognito attaches to your own bra in four places so it won’t roll down.

$72 at


Flexees: Weightless Power Singlet

This body briefer is made of sleek, stretch microfiber that shapes and slims from bust to thighs with a two-ply tummy panel for extra control. One piece styling will never roll. Wear your own bra underneath.

$50 at

_5692207.jpgQ. I just bought these fabulous strappy shoes. As the weather gets cooler, I would like to keep wearing them… I have seen similar shoes in catalogs with models wearing them with tights. Can I wear them with jeans or slacks barefoot? When is it appropriate to wear footless tights?

A. You most definitely can wear these shoes with tights in cool weather. As for going barefoot and wearing them with jeans, it depends on the weather where you live and how comfortable you will be. The latest J Crew catalog is filled with sandals and pants or jeans worn without hosiery (see image below). In real life, though, it’s easier to get away with the barefoot look when you are getting dressed up for an evening out than for daily running around or dressing for the office. As for footless tights or leggings, the same rules apply as going barefoot.

Our advice? If you’re not entirely comfortable, it’s much safer to wear tights.


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