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Q. I just purchased the Stash Away Cardi in gray from Anthropologie. Because it is a neutral, and I plan to wear it casually with jeans, I thought I would have lots of things to wear under it, but I don’t. Everything I have looks boring and bland. Can you give me some ideas for something that may have some color or print to it to make the outfit more visually interesting?

A. A pretty printed sleeveless top is the perfect piece to layer under a neutral cardigan to make it “pop”. Here are some options for you:


Q. I work in a corporate office and pretty much live in suits and pencil skirts all year round. I’m so bored of my clothes, do you have any ideas for “styling up” my daily outfit?

A. Although suits and pencil skirts tend to be rather classic and simple, you can still add a shot of chic to your corporate look with accessories: an interesting necklace, a snakeskin belt, the shoe of the moment… However, one of our favorite ways to add style to your office staples is to invest in some pretty printed blouses. Whether worn with a skirt or layered under a blazer, a printed blouse adds color and personality to your 9-to-5 look. Here are some of our favorite options to wear now and in the fall.


Q. I have a few looser fitting dresses and tees (solids and prints) that I feel would be more figure flattering with a belt or a tie. I’m having a hard time finding one that would work. I don’t want anything too wide as I’m short and petite. Any ideas?

A. My favorite way to tame a blousy shirtdress or loose-fitting t-shirt dress this summer is with a skinny belt. Rachel McAdams spent virtually all of Midnight in Paris wearing a tunic-length button-down with a skinny belt or hip-slung 1” belt and it looked so effortlessly chic. Here are a few looks for inspiration:


Q. So, it’s like 100 degrees here in NY this week! It’s brutally hot during my commute to work and then frigid in the office. I have no idea what to wear - help!

A. I hear ya, this weather is putting a cramp on my style too. But when it’s this hot out, sometimes comfort wins out over fashion, or better yet, they meet somewhere in the middle. Just be happy you’re a girl and don’t have to wear a suit or tie to work!

Choose the right fabric


The best way to dress for this brutal heat is to choose loose-fitting clothing in fabrics that breathe. That means you officially get a respite from structured, fussy looks. The best fabrics for summer are cotton, cotton sateen and cotton/rayon or cotton jersey blends; unlike linen, which also breathes, these won’t look like a wrinkled mess by the end of the day. Silk is also a popular summer fabric because it’s lightweight, but be careful, it doesn’t breathe and quickly shows wet stains if you’re sweating.

Top choice: a dress

It’s no secret that I love a good dress, and can’t think of a better clothing option to wear during the oppressive heat. Look for easy styles that don’t have a fitted waist band or require a belt, like a shift dress or easy A-line. The less you have touching your skin, the better. For work, I’d skip anything strapless or spaghetti strapped unless you plan to wear a cardigan or jacket over it once you hit the office air conditioning.

Summer heat to office air conditioning strategy

For your commute, dress as comfortably as possible. Wear the bare minimum, a nice pair of flip flops, and pull your hair off your face (loosely if you plan to take it down later). Leave a few minutes early so you’re not rushing (and sweating). Put your work shoes and a summer jacket or cardigan in a lightweight tote to easily slip on when you get to the office.

Here are a few subway-to-office looks for inspiration. Stay cool!

Q. I have a few denim jackets that are several years old. Can I still wear them?

A. You’ll be thrilled to hear that your denim jackets have earned a permanent place in your closet. A true classic, denim jackets add the right dose of laid back cool to everything from feminine dresses and skirts to trousers. Just ask Nicole Richie, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz (below) — three celebrities that have perfected the art of layering on a denim jacket over the years. One caveat: make sure yours have a shrunken or fitted look to them, anything boxy or oversized tends to look unflattering.


Cameron’s look worn to the Bad Teacher photo call last week shows off a fresh way to wear the denim jacket this summer: with a jumpsuit. Worn shrunken with the sleeves rolled up and paired with turquoise and white, this look is so effortlessly chic we just couldn’t help but be inspired by it. However, if jumpsuits aren’t for you, here is an alternative:

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