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Q. I am going to a Vegas nightclub in a couple of weeks and I want to look HOT but not hoochy, what can a 40-ish woman wear that will still catch my husband’s eye while looking classy?


A. Take a cue from our favorite 40-something women: the ladies of Sex and the City. In the latest movie, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) wore several dresses from Halston Heritage for a night out on the town. These retro-inspired dresses are sexy and sophisticated, without showing too much skin. Add a pair of dramatic earrings, gold bangles and your sexiest metallic heels and you’re set. Another option is a pretty printed top with slim white jeans and heels. Here are some looks for inspiration:

Q. I have a pair of blue and white print shorts, but I am confused on how to wear them. Please give me suggestions on color combos for tops and shoes.


A. Your blue and white printed shorts work with virtually every color, including: white, yellow, pink, green, orange, navy and purple. If choosing a colorful top, stick to neutral shoes like tan espadrilles, if wearing a pale top, you can experiment with bright colored shoes like red, yellow or orange. The final verdict? Your shorts are much more versatile than you think!

Q. I love the look of sundresses in the summer, but I’m a bit self conscious of my arms. Every dress I see seems to be sleeveless! Can you help me fun some pretty casual dresses with short sleeves?


A. You’re right, it’s not easy to find a casual sundress that has sleeves. In addition, designers tend to compensate for coverage on the arms by shortening the length of the dress, which makes it difficult for women no interested in showing a lot of skin. After hunting around, we found 8 beautiful and breezy day dresses that aren’t too short and have sleeves - just add sandals!

Q. I love the skinny cargo pant trend! How can I dress them up to make them appropriate for the business casual dress code at the office?

A. We are huge fans of this surprisingly flattering (and fun!) summer trend. Obviously, skinny cargo pants are appropriate for weekends and non-work environments, but incorporating them into your work wardrobe can be tricky. If you work in a business casual or casual office, we recommend pairing your skinny cargos with a feminine top, button down or blazer and a pair of heels. Save the tank tops and flip flops for your off hours, as these are too casual for any office. Here are some looks for inspiration:

For affordable skinny cargo pants, check out our picks for under $100

Q. I am always on the hunt for alternatives to a classic t-shirt to wear in the summer with skirts and shorts. Can you recommend some that are under $50?

A. With all the pretty t-shirts available this summer featuring embellishments, ruffles and more, there’s no reason to settle for a plain t-shirt anymore (unless, of course, you want to!) Here are some pretty options, all under $50:

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