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Q. I have to attend three weddings in November - one which is an optional black tie. I didn’t know November was such a popular wedding month! I’d like to get a dress that I can wear to all three…without spending a FORTUNE. Something trendy and gorgeous! I like black and bright colors and have auburn hair and fair/medium skin tone. Everything out there seems like it is still summery…also can I still wear sandals in November?

A. How lucky you are that you’ll be getting so much use out of one fantastic dress! You mentioned that one wedding is optional black tie, but we’re not sure if the other two weddings are more or less dressy. Below are some affordable options that can be dressed up or down for a multitude of occasions. Pair them with strappy evening-worthy sandals, some fantastic jewelry and you’re ready to dance the night away.

Q. I have several sweaters that I’d like to wear for fall - many of which are the chunky styles that are so popular for fall right now. I’d like to create a stylish outfit with these, but am unsure of what would look right for the season.

A. Designers and fashion magazines are once again declaring that chunky sweaters are a hot fall trend. This is great news for those who live in cool climates. The big question is, how to create a flattering silhouette with a chunky knit?

The best way to wear a thick or oversized sweater is to balance it with a slim-fitting bottom such as fitted jeans or cords. A sweater that is longer in length looks great with skinny jeans, leggings or even opaque tights if long enough. Layer thin t-shirts, turtlenecks or feminine blouses underneath to avoid bulking up.

Here are some ideas for layering your knits. Take note of the slim bottoms paired with all:

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1. Free People ‘Gypsy Mélange’ Marled Cardigan, $128 at
2. Michael Kors Cable Knit Sweater Coat, $59.50 at
3. Juicy Couture Popcorn Knit Cardigan, $288 at
4. Free People ‘Heather Fuzz Shaker’ Hooded Sweater, $78.91 at
5. Rebecca Taylor ‘Runway’ Fringed Pullover Sweater, $380 at
6. BDG Intarsia Shawl Collar Cardigan, $78 at
Q. I am a 25 year old mom of two under two. I love everything about fashion but with two I find I don’t have as much time. After having two kids and turning 25 I feel I need a change and a more age appropriate wardrobe and something other then the classic mommy wardrobe of tees and sweats. I am a stay-at-home mom but would like to look fashionable and attractive. I am 5’4, small framed and a larger chest. Please help me feel attractive while being a stay at home mom.

Q. I just discovered your website and am loving it! Do you have any ideas for a daily “uniform” for us moms with little ones in tow? I usually stick to a solid color polo or t-shirt with shorts or jeans. It’s safe and easy….but boring. Can you recommend something well made but not expensive…tailored to those of us who are curvy (nursing and sporting a little leftover baby tummy?)

A. Good for you both for wanting something more stylish than tees, sweats and “mom” clothes. A daily “uniform” that is stylish, comfortable, quick to throw on and washable will make it easy to get dressed each day and prepare you for whatever is in store.

A layered look consisting of a cardigan, wrap sweater or jacket + t-shirt, tank or camisole + jeans, cords or capris with stretch is versatile and flatters a multitude of figures. Fill your closet with variations on this theme and you’ll have the ultimate mix-and-match wardrobe. Top it off with comfortable ballet flats and a chic diaper bag and you’re good to go.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

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Q. I have a red leather biker jacket. Can I wear it this season?

0900631b81524006M.jpgA. Motorcycle jackets are huge this season. Though we’re mostly seeing them in black, brown or gray, your red version should be right in step with the trend. We found a red Helmut Lang moto jacket at for a mere $1,290 and a red faux leather jacket at for $39.99. In addition to jeans, try wearing your jacket with feminine skirts and jackets for the look of the moment.
Q. I recently bought a navy business skirt suit. The jacket is a hidden button front closure from the neckline down. It looks so plain! I’m thinking of adding a colorful belt to the waist. Will that look odd? How else can I liven up a very plain suit?

A. I applaud your desire to add some personal style to a basic navy suit. Adding a belt, colorful or not, adds a chic touch to a fitted jacket. Try also wearing a colorful or printed underpinning and a bright handbag. Depending on how conservative your office is, you can add patterned tights or a colorful shoe. Jewelry, like this season’s statement necklace, or a scarf can also add interest.

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1. a patent belt in black or a brighter color adds interest to your suit (Anne Klein New York Crossover Collar Jacket, $450 at
2. colorful jewelry and underpinning will brighten up a dark suit (look shown here is from
3. a colored shoe with dark tights (or a bright opaque tight with dark shoes)

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