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Q. I am crazy in love with Stylebakery.com! I just ordered these gladiator sandals by Nine West. Can you give me some outfit suggestions?
-Standing Tall

Nine West Heech sandals, $92.95 at zappos.com

A. You want to be sure you don’t add anymore “weight” to your outfit so keep the pieces light. Wear trouser jeans to balance the wedge heel or skinny jeans cuffed or long to reveal the full sandal. As for skirts, an A-line or a pencil style that has a hem that hits around the knee will be most flattering. It’s a strong shoe that you can balance with softer pieces on top unless you kick it rocker chic and add a modern cut jacket.

Sleeveless sash tunic Kimchi & Blue Floral Cutout TopStriped boatneck T

1. Sleeveless sash tunic, $44.50 at gap.com
2. Kimchi & Blue Floral Cutout Top, $42 at urbanoutfitters.com
3. Striped boatneck T, $22.99 at gap.com

 Lux Hi-Waisted A Line Skirt Lux Carousel Circle SkirtCuffed denim caprisTheor2021411496 Prod Medium

4. Lux Hi-Waisted A Line Skirt, $58 at urbanoutfitters.com
5. Lux Carousel Circle Skirt, $68 at urbanoutfitters.com
6. Cuffed denim capris, $29.95 at fashionbug.com
7. Theory Strani Pant, $225 at shopbop.com

Q. I’m getting married this summer and I want a ’60s inspired knee-length lace dress with sleeves that won’t break the bank.
-Lace in Place

 ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace MinidressA. Oooh, this is a little tough. I scoured online retailers and found this lacy dress, but you may find your best options by working directly with a wedding dress designer or getting help from a fabulous vintage store like The Way We Wore in Los Angeles. You can contact the owner Doris Raymond (323-937-0878) and fill her in on what you’re shopping for. She’s an incredible curator of vintage fashions.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace Minidress, $330 at nordstrom.com

Q. I recently purchased a pair of high waist gray denim jeans and have been trying to figure out what top would look good with this style.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I did see the recent issue of Elle which had a photo shoot with jeans of this kind but they showed a tank top and it is still cold where I live.
-High Waisted

A. High-waisted pants require a slim fitting top to tuck into the jeans to create a long lean look from shoulder to foot.  You can layer a short jacket or sweater or, to still keep the illusion of length, you can add a long thin knit cardigan worn open and loose.

Tuck in a slim top:

Soda Blu Short Sleeve TurtleneckRegatta boatneckVelvet Jovitas Top

1. Soda Blu Short Sleeve Turtleneck, $58 at tobi.com
2. Regatta boatneck, $34 at jcrew.com
3. Velvet Jovitas Top, $75 at tobi.com

Layer one of these over your tucked in top:

Camilla sweater jacket12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Cambazola Professor CardiganTokidoki TD Cable Knit Sweater

4. Camilla sweater jacket, $128 at jcrew.com
5. 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Cambazola Professor Cardigan, $399 at bluebee.com
6. Tokidoki TD Cable Knit Sweater, $132 at tobi.com

Clubbing Clothes

Q. I recently brought a pair of gold shorts and I’m stuck for a top to wear with them for a night out clubbing. I’m 19 and would appreciate your help.
-Club Gold

A. I think back to my clubbing nights, dancing ‘til the wee hours in New York and then heading to Florent in the meatpacking district for tea and toast at 5:30 before heading to bed. And my outfits ranged from a simple tank, cool necklace and jeans to a knockout top with a mini skirt and heels. I recently purchased and have worn once, gold hot pants from American Apparel. They scream ’80s disco. I paired them with a blousy strapless top and gold heels. Here are some other suggestions, depending on the style of your gold shorts, to be a part of the scene.

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13994553 20 B-1 Lux Tinseltown Tank

1. Diesel Lenex Top, $140 at tobi.com
2. Dolman Sleeve Blouse, $68 at ardenb.com
3. Embellished Scoop Neck Tank, $48 at ardenb.com
4.  Ruby Sky Striped Sequin Tube Top, $19.99 at urbanoutfitters.com
5.  Lux Tinseltown Tank, $48 at urbanoutfitters.com

Equestrian Style

Q. I love the classic English equestrian or country look: riding boots, and skirts, etc.  Is that look severely out of style, or is there a way to update it?  Also, I am short.  Can I pull it off?  If so, how?
-Horsing Around

A. You can always wear your own homage to equestrian style without looking like you’re about to compete in dressage.  Button down fitted shirts, tailored blazer style jackets, riding style boots, genuine rubber riding boots, plus a simple, but stylish leather belt and slim pants. You can even purchase stretch riding pants, but definitely skip the jodhpurs. They are out of style, rarely look good on anyone and will make a short girl look squat. The trick for one who doesn’t ride is to wear just a few items together rather than a complete ensemble, which could appear pretentious or contradictory. So wear your breeches with a comfy cable knit or turtleneck sweater and knee-high boots. And Pair your button down and tailored blazer with jeans and knee-high or ankle boots.

Wool hacking jacketGrand Prix Hampton II Low Rise Breech

David Tate Gatewayrsvp BillieRubber Riding Boots

1. Wool hacking jacket, $235 at jcrew.com
2. Grand Prix Hampton II Low Rise Breech, $90 at manhattansaddlery.com
3. David Tate Gateway, $124 at zappos.com
4. rsvp Billie, $140 at zappos.com
5. Rubber Riding Boots (great for rainy days!), $37 at chicksaddlery.com

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