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Q. I have a pair of vintage Evan Picone trousers (mid-1980’s), which are navy blue with a very light grayish-white pinstripe and I am wondering what to wear with them. I also have just purchased a pair of black jodphurs and wondering what to wear with them as well?
-80’s Revamp

A. There are many options for both bottoms.  For both, don’t hesitate to add punches of color. They are both neutral colors that can be worn sleek and chic by wearing similar shades like a black cashmere turtleneck sweater with your jodhpurs and knee high boots or classic with a white button down that fits your shape well and add a patterned sweater.

For pants or jodhpurs:

Robinson coat Façonnable Draped Turtleneck SweaterCashmere cable turtleneck sweaterSlim stretch shirt

1. Robinson coat, $298 at jcrew.com - mix stronger stripes with the subtle ones on your pants or wear with a t-shirt and knee high boots with your jodhpurs
2. Façonnable Draped Turtleneck Sweater, $175 at nordstrom.com
3. Cashmere cable turtleneck sweater, $175 at jcrew.com
4. Slim stretch shirt, $59.50 at jcrew.com - always a classic pairing with just about anything

Q. I’m attending my best friend’s wedding next year.  There is no dress code but my friend asked everyone to wear what they feel comfortable in. I’ve already started looking for dresses. I would love to wear something like a cocktail dress but I know that not everyone will be wearing dressy clothes. So I’m looking for a great dress, that isn’t too overdressed but still quite sophisticated and worthy for a best friend’s wedding. I would love a green one, I never had one but I always wanted one, my skin is quite pale but green matches so great with my green eyes. Do you have any recommendations for a great green not too overdressed but still sophisticated dress?
-Green Girl

A.  I’ve got plenty of options for green dresses that are sophisticated, but not over the top. You didn’t mention the time of year for the wedding, but when it comes to weddings you can generally get away with bare shoulders, strapless or halter styles all year long no matter if it’s cold or warm outside. While you mention that not all the guests will be dapper and dazzling I am positively adamant that for a best friend’s wedding, you should dress up. Quite frankly, unless someone gets married in the woods, guests should dress well for the occasion.

Kay Unger A-Line Satin DressCaroline short dress Maggy London Silk Chiffon Halter Dress A Common Thread V-Neck Empire DressSilk puff-sleeve dress

1. Kay Unger A-Line Satin Dress, $350 at saks.com
2. Caroline short dress, $129.99 at jcrew.com
3.  Maggy London Silk Chiffon Halter Dress, $98 at nordstrom.com
4.  A Common Thread V-Neck Empire Dress, $294 at nordstrom.com
5. Silk puff-sleeve dress, $148 at bananarepublic.com

Q. I love wrap dresses and am looking for a product I saw on a style show to make them less revealing. It’s a "dickie" like triangle of fabric (it comes in several colors) that attaches to your bra straps instead of adding bulk with a tank top or camisole. It’s called something like a "wickie".

A. I have searched countless sites for what you call the “wickie.” I’m at a loss - so if any of our readers know where to find this triangle of fabric, please let us know. In the meantime, I can suggest a product we featured in a past Daily Scoop called the Bosom Button.  Made of a single Swarovski crystal or gem, these buttons are meant to be seen. Just pierce through your clothing in just the right spot and your cleavage will stay under cover all day.

Q. I’m 5’1" and would love a classic trench coat.  What style would look best and do they come in petite sizes?
-Small Coverage

A. A trench is always on my top ten list of classic pieces a woman should have in her wardrobe. I spent big bucks on my Burberry trench two years ago which I adore - and since it has a button-out wool lining, I can wear it all year long. I’ve truly gotten my “cost per wear ratio” down to low numbers with all the times I’ve worn mine. A trench can be ideal for nasty rainy weather, but also be that “go to” coat to wear over dresses or skirts when you need a polished appearance. For petite heights you should shop for petite sizes to fit you correctly in the shoulders, or look for more fitted styles that hit around knee length.

Petite Nylon Trench Coat Calvin Klein Short Belted Trench CoatMichael Kors Three Quarter Trench Coat with Removable Lining Gallery Three Quarter Trench Coat


1. Petite Nylon Trench Coat, $198 at anntaylor.com
2.  Calvin Klein Short Belted Trench Coat, $188 at nordstrom.com
3. Michael Kors Three Quarter Trench Coat with Removable Lining, $148 at nordstrom.com
4.  Gallery Three Quarter Trench Coat, $148 at nordstrom.com

Q. I want to get some ideas about semi formal jackets to wear over jeans. I am 5’ 2" and am plump - with typical hourglass figure…small waist, big bust/thighs and hips.
-Jackets with Jeans

A. Best options are ones that belt at the waist or help define a waist. Look for jackets that cover just the tops of your hips and are not boxy. Avoid long jackets that will only make you look shorter or that resemble more of an outdoor coat.  Since you plan to pair the jacket with jeans, be sure your top underneath isn’t bulky - keep it feminine with a v-neck or scoop neck top that is more flattering for busty girls.

INC International Concepts® Petites Cropped Double-Breasted Leather JacketPetite velvet Bella jacket Semantiks Flecked Wool Jacket Classiques Entier® Funnel Neck Belted Jacket (Petite)


1. INC International Concepts® Petites Cropped Double-Breasted Leather Jacket, $99.50 at macys.com
2. Petite velvet Bella jacket, $158 at jcrew.com
3.  Semantiks Flecked Wool Jacket, $88 at nordstrom.com
4.  Classiques Entier® Funnel Neck Belted Jacket (Petite), $198 at nordstrom.com

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