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Q. I recently got a job as a full time photographer at a large company. The dress code here is ‘corporate casual’ which means jeans are only acceptable on Fridays. This is a problem for me — as a photographer, I’m often climbing on stepladders, lugging around equipment, crawling around on the floor… I need to be able to move in my clothes, and pretty dresses and heels are not gonna cut it. I end up wearing black pants and various shirts/blouses every day, and it’s so boring! Do you have any suggestions how to inject some style into my life, while still being able to get the job done? Any wardrobe suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

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A. For the warmer months ahead, I suggest investing in several pairs of slim cropped (capri) pants in a variety of colors and prints. J. Crew cafe capri pants are a personal favorite, they fit great and come in a variety of prints like leopard and polka dot as well as ultra bright, pale, and neutral solids. Cropped pants are really versatile and can be paired with summer weight sweaters, cardigans, little jackets, blouses, button downs and dressy tees. Even better, they can be worn with flats, wedges and pumps.


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Bold prints make for fabulous bottoms, so try out unique motifs this season.

Q. I am attending a celebration at a Mexican resort and am looking for a comfortable stylish outfit. My initial thought is low wedged espadrilles, a comfortable jersey or cotton dress, and a lightweight scarf/pashmina for a extra warmth. I am struggling to pull a coordinated outfit together. I want it to be bohemian chic with a nod to Spanish/Mexican flavor without looking like a costume. A purse and jewelry options to simply accessorize would be great too. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, and Jennifer Anniston are good examples of the style I am leaning towards with this outfit.

A. You can’t go wrong with a pretty printed dress, especially one of this season’s gorgeous ikat iterations. Of course, what’s comfortable for one person may not be comfortable for another, but you’re bound to find a silhouette that works for you, whether mini or maxi, strapless or short sleeved. Here are a few options for your Mexican celebration:

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For shoes, a low wedge or even flat strappy metallic sandal will be perfect. A pretty scarf or open weave cardigan are ideal for layering should the weather get chilly. As for accessories, opt for pretty earrings, a cuff bracelet or bangles, and a summery clutch. Have fun!

Q. I’ve been seeing a lot of maxi skirts in stores. Other than a t-shirt or tank top, what can I wear with a long skirt? And can I wear one to work?

A. The maxi skirt is indeed a big trend this season and it can be far more versatile than you might think. Of course, the boho look with a tank top or t-shirt and sandals is a great summer casual look, but there are many other ways to wear a long skirt.

For a dressier look that can be worn to work or for an evening out, try pairing your maxi with a fitted blazer, cropped jacket, or a pretty blouse. The blouse can be tucked in to the skirt, or you can try a peplum blouse that nips in at the waist and flairs slightly at the hips like the second look from the left below. Chunky high heel sandals or platform wedges are ideal shoe choices.

For a more casual look, try wearing a denim jacket or vest, chambray button down, or a blousy tank top or t-shirt. Shoes can be anything from espadrilles and wedge sandals to flat sandals.

Check out the looks below for work appropriate (the first three looks) and casual (the two on the right) styling ideas:

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Q. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I never know what to wear. It’s too warm for winter sweaters, but too cold and unpredictable for spring and summer clothes. What do I wear during this wacky in-between weather?

A. Transition dressing can be difficult for even the most style savvy woman. The trick is to dress in lightweight layers that can be added and removed as needed, depending on the temperature of the day. This season, invest in some bold or printed blazers that can double as a lightweight jacket when your usual coat is just too warm. Layer the blazer over a pretty blouse or top that stands on its own when the blazer is removed. Pair it with slim cropped pants and a ballet flat or pump and you’ve got the perfect transitional look for work or weekends.

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Mix and match your blazer + blouse + pant + shoe look with the options below:

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