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Q. I am so tired of sweaters and cardigans right now! I would like to add some blouses to my wardrobe that would work for a casual night out or even for a daytime look as I will wear them with jeans or white jeans. Can you give me some ideas?

A. I hear you! It’s nearly the beginning of March and I’m tired of my winter sweaters as well. It has been unseasonably warm in New York, so I’ve been taking advantage and wearing blouses more often. Here are some pretty options that work well with jeans and will carry you all the way through spring:

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Q. What are the big style trends in denim for spring? For example, are boyfriend jeans on the way out?

A. Denim is huge for spring, and the great news is, there’s something for everyone. Old standards including skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, bootcut jeans, straightleg jeans, and even wide leg jeans are all still in style, while a new silhouette, cropped skinny and straight leg jeans are getting us excited. The biggest news in denim, however, is print and color — look for everything from floral and animal prints to sorbet and neon hues.

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Q. I keep seeing printed pants everywhere. Is this going to carry through to the spring? How can I wear them without looking like a fashion victim?

A. Printed pants are indeed a big trend right now and will continue to be all the way through spring. On the runways, we saw plenty of printed pants paired with printed tops — and even printed shoes! But the best way to wear them in the real world is to pair them with monochromatic pieces and let the printed pants be the focal point of your look.

We’re seeing everything from printed palazzo pants to cropped skinny jeans, the latter being the most wearable in my opinion. Here are some looks for inspiration and some of our favorite printed skinnies to wear now and in the spring:

Q. I’m a size 16/18 and looking to add some stylish (but flattering) dresses to my work wardrobe. I work at a very fashionable P.R. firm, so I’m looking for dresses that are on-trend, not the usual plus size frumpiness I see everywhere. I love color and prints, can you give me some options?

A. Absolutely! There’s no reason why plus size women should have to settle for boring or frumpy. I found some really stylish work dresses for you at nordstrom.com. Here are some of my favorites, but it’s worth checking out their full selection:


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Q. I have read over and over again that straight leg style jeans (without whiskering) are the most flattering jeans for most figures. I’m having a difficult time identifying a true straight leg jean, one that goes straight down from the widest part of the hip and does not taper. All the straight leg styles look skinny or tapered, which I don’t think would flatter my curves. Can you recommend a true straight leg jean!

A. Straight leg jeans can be flattering, but it is often said that a bootcut jean is the most flattering jean. However, a straight leg offers a fine balance between bootleg and skinnies, offering a sleek look. If flattery is what you are after, a dark wash (yes, without whiskering or distressing) is your best option. I love my Levi’s Curve ID straight leg jeans - they are a true straight leg and are super flattering and comfortable. Even better, they offer custom curve fits based on your unique proportions.
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