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Q. I have a pair of white unlined pants—should I cut all pockets out and have them sewn together?
-See Through 

19444 41405 H011006M-1A. After having models try on countless pairs from various designers in all price ranges for our recent Today show segment, we were surprised by how many designers make pants that are nearly see-through.  For pants with pockets that seem glaringly apparent, we do suggest taking them to a tailor to have the pockets cut out and the hole sewn closed.  This can create a sleeker, smoother look. 

Since transparent whites seem to be rampant among so many designers, make sure you also wear the right undergarments to avoid attracting any undue lingering attention - NEVER wear white, color or prints.  My favorite is the Barely There Flawless Fit in nude.  The bikini doesn’t ride up and is made of incredibly soft, thin fabric. The boy short version is also an excellent option for no VPL (visible panty lines).

$6.99 at onehanesplace.com

Q. I’m in New Orleans and find myself hard-pressed to find unique items that I’m looking for. Some of my favorite boutiques are still closed, so I’ve really gotten more involved in online style searching and purchasing. I do find it more difficult, however, to find specific articles that I’m looking for when I don’t have a particular brand in mind.

Right now, I’m dying for a cute, very sheer, beach tunic for a trip I’m taking to Belize at the end of June. Do you have any sites and/or designers you could recommend for finding some of these?
-Fashion-starved since Saks closed   

A. Love the summer heat and I, too, can’t wait for the beach.  Here are a few of sheer tunic cover ups to consider:

P D636437long, sheer and gorgeous
print tunic with sequins from Delfina Swimwear
$191.99 (sale) at
vivre.com

 5184260-1a little sexy

La Blanca by Rod Beattie Crochet Tunic
$86 at
nordstrom.com

74146 Wt0022 Su06 Msomething simple
Washed Guaze Back-Tie Tunic
$29.99 (sale) at jcrew.com

 5163653wear it on the beach or out to dinner

Lilly Pulitzer ‘Plum’ Tunic
$188 at
nordstrom.com

Q. I love the latest Bermuda shorts trends! I recently bought a great pair of denim Bermudas. I’d like to know what’s the best way to dress them up for a night out and dress them down for a casual outing. What types of tops and shoes go with denim Bermudas?
-Savvy Shorts 

17523A. For nights out, look for camisole tops paired with little jackets or vest-like tops and for day, choose longer length t-shirts or striped tops and layer cotton tops and tanks.  As for your feet, wear wedges and heels or strappy sandals at night and cute flats or espadrilles during the day. 40-Love Frt

The look at left is the a great way to wear your denim shorts at night (from nordstrom.com). For daytime, the cotton top at right (from anthropologie.com) is a fresh look.

Q. Where can I find a one-piece or tankini with underwire?  I am a size 16 and with D breasts, so I just can’t go without the wire.  I am only 28, so I don’t want a “grandma” suit, but I can’t wear a string bikini either.  Please help!
-A Southern Sunbather

A. Some of the best styles that give lift and support with no “grandma” concerns are halter-top swimsuits.  Look for ones with built in cups for the best lift and there are many swimsuits with discreet features like extra Lycra to flatten tummies and slim hips.  I love Miraclesuit, and they offer specific styles for D and double D cups. Below are a few of my suggestions and be sure to check out our latest Swim Style style recipe for more options.

Eb05Iu 0120212 216A1Solid-Color Wrap Miraclesuit
$102 at eddiebauer.com

167208 Af05 M1 Mia MD-cup Solid V-neck Halter Tank Swimsuit
$68 at landsend.com

L1009098-1Venezia Sport rhinestone-accent halter tank
$89.50 at lanebryant.com

Q. When is it ok to wear capri pants in terms of time of year? I live in Canada and it’s now spring so is it ok to start wearing them?
-Cropped Pant Craving 

A. Go for it! Plenty of gals all around the country are sporting them.  But here’s my tip for the best fit and fashionable function: capris look best on women who are 5’4“ and taller; capris on petite girls will only make them look shorter or stunted.  To pull off the cropped pant for shorter heights, look for lengths that hit just above mid shin and higher up to a walking short length and pair them with wedges or heels.  And no matter what height, avoid a baggy leg.  As for season, some cropped pants (depending on color and fabric) can be worn all year long when paired with knee high boots and a sweater during the cooler months.

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