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image001.jpgQ. Wedding season is in full swing and I’m relying on this dress to carry me through several nuptials. I’m starting to have second thoughts on its overall cuteness and need help accessorizing to make it really pop with something like pink peep-toes or a yellow Pashmina. Also, can this dress translate from day to evening?
-Color Wanted

A. Don’t rethink the simple sophistication of this dress, it will work for those special occasions this summer and a lovely way to make it pop is with a shot of color. We editors at StyleBakery adore our Love Quotes linen blend scarves, they work as a wrap with just about every summery dress I own and I can’t do without them on my plane trips. They come in multiple colors, so choose a color and then add your heels as the potent pop to give flair to your look. I found several statement making pink strappy heels that would work with your patterned dress. As for a translation to daytime wear, tone down the look and keep it classic. Wear neutral heels or flat sandals and add a little cardigan or cropped fitted jacket and wear a thin patent leather belt around your waist over the cardigan or jacket. For sass, choose a belt in a color if the jacket or cardigan is simple.
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1. Nine West Solelyn, $83 at
2. Nine West Argent, $83 at
3. Charles by Charles David ‘Soiree’ Sandal, $114 at
4.Martinez Valero ‘Camila’ Sandal, $126 at
6. Love Quotes Scarves, $85 at

For daytime:
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7. Leatherock Skinny Double Wrap Belt, $60 at
8. Cashmere V-neck cardigan, $158 at
9. Summerweight cashmere short-sleeve cardigan, $168 at

31Rtch3q7VL._SS260_.jpgQ. I just bought a shift dress from Target in a gorgeous jeweled plum color. How do I accessorize it? It came with a waist tie, but I want to dress it up as much as possible with a belt. I was thinking metallic or perhaps turquoise? And the high neckline leaves me wondering how (or if) to wear a necklace.
-Accessorize Me

A. I always suggest that women skip the belt that comes with a dress and choose a new one to distinguish it from the rest. Choosing a color or a metallic belt is a great option to mix it up and create a look for day and night simply by changing the belt and shoes. As for jewelry, you can certainly wear a necklace, just be sure it hangs longer than 18” so it doesn’t fall inside the dress. A multi strand chain link style or a larger “bauble” or beaded style necklace would be perfect. However, if you go with a bold belt, then try bigger earrings and a cuff bracelet instead of a necklace.

Q. I have my 10-year reunion coming up and purchased a fabulous Milly zebra printed dress (I have attached a picture). I am only 5’3” so the dress isn’t quite so short on me, but with the sleeveless shape, I am concerned about shoes. I do not want to look too tart-y!
- Reunion Blues


A. We all obsess over making a grand impression at our reunions. We want to look cool and hip, young and stylish. We want to make ex-boyfriends think of us fondly and the snotty girls jealous, and mostly catch up with the old crowd we haven’t seen in years while still looking good. I found several options that range from very hip to straight forward classy.


Dress: Zebra-Print Shift Dress, $126 (sale) at

1. Very Hip: Vince Camuto Alfie, $132 at
2. Still Hip: Lauren Ralph Lauren Women’s Aaralyn, $100 at
3. L’Autre Chose Shoes Open Toe T Strap Pump, $310 at

4. GUESS by Marciano “Hutton” Strappy Sandal, $95 at
5. Chinese Laundry Women’s Colette, $69.99 at
6. Franco Sarto Women’s Utopia, $74.99 at

Q. I’ve attached a photo of my wedding dress by Maggie Sottero (color shown in Pearl Rose) and unsure of what color veil I should wear. In fact, I’m even questioning if a veil would be appropriate for this dress, as I’d be afraid it’s too overpowering. I have received so many opinions and I am completely lost! I’d appreciate your input.
- Overwhelm or Appeal


A. My input is this: skip the veil. I agree with those friends who said it could be overpowering. I like the look of a flower, real or faux, or a jeweled or decorative hair comb. I had a milliner make a large, off-white fake flower with beautiful beading and attach it to a comb that could be hidden within my hair. I received many compliments and I was glad to have chosen something original.

Q. I need HELP! So, I just purchased this fabulous boat neck silk dress from J Crew. It’s the Python Print Silk Dress. Now, some may think I’m crazy for such a wild print, but I’m a redhead so the color of the dress is a find in itself! I was wondering what color shoes would work? I’m hoping to carry these mystery shoes into early fall for a rehearsal dinner as well. I plan ahead. I’m an event planner, its what I do!
- Pythons Need Shoes Too


A. I, too, am a planner and rarely buy shoes that won’t work with other outfits or for other occasions. I’m sure you’ll look quite sassy and stylish in the python print dress and I’ve found multiple heels that will work now and in the early fall for dressy events and even meetings with clients.


Dress: Python-print silk twill dress, $79.99 (sale) at

1. Lucie d’Orsay high heels, $168 at
2. Pura Lopez ‘M503’ Pump, $270 at
3. Boutique 9 Shiala, $130 at

4. Linea Paolo ‘Brooklyn’ Peep Toe Pump, $129.95 at
5. Elie Tahari “Crystal” Ankle Strap Sandal, $276.50 (sale) at
6. Pair it with opaque tights in later fall with these for a casual look: MICHAEL Michael Kors Devon Open Toe, $128.70 (sale) at

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