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Q. I would love to find a white boyfriend blazer for the summer, as DC summers are miserable but require professional dress. I haven’t been able to find very many in stock anywhere online, and would really appreciate some help. I’d prefer single breasted, maybe in a cotton sateen, and under $125.

A. We found several affordable blazers for you in a range of fabrics suitable for the office in the summer. In addition to boyfriend styles, we found a few “girlfriend” styles as an option.


Q. I know I’m two years late on this trend, but I am in a desperate search for black riding boots. I’m 5’3, so I don’t want anything too tall. Please help!


A. It’s never too late to buy a pair of riding boots - they are a classic look that you’ll wear for years and years. In fact, it’s the perfect time of year to invest in a pair since many are on sale. Since you are petite, it’s important not to choose a pair of boots that are too tall. Look for a shaft (the height of the boot) that hits an inch or more below your knee. A shaft that is too high and close to your knee can visually shorten the look of your legs. You may have to try on several different boots to find the most flattering shaft height for you, but try a 14” or 15” height to start. Here are some options that are 15” tall or shorter:

Q. I love the snake print blouses I’ve been seeing everywhere recently, but they can so easily go from sophisticated to tacky. Can you recommend a short or long sleeve version similar to this Ella Moss Boa Tank? Tanks and 3/4 sleeve blouses abound, but I find them to be less versatile.


A. I am a huge fan of adding a touch of python to your look, whether in the form of a piece of clothing or a chic accessory. When worn tastefully, it looks far from tacky. I love the tank you picked out (plus, it’s on sale!) It may actually be more versatile than you think when you consider it makes the perfect underpinning for a blazer, jacket or cardigan. If your mind is set on a short sleeve or long sleeve version, here are some sophisticated contenders:

Q. I loved Emily Blunt’s shoes that she wore to The Wolfman premiere this week. I’m betting they are way beyond my budget, where can I find a similar pair?


A. Emily’s gorgeous Sergio Rossi Gladiator Sandals are over $800, if you can even find a pair. Since gladiators return as a trend for spring, there are many options out there. While none are quite as stunning as the Sergio Rossis, I think the ZiGiny Women’s Diva Heel (right) comes pretty close. Here are some more options for you:

denimleggings.gifQ. I love the look of denim leggings but don’t want to spend a lot on something that might be a short lived trend. Can you recommend some that won’t break the bank?

A. When worn right, I am a huge fan of denim leggings. To make the most of the trend, look for leggings that are made of denim, rather than cotton leggings the look like denim. The best part is, there are many affordable options out there. Here are some of our favorites:

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