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Q. I’m someone who is bottom heavy with a slight Buddha belly and muscular thighs, but a tiny waist. (I wear a 12 on the bottom, but usually a 6-8 on top) I love the way side-tie bikini bottoms are so forgiving and help hide any unsightly bulges in the hip area. However, everywhere I seem to go, the front is always super tiny, even if the back offers full coverage. My question is are there any side-tie bottoms out there that offer fuller coverage in the front?
- Cover my Front

A. Check out my latest swimwear style recipe for additional options, but I shopped for a few options specifically for you.


1. Ruched Swim Bottom, $48 at
2. Lux Racing Stripe Bikini Bottom, $29.99 at
3. Ralph Lauren Sport Skirted Halter Bikini, $87 at
4. O’Neill Citrus Stripe Bottom, $44.50 at

Q. I am looking for some cool gold sandals for summer. I could use a pair of heels (preferably under 3 inches) and a pair of flats to dress down cute summer dresses.
-Shine On

A. Enjoy the warm weather when you step out in these shiny gold sandals.



1. Claudia Ciuti ‘Tulipano’ Sandal, $350 at
2. Stuart Weitzman ‘Delovely’ Sandal, $255 at
3. Nine West Accolia, $69 at
4. Charles by Charles David Pandora, $100 at
5. J. Reneé ‘Melina’ Sandal, $84.95 at 

1. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Molto’ Sandal, $265 at
2. Athena Alexander ‘Audra’ Sandal, $99.95 at
3. Jessica Simpson Caralie, $6. at
4. daniblack Greet, $135 at
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Tabitha’ Metallic Thong, $97.95 at 

Q. What panties/underwear would you recommend for underneath a bridesmaid’s gown that is a champagne-colored, satin material? The dress requires a strapless bra with a long front so that the dress stays smooth, and now I’m looking for seamless underwear that I can wear underneath. We tried high-waisted Spanx to create a completely smooth, body shaper type look, but the waistband is easily seen through the dress. Do you have any ideas/recommendations?

A. You need to look for a seamless thong that will banish the panty line. Look for a smooth thong with a side on the hip that is wider than a g-string style since a g-string may roll or dig into your hip and show a line on the dress.



1. Hanro: Perfectly Nude Thong, $49 at
2. Felina: Hint Of Skin Low Rise G-Kini, $9 at
3. Felina: Hint Of Skin Low Rise Thong, $9 at
4. Calvin Klein Naked thong, $16 at 

5. Miraclesuit: Firm Control Strapless Body Briefer, $52 at at
6. Naomi & Nicole: Luxurious Shaping Convertible Strapless Bra Slip, $48 at
7. The Body Wrap: Body Wrap Lites Bra Slip with Underwire, $42 at

Q. I am looking for a pair of moderately priced strappy sandals with a heel in a nude/tan color. I can’t find them anywhere! I would like to wear them with a pink, just below the knee, bridesmaid dress in a spring wedding and with other summer dresses. I’ve heard that wearing a tan heel can lengthen the leg. Do you have any other shoe suggestions that can give the illusion of a longer leg?
-Illusionary Bare

A. Heels always give the illusion of a longer leg and choosing a neutral color that is similar to your skin tone is like wearing the same clothing color head to toe - it elongates the body. I like that you’ve chosen a neutral cream color to wear with your pink dress, it’s a sophisticated choice.


1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Rich N Post, $83 at
2. Delman Magical, $298.95 at
3. Charles David Calypso, $253.95 at
4. Nine West Havard, $111.60 (sale) at
5. Martinez Valero ‘Desiree’ Sandal, $139.95 at

Q. I’m dying for a cool, worn in bomber jacket for spring. But I can’t find one that’s just what I’m looking for. I want one that’s kind of slouchy, rock and roll cool, but not too over the top. Something I can dress up or down.
-Rock Chick

A. I found plenty of options in all price ranges that you might fancy for rock and roll cool.



1. Theory Lanri Leather Jacket- Bloomingdale’s Exclusive, $615 at
2. Xhilaration® Shirred Metallic Faux Leather Bomber, $29.99 at
3. S.W.O.R.D. Lucca Jacket, $745 at
4. Corpus Lambskin Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket in Black, $462 at 

5. Lux Faux Leather Bomber Jacket, $128 at
6. Converse by John Varvatos Zip Hoodie Leather Jacket in Olive, $611 at
7. S.W.O.R.D Piacenza Leather Jacket in Black, $770 at
8. Mossimo® Black: Faux Leather Button Bomber, $34.99 at 

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