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Q. I’m looking for a great denim skirt - A-line or pencil, not too short, not too long-for a thirty-something.
-Denim Dash

A. Your question has perfect timing.  I’ve been on the search myself for a new denim skirt, one that fits my waist, my slight curves and is appropriate for my age. I’m excited by these shopping choices and have already ordered the one from Adec from and the Adriano Goldschmied from  I need to try them on before I make my final choice. I do believe they’ll fit the waist without shifting around and have a little give to walk comfortably, plus they’re just the right length for work or weekend.

 Citizens of Humanity 'Novak' Stretch Denim SkirtEarnest Sewn Maya High Waist Stretch Pencil SkirtAG Adriano Goldschmied Precise Pencil SkirtADEC 2 Black Wool Denim Pencil Skirt

1. Citizens of Humanity ‘Novak’ Stretch Denim Skirt, $150 at
2. Earnest Sewn Maya High Waist Stretch Pencil Skirt, $230 at
3. AG Adriano Goldschmied Precise Pencil Skirt, $136 at
4. ADEC 2 Black Wool Denim Pencil Skirt, $79.99 at

Tees for Layering

Q. Do you have any recommendations for which stores or brands have great layering tees for fall clothes?  I have seen a lot of examples of layering thin long sleeved shirts under dresses, sleeveless sweaters, vests, etc.  Where can I find shirts thin enough that they won’t bunch up under the other pieces?
-Tees Please

A. I’m with you on avoiding bulk this Fall/Winter. Layering is key and a great way to continue wearing some Summer pieces like sheer tops and dresses. Some of my favorites include J.Crew’s tissue thin or tops with stretch, Splendid, American Apparel, and C&C California. And thankfully many of these brands are cutting longer lengths to help give coverage when paired with lowrise pants.

Long-sleeve crewneck tissue teeBaby Rib 3/4 Sleeve Boat NeckSheer Rib 3/4 Sleeve V-NeckC&C California Basic Long Sleeve TeeStretch cotton solid turtleneck tissue tee

1. Long-sleeve crewneck tissue tee, $32 at
2. Baby Rib 3/4 Sleeve Boat Neck, $21 at
3. Sheer Rib 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck, $34 at
4. C&C California Basic Long Sleeve Tee, $55 at
5. Stretch cotton solid turtleneck tissue tee, $29.50 at

Q. I am looking for a thin, fitted black turtleneck that I can purchase online. Can you help me find one?
-Slim Thin

A. The black turtleneck is one of those classic items you always want to refresh in your closet with a new one each year. With constant wear and perhaps fading, you can find plenty of options online to replace your old one. Look for thin silk or cashmere, merino wool or Lycra blends. You want to look for one that can be layered under sweaters and jackets without adding bulk and is stylish and chic enough to wear alone with dress pants or your favorite dark jeans.

Diane von Furstenberg Carlos TurtleneckAdam + Eve Ribbed TurtleneckLauren by Ralph Lauren Zoe Jersey Turtleneck Sweater
Cullen Ruched Turtleneck Sweater - Merino BlendTheory "Leola Stay" Novelty Turtleneck

1. Diane von Furstenberg Carlos Turtleneck, $100 at
2. Adam + Eve Ribbed Turtleneck, $72 at
3. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Zoe Jersey Turtleneck Sweater, $89.50 at
4. Cullen Ruched Turtleneck Sweater - Merino Blend, $59.50 at
5. Theory "Leola Stay" Novelty Turtleneck, $110 at

Q. I am getting ready to go to college next month and I need to buy a backpack. I haven’t used a backpack for a very long time and I want it to be unique and stylish, but am having a hard time finding just that. Can you help me find a cute backpack? And preferably for under $200.
-Soured Search

A. There are plenty of backpack choices under $200 as long as you don’t need a top designer name or all leather. In fact, Jansport offers endless prints and patterns for the same style backpack at Kudos to you for looking for a way to keep the weight of your books distributed on your shoulders. There are basic flap or multi zip styles and some even come with pockets and attachments for an iPod plus drawstring top packs. If you’re still not satisfied, look for a large messenger bag.

Perlina Handbags
Duplex BackpackJansport
Big StudentBillabong Audry Backpack

Urboe 07High Sierra MiaBellino Luciano Backpack

left to right:
1. Perlina Handbags Duplex Backpack, $217.95 at
2. Jansport Big Student, $43.95 at
3. Billabong Audry Backpack, $39.50 at
4. OGIO Urboe 07, $63.95 at
5. High Sierra Mia, $26.99 at
6. Bellino Luciano Backpack, $66.60 at

Q. I am turning 35 next month and consider myself to be fairly hot (for my age - ha!). I would like to find a backless dress. It seems like since I’ve been looking for a backless dress, I cannot find one - of course. Any ideas on where I can get one without spending a fortune?
-Bare Back

A. Adore a girl that has great self-confidence. One tip when choosing a backless dress: avoid anything too short or too tight - showing TOO much skin is never chic.

Bare that back at your birthday in one of these hot dresses:

Holly Toya Dress with Twist Rope BackLaROK Joyce Dress in CreamAlice + Olivia Paris DressRag & Bone Silk Mini Dress

1. Holly Toya Dress with Twist Rope Back, $185 at
2. LaROK Joyce Dress in Cream, $187 at
3. Alice + Olivia Paris Dress, $231 at
4. Rag & Bone Silk Mini Dress, $231 at

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