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Q. Ever since Mila Kunis showed up on the red carpet with a lavender dress, I’ve been searching desperately for one! I’d love to wear lavender to an upcoming spring wedding but I keep striking out! Please help me find a lavender-themed outfit for this wedding!


A. Mila Kunis’ Elie Saab dress was indeed gorgeous, and such a beautiful shade of lavender. I searched everywhere and was unable to find a dress that exact shade of loveliness, but here are some lavender and lilac dresses you may like:

Q. My sister recently got the Marc Jacob Hillier Hobo purse. It’s adorable but way out of my price range. Where can I find a similar purse at a more reasonable price? Also, I’m hoping to find one in white for the spring.


A. The Marc Jacobs is a simple, classic style that is clean with no embellishments. We found several white hobos for under $100 that look very similar to the MJ version. Enjoy!

Q. I am looking for a pair of really comfortable pants that don’t look like run-of-the-mill sweats but that I can wear and feel as though I’m wearing run-of-the-mill sweats. I’m afraid of yoga pants because they accentuate every flaw and I have to stand by my belief that leggings should not be worn as pants (and yoga pants are, essentially, leggings with flared bottoms). Can you help me find something comfy that I could actually wear in an airport without feeling like a slob and that I don’t need to wear special underwear with?


A. If you’re really looking for an upgrade to run-of-the-mill sweatpants, you’ll be thrilled about spring’s new dressed up sweatpant trend. Though I’m not sure I would spend $175 on a pair of Alexander Wang sweats, there are more affordable options available from a variety of designers. Here’s a selection of super cozy sweats to wear on the street, not at the gym:

Q. I want to graduate from the backpack to the messenger bag, mostly because, as my father told me, “no one looks good in a backpack,” but I don’t know what to look for and how to find one that will actually last without breaking the bank. All I need is something to carry my laptop and a few books (okay, not all).


A. I tend to agree with your father’s style advice: backpacks are not the most flattering bag option. Luckily, cross body (or messenger) bags are hot right now, so there are many stylish options available in a variety of price points. We scouted out some affordable styles for you that are a bit more chic and feminine than the traditional (and typically masculine) messenger bag. Most of these should fit a laptop and some books.

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