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Q. I am in search of a sequin mini dress with 3/4 quarter or long sleeves to wear to a wedding in NYC in February. This dress seems to be impossible to find for under $300. Can you help me find something cute and classy?

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A. We love a good sequin mini dress, especially with long sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves which help give a short dress a more sophisticated silhouette. We found some beautiful dresses in your price range below that are so pretty, you won’t want to wait until February to wear! You’ll get plenty of wear out of your dress for holiday parties or New Year’s Eve. You can also dress it down for a fun night on the town with a leather or denim jacket, or a blazer.

Q. I am searching for a pair of control top leggings. I have plenty of regular leggings but have recently gained weight and would like to minimize my newly acquired hips, thighs and stomach. I have searched the internet but am having a hard time finding a pair that is not for maternity and not $100. Do you have any suggestions?

A. There are several control top and shaping leggings available, including denim leggings. Here are some of our top choices, from $29 to $76 at barenecessities.com:

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Lisse Leggings: Shaping Control Top Leggings
$58
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Shape fx: Tummy Control Skinny Leggings
$29
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Miraclebody: Denim Shaping Leggings
$68
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Yummie Tummie: Knitted Shaping Leggings
$76

Q. I have a problem finding knee high boots because my feet are disproportionate to my body. Although I stand at 5’9, my feet are a size 7. This means that any knee high boots I try on are too small to zip around my calves. The other issue is that I’m only 24 and most of the wide calf boots I’ve found are matronly. Are there any boots out there offered in wide calf sizes that are also fit for a 24 year old?

A. There’s no need to sacrifice style when searching for a wide calf boot. Here are several different styles that we’re loving this season, all with a generous calf width:


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Q. I really love the full skirt trend for fall but thus far, have been challenged to find affordable renditions of Louis Vuitton’s gorgeous silk and wool skirts. Any suggestions for finding wallet-friendly skirts and for keeping the look a bit more modern than ’50s?

A. Calf-grazing skirts ruled the Louis Vuitton runway for fall, as well as several other designers’ shows. Long and full, there is most definitely a ’50s influence to this skirt style. To give the look a modern spin, pair it with a simple, minimal top, or a sharp fitted jacket. Pumps, kitten heels or even flats are the ladylike shoe of choice to finish the look. Be sure to choose a hem length that flatters your leg, showing off the slimmest part of your calf and ankle.

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Here are some budget friendly long full skirts to try this season:

Q. I’m looking for cute and trendy carry-on baggage for a Europe trip. Any recommendations?

A. We found a great variety of chic and functional carry-on bags at ebags.com. Below are some of our favorite styles, each available in a wide array of colors and prints to suit your personal style.

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