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Q. Can short girls wear riding boots? I’m 5’1” and 140lbs. Will wearing flat boots make me look shorter or wider? I like the look and love the comfort but I want to look stylish and not stocky.

A. Flat boots can be tricky for petite women to wear. The most important tip is to choose a shaft height that works with your proportions (the shaft is the part of the boot that covers the leg, measured along the inside seam of the boot). Anything too tall will make you look shorter. The most flattering boot would hit 1” or more below your knee.

Wearing your boots with similar colored tights, leggings or jeans will also help create a flattering look for your legs. A short dress or skirt will also help to lengthen your legs. For more tips, read:

Advice for short, curvy girls about knee high boots

Frye Harness boots for a petite figure?

In search of riding boots that aren’t too tall

Q. I absolutely love Hunter Welly boots! But I haven’t seen many women wearing them this season, and I’m afraid I missed the trend! Can you still wear them this year, or is that so-last-season?

A. It’s funny to think of a boot that has been around for over 50 years as a trendy item, though the last few years have spawned fashion-forward versions of the classic Hunter Wellington boot. Not only will they keep your feet dry on the rainiest day, but they look great with jeans, dresses and skirts. Whether they are this season’s trendy must-have or not, we still say there’s nothing better for puddle splashing. Whether you spend $100 on the original or opt for a more affordable version from another brand, we consider these to be a wardrobe basic that every girl should own.

Q. I have a sequin shrug/jacket and I don’t know what shoes to wear with it. Can you help?

A. For most occasions, we recommend wearing just one shiny piece at a time, so try pairing a suede pump or leather bootie with your sequin jacket. For a dressier occasion, however, you can get away with a metallic or shiny shoe with your jacket, provided the rest of your look is more subdued (i.e. a little black dress). Below are some pairings for inspiration.


Q. I have a mini all over sequin gold dress with long arms and is backless. What color shoes should I go for? I was thinking skyscraper tall plain purple?? Please help as I’m really stuck.

A. Your gold sequin backless mini dress already has a “look at me” quality, so your best option is to let the dress take center stage by choosing subtle accessories. The gold dress shown here with black hosiery and shoes looks chic and elegant, rather than flashy. Here are a few sexy and stylish black shoes that would look great with your dress:

Q. I have no idea what shoes to wear with this dress. I am attending a ball (black tie event). I am so clueless. Please help.

A. Your best color options for a purple dress are black and silver. We found some stunning options - all for under $100!


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