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Q. I have winter white, tall, high heel boots. I don’t know what to wear with them.

Q. I would like to know if I can wear white boots in winter. I recently move to South Carolina and people are more strict here about it than in Florida.

A. A little bit retro (think Twiggy’s mod look or Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots Are Made For Walking” look) and definitely statement-making, white boots are not the easiest style to wear, regardless of the time of year. However, if done correctly, this is a look that you can work, even in the winter and yes, even in South Carolina.

You can always go mod and wear a minidress with black or colored tights and your white boots. If you’re looking to work them into your daily wardrobe though, the key to wearing your boots now is to do it in a modern, updated way. Wear them with skinny jeans or black leggings and a cozy sweater for a relaxed, casual look. You can also try wearing them with a slim knee length skirt or dress. Whichever way you wear them, be prepared for fashion traditionalists to make a comment or two, especially in the winter, just wear them with confidence and feel good.

Here are some photos of celebs in white boots for inspiration:


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Q. I will soon attend a dressy wedding for which a bought a knee-height black satin dress. Now I’m looking for a pair of proper shoes. One candidate is black suede high heel pumps with tiny gold lines on it, while the other is high heeled black patent. My best choice would have been black satin shoes, however can’t find them in nearby stores. Is it ok to wear suede shoes with a satin dress? And what color hosiery alternatives would you recommend other than black, considering i don’t wanna be “all-black”?

A. Black suede or patent would look lovely with your black satin dress. In fact, the mixture of textures adds richness to your look. Don’t feel boxed in by having to match fabrics and luster.

As for hosiery, a dressy wedding might not be the time to take a risk with a contrasting pair of hosiery when you are wearing black shoes and a black dress. Instead, why not opt for hosiery with a texture or pattern to help avoid the all-black look. A pair with subtle gold shimmer might work also. (see options below) For a holiday party or festive affair, you can have fun with your hosiery color and opt for a rich purple or a silvery gray (though not if your shoes have gold lines in them).

_5692207.jpgQ. I just bought these fabulous strappy shoes. As the weather gets cooler, I would like to keep wearing them… I have seen similar shoes in catalogs with models wearing them with tights. Can I wear them with jeans or slacks barefoot? When is it appropriate to wear footless tights?

A. You most definitely can wear these shoes with tights in cool weather. As for going barefoot and wearing them with jeans, it depends on the weather where you live and how comfortable you will be. The latest J Crew catalog is filled with sandals and pants or jeans worn without hosiery (see image below). In real life, though, it’s easier to get away with the barefoot look when you are getting dressed up for an evening out than for daily running around or dressing for the office. As for footless tights or leggings, the same rules apply as going barefoot.

Our advice? If you’re not entirely comfortable, it’s much safer to wear tights.


Q. I am writing on behalf of the women of Northern Climes who want a winter boot that really is warm and weatherproof and also stylish. No tall heels or flat slick soles because we walk on icy sidewalks and no thin leather because it isn’t warm enough when you also have to wade through the snow that hasn’t been shoveled or plowed. There are great winter clothes and beautiful coats, but where are the functional boots that aren’t ugly? I hate carrying office shoes while I wear Sorrell’s to commute—it’s the winter equivalent of tennis shoes with business attire. I’ve considered some interesting quilted boots from Norway, but surely someone here must have a solution.

A. You’re right, finding a pair of stylish snow boots can be a challenge. Aquatalia makes some beautiful weatherproof shoes, many of them with warm linings. Below are some options that fit the bill: chic, warm and waterproof. Several of the styles can be worn with your work attire, though we still suggest you switch to a pair of indoor shoes when you get to the office instead of wearing your slushy winter boots all day.

Q. What are the rules for wearing black opaque tights with colored shoes? I keep seeing pictures of models with this combination, but what about in real life? I have a pair of royal blue patent peep toe wedges I’d love to wear, which I think I can get by with, and also a pair of tan peep toe heels with an ankle strap, is the tan too much of a stretch?

A. Opaque tights are a great way to wear peep toe styles in cooler weather. You can wear dark tights with dark shoes for a classic, leg elongating look, or opt for contrasting colors for a fun, modern look. Colorful tights paired with dark shoes or dark tights paired with colored shoes (like your blue patent wedges) add style to any outfit. For your tan peep toes, experiment with colors other than black, like gray (shown below) or cranberry. Textured tights can add another layer of interest to your look.

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