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Q. My sorority is requiring us to wear an outfit that I’m having trouble with. We can either wear a pink, orange, or yellow solid sundress and we have to wear heels in one of those colors also, but it has to differ from the dress. I bought this orange dress but I’m having trouble finding either pink or yellow heels to go with it. Could you provide some inexpensive examples? Is it possible to make this bright color combo look good? Can an orange dress ever go with pink or yellow heels?
-Color Confusion


A. Well, your sorority sisters are clearly bright color conscious, but hey, in those brights it’s hard to be cranky. You certainly can mix it up and I’ve found several options in the same heeled sandals in both yellow and pink all for under $83. And next time you pull on your little black, navy or white dress, then pull out your new pink or yellow heels and consider wearing them with your neutral dress to add a splash of color.

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left: Boutique Nordstrom ‘Gina’ Patent Leather Sandal, $79.95 at nordstrom.com
right: rsvp Daina, $70 at zappos.com
91eILCKRtVL._AA280_.jpgQ. I had to buy these “Minx” shoes by Luichiny ($88.95 at amazon.com). It was an impulse - buy now, figure it out later. Now I’m having trouble figuring out what to wear with them other than a plain black short dress. I do know that I should go with basic and simple.

- What Now?


A. Basic and simple does not mean that the look has to be boring or a solid color to wear with your new embellished heels. I envision a black and white patterned, fitted sheath dress or a pencil skirt worn with a flowy ruffled top. Tops from designers like Geren Ford, Diane Von Furstenberg or Tucker would work or a dress from Alice + Olivia. Here are some ideas:

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1. Alice + Olivia Polka Dot Tulip Dress, $330 at shopbop.com
2. Alice + Olivia Pleated Puff Dress, $495 at shopbop.com
3. Maggy London Print Silk Twill Shift Dress, $148 at nordstrom.com
4. Milly Cotton Jacquard Dress, $385 at nordstrom.com
5. Black and White Cotton Dresses by Tibi, $360 at edressme.com
6. Alexander Wang Seersucker Silk & Wool Dress, $650 at nordstrom.com (expensive, but so chic!)
Q. I am going to a summer wedding and need some advice on my outfit. I purchased a pewter color dress from J Crew to wear to it, but my dilemma is the accessories. I want something to make the outfit pop. I was thinking some marigold yellow color shoes and a Pashmina might be nice…do you have any suggestions?
-Pop in Pewter


A. You’ll surely help your look pop by adding bright colored strappy sandals. I found multiple choices in yellow and blue online at shops like zappos.com, nordstrom.com and jcrew.com.

Q. I have my 10-year reunion coming up and purchased a fabulous Milly zebra printed dress (I have attached a picture). I am only 5’3” so the dress isn’t quite so short on me, but with the sleeveless shape, I am concerned about shoes. I do not want to look too tart-y!
- Reunion Blues

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A. We all obsess over making a grand impression at our reunions. We want to look cool and hip, young and stylish. We want to make ex-boyfriends think of us fondly and the snotty girls jealous, and mostly catch up with the old crowd we haven’t seen in years while still looking good. I found several options that range from very hip to straight forward classy.

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Dress: Zebra-Print Shift Dress, $126 (sale) at neimanmarcus.com

1. Very Hip: Vince Camuto Alfie, $132 at piperlime.com
2. Still Hip: Lauren Ralph Lauren Women’s Aaralyn, $100 at shoes.com
3. L’Autre Chose Shoes Open Toe T Strap Pump, $310 at shopbop.com

Dressy:
4. GUESS by Marciano “Hutton” Strappy Sandal, $95 at bloomingdales.com
5. Chinese Laundry Women’s Colette, $69.99 at shoes.com
6. Franco Sarto Women’s Utopia, $74.99 at shoes.com

Q. I have really enjoyed the new abundance of navy items in stores lately and particularly love to wear my low navy wedge/peep-toes with my jeans because they create such a long, lean look for my petite frame. However, the shoes are suede and I live in south Florida. Every time I put them on I wonder if they’re appropriate for summer in our very warm climate. Is suede a summer-appropriate finish? If not, can you recommend some cute shoes with a slight heel in navy that would work with my jeans? I love the Tory Burch navy flat, but that’s just it- they’re flat! I need a boost for my short self.
- Need a Navy Lift

A. Suede in the south Florida heat can be a bit of an irony in your wardrobe, but many designers have offered lighter colors in suede sandals for summer like powder blue, orange, etc. Since yours are navy, I’d suggest shopping for a navy wedge in another fabric for those 90-degree days and keep the suede for those slightly lower temps in October for when it’s a “chilly” 70 degrees. I found a few wedges that should keep you looking long and lean in your jeans.

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1. Fitzwell Anaya, $69 at zappos.com
2. Sam Edelman’s Women’s Finny, $79.99 at shoes.com

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