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Q. I need your professional expertise on my dress ensemble for a friend’s upcoming 40th B-day celebration. I have attached a photo hoping it gives you a good idea. What I need is advice on shoes and accessories. The dress is a cream and gray pattern and it falls like silk.
-Friend Function

A. Try a grey patent leather sandal or peep toe heel or neutral beige, and don’t get stuck on matching the hue exactly. The heels can be a little lighter or darker. I would go with a simple thin necklace that has a charm or pendant on the end as long as it lays within the “V” of the dress or choose a longer necklace that hangs about two to three inches longer than the “V.” Alternatively, choose earrings that have some colored beads like blue, violet or pink and then add an enamel bracelet in a color or pattern. There are great enamel pieces available at BananaRepublic.com and JCrew.com and I’m a big fan of the charm style necklaces on blueluxe.com.

Seychelles Big BucksNine West Revengez MAXSTUDIO 'Ferris' Sandal
 kate spade 'gwennie' pumpModa Spana Demirsvp Liz


1. Seychelles Big Bucks, $84 at zappos.com
2. Nine West Revengez, $83 at zappos.com
3. MAXSTUDIO ‘Ferris’ Sandal, $158.95 at nordstrom.com

4. kate spade ‘gwennie’ pump, $295 at nordstrom.com
5. Moda Spana Demi, $93 at zappos.com
6. rsvp Liz, $65 at zappos.com

Cabochon-wrapped enamel bangle1" enamel bangleTwo-strand turquoise drop necklace

Purple Jade, Grey Onyx, and Smoky Quartz Color Block Floating Silk NecklaceRutilated quartz briolette necklaceGenuine rose quartz vine earring


1. Cabochon-wrapped enamel bangle, $68 at jcrew.com
2. 1” enamel bangle, $35 at jcrew.com
3. Two-strand turquoise drop necklace, $49 at bananarepublic.com

4. Purple Jade, Grey Onyx, and Smoky Quartz Color Block Floating Silk Necklace, $89 at blueluxe.com
5. Rutilated quartz briolette necklace, $45 at bananarepublic.com
6. Genuine rose quartz vine earring, $59 at bananarepublic.com

Q. I chose the attached bridesmaid dress (in latte) to wear in a wedding in May. The only instructions given by the bride were tea length dress in latte or cappuccino and sandals. The guys are wearing champagne. I am clueless as to what type and color of dress sandals to wear? If this helps, I am 5’9 with skinny legs. Truly, I’d prefer a mid-cut heel but I will definitely consider all styles.
- Color Coordination

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A. Look for champagne, cream or even a pale metallic heel to wear with your dress. There always seem to be fewer stylish choices when it comes to the hunt for a special occasion lower heel. Some can border on looking too old, but I found a few pairs that look good and just skim the line on being a high heel. Stand tall and confident.

Vaneli LarindaNina Genoa-LS Pura Lopez 'K122' SandalMossimo® Hester Jewel Satin Strap Heels - Sand

1. Vaneli Larinda, $86 at zappos.com
2. Nina Genoa-LS, $83 at zappos.com
3. Pura Lopez ‘K122’ Sandal, $228 at nordstrom.com
4. Mossimo® Hester Jewel Satin Strap Heels - Sand, $19.99 at target.com

Q. I am looking for some cool gold sandals for summer. I could use a pair of heels (preferably under 3 inches) and a pair of flats to dress down cute summer dresses.
-Shine On
 

A. Enjoy the warm weather when you step out in these shiny gold sandals.

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Heels:
1. Claudia Ciuti ‘Tulipano’ Sandal, $350 at nordstrom.com
2. Stuart Weitzman ‘Delovely’ Sandal, $255 at nordstrom.com
3. Nine West Accolia, $69 at piperlime.com
4. Charles by Charles David Pandora, $100 at piperlime.com
5. J. Reneé ‘Melina’ Sandal, $84.95 at nordstrom.com 

Flats:
1. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Molto’ Sandal, $265 at nordstrom.com
2. Athena Alexander ‘Audra’ Sandal, $99.95 at nordstrom.com
3. Jessica Simpson Caralie, $6. at piperlime.com
4. daniblack Greet, $135 at piperlime.com
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Tabitha’ Metallic Thong, $97.95 at nordstrom.com 

Q. I am looking for a pair of moderately priced strappy sandals with a heel in a nude/tan color. I can’t find them anywhere! I would like to wear them with a pink, just below the knee, bridesmaid dress in a spring wedding and with other summer dresses. I’ve heard that wearing a tan heel can lengthen the leg. Do you have any other shoe suggestions that can give the illusion of a longer leg?
-Illusionary Bare
 

A. Heels always give the illusion of a longer leg and choosing a neutral color that is similar to your skin tone is like wearing the same clothing color head to toe - it elongates the body. I like that you’ve chosen a neutral cream color to wear with your pink dress, it’s a sophisticated choice.

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1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Rich N Post, $83 at zappos.com
2. Delman Magical, $298.95 at zappos.com
3. Charles David Calypso, $253.95 at zappos.com
4. Nine West Havard, $111.60 (sale) at zappos.com
5. Martinez Valero ‘Desiree’ Sandal, $139.95 at nordstrom.com
 

Q. I have a navy tunic dress. It’s too cold to wear bare legged, I have black boots, dark brown boots, and camel boots, but not sure what to wear with the boots? Tights?
-Boot Strapped

A. Navy is a great neutral to build on and any of those boot colors may work, but of course, try the dress and the boots together. And tights are the ideal cover, whether patterned, textured or solid black, navy, grey or dark chocolate. For fun, try a rich color like eggplant, emerald or hunter green to pop between the hem of the dress and the top of the boots. And if you can find them, a mix of colors (think Missoni style) would be quite hip.

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