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Q. How do you wear the metallic gold, silver, bronze shoes?  What goes best with them?  I have heard that you can wear them like a neutral, but I still can’t figure out which shoe looks best with what color clothes.  I like gold with green, but when it comes to other colors I am at a loss.  What color should you wear with yellow? Silver, gold, bronze? How about blue?  Does it depend on the shade?  What about pink?  Please help!
-Clueless About Color   

A. I’ve said that metallics are like a neutral, but in truth they do so much more than a neutral.  A cream shoe with a yellow dress is fine, but a gold sandal with a yellow dress is sexy. Here’s my metallics 101: gold works best with green, red, orange and soft colors like beige and khaki;  cooler colors like blue and gray look best with silver; brown looks good with bronze or gold; white and black and even pink work with multiple metallic shades.

Q. I came across your site and thought it was just great. I am going to my brother-in-law’s child’s christening. They are having a get-together at a restaurant after the church at about 3pm.  I was planning on wearing a simple v-neck, short-sleeved wrap dress (black) from Express, size 1/2.  It fits real nice and is knee length.  Should I just wear a simple black pump (I have a black leather pair with an ankle strap or do I avoid the ankle strap).  Or should I wear an open toe, but I wanted to avoid the pedicure, this week my schedule is real hectic.  And I am not crazy about open-toe shoes with pantyhose, and I wanted to wear pantyhose because I don’t have a tan right now. If you could suggest an actual shoe or website, would be great. Or should I just go with the simple slacks and dressy top?  I thought a dress was more appropriate, because I have two young girls 3 & 5 and I am dressing them in fancy dresses that I bought them for Easter.  Should my husband wear a suit? We are from New York but the christening takes place in Baltimore.
-Toes not ready to peep 

A. Go for the dress and wear something that gives more of a hint to the nicer weather like an open toe sandal or peep toe, and if you can’t get a pedicure just put on some nail polish and deal, since nobody’s going to be really eyeing your toes.  If you can’t bear to expose your toes, then choose a sling back and skip the hose.  I’m not a big fan of hosiery unless it’s tights or sheer black in the winter.  And don’t fret about not having a tan, it’s only April and unless you live in Florida we are all still looking a bit pasty so everyone will look the same.  Why not buy the Jergens moisturizer that gradually tans your skin without messy stains? You can find it at your local drugstore and by the time the christening date arrives you should have a nice glow. 

As for your husband, I don’t think a suit is necessary.  A shirt, nice slacks and a sport jacket will be spiffy enough.

Q. I am looking for trendy summer shoes/sandals that have a closed toe (I don’t like my toenails to show).  I want something that looks like a sandal without being one. I love wedges and low heels.  I can’t wear really high heels. Flats are okay too.  I need a variety as I lost a lot of weight and all my shoes are too big! Plus, I won’t spend more than $50 on shoes.
-Kickin’ it on a budget

A. So I’ve completed the mission: checked out multiple shoe sites and and hopefully fulfilled your request of no toes, not a high heel, but a wedge is fine and not over $50. And congrats on the weight loss!

174876Volatile Footwear St. Tropez Sandal
$44.95 at
nordstrom.com

24488BC Footwear Charisma Sandal
$49.95 at nordstrom.com

985-246477-D-1Yellow Box Banjo
$56.95 at zappos.com

66126 Gr7216Q. I’m attending a friend’s beach wedding in Australia this May.  I will be wearing the J Crew Grace Silk Faille dress in lime green.  My friend said it will be a lagoon setting so I should wear dressy flats or low heeled sandals.  Any recommendations on a good pair of shoes to wear with my particular dress?
-Wearin’ it low

A. Since you’re sticking to a low heel or flat, I’d suggest looking for a gold sandal and perhaps something with details like beading to keep the whole outfit looking festive for the wedding.

3832-212899-DKate Spade Boisterous
$298.95 at zappos.com

1733-173970-DNicole Miller Fedora
$123.95 at
zappos.com

3034-237270-DPelle Moda Cadee sandals
$115.95 at zappos.com

Q. I have a question about weather wear.  I live in NYC and have just taken a job that is more administrative by nature, and therefore I’m having to build a business wardrobe for the first time.  I have a 45 minute daily commute involving a train, a bus and lots of street walking.  I’m at a loss for how to get to work looking neat and put together on mornings that are rainy, wet and muddy.  Specifically, how to keep the cuffs of my pants dry and clean.  I wear a lot of wide leg cuffed dress trousers.  Can I buy those stylish Wellies and tuck my pants in them for the commute?  I wear a women’s size 11 and have difficulty finding my size, and then finding a pair with a large enough calf to tuck my billowed trousers into.  Are there other options available to me besides Wellies to keep my feet and pants dry?  Help!
-Wet in NYC 

A. Banish rainy day blues with colorful, fun rain boots or loafers that will add style to your outfit or at least give you a smile thru your lengthy commute.  If one of these options is not to your liking, then go for traditional Wellies or even rubber riding boots that look quite sleek with a skirt. The boots and Wellies will give you enough room to tuck in your pants and arrive at your office clean and dry.

11099 DtTamara Henriques
cowboy rainboot
$98 at garnethill.com
1733-167782-D
Sperry Top-Sider
Pelican Boot
$66.95 at zappos.com
1733-170996-D
Sigerson Morrison skimmer
$91.95 at zappos.com
Bt-Toile-Lg-1Tamara Henriques toile boot
$118 at
oliveandbettes.com

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