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Q. I am attending an upcoming wedding. I have my dress picked out, but I’ve been requested to wear flats, something I don’t usually go for. What are some good formal options that won’t dress down my outfit?

A. When searching for dressy flats, look for sparkling accents like sequins and jewels, or formal embellishments like ribbons, bows and velvet. Here are some options that we’re loving. (TIP: After your event is over, wear your dressy flat with jeans and a blazer or cropped skinny pants and a chunky sweater.)

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Q. I love how nude heels go with everything and elongate your legs. My problem is I have very tan legs (I’m Filipino) and really light feet from sock tans and running shoes since I’m an avid runner. Luckily, the line isn’t quite distinct. It kind of blends. Should I wear nude pumps that match my legs’ tone or pumps that match my feet? My logic is to go with the lighter nude since wearing pumps that match my legs would look like “colored” shoes on my feet instead of “disappearing”. The lighter nude would match my feet and elongate the length of my legs, despite the two tones. But I’m not very sure if my reasoning is sound and I would like a second opinion. What do you think I should wear?

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A. Nude heels, or heels that match your skin tone, have the wonderful effect of elongating your legs, as well as matching any outfit. Since your feet and ankles are lighter than the rest of your leg, your best bet is to find a pair of heels that matches your foot and ankle as closely as possible, since this is the area of your leg that will be closest to your shoes.

Another option is to use self tanner on the lighter areas so that the color more closely matches the rest of your leg. If you’re not a big fan of self tanner, you can try a daily moisturizer that gives you a subtle gradual tan like Jergens Natural Glow.

Below is a selection of nude and tan heels to match a variety of skin tones:

Q. I’m looking for a stylish, yet warm and cozy boot to wear this winter. I love how soft and comfortable UGGs are, but I just cannot bear how unattractive they are. Can you offer some more fashionable alternatives that are just as comfy?

A. There’s a reason the admittedly not-so-cute UGG boots have stuck around for so many years - they really are incredibly soft, warm and comfortable. However, they’re not the only cozy game in town. Here are some chic alternatives to the ubiquitous UGG shearling boot:

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Q. I love my ballet flats but as real winter approaches, I want a little more covering my toes — but I don’t want to lose the polish that ballet flats offer (or their lightness & ease). I am seeing a lot of tall boots or biker boots, but I am not a biker chick — I am a prep! Help!

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A. We, too, love our ballet flats. But at some point when the temperatures drop low enough, we are forced to give them up for something a bit more practical. As a replacement, I am assuming that you’re looking for flat shoes that suit your preppy style. Since you mention tall boots or biker boots as an option, perhaps you are not limited only to shoes and will consider a boot as well. A classic riding boot always looks polished and it’s a very comfortable option. Flat booties, desert shoes and menswear-inspired brogues are also chic alternatives to the ballet flat.

Below are some polished, comfortable and easy shoes to consider that will keep your toes warm:

Q. I am 5’1” and curvy, can I wear ankle boots or booties?

A. If you choose the right style bootie, you can absolutely incorporate this seemingly-everywhere trend. The key is to look for short styles that dip down in the front, allowing more of your leg to show. Wear these with skinny jeans, leggings or opaque tights in a similar color to the boot and you’ll be able to wear booties in the most flattering way for your petite curvy figure. Avoid styles that come up beyond the ankle bone as these will only make your legs look shorter and calves look wider.

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