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Q. I have an old Prada bag that is covered in pyramid studs and I haven’t used it in years. I’m wondering if studs are considered in style so I can wear it again?

A. It’s true that studs seem to come in and out of favor, but rest assured, studs are back! The proof is in the abundance of studded items available in stores and online right now. Here are some of our favorites:


Q. Last year I bought a faux fur vest - are they still in style?

A. Yes! The faux fur vest made popular by Rachel Zoe a few seasons ago is very much still in style, as evidenced by the many versions available in stores and online in almost every price point. I would even venture to say that the faux fur vest has moved beyond being trendy and into wardrobe staple territory. Here are some of the best faux fur vests available now:


Q. How old is too old to rock the wedge sneaker trend? I love the look and practicality and I love to dress sporty/funky but I am a 41-year-old mother of three. Too old?

A. I don’t think you’re ever too old to have fun with fashion — especially at 41 years old. Wedge sneakers are a big trend this season (note I said “trend” — meaning, there’s a good chance they will be out of style by next year) and come in a range of styles. Some look a bit younger than others, particularly those with bright colors. Provided the rest of your look is age appropriate, I don’t see why you couldn’t wear wedge sneakers if you love them. Perhaps opt for a more monochromatic option if you’re worried about dressing too young. Here are some options that won’t make you look like you raided your teenager’s closet:



Q. Although I have embraced the skinny jean trend, I have to admit that I still can’t resist bootcuts and flares. I usually wear them with ballet flats in the spring and fall. I would love to wear flares and bootcuts in the winter but I am at a loss for what to wear on my feet. I have heard high-heeled round toe shoes but I find that impractical and hard when chasing my two-year-old and walking through the ice and snow. Do you have any suggestions?


A. My favorite styles to wear with bootcut and flared jeans and pants in cooler weather are ankle boots. Heeled styles are perfect for when you want a polished look, but a flat ankle boot, or chelsea boot, is great for when you want a casual, comfortable look. If you’re wearing in the ice and snow, you’ll want a boot with a rugged sole. And for evenings out when you’re not chasing around your two-year-old, a pump (round or pointed toe) will give you a dressier look.

Here are some casual boot options to wear with your bootcut pants with a lower, more comfortable, heel:

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