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Q. I’ve just bought a pair of very dark brown Frye “Jane” stitch boots. I’d like to get as much use out of them as possible. Would I be able to wear them into Spring and what would I wear them with?

A. Love these boots! You’ll get years of wear from them, and they’ll only improve with age. As for wearing them in the spring, pair them with a flirty dress or skirt and you’ll look gorgeous.

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Q. I have winter white, tall, high heel boots. I don’t know what to wear with them.

Q. I would like to know if I can wear white boots in winter. I recently move to South Carolina and people are more strict here about it than in Florida.

A. A little bit retro (think Twiggy’s mod look or Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots Are Made For Walking” look) and definitely statement-making, white boots are not the easiest style to wear, regardless of the time of year. However, if done correctly, this is a look that you can work, even in the winter and yes, even in South Carolina.

You can always go mod and wear a minidress with black or colored tights and your white boots. If you’re looking to work them into your daily wardrobe though, the key to wearing your boots now is to do it in a modern, updated way. Wear them with skinny jeans or black leggings and a cozy sweater for a relaxed, casual look. You can also try wearing them with a slim knee length skirt or dress. Whichever way you wear them, be prepared for fashion traditionalists to make a comment or two, especially in the winter, just wear them with confidence and feel good.

Here are some photos of celebs in white boots for inspiration:


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Q. I’m a 27 year old who recently moved from the rolling plains of Mississippi to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The weather of course is drastically different. I would like to wear skirts to work but some seem to look better with bare legs. I feel I’m too young to wear old lady panty-hose but don’t want my legs to freeze. I do wear tights but it all depends on the outfit. What are the age guidelines for hosiery? I don’t want to look too old or too young for my age.

A. Whether you choose opaque black or colored tights, textured hosiery or even sheers this season, hosiery has never been more stylish. You almost can’t go wrong with whatever legwear you choose. That being said, there are a few tips to remember:

1. When wearing nude hosiery, make sure it is an ultra sheer shade that matches your skin tone. The quickest road to “old lady” hosiery (as you put it) is to wear nudes that are too dark or light for your legs or are too opaque.

2. Don’t wear white tights unless you are 7 years old.

3. Though sheer colored hosiery is a trend this season, it is easier to wear tights during the day instead. Unless the rest of your outfit is very fashion forward, you risk looking dated (or older) with your sheers.

If you prefer to wear bare legs and the weather isn’t too cool, then by all means, go for it!

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