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Q. I found this beautiful green dress to wear to my father’s wedding in July. It is a daytime wedding in New York City so the style is a sort of summertime chic. I am not sure what shoes fit with this dress. Black seems too nighttime and wedges seem too casual. Also most of the styles I find have ankle straps and I don’t want to cut off my already short legs. Any suggestions?


A. Your best bet is a barely-there strappy sandal in a light or metallic color. Here are some leg lengthening options that won’t break your budget:

Q. When it gets too hot out to wear jeans, Casual Friday becomes the toughest day of the week to get dressed! Do you have any fashionable ideas for me? Thanks!

A. Casual Friday is the perfect opportunity to wear some of your less corporate, summery pieces paired with a pair of cute (not beachy) sandals. Trade in your jeans for stylish chinos, white jeans or slim cropped pants and pair them with light, airy tops. A lightweight jersey dress or shirtdress is an easy piece to throw on in the morning, and if your office allows, longer length sleek shorts are also a great option. For accessories, always have a lightweight scarf or thin cardigan on hand should the air conditioning kick into overdrive. Here are some looks for inspiration:


Q. I’m going to a wedding in Aruba and I’m not sure what to wear. Any suggestions for a Caribbean Chic or Beach Formal wedding?

A. Sounds like fun! Beach weddings are the perfect opportunity to invest in a pretty summer dress that isn’t so formal, so you’re more likely to wear it again. Embrace the island locale and search for a dress that is light, airy, colorful and unstructured - dresses that are too stiff or formal will look out of place in the tropics. Anything goes when it comes to length, from soft mini dresses to flowing maxi dresses, and don’t be afraid to show a little skin - even if it’s just a bare shoulder.

Pair your pretty dress with sexy metallic sandals or wedges and summery jewelry.


Q. Help! I graduate from College in May. I graduate with my associate’s. I am not really sure what to wear. I do live in Michigan so it will probably be either cool or warm but not hot like Florida. My gown is hunter green in color. Is a black cocktail dress appropriate? Or some other style? And how short or long should it be to have the perfect length. I don’t think I like the idea of pant and skirt or even shirt and and skirt. I prefer only solid color dresses. But there are so many types to choose from. I am 5 ft 3 and would be consider petite. What are some suggestions in color, length and style of dress for college graduation attire?

A. You can wear a little black dress if you like, provided it’s not too dressy. Or, you can opt for something a bit more happy and bright for a spring graduation. It’s a celebratory occasion and the perfect opportunity to invest in a pretty spring dress. Since the weather will be iffy, go for the classic cardigan as a layering piece (a jacket or blazer can be a little tricky underneath your gown. As for length, anything shorter than the length of your gown will work, but we suggest you look for something that hovers around the knee. Finish the look with chic wedges in case you’ll be walking on grass.

Since you prefer a monochromatic dress, here are some looks for inspiration. You don’t need to worry about matching your dress color to your green graduation gown since the dress will be fully covered during the ceremony. Bonus points: you can wear any of these dresses for upcoming job interviews.

For more ideas on what to wear for your college graduation, check out this post.

Q. I am wearing this white dress to my husband’s military ball. I don’t want it to look too bridal, so I would prefer not to wear matching shoes, but what color would look best? I would like the shoes to go with the overall soft, feminine look of the dress.

A. What a pretty, feminine dress! In keeping with the soft look of the dress, you should look for pretty heels in nude, gold, silver or a soft champagne color. Here are a few affordable options:

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