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Q. I will soon attend a dressy wedding for which a bought a knee-height black satin dress. Now I’m looking for a pair of proper shoes. One candidate is black suede high heel pumps with tiny gold lines on it, while the other is high heeled black patent. My best choice would have been black satin shoes, however can’t find them in nearby stores. Is it ok to wear suede shoes with a satin dress? And what color hosiery alternatives would you recommend other than black, considering i don’t wanna be “all-black”?

A. Black suede or patent would look lovely with your black satin dress. In fact, the mixture of textures adds richness to your look. Don’t feel boxed in by having to match fabrics and luster.

As for hosiery, a dressy wedding might not be the time to take a risk with a contrasting pair of hosiery when you are wearing black shoes and a black dress. Instead, why not opt for hosiery with a texture or pattern to help avoid the all-black look. A pair with subtle gold shimmer might work also. (see options below) For a holiday party or festive affair, you can have fun with your hosiery color and opt for a rich purple or a silvery gray (though not if your shoes have gold lines in them).


Q. I’m attending a Christmas party. I have a satin violet party dress with a cowl neck and is knee length. I’m 5’4”. What color and style shoe would you suggest?

Sounds pretty! Black and silver are your best shoe options for a purple party dress (so chic!).

Here are a few looks for you:
Q. I am attending a military ball. I have no idea what I should wear. I don’t want to be underdressed, but I also don’t want to look over dressed either. Also, I am a modest dresser. I like my dresses to have sleeves, basically. I am only 22, and the majority of modest dresses that I find look like they’re made for 50 year olds. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

A. You’re in luck! There are plenty of modest, yet stylish, dresses available this season, whether you are attending a military ball or a holiday soiree. Depending on your comfort level, the key to looking youthful is to show a little skin, whether it’s a scoop neck, some leg in the form of a shorter dress or even a sheer fabric that shows skin while still covering up. Also look for touches of metallic or sparkle that add stylish flair.

There’s no need to worry about being too overdressed or underdressed with these picks:

Q. My husband will be graduating this month from ASU, I have no idea what to wear I don’t even own a pair of jeans at the time. I’m 5ft tall and weigh about 106 pounds. Please give some ideas, the ceremony will be at 4:30pm. Thanks!

A. Skip the jeans and go for a chic day dress for your husband’s graduation. Not only will you be dressed appropriately, but you won’t have to worry about matching a top to a bottom - one-piece dressing is the ultimate in ease. Below are some selections that will flatter your petite figure, will be suitable for the Arizona weather, and will carry you from the 4:30 ceremony out to an evening of celebration. Finish off the look with a pair of chic pumps and you’re ready to go!

Q. I was wondering what kind of jacket or cape I could wear over a sleeveless satin dress for a holiday party? I was also thinking of wearing one of those large shawls that hang low to drape around it. I would like something to cover my arms and keep me warm for the evening. I thought the short jackets I own might make the dress look funny.

A. Skip the shawl this season and opt for one of these options instead:

1. Add a skinny belt over your dress to enhance your waist and layer a cashmere cardigan over it. Alternatively, you can wear the belt over the cardigan. This look also works with a long cardigan that ends just above the hem of the skirt, worn open with a cinched belt to complete the look. Dress up the outfit with a statement necklace, tights and party pumps.

2. A fitted tuxedo jacket is a modern option to layer over your dress this season.

3. A cropped faux fur jacket is chic and party perfect.

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