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Q. I just bought a new button down white short sleeve shirt and I love the look of wearing a black belt with shirts although I’ve never tried it. I’m always at a loss with what type of belt to wear with shirts. Could you help me to find the perfect belt to go with my white button down shirt?
- Belted

A. This answer could not have been simpler. Anything goes with a classic white button down. A black belt is a safe bet, but don’t stop there. Choose stripes, patents, bright colors or a neutral woven band to give your white shirt - and whatever you pair it with - distinction.


1. Women’s Basic Leather Belts, $16.50 at
2. Lacoste 201000, $64 at
3. Silk resin-buckle belt, $34 at

4. Cynthia Rowley Patent Leather Belt, $42 at
5. Lucky Brand Leather Embroidered, Perforated And Studded Belt, $2 at
6. Splurge: Gucci Bamboo D-Ring Buckle Belt, $315 at

Q. Can you make some suggestions on what to wear to a wedding in late May in Florida? The ceremony will be on the beach and the reception is going to take place on a boat and it is bound to be HOT & HUMID in Florida that time of year. I have several black dresses that I could wear but I am concerned that will look to formal and “dark” for this event. - Cool in Heat

A. The weather will most likely be hot, so to help avoid a sweaty brow and underarms, skip the black dress which will soak up the sun’s heat and look for a dress in a fun, bright color and preferably sleeveless or strapless. Since the ceremony and reception are more casual and are water related, keep the length of the dress to somewhere between mini and cocktail just in case you get a chance to cool your toes in the water.


1. Cotton cady strapless Claudine dress (available in 10 colors), $260 at
2. Milly Nautical Print Rope Halter Dress, $412 at

Q. What jewelry and accessories look best with white on white? I am going to a white on white party (which is a color I never wear) and need help with accessories and jewelry tips?
- Wear with White

A. While you’ll wear white on top and bottom, there’s no need to be a walking cotton ball. You can follow the invitation request, but still inject a bit of style by choosing accessories that have a pop of color. Choose a necklace, a cuff bracelet and sandals that effortlessly “work” with white and help you stand out just a bit from the wall-to-wall white at the party.



1. Wide hand-painted enamel zebra bangle, $68 at
2. Hand-painted enamel seahorse bangle, $78 at
3. Resin floral necklace, $59 at
4. Anchor pendant necklace, $32 at

5. BCBG Max Azria Ceren, $198 at
6. Rafe New York Wendy, $245 at
7. Nau‏ghty Monkey Sugar Pop, $64 at
8. Delman Lane-Gpm, $249 (sale) at

Q. Your site is great. Here is my fashion conundrum: I spend a lot of time in a coffee shop, working on my laptop. People I know see me there all the time. What should I wear? I need something comfortable, but not shlumpy in a tracksuit or jeans (which I wear now). Also, the air conditioner indoors bothers me after awhile, so I usually - even in the summer time - wear my track jacket. Thanks for your help!
- Coffee Shop Girl

A. You need comfort and style so you can fit into the coffee shop work mode, but not look like you don’t care. Skip the jeans once in a while and pull on cotton pants in colors from khaki to navy to grey. Skip white since you’ll be concerned about spilling your coffee or getting wrinkled after sitting for several hours. As for what to wear for that chill that occurs with indoor air conditioning, choose thin knit cardigans and thin jackets that are sporty, but colorful. You want a little coverage that when you don’t need it can easily be folded up and tucked into your bag.


1. Egyptian cotton V-neck cardigan (available in 8 colors), $88 at
2. Featherweight merino ruffle cardigan (available in 12 colors), $88 at
3. DKNY pure DKNY Long Sleeve Easy Jacket, $125 at
4. Vince Cricket Cardigan, $215 at

5. Vince Wide Leg Pant, $225 at
6. Loomstate Maiden Twill Pant, $150 at
7. James Perse Casual Trouser, $175 at

Q. I am 30 y/o and will be going on vacation to Europe in 2 weeks. I have to dress to impress the people who will meet me while I want to be comfortable and stylish on the plane. I am thinking about wearing leggings with a tunic, flats and trench coat. But I would like to add a cardigan since it might be cold on the plane. Do you have any suggestions?
- Cold Case

A. A tunic, leggings and flats are the ideal travel wardrobe for a trip to Europe. You’ll be comfortable and will avoid any constricting clothing. Bring along a light wrap like one from our favorite, Love Quotes, to wear when the trench is not needed. I’ve found several cardigan styles from long to wrap, cashmere to cotton.


1. Love Quotes Italian Linen Scarf, $85 at
2. Citronella coat, $119.99 (sale) at
3. Summerweight cashmere cardigan (available in 14 colors), $158 at
4. Soft Drapey Tie Front Top, $74 at
5. Joie Dark Grey Heather Roxy, $295 at

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