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Q. I am so glad to have found your website. It is truly amazing, and you give great advice. I am going to be attending a 4-day conference soon, and towards the end of the conference, there will be a banquet for all of the attendees. The dress code is semi-formal and I have NO idea what to wear. I don’t really wear dresses, so any other options would be great.
- Not Knowing

A. You can vamp it up and look stylish without wearing a dress by pairing tuxedo-style pants with a fancy top.


1. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Gavin’ Tuxedo Pants, $194.90 (sale) at
2. Lafayette 148 Analisa Silk Blouse, $177.90 at
3. Robert Rodriguez Ruffle Top, $264 at
4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Leaf-Embroidered Blouse, $345 at
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Draped-Sleeve Tee, $175 at

Q. I just bought a very cute BCBG dress, but it has fall colors: oranges (light and deep), bone, and dark grey. I am wondering if I could wear such an obviously fall dress in the spring and if so what color shoes and accessories to put with it.
- Wear in Spring

A. While the dress may be darker fall colors, the whether-to-wear-now depends on the fabric. If it is not a heavy wool dress and is made of lighter fabrics then slip it on. The best way to lighten up the look for spring would be to pair it with shoes and accessories that play with the colors of the dress. Opt for light grey patent peep toes or a bright orange strappy sandal. Alternatively, look for a taupe strappy heel that you can wear with many other pieces in your wardrobe. Add bright enamel bracelets to add more color.

Q. I have a short chartreuse colored cocktail dress I am wearing to an event on Friday evening… what color shoes? Black or Gold? The color is a bright lime-y chartreuse 100% Silk.
- Very Sex In The City!

A. Go for gold or neutral strappy heels. Here are some suggestions:


1. Luichiny Primal, $73 at
2. Charles David Cascade, $170 (sale) at
3. Nine West Dayglow, $83 at
4. Nine West Argent, $83 at

Q. I have this cute Shoshanna dress that I plan to wear to an outdoor spring wedding. It’s an evening ceremony, so I’d like a sweater/jacket that I could throw on top in case it’s a bit chilly. Any ideas? Also, I’m wondering what kind of shoes to wear - I have a cute pair of black peep toe heels, but I think I want something a bit more fun. Any suggestions? Thanks! Love reading your advice!
- Cute Seeker


A. Go for a pop of color in your heels and you’ll surely strike a pose of stylish sass. Orange or hot pink heels would be ideal to give the dress punch and wear black the next time you pull on the dress and want to keep it simple. As for a jacket or cardigan, choose black or white to keep the look sophisticated. I’ve chosen several shapes that should work with the dress.


Get the dress: Shoshanna Geometric Print Silk Dress, $350 at nordstrom

1. Theory ‘Niba - Deep’ Jacket (black or white), $365 at nordstrom
2. Trina Turk ‘Minx’ Ponte Jacket (black or white), $298 at nordstrom
3. Two Wishes Double Breasted Linen Blend Jacket, $138 at nordstrom
4. Kenneth Cole Reaction Button Front Cardigan (black or white), $79 at nordstrom
5. Lilly Pulitzer® ‘Flora’ Cardigan, $148 at nordstrom

6. BCBGirls Oriana, $89 at
7. Pura Lopez ‘K122’ Sandal, $228 at nordstrom
8. Guess Footwear Jelissa, $100 at
9. Stuart Weitzman ‘Sharp’ Pump, $280 at nordstrom
10. BCBGirls Nice, $90 at

Q. I just got a great new pair of white jeans and now I’m at a loss as to what to wear with them.
- White Uncertain

A. At a loss? How can that be? White jeans are a classic in the Spring and Summer months and the list seems endless of what works with them. Bright polo shirts and striped belts create a preppy look, while striped tops and cropped jackets give an homage to Parisian or nautical flair. Add a button down shirt and a cotton or linen blazer and you’re appropriate for casual Friday at the office and shopping chic. For night, pair your white jeans with a flirty v-neck wrap top or a shiny, silky camisole and don’t forget the heels. Make sure you have your jeans hemmed as long as you can while wearing semi flats without touching the ground (nobody likes dirty whites) so you can wear low heels to high heeled wedges, strappy sandals or espadrilles.


1. Ralph Lauren Skinny Polo (10 colors), $79.50 at
2. Airy ribbon washed favorite tank (6 colors), $29.50 at
3. Solid cross-back tissue tank (8 colors), $48 at
4. Joie Flower Child Bubble Tank (2 colors), $118 at

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