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Q. What panties/underwear would you recommend for underneath a bridesmaid’s gown that is a champagne-colored, satin material? The dress requires a strapless bra with a long front so that the dress stays smooth, and now I’m looking for seamless underwear that I can wear underneath. We tried high-waisted Spanx to create a completely smooth, body shaper type look, but the waistband is easily seen through the dress. Do you have any ideas/recommendations?

A. You need to look for a seamless thong that will banish the panty line. Look for a smooth thong with a side on the hip that is wider than a g-string style since a g-string may roll or dig into your hip and show a line on the dress.



1. Hanro: Perfectly Nude Thong, $49 at
2. Felina: Hint Of Skin Low Rise G-Kini, $9 at
3. Felina: Hint Of Skin Low Rise Thong, $9 at
4. Calvin Klein Naked thong, $16 at 

5. Miraclesuit: Firm Control Strapless Body Briefer, $52 at at
6. Naomi & Nicole: Luxurious Shaping Convertible Strapless Bra Slip, $48 at
7. The Body Wrap: Body Wrap Lites Bra Slip with Underwire, $42 at

Q. We’re attending a family wedding in the south in June. My mother has chosen a purple dress. She mentioned she plans to wear white nylons and white pumps (she’s in her 70’s but very active still). I keep thinking there’s something better than white for her. She refuses to go without hose. Any advice?
-White Not?

A. I’ve always believed that unless you’re under 10 years old, a ballerina or a quirky rock star, an adult should avoid white stockings. Suggest flesh toned hosiery for your mom and try to match the color perfectly so it looks like she has bare legs. Look for another color of pumps she can wear like a neutral cream or light tan, which can be very sophisticated.

Q. I purchased a cute little motorcycle jacket from “Steve and Barry’s” Amanda Bynes Collection “Dear.” I love the way it looks sort of old and vintage, but now I’m not exactly sure what to wear with it. Is it because I’m 35 and shouldn’t be wearing it anyway?
-Age Appropriate

A. Unless you plan to wear it with a tube top and a micro mini, grab back some attitude and don that cute moto jacket. Wear it with a vintage style t-shirt and dark jeans or dress it up with tweed pants or a denim pencil skirt and top with ruffles or shine. Being 35 is still young!


1. Truly Madly Deeply Doves V Neck Tee, $28 at
2. Truly Madly Deeply Night Owl Tee, $28 at 

Q. I’m looking for a bikini top to wear with black boy short bottoms for my new swimsuit. I am only 5 ft tall and somewhat curvy (curvy = breasts and love handles). I have a pretty small frame but I have a C cup, so finding bras and such is hard for me. I’m looking for something that ties at the neck and back to give me the most support and best fit. I’ve read in a lot of magazines that the best swim top for a bigger-busted woman is a halter with a wide band underneath. I’m not really crazy about this look, and while it does give the most support, I think all that cloth makes my breasts look even larger (something I REALLY want to avoid). I’d be interested in trying a triangle cup or bandeau, but can I do that with my cup size and not being the skinniest girl on the block?

A. Truth is, swimwear fits and styles are fickle and finding ones that fit all our different bodies can be frustrating. Jeans and swimwear are the most difficult items to shop for. I did my best to come up with options for your top that should support and fit your C-cup breasts. For a curvy girl I’m surprised you chose a boy short, which on most women adds curves, when you’re trying to downplay certain areas. I’m guessing the short has a higher cut leg. A bandeau top can be hard for many women to wear - they are great for avoiding some tan lines, but it can smoosh some of us and not give enough support for others.





1. Vix Swimwear Savana tube detail triangle bikini top, $78 at
2. Calvin Klein Perfect Fit Core Solids molded halter bikini top, $78 at
3. Sofia Swimwear by Vix Alli halter bikini top, $55 at
4. Moontide Reversible Frolic banded tie halter top, $60 at

5. Calvin Klein Perfect Fit Core Solids seamless retro bikini top, $78 at
6. Shoshanna Solid Bandeau Bikini Top, $110 at
7. Juicy Couture Beach Smocked Bandeau Bikini Top, $94 at
8. Shoshanna Modern Diamond Ring Halter Bikini Top, $85 at

Q. I recently purchased a Velvet (brand, not fabric) deep-V, sleeveless, empire waist, black dress. I live in Minnesota, and would like to wear it out for the evening. Would it be okay to wear a Michael Stars burgundy sparkle turtleneck under it? Is there anything else you could suggest? I don’t have any fitted jackets or cropped sweaters.
-Wear it in Winter

A. Layering is key when it comes to extending our wardrobe from winter to spring and summer. Consider layering with a turtleneck sweater, v-neck top or even a collared button down shirt - think chic preppy. Add a long necklace that dangles as long as the deep v of the dress for extra lengthening effect. In many cases, it all comes down to trial and error. So try on the sparkled turtleneck and if you like it then wear it. Confidence can win most style battles.

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