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Q. I have a pool party coming up in a few weeks and I am super uncomfortable about wearing a swimsuit in front of everyone. I don’t plan on swimming, so can I get away with just wearing cute shorts and a top or a little sundress?

A. Absolutely! A casual sundress or maxi dress with sandals or shorts and a top with wedges are perfect clothing options if you prefer not to wear a swimsuit. Another option is to wear a swimsuit with one of this season’s must-have tunics or a pretty kaftan on top - even if you never remove your cover-up, you’ll still look “ready” for the pool. Here are some looks for inspiration:

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Q. I was invited to a Memorial Day bbq party. The dress is casual, but I’m pretty insecure about my legs. What do you suggest I wear that is appropriate for the summery outdoor event that hides my legs? I don’t want to look overdressed or out of place.

A. Don’t fret! There are plenty of casual summer looks that don’t require shorts or short dresses. Lucky for you, the maxi has never been hotter, which means there are a multitude of maxi skirts and dresses available in every price point, and for every style. Pair a maxi skirt with a tank top, t-shirt, or even a little denim jacket if the weather is chilly. Or, opt for an easy maxi dress in solids or prints. If a maxi isn’t your thing, opt for slim white pants or cropped pants in a pretty print or color paired with the top or tunic of your choice. The good news is, you can look great and enjoy yourself while keeping your legs under wraps!

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Q. I recently got a job as a full time photographer at a large company. The dress code here is ‘corporate casual’ which means jeans are only acceptable on Fridays. This is a problem for me — as a photographer, I’m often climbing on stepladders, lugging around equipment, crawling around on the floor… I need to be able to move in my clothes, and pretty dresses and heels are not gonna cut it. I end up wearing black pants and various shirts/blouses every day, and it’s so boring! Do you have any suggestions how to inject some style into my life, while still being able to get the job done? Any wardrobe suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

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A. For the warmer months ahead, I suggest investing in several pairs of slim cropped (capri) pants in a variety of colors and prints. J. Crew cafe capri pants are a personal favorite, they fit great and come in a variety of prints like leopard and polka dot as well as ultra bright, pale, and neutral solids. Cropped pants are really versatile and can be paired with summer weight sweaters, cardigans, little jackets, blouses, button downs and dressy tees. Even better, they can be worn with flats, wedges and pumps.


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Q. I am attending a celebration at a Mexican resort and am looking for a comfortable stylish outfit. My initial thought is low wedged espadrilles, a comfortable jersey or cotton dress, and a lightweight scarf/pashmina for a extra warmth. I am struggling to pull a coordinated outfit together. I want it to be bohemian chic with a nod to Spanish/Mexican flavor without looking like a costume. A purse and jewelry options to simply accessorize would be great too. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, and Jennifer Anniston are good examples of the style I am leaning towards with this outfit.

A. You can’t go wrong with a pretty printed dress, especially one of this season’s gorgeous ikat iterations. Of course, what’s comfortable for one person may not be comfortable for another, but you’re bound to find a silhouette that works for you, whether mini or maxi, strapless or short sleeved. Here are a few options for your Mexican celebration:

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For shoes, a low wedge or even flat strappy metallic sandal will be perfect. A pretty scarf or open weave cardigan are ideal for layering should the weather get chilly. As for accessories, opt for pretty earrings, a cuff bracelet or bangles, and a summery clutch. Have fun!

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