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Q. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I never know what to wear. It’s too warm for winter sweaters, but too cold and unpredictable for spring and summer clothes. What do I wear during this wacky in-between weather?

A. Transition dressing can be difficult for even the most style savvy woman. The trick is to dress in lightweight layers that can be added and removed as needed, depending on the temperature of the day. This season, invest in some bold or printed blazers that can double as a lightweight jacket when your usual coat is just too warm. Layer the blazer over a pretty blouse or top that stands on its own when the blazer is removed. Pair it with slim cropped pants and a ballet flat or pump and you’ve got the perfect transitional look for work or weekends.


Mix and match your blazer + blouse + pant + shoe look with the options below:

Q. I’m going to a beach wedding in June, and would like something gauzy, maybe off the shoulder, but something for the more mature person. Any ideas?


A. A drapey kimono dress or printed tunic dress offers just the right tropical breeze-catching beachy glamour perfect for a beach wedding — and just the right coverage and style for a woman over 40. Here are some of our favorites available now:

Q. What accessories (jewelry, bag) should I wear with a black cocktail dress and silver sequin shoes? The cocktail dress has a round neck with a V neck in the back and black soft ruffle down the front.

A. The simple answer would be to suggest silver and black accessories, which would look lovely and chic. However, a black dress and silver shoes also offer the perfect opportunity to incorporate a pop of color. Here are a few suggestions for you to mix and match as you please:


Q. I am attending a wedding on New Year’s Eve beginning at 7 pm at a traditional Methodist church. I am at a loss of what to wear! Is going sparkly too inappropriate?

A. I would say, if someone plans a wedding for New Year’s Eve, they better expect that people will bring on the bling! Ring in the New Year and toast the happy couple in a dress that is festive, yet appropriate for a church wedding. Skip anything too sexy, and perhaps forego something too bright, like red sequins, but other than that, have fun with your look. If you’re not comfortable wearing a sparkly dress, opt for some sparkling accessories, including shoes, instead.

The blue look on this page would work well, or try one of these festive dresses:


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