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Q. We are eloping in Vegas at a strip chapel, I found this cocktail dress in ivory, however I do not want to wear ivory shoes and I will need something to cover my arms since it is chilly this time of the year and I want to wear the dress out to dinner and wherever else we go that evening, I want to keep it simple as my fiance is wearing a white shirt, dark jeans and black dress shoes. Please help, I am running out of time.

A. Congratulations! Regardless of how dressed down your husband-to-be is, it’s your wedding and it’s Vegas! Don’t be afraid to put on the glam! Cover up your halter dress with a chic tuxedo jacket (which you’ll definitely wear again) or a pretty sequin jacket. Match your shoes to your jacket and you’re set! Here are two ideas for you:

Q. I have several solid cardigans (from J.Crew) in bright purples, blues and yellows. Because they are bright I don’t want to pair a bright, printed top with them, but I want something more that just a plain tank or tee. Do you have any ides for a solid tee or casual shirt that has some detail to it?

A. Your bright cardigans are a great way to add color to your fall/winter look. Even better, there are many options for what to wear underneath that are an upgrade from a basic tank or tee. Some ideas to try: a soft chambray button down, a printed blouse, a sequin tank, a tie-front blouse (this season’s must-have), a Peter Pan collar, or a soft drapey top. Look for neutral colors or brights that match well with your cardigan color, or opt for one of fall’s top trends and choose a contrasting bright color for a color-blocked look.

Here are some options for you:


Q. I just purchased the Stash Away Cardi in gray from Anthropologie. Because it is a neutral, and I plan to wear it casually with jeans, I thought I would have lots of things to wear under it, but I don’t. Everything I have looks boring and bland. Can you give me some ideas for something that may have some color or print to it to make the outfit more visually interesting?

A. A pretty printed sleeveless top is the perfect piece to layer under a neutral cardigan to make it “pop”. Here are some options for you:


Q. I work in a corporate office and pretty much live in suits and pencil skirts all year round. I’m so bored of my clothes, do you have any ideas for “styling up” my daily outfit?

A. Although suits and pencil skirts tend to be rather classic and simple, you can still add a shot of chic to your corporate look with accessories: an interesting necklace, a snakeskin belt, the shoe of the moment… However, one of our favorite ways to add style to your office staples is to invest in some pretty printed blouses. Whether worn with a skirt or layered under a blazer, a printed blouse adds color and personality to your 9-to-5 look. Here are some of our favorite options to wear now and in the fall.


Q. I’ve got a soon approaching wedding reception to go to and after going crazy have finally found the dress I am going to wear. A little number hidden in the back of my closet, an off-white mini-sundress with ruffles —PERFECT for a lake side wedding. Only issue with the dress is that because it is made of linen, and not lined, it is see-though in direct sunlight. To not give my boyfriend’s family a show, I’ve been trying to find solutions to my dilemma and have run into a brick wall. Every half-slip or full slip is either too long or the cut isn’t right at the neck. Please be the gurus I know you are and help me figure out what I can do.


A. We can definitely help you find the correct underpinning for your unlined sheer dress. Since the top is closer to the body and you will likely be wearing a bra, you will only need a skirt-style slip for the bottom half; one that is short enough to wear under a mini dress.

That being said, you may want to think twice about wearing a white dress to a wedding. Though your linen mini dress can hardly be considered bridal, there are many who feel that a guest should never wear white to a wedding. If you are looking to impress your boyfriend’s family, consider whether they are traditional-minded when it comes to fashion before you wear white. Also, bear in mind that an all-linen dress will easily wrinkle, so you may not look as polished as you’d like after stepping out of the car.

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