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Q. I am wearing a long off-white dress with sequins to my sons wedding. My question—would it look ok to wear smoky quartz jewelry (a brownish color)? Will that look tacky or awful?
-Jewelry Do or Don’t 

A. It’s a matter of trying the whole look on to see the effect. The amount of sequin coverage on the dress will determine how much jewelry you should wear.  You don’t want to overpower the whole look. So try on the dress, add the jewelry and see if you like it.  Ask a friend who not only has great style, but will also be attending the wedding, for a second opinion. Adding a bit of color is not bad.  It may look good to have something with a bit of color dangling from your ears.

Q. Is there something we can do to make cellulite disappear from our legs? I have been suffering from cellulite and I want to know if there are any products that can diminish the appearance of cellulite. That is one of the reasons why I don’t wear shorts or skirts because you can tell cellulite is there.
-Cellulite Be Gone

A. Unfortunately, there is no clear or definitive way to getting rid of cellulite - yet. Until there’s a real fix, your best bet is to try one of the many temporary firming options available. There are creams that have caffeine and other formulations that require daily application and can give the look of slightly plumped, firmer skin. There is also hosiery from Hanes Silk Reflections that has Vitamin E to smooth skin or micro-encapsulated ingredients to help diminish the look of cellulite. And wearing hosiery on a regular basis works as a compression garment to help smooth the look of legs. Some women have some success with Endermologie that works as a deep massage and suction roller on the skin.

One of the best ways to create a better looking leg is to avoid eating too many sugary or salty foods. Physical trainers suggest lunges and squats along with better nutrition and exercise. As for clothes, opt for skirts that hit just below the knee and walking or Bermuda shorts that cover the thighs but end just above the knee. If you’re worried about bumps showing through your clothes, try wearing shaper garments like Spanx to keep things smooth and firm looking.

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from left to right: Bliss High Thighs Cellulite Fighting Serum, $35 at; Bliss FatGirlSlim, $25 at; Sephora Indulgences - Full-Caff Non-Fat Double-Whipped Body Blend Set, $28 at; Hanes Body Enhancers No Hose®Firm Control Anti-Cellulite Mid-Thigh Shaper 3-Pk, $15.99 at; Spanx Power Panties, $25 at

Q. I am attending a semi formal party in the next two weeks. Although I am in the South (Atlanta, GA) it is quite cold. Can I wear pantyhose with open toed shoes and a cocktail dress? The dress is maroon. If I can wear hose what color/style do you recommend? Any advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
-Hosiery how-to

A. Either choose to match the dress color with a sheer patterned maroon color or go for a black patterned hose to give a little oomph to the dress. You can wear open toe shoes with hosiery as long as you don’t wear a sandal foot style hose and tuck any visible seams underneath your toes.

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Jonathan Aston Stringer pantyhose (left), $14 at
Jonathan Fleur tights (right), $14.99 at (also available in burgundy)

Q. I’m looking to add a splash of animal print to my winter wardrobe with calf-hair Steve Madden flats (Bunni). Can you wear open-toe wedge flats during the winter? Should you wear hose with them? I fell in love with the flats, but I don’t know how long I can wear them.
-Open-toe or no go

827-325340-DA. The best way to wear open toe shoes in the colder months is to wear them with hosiery - opaque hose or ribbed and textured tights. This look usually works best with peep toe styles like your Steve Maddens.  Try for a great variety of tights.

Steve Madden Bunni flats, $82.95 at 

Q. I just bought a beautiful cream cocktail evening dress. It has hints of gold through the dress (glitter) and some gold trim around the bust area as an accent.  I have cream shoes with a hint of gold (sandal with heel) and purchased a gold evening bag. Not much gold in the dress just hints through the outer lining.  My question is what color hosiery should I wear?  My legs are tanned but not very smooth looking so I think I should wear hosiery. So, what color do you suggest?  I will be wearing this around the end of September in Las Vegas for a night out on the town.  Help. 
–Leg Coverage   

Picture 1-4A. While I wish I could convince you to go bare legged for the occasion, I understand you feeling more confident in hosiery.  I am not a fan of flesh-toned hosiery since so many women choose the wrong color to match their skin color. I suggest a very sheer hose with a hint of gold shimmer, since Vegas is all about the glitz, or a very pale crystal, cream or sheer nude so your skin tone will show through.

shown left, Givenchy Body Gleamers Superb Panty Hose, $8.50 at

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