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Q. I have been a big fan in recent years of the no-hose rule with sandals or pumps. Do you think this trend will continue or do you think the end is in sight?

-Bare It?

DknyA. I’ve always been a fan of the no-hose look as well, although so many designers are making great hosiery styles for Fall that I may have to snap up a few pairs for when the temps really drop. I believe wearing or not wearing hose is a matter of preference, confidence and dress code - not a trend. So if you can get away with no hosiery, I’m on your side, but when winter rears it’s ugly head, consider a pair of herringbone tights for under your tall boots and skirts. And wear opaque lacy knee highs or tights with some open toe pumps to extend their wear time for just an extra month.

Q. I was watching your segment on T-shirts on “The View” on August 3, 2005 and Elizabeth mentioned something she uses instead of “petals” and I believe she called them “chicken cutlets”. Could you tell me what they are used for and where they can be bought? This is the second time I’ve heard them referenced on a TV show. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-Covering It Up

Pm Pc-P9006A. TV lights may be strong, but the temperatures in the studio can be frigid, so a girl has got to cover her nipples. Often with sheer tops and low cut shirts, it can take more than just the right bra to achieve a clean, smooth look. That’s where the handy secrets of stylists come in.

The “cutlets” Elizabeth referred to are small curved silicone shapes that look like chicken cutlets and can be put in the cup of your bra to give you the illusion of cleavage and a little more size. (Preciani silicone enhancers, shown left, $58 at figleaves.com)


555Fas.FpxPetals are lovely little items to place over your nipples to hide the “cold factor” and cover up under a sheer top. They have two versions—a flat version and now a version with a little gel like center that still stick right onto the nipple and come off easily. (Fashion Forms breast petals, shown right, $6 for package of 3 at barenecessities.com)


8450Fas.FpxAnd lastly, there’s the cutlet-slash-bra. It’s as if they took two cutlets and added a clasp in the center with a sticky back. These are perfect under a top or dress when a regular bra is impossible. This is best for girls no bigger than a c-cup. They stick onto your breasts and can take a little finagling to figure out the right fit. (Fashion Forms: Nu Bra Divine Body Bra, shown left, $65 at barenecessities.com)

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