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Q. I love the skinny cargo pant trend! How can I dress them up to make them appropriate for the business casual dress code at the office?

A. We are huge fans of this surprisingly flattering (and fun!) summer trend. Obviously, skinny cargo pants are appropriate for weekends and non-work environments, but incorporating them into your work wardrobe can be tricky. If you work in a business casual or casual office, we recommend pairing your skinny cargos with a feminine top, button down or blazer and a pair of heels. Save the tank tops and flip flops for your off hours, as these are too casual for any office. Here are some looks for inspiration:

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Q. I bought a black lace skirt that’s above the knee and a bit form fitting, what do I wear (top, shoes, jewelry) so it doesn’t look clubbish or trashy?

A. Take inspiration from these looks below and try pairing your short lace skirt with a soft t-shirt, tank or blouse to add some laid-back casual flair. Wedge heels or chunky black sandals complete the look. When the weather gets cooler, you can add a boyfriend blazer on top of the t-shirt or tank, black opaque tights and booties.

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Q. Seriously, why are all the cutest dresses this season so short? Every one that I try on is cut so short, that I’m worried I will flash the world with the slightest breeze or if I lean over. What’s the trick to wearing these dresses for women who aren’t comfortable with minis?

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A. I know what you mean, there are some ultra short minidresses out there this season, you wonder if anyone over the age of 16 can wear half of them. In cooler months, it’s easier to go short if you pair it with opaque tights, but in the warmer months, it can be trickier. If you do choose to wear a mini with bare legs, make sure you wear opaque boy shorts underneath so you’re covered in case a breeze blows.

If you just aren’t comfortable going so short, though, I’m right there with you. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wear some of this season’s cutest dresses. Try wearing a minidress with skinny white pants, leggings, or even shorts. Here are some looks for inspiration:

Q. I recently bought this adorable dress from Old Navy but I am having a hard time figuring out what to wear with it other than boring flip flops. Can you give me some suggestions on how to make this dress more versatile?

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A. Your chambray dress is perfectly on trend this spring. Skip the flip flops and dress up your chambray dress with one of this season’s must-have nude sandals. Add a chic cuff bracelet or open up the top buttons and wear a statement necklace to add more style to the look.

Q. I bought a black, shrunken menswear vest last year from the Gap. I was wondering if they are still in style because I don’t see them in stores anymore. I was just wondering how I can wear it besides the basic very dressy outfit over a button up shirt.

A. Not only are they still in style, but menswear-inspired vests were all over the Spring 2010 runways. Here are some looks from the Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and L’Wren Scott shows.

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Menswear vests are also a favorite of such celebs as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Cameron Diaz, Becki Newton and Jennifer Lopez. Here they show some stylish ways to wear your vest: over a feminine blouse or tank top paired with skinny pants and trousers, or worn bare with a skirt or paired with a pencil skirt. The great thing about the vest is you can add your own personal flair to the look.


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