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Q. I keep seeing printed pants everywhere. Is this going to carry through to the spring? How can I wear them without looking like a fashion victim?

A. Printed pants are indeed a big trend right now and will continue to be all the way through spring. On the runways, we saw plenty of printed pants paired with printed tops — and even printed shoes! But the best way to wear them in the real world is to pair them with monochromatic pieces and let the printed pants be the focal point of your look.

We’re seeing everything from printed palazzo pants to cropped skinny jeans, the latter being the most wearable in my opinion. Here are some looks for inspiration and some of our favorite printed skinnies to wear now and in the spring:

Q. I received a brown sleeveless vest cardigan sweater for Christmas from my mother-in-law. I really like it, but I am having trouble figuring out what to wear under it. Please help!

A. There are a number of ways to wear your sweater vest. For underpinnings, look for jersey long sleeve tops and turtlenecks or silk and cotton button downs. If your vest is chunky or oversized like the options below, be sure your underpinning has a slim fit. You can wear your vest loose and open or style it with a skinny or wide belt. Have fun with this versatile piece!


Q. I want to purchase the Tape Yarn Pullover (in Ivory) from Anthropologie, but I really don’t know what to wear under it, or how to accessorize it. It has a loose, airy weave so I’m not sure what works! Please help!

A. Your best bet is to wear a white or ivory tank or camisole underneath, thought it’s not the warmest look for winter. You could also experiment with a colored tank, like the neon yellow option below, for a fun look. Another option is to wear it over a button down shirt or blouse so the collar and cuffs peek out.



Q. Help! I just moved to a cold climate and can no longer wear ballet flats with my boyfriend jeans. I have seen celebs, such as Rachel Bilson, wear boots with boyfriends and it looks good.. How do you do this? Do they have to have a heel? I would prefer a low heel or flat. Also, can you recommend any that are less than $150?

A. It can be somewhat tricky to pull off a boyfriend jean with boots, but it definitely can be done. An ankle boot with a heel is the easiest style to wear, however, a flat combat-style or rugged boot also looks great (see Jennifer Aniston, below). If your cuffs hit above the top of your ankle boot, add some wooly socks for warmth (and style).


D&G Spring 2010 runway; Marni/Current Elliott Spring 2010, Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Aniston (via x17online)

Here are some boots under $150 to try with your boyfriend jeans.

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