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Q. I have seen this around as a recent trend. Can you tell me how to wear them with skirts?

A. Leg warmers have been circling around for a few years now, and there’s a reason they haven’t really caught on: they’re just not that flattering. Unless you are under the age of 20, I think this is one retro trend not worth buying into. I mean, how cold do your calves really get? If the answer is very, opt for a chic tall boot instead.

However, if you’re really excited to give them a try, here are some street style snaps for inspiration on how to wear your leg warmers with leggings, skinny jeans, and dresses. To answer your question, the best way to wear with skirts is to layer over opaque tights and booties or pumps. The shorter your hemline, the better your legs will look since leg warmers will add bulk to the lower half of your leg.


Q. I recently purchased a few crew neck sweaters from J.Crew. I got theTippi sweater in Dark Grape and Dahlia. I also the purchased the Betsy sweater in Heather Aqua. While I want these sweaters for a casual daytime look (with jeans), I’m finding they look boring! What kind of necklaces or scarves would work with these?

A. Great purchases! The classic crew neck sweater is making a huge comeback this season and I love that you’re experimenting with color in your choices. You’re right, though, when worn on its own, especially with jeans, an unadorned crew neck can look a bit boring. The good news is, there are endless ways to style it.

The easiest way to accessorize your crew neck is by pairing a fitted collared shirt underneath. Let the collar, cuffs and shirt tail peek out like the look shown here. Don’t feel limited to plain white shirts, you can wear patterned shirts or colors underneath too.

A really fun accessory that’s been popping up is the detachable collar. Available in a variety of prints, colors and textures like leather, sequin and faux fur, the detachable collar dresses up your crew neck sweater without the bulk of wearing a shirt underneath. Scarves are also an option in every available form, from a classic silk scarf to a chunky knit snood.

Another option is to wear one of this season’s collar or choker necklaces to add interest around the neckline of your crew neck sweater. We’re especially loving chunky links and elaborate bib necklaces. Or, try pushing up your sleeves to 3/4 length and pile on the bracelets.

Finally, there’s always the option to wear your crew neck underneath a blazer or faux fur vest.

Q. A very generous friend gifted me a pair of leopard Louboutin pumps. They are Beeeautiful. I’m wondering what to wear them with so as not to overdo the look. I’m assuming a pair of skinny black trousers, but what kind of top? I have a nephew’s engagement party at a restaurant coming up and thought this would be the perfect opportunity.


A. Now that’s a friend! Can you make an introduction? Kidding aside, congrats on being the proud owner of a new pair of leopard Louboutin pumps. It is no secret that I have a serious love for leopard print shoes, so you’ve come to the right place.

There’s a reason I love leopard pumps: they’re eternally chic and can be worn with almost everything. A few examples: jeans and a blazer, skinny black pants and a tunic, a pencil skirt and blouse, camel trousers and a sweater, a little black dress…see what I mean? Everything. Day or night, work or weekend, dressy or casual, leopard pumps do it all.

Some favorite colors to pair with leopard are red, black, brown, camel, orange, blue, gold, yellow, pink, green, mustard and charcoal grey. Leopard shoes can even be paired with prints, but this is where it can get a little tricky, so if you’re not comfortable mixing your prints, then stick with solid colors. Take a look at two of Heidi Klum’s recent looks for great ways to wear leopard pumps with prints.

For those of you reading this who don’t already own a pair of leopard print shoes, it’s time to add this key piece to your wardrobe now — and you don’t have to spend Louboutin prices. Here are some options to get you started:

Q. I have a charcoal knit sweater dress and I’m not sure what to wear for leg wear and shoes. Is it okay to wear tights (I’m in my forties)? For shoes, I have grey or red closed toe wedges, would that work? I would like booties, but I’m petite (5”2 size 4/6) and I’m afraid the boots would make my legs look shorter. Any ideas? I want to wear this dress for a baby shower I’m hosting and also to a night out to dinner and a play with friends.

A. A sweater dress can be worn several ways; depending on the weather, you can opt for bare legs or of course tights (no matter what your age), but you can also opt for leggings or skinny jeans for a more casual look.

On your feet, your black closed toe wedges will look great with tights. Don’t completely rule out booties, though — a low bootie that is the same color as your tights can be worn even by petite women. Another option is to choose a taller boot that hits an inch or two below your knee, worn with tights or even bare legs.

To change up the look of a sweater dress, try adding a belt, or even a pretty scarf or vest. Here are some options to consider:


Q. I’m thinking of purchasing these pants from Banana Republic for fall but I’m stuck on what to wear with them. Can you give me some ideas for tops and shoes? Thanks!

A. Classic tailored wool pants are timeless, and a great addition to your wardrobe. The best part about these camel pants is that you can update them each year with trendier tops and shoes. This fall, I’d pair them with a tie-front blouse and platform loafers or a faux fur vest and leopard print booties. A blazer, cardigan, or leather jacket would also work well.

For me, animal prints are the perfectl pairing for camel, but it also pairs well with brown, black, red, mustard, plum, and other typically autumn colors. You can also have fun with camel and pair it with brights and even neon colors.

The bottom line? A great-fitting pair of camel trousers is well worth the $110 price tag.


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