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Spring Style Plus

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Do you have any good general style tips for a plus size girl like me (size 12)?

Jennie

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Hi Jennie,

True story - Some weekends ago I showed my husband a photo spread in the March issue of Glamour featuring the gorgeous plus size model, Crystal Renn. His eyebrows raised and he agreed she was ultra-hot. To make a long story short, he couldn't believe that she was considered a "plus sized" model.

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So my first style tip, Jennie, is to get in tune with your inner confidence/divaliciousness and know that your body is hot, at any size. It pains me when timid girls who are anything over a size 8 shy away from fun, trendy clothes. You can still embrace all of the trends while showing off your best and biggest assets. Tip #2 is to accent your waist. Even while stuck in maternity land, I always tried to highlight the smallest area of my frame. Trust me, it works.

At this time of year I'm a sucker for a good empire waist maxi dress, no matter what size you are. They are a go to staple for steamy weather, easy to slip on, dress up or dress down.

If you love showing off your arms, a feminine halter dress will show off your cleavage, shoulders and that waist I previously mentioned. As for tops, a proper fitting peplum goes a long way.

Hope this helps Jennie, and remember - the best accessory/staple for a girl of any size is confidence. Best part? - it's free.

xoxo,
sammy

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What are a good pair of jeans that will fit my small waist but also my larger hips and butt?

-Suzy T.

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Hi there Suzy T,

Thanks for writing in. I'm sure that any chick who has back can benefit from this question. I myself have had many a pair of jeans that leave an annoying gap in my waist while accommodating my womanly, made for child baring hips.

Lucky for the both of us, the Perfect Fit Greer Skinny jeans from Lee are extra-flattering for gals who have a smaller waist and ample sized hips, creating an instant slimming effect, minus the gap. They come in 4 cool washes ranging from everyday light to date night dark rinses, and a go with everything grey, so you might want to pick up a few pairs.

They're originally $54, but you can snatch 'em on sale now for $36.99.

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xoxo,
sammy

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Open Toes and Hose

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Hi Sammy,

Is it cool to wear opaque black hose with open toed black heels? I have a formal event coming up and don't want to look like I'm fashionably challenged.

Thanks!!
Lourdes

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Hi Lourdes,

I haven't answered an Ask Sammy query in quite awhile, but I have a special fondness for your question because my mother-in-law asked me the very same one this past Christmas.

The answer is yes, you can most definitely wear black opaque tights (or any color for that matter) with open toed shoes. As a matter of fact, I think it looks fab. Just make sure the seam is tucked underneath your toes and you're good to go!

xoxo,
sammy

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There Will Be Oxblood

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Dear Sammy,

What is the hottest color for fall?

Cynthia

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Hi Cynthia,

Maybe it's Halloween, maybe it's the last five fashion rags I read on Zinio, but right now I'm all about oxblood. It is the hottest hue on the fall color spectrum, and you're going to find it everywhere, from main big ticket pieces to little accents and accessories.

Here is a quick peek at my top oxbloody picks:

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Baby it's cold outside, but you can still pull off this wine hued Faux Leather Zip Skirt with tights and a chunky sweater. From PacSun, on sale for $29.97.

Want to go monochromatic? Wear it with this Amelie top from Peruvian Collection (on sale fro $99) and these classy Fille d'Orsay Pumps for a trifecta of autumn color, $170 at Shopbop.

Too much? All you need is a little accent like this Linea Pelle Wrap Bracelet to embrace the color trend with an edge. Also from Shopbop, $106.

This Oxford Flap Satchel is all ladylike and office appropriate, featuring a tri-texture oxblood combo of oxblood lizard trimmed in cocoa melbourne and papaya vachetta. Brahmin, $375.

If all else fails, a simple bordeaux mani or painted pucker will get the bloody point across.


xoxo,
sammy

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A Top for All Seasons

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Dear Sammy,

I don't like bulky clothes and big thick sweaters. Any good layering pieces that I can wear this winter and all year?

-Marisa

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Dear Marisa,

I feel you. Even though I love being snug, I don't like feeling like a puffed up marshmallow in winter wear, especially due to my small stature. I ultimately end up looking like Ralphie's little brother via A Christmas Story with my arms sticking out at my sides, and I need help disrobing. It's très embarrassing.

I much prefer body con waffle tees, henleys and thermals than can be worn under a slim fit flannel or fitted sweater while still showing off my waist to hip ratio.

Although you may not be able to get use out of a waffle tee or thermal year round, this Alia Crepe Peplum from Johnny Was is the perfect transitional top that you can wear all through the seasons, under a long sleeved streamlined tee, under a flowing cardi, or to keep things fem under a rough around the edges military jacket. Silk juxtaposed with army surplus? So winter chic.

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In short, look for pieces that will still show off your girlish figure and look good worn solo next spring and summer, while also allowing some extra room for underthings and overthings to keep you comfy come winter and fall.

xoxo,
sammy

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Back to Boarding School

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Hi!
So I'm going to boarding school this year, and while I'm excited, I'm worrying about what to wear. Packing space is limited, and I don't have many chances to shop while I'm at school. So, two questions. What are wardrobe staples I need to have? Also, I don't have many dresses, so what are cute ways to dress up a blouse/any shirt and skirt combo? Dressy enough for an event where something like a dress would be most appropriate.
Thank you so much!
Lily

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Hi Lily!

Thanks for writing in! I am so honored and flattered that you have enlisted my help in packing for boarding school! I'm assuming that you have a mandatory school uniform to rock Monday through Friday, so I'm going to narrow my focus on some must have basics for weekend, formal and leisure occasions. Class is now in session.

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Jeans & Pants - One pair of casual boyfriend jeans and one pair of nice dark rinse jeans or skinnies that can be easily dressed up with a cute top. Extra credit: A pair of denim jean shorts/cutoffs that will totally make the grade while lounging around the dorm and on study breaks. A good pair of crisp khaki pants, shorts, and/or skirt serves as a great neutral base for any adorable academic ensemble.

Tops - Crisp long sleeved button downs in your favorite shades, a few soft tissue tees, sweaters/cardigans to add pops of color and texture, and at least one long sleeved henley, thermal and turtleneck to layer once it gets chilly. A peplum and or lacy top will instantly dress up the dressy jeans I just told you to pack.

Blazer - A classic navy or plaid blazer is a versatile piece that will heighten any look. I personally love the cropped variety with elbow patches on the sleeves. Nothing wrong with going preppy, you're a boarding school girl after all. As for alternative outerwear, a denim jacket and faux leather moto jacket or bomber will keep you warm come Autumn and never go out of style.

Skirts & Dresses - A few pretty pleated skirts will take you a long way. Leather ones are all the rage and feel so un-uniformal, especially paired with fun tights. I know you mentioned that you don't have a lot of dresses, but do yourself a favor and pack at least one cute all purpose LBD (little black dress). It may become your go-to piece for dances, banquets, events and formals. If not, don't worry. You can always borrow a frock from one of your new besties' closets, that's what suite mates are for.

Shoes - I've always had a soft spot for saddle shoes and lace up oxfords, but I also recommend packing a classic pair of ballet flats or loafers (one solid, one fun print like plaid, polka dot or kitty cat to mix it up), and at least one pair of pretty black or nude heels.

As for your 2nd query, the easiest and most inexpensive way to pump up any basic blouse and skirt combo is with a sparkly statement necklace or a pretty detachable collar. Eye-catching bling and instant drama = A+ styling.

When it comes to dressing up your school uniform and off school duty blouses and skirts even further, take a cue from Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf with posh headbands, colored tights/knee high socks and heirloom brooches. Follow her lead and you very well may be the Queen Bee before the first semester is over.

I hope this helps Lily! Sending you best wishes for a super stylish school year.

xoxo,
sammy

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Hi Sammy,

I'm looking for the perfect sun dress for summer that will show off my legs and isnt too much $$$$. oh and I hate flowers.

Thanks,
Jill

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Dear Jill,

You're right on track. The only staples a girl really needs this summer are a great fitting/slimming bathing suit that makes her feel awesome, shorts that will go with everything from a chiffon blouse to a cropped tank, and last but not least, the perfect leg showcasing sundress.

I don't know what too much $$$$ means to you, but I have found two pretty cute options on both sides of the price spectrum, in my favorite classic summer print, the polka dot.

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Eva Dress, Anthropologie, $198
Xhilaration Fit and Flare Dress, Target $24.99

p.s. dELiA*s has one in red.

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Hi Sammy,

My work wardrobe is pretty boring -- all black,tan and gray trousers and pencil skirts with black/gray/white blouses. What's an easy and cheap way to make it less drab without having to buy a bunch of new pieces?

Thanks!!

-Margret
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Hi Margret!

Don't fret. Black and gray neutrals aren't boring, they're classic basics that are office appropriate, built to last, and easy to mix and match with anything. Congratulations on having a solid foundation of workwear essentials. Now, the key to boosting any basic? Just add color.

You can:

1 - pick up a bunch of colorful solid springtime tees for next to nothing (not too sheer)
2 - adorn your neck with a multicolored statement necklace, or
3 - add an unexpected pop of color to your feet with a cool patterned pair of pumps.

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A shoe whore at heart, I would opt for option 3. These Dango Pumps, for instance, are unchained at wait for it, $10.97. They'll look hot with a black or tan pencil skirt and totally cool peeking out from under a wide leg pant. You can get away with wearing the same shoes two times in a row and won't cause distractions by going against dress code, unless you work in a cube next to a strange dude with a shoe fetish.

Get yours now at Shiekh Shoes.

xoxo,
sammy

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Hi Sammy,

Straight up, whats the one must have trend that I need for spring?

-Julianne

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Hi Julianne! Thank you for your short, sweet, but completely relevant question. My answer is going to be equally short and sweet - if you don't have one already, you need an embroidered tunic.

Also referred to as the peasant top, boho blouse, etc., it's a romantic, lightweight staple that folks will assume you scored during your last vacay to Cozumel. Spotted at many a music festival and in all of the hottest lookbooks of the season, it's the. piece. to. own.

Right now I'm crushing on the Neve Double Keyhole Peasant Top from Johnny Was. It may seem a bit pricey at $189, but I promise you, it is the most versatile piece to incorporate into your springtime style rotation. Wear it with shorts and wedges, skinny jeans, flares for a super 70's bohemian look, cargos, capris, a mini/maxi skirt, or throw it on over your bikini while sunning on the beach. It's a flattering, go-to trend to suit any age and/or shape. Added bonus: if you take good care of it, it'll last forever.

Straight up.

xoxo,

sammy

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The AA+ of BB Creams

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Hi Sammy,

Wanna try a BB cream but confused. What are they and what do they do? Recommendations?

Leeah
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Thanks for the question Leeah. Don't feel bad, a few months ago I was totally with you on the BB whattie confusion train.

In short, BB creams (BB = beauty balm) are mega multi taskers for the face.

You know how most women today spend what seems like hours every morning applying:

a moisturizer and/or SPF, then letting it dry...
a primer, then letting it dry...
a foundation, then letting it dry....
powder... then letting it set.

Well, BB creams will help you skip all those steps so you get the coverage, correction and protection your complexion needs to make your skin texture glow and look toned in one fell swoop. Plus, they're usually cheaper than most foundations. {score} They were all the rage in Asia and finally made their way to the US with a BB bang. Consider them a distant cousin to tinted moisturizers, only a way cooler, more talented and gifted cousin. On top of sunscreen protection, most BBs also offer anti-aging benefits to boot. {double score}

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Right now I'm loving the Tinted BB Cream from Too Faced. It makes your face look instantly better and brighter, plus it promises to give you healthier skin in the long term with it's antiaging, multi-mineral complex that promotes cell health and strengthens skin's elasticity. Some folks find BBs to be too sheer, so either wear more to get your desired level of coverage, or wear it under your regular foundation.

Practically every major cosmetic company has launched their own dream BB cream in the past year, so I suggest trying some out for yourself. Don't be afraid to hit Sephora up for some samples, that's what those teeny tiny pots are for. Just ask one of those chicks in black. They should BB more than happy to help you.

xoxo,

sammy


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Elementary, my Dear Watson

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Hi - just discovered your blog and am following (my first!). I am totally with you, girl, esp. on the NIX the see-through-bag issue AND and pockets-below-the-Daisy-Dukes issue (I once saw a girl wearing denim shorts with the visible pockets RHINESTONED and had the stifle the urge to smack her. Just saying.)

Where can I get my hands on the gray sweater tank/vest Lucy Liu wears in "Elementary" Episode 2 "While You Were Sleeping"?? It's perfect weight, neutral color and flattering fit have me DROOLING, and I can't find any purchase info anywhere. Can you please put your considerable talent to work at answering this monumental question for me??

I have attached pic to help validate my completely irrational obsession. Thank you!

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Hi Sam!

Thank you for your query. I am always up for a challenge, and once I read your question, the game was afoot. I spent hours studying the evidence, trying to cross reference the texture, color and style to my mental file cabinet of designers. I consulted my fashion journals, I spent hours googling a list of the usual women's wear suspects, I smoked my trusted pipe, yet, alas, I came up empty-handed.

Then I put my super stying sleuthing skills in full speed to find, locate and contact Elementary's resident costume designer. Within a flash, I received a lovely response from the costume coordinator, and thus have solved the case.

The sweater tank/vest that you seek is indeed the Vertical Net Tank from Inhabit.

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Good news? It's still available. Better news? it's on sale, $71.40 marked down from $238.

In summation, Sherlock Sanchez always finds her man sweater.

p.s. No fashion obsession is irrational.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

Help! I was just invited to a Halloween party fri nite. What is a hip last minute costume that I can throw together cheap?

Thanks!

Josie

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Hi Josie,

I feel your anxiety. My better half and I are attending our friends' annual Halloween bash this Saturday and we spent last weekend putting our heads together, brainstorming ideas for any creative costumes that didn't come out of a bag. We found something that works for both of us for under $10. Can you say Trick or Cheap?

If you're dead set against sporting a store bought costume, you have two choices. Hit the thrift stores or get your arts and crafts on. My first choice, based on your name alone would be to dress up like a rocker pussycat, but that may be too costly not to mention too cliché.

First step, scout out your own closet for ideas. I found the focus for our couples' costume theme while rediscovering some of my mom's old vintage dresses. For instance, that cool tribal sweatshirt you bought last season could be the starting point for a mod Native American ensemble, just add a cool do it yourself headdress, some tribal paint and voilá, you're dancing with wolves. Safety pin a bunch of feathers to a little black or white dress, add a mask and voilá you're dancing Swan Lake.

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After you've found some inspiration, hit Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Be patient, it may take awhile, but if you have a good eye you can most likely find a coordinating piece or two that will bring your look home. Be prepared, you might also find something completely different and awesomer than you originally intended. Go with it. You can always hit the costume store for some look cementing accessories that are way cheaper than a full out costume.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

*Shoulder baring gray sweatshirt + legwarmers + red pumps = Jennifer Beals à la Flashdance.

*Blue/denim jumpsuit + red polka dot bandana + bared muscle = Rosie the Riveter.

*Short shiny bridesmaid dress + dollar store tiara * patent leather Mary Janes = Toddler in Tiara.

I hope these ideas help Josie. If you use any of them feel free to pay me back in Kit Kats or peanut butter Twix.

xoxo,

sammy


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The world does not revolve around my wedding. I repeat, the world does not revolve around my wedding. I have been repeating this mantra to myself for the past week now in order to keep myself from spiraling over the edge of matrimonial mania. So instead of obsessing about Badgley Mischka shoes, escort cards and something blue, I'm going to answer a very relevant "Ask Sammy" query which comes to us all the way from Ferndale, Pennsylvania.

Without further bridal ado...

Dear Sammy,

I am shopping for new school year clothes for my pre-teen daughter. I don't want to spend too much money because not only is she growing like a weed but she changes her style constantly. Do you have suggestions for clothes that will last her longer than the fall semester?

Thank you,
Margret
Ferndale, Pennsylvania

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Dear Margret,

Thanks for writing in and providing me with a nice distraction from my nuptial neurosis. I remember shopping for new clothes in my tween days. My mom allowed me 5 new outfits at the beginning of the school year. Pitiful, I know, yet this is where I first began to hone my mad styling skills, seeking out cool mix and match outfits that I could alter and change as often as my mood.

I sure wish LittleMissMatched was around back in my middle school days. Appealing to the little girl who thinks outside of the fashion box, LittleMissMatched allows girls of all ages to find their own fashion identity with convertible styles that take the fuss out of fashion.

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Check out this Floral Bouquet 4 in 1 Dress for instance, a dream of a dress that can be worn in four different styles thanks to the cool reversible print. Your daughter can sport it as a fun mini skirt or a strapless/halter dress sporting bold stripes or a floral pattern if that strikes her fancy. Once the weather turns cold she can add some toasty leggings or LMM's signature over the knee socks underneath and a cardi/denim jacket up top to create endless looks that are fun, fab, funky, and totally all her own.

Adorably versatile for her, super affordable for you, so you can get more Back To School bang for your buck.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

OMG! What does your ring look like!??!!

-Multiple Let'sTalkStyle Readers

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Dear Multiple Let'sTalkStyler's who have all been asking me the same question for the past two weeks,

I am back from my 4th of July vacation, and since my new engagement ring seems to be the trending topic in my Ask Sammy inbox, I have decided to address you all in one fell swoop. Here is my ring in all of her sparkling glory. Ain't she grand?

What makes it even better? My fiancé picked it out all.by.himself. In a day and age where more and more future brides-to-be are choosing and/or registering for their own rings, my man took a risk before he took the plunge... and I love him all the more for it. After weeks of studying the 4 c's (cut, color, clarity & carat weight) and trying to decide on the right ring for his Mrs. Right, he trusted his gut and how well he knew his girl, and here we are.

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*Allow me to address any dudes that may be reading this. Don't get me wrong guys, I totally get that when it comes to buying engagement rings you probably feel as lost and confused as we girls do when looking under the hoods of our cars or watching an ultimate fighting championship match (he's allowed to hit/choke/kick him there?!) So shopping for a ring together with your woman may seem like your best bet, but here are a few options that won't totally eliminate the element of surprise.

1. Pay attention to her. See what sparklers make her eyes sparkle, whether passing a jewelry shop window display, watching a commercial or reading a magazine. My man remembered the rings I loved/hated during an old season finale of The Bachelorette.

2. Maximize your untapped resources. Get a few hints from her BFF, sister or Mom. They know what she wants.

3. Can't find anything you like? Design your own. Many of the most respected jewelers in the biz make it easy for a dude to create a rockin' rock. Ross-Simons, for instance, can help you design the ring of her dreams in 3 simple steps. They also have plenty of pre-set engagement rings to choose from, including the doppelgänger of my engagement ring pictured above.*

4. If all else fails and you still have absolutely no idea where to start, buy a cheapie cubic zirconia model or even a ring from a cracker jack box, and assure her that after you propose (and she says yes) she can choose her real ring laters.

In summation, if you like it and you wanna put a ring on it, invest a little time and research before you leave it all up to her, because it's the one thing that she is going to wear for the rest of her life. And if it just isn't the ring for her, she might not be the one for you.

Love the Soon to Be Betrothed,

Sammy

The Tie's the Limit

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Hey Sammy!

I've recently been having an inclination to wear bow ties. But the only way I've seen them be worn is with a collared shirt. Is there any other casual way I can wear it? Because I don't exactly wear formal dress on a daily basis.


Leah

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Hi Leah!

Love, love, love your question. One of the coolest things about being a chick is that we have total license to crossover into menswear territory while still looking chic, feminine and oh so sophisticated. A straight dude can't really get away with rocking a skirt, knee highs and garters, that is, unless he's Scottish.

Yes, bow ties are indeed traditionally paired with the crisp and classic button down long-sleeved shirt... but I do have some ideas and inspiration that will keep you from looking like a Catholic school girl, a Presidential hopeful, and/or a Future Business Leader of America.

Here are a few snaps to get you started (*all ties featured are from Asos).

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Clockwise from top left:

Traditional: Pretty standard, this is your basic bow tie look. To keep the basic from looking boring, go for a mullet look - wear it with a cute pair of shorts or skirt showcasing a colorful and vibrant print or pattern. You can even get away with denim cutoffs. That way you'll be all business on top, all party on the bottom.

Feminine: Who says all button downs have to be formal? Tie a floral bow tie on a sleeveless button down made with fem fabrics for a look that's sugar and spice and everything nice. I'd go with lace or chiffon button down blouses that are also totally on trend this summer.

Edgy: An instant way to deformalize your bow tie ensemble is to wear it with a denim shirt. Again, a sleeveless option is great for the season. Go against the grain with novelty neckties that are anything like what you'd find in your grandpa's closet, i.e. the embroidered double bull head tie pictured above. If you still don't want to be tied down to a button down shirt, just clip a pin on bow tie at the low neck of a basic tee for an ultra club casual look.

Preppy: The old school tie with a twist. A thin, almost sheer top + structured ladylike shorts + a matching print tie = pretty preppy as opposed to super stuffy.

Need some more inspiration? Check out more hip chicks rocking the trend over at Ladies in Bow Ties Fan with looks that are fresh, sexy and downright bowdacious.


xoxo,

sammy


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The Tribe Has Spoken

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Hey Sammy,

I'm looking for some cool jewelry trends for the summer other than cheap-o Forever21 stuff that ends up turning brown after a few months.

Thank U!!<3
Tangie

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Hi Tangie,

I feel your pain, my friend. I have a rusty collection of ready to be tossed jewelry myself, comprised of two-finger rings, angel wing pendants, and other too-trendy styles that have risen and fallen during the past decade. I do, however, have a teacup and saucer on my vanity overflowing with timeless rings, trinkets and treasures that will never spoil or go out of style. What is the defining factor that has kept these baubles from being buried in the jewelry cemetery? They all cost more than $30.

You said it yourself, Tang, cheap-o jewelry isn't meant to last. It's meant to be worn today while the trend is hot. You get what you pay for, and when you pay next to nothing, you get next to nothing.

When I'm on the hunt for hip jewelry styles that are vintage, "in", and not designed to be thrown "out", I head where the celebs go, 1928 Jewelry.

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The tribal jewelry trend is being spotted on starlets all across the summer music festival circuit, with unique indigenous inspired pieces that are as nostalgic as they are National Geographic, and as far as I'm concerned, they'll always have a place in your jewelry box.

My favorite piece is this T.R.U. Indonesian Arctic Pendant Tusk Necklace, featuring Swarovski crystals, semi precious stones, and a geometric design that will pair perfectly with any crop top and cut-off combo, for $68. I'm also loving T.R.U.'s Wax Linen Wrap & Charms Wire Bangle Bracelets accented with tiny horseshoe and feather charms. Wear them solo or piled up high with other bracelets and bangles for $48.

My last vintage pièce de résistance is the Azteca Chain Beaded & Shaped Owl Necklace. At $45, this copper and turquoise statement necklace is truly be-hoot-iful, with an intricate off-the-chain design fit for any Aztec princess.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

What should I wear for Mother's Day? I am going to a nice restaurant for brunch with my mom, aunts, nana and cousins. I'm thinking a dress but not too pricey. Ideas?

Thanks!
Keilie

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Dear Keilie,

I only received your question 15 minutes ago but am already getting right down to it because a). I love that you call your grandmother Nana (my old college roommate used to call her grandma Nanners) and b). because luckily, I already have an answer prepared.

Since I am a self-proclaimed awesome gift-giver, at this point on the calendar I'm usually asked "What should I get my Mom for Mother's Day", as opposed to "What should I wear to a brunch honoring my Mom for Mother's Day". Nevertheless, my style sensibilities are at your service.

If you're looking for an inexpensive afternoon dress that will leave a good impression, hightail it over to the barn, dressbarn that is, for a virtual petting zoo of affordable frocks to choose from.

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My top choice is this Asymmetrical Tulip Blouson Dress, a romantic month of May mini that features a lovely floral tulip pattern befitting for any Sunday brunch, and a flattering one-shoulder silhouette that will show off what your momma gave you at a length that should still be Mom and Nana approved. It's sexy enough to recycle for your next dinner date, sweet enough to sport while sipping mimosas with the fam, and a steal at only $44.99.

Can't decide between the 400+ dressbarn dress options available in misses, plus sizes and petites? What the hay. Save $10 when you buy two dresses, which should still leave you some cash left for flowers, a gift, and to pick up the check for Mom because hello, you weren't raised in a barn.

xoxo,

sammy


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Cream of the Crop Tops

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Hey Sammy,

What are some trends for the spring/summer? I don't have alot of $ but want to look cool and in style.

Annie

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Hi Annie,

Although I am a style blogger with a responsibility to uphold my reputation as a chic cyber trendsetter for the fashion community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I'm the first to admit that I'm always most comfortable in a simple jeans and tank combo. To me, there isn't anything cozier than a perfectly broken in pair of boyfriend jeans and a supersoft tank or tee that has accrued just the right amount of washes in the gentle cycle.

This is why I'm pleased as rum punch to report that other than your token sundresses, crop tops are still all the rage this summer. They first cropped up a couple of summers ago, but now you'll see them everywhere, and they're so cheap you can stock up on them by the bushel. Wear them as coverups to the beach over your bikinis, to brunch, bar dates and bistros, but don't wear them to work. Unless you want to find yourself on the cropping block for not following office dress code regulations.

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I've been eyeing a fresh crop of crops from deLiA*s, including this sweet lacey ivory Hi/Lo Tank, this hip black and white ethnic tank, and this bright crop that will help me embrace the neon trend which is also going to be hot hot hot this summer.

What else will be hot as we spring forward into 2012? Floral prints and stripes are always on trend for spring, then I'll be gravitating towards tribal and safari chic prints and cooling fringe hems as the weather heats up.

I'll be pairing my crops with denim cutoffs during the day, skinny jeans by night. If you have a long torso and aren't feeling the belly pride, layer your crop over a full length tank, dress or long sleeved top for extra coverage. The options are endless.

As an even cheaper option Annie, crop 'em if you got 'em. Take your old, tired, begging to be revamped tees, a pair of scissors, and crop them to your desired length.

xoxo,

sammy


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Hi Sammy!

I really like the peter pan collar, but I want to be able to wear it without looking like a baby or a grandma. Any suggestions?

Love ya!
Olivia

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Hi Olivia,

I love ya back! Especially because you asked me such an awesome question. I personally love me some Peter Pan collars, even more than creamy Peter Pan peanut butter, but I fully understand your predicament. If you get the trend wrong, you can easily end up looking like a cross between Betty White or Lucy from Peanuts. Luckily for you, the style doctor is in, and your favorite blogger knows exactly how to nail it.

The key to pulling off a Peter Pan collar is to simply edge. it. up. You can easily achieve this contrast by pairing your PP collar with a crop top or tank, skinny or ripped jeans, chunky wedges, boots, cutoffs, and basically anything that says "yeah, I may be all cute and girlie on top, but I'm a rock star chick on the bottom". Kinda like a fashion mullet.

Just check out this Peter Pan Leather Collar from Asos.

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I don't know about you, but I don't see grandma or grammar schoolgirl at all.

Try to avoid excess frills and ruffles, all things ultra feminine and Tinkerbellish, and you should be golden, as opposed to Golden Girl.

I hope this helps Olivia. Thank you for being a friend.

xoxo,

sammy


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Hi Sammy,

I noticed there was a question about hair and big ears before, and I have a question about hair myself. I want to get side swept bangs (I have a heart shaped face), but what are the pros and cons about having bangs?

Fallyn

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Hi Fallyn,

Thanks for your awesome question!

If you're a Let's Talk Style regular (or have checked out my candid polaroid pic in the upper right hand corner), you are aware of the fact that I have been a loyal bang rocker for years. Bangs (or fringe as my hair stylist commonly called them) have the power to dramatically update your look while flattering your facial features. They can conceal an ample forehead or fivehead, call more attention to a gorgeous set of eyes, and make you look sharper, sleeker, and more pulled together.

I love the romantic look of sideswept bangs, and we're not alone. A list celebs like Nicole Ritchie, J. Lo and Jennifer Aniston have cornered the sideswept bang market. You mentioned you have a heart-shaped face, so here are a few pics of a fellow heart-shaped faced celeb, Reese Witherspoon, sporting both short and sweet, long and wispy eye skimming side swept bangs. The judges votes are in, these styles look great on Reese and I think they'll look even more fab on you.


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But - before you make the big bang commitment, here are some pros and cons...

Pros:

You can wash your bangs instead of your entire scalp if you're late for school or work.

You can cover up a monster zit, scar or blemish on your forehead with a few strategically places strands.

You can always pull your bangs back with barrettes, bobby pins or a headband if you're not feeling them.

Bangs can completely transform your look without having to sacrifice your hair length.

Cons:

Your forehead gets sweaty.

If you live in a humid environment, you're bangs can get frizzy.

They grow super fast, so they need to be trimmed regularly.


There. If I've sold you on the bang bandwagon, play with your hair by holding a section up over your forehead to get an idea of how your hair would naturally fall. If you like what you see, visit your stylist and show her some pics of the styles you covet. Your stylist will know what kind of hair type you have and will advise you on what looks best, as well as what styling products, tools and tips to use to maintain your new fringe.

Hope this helps Fallyn, and I'd love to see a pic after you've taken the final bang plunge!

xoxo,

sammy

p.s. I have totally Fallyn in love with your name.


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Hi Sammy!

So, I'm in eighth grade, and as we're in the second part of the school year... I was wondering what I should wear for eighth grade graduation. I'm petite (although I'm insecure about my thighs!), I have short legs, and I'm not really comfortable showing a lot of skin or wearing super short dresses. I'm a fan of modesty, personally.... haha. But I'd like to wear something cute, but modest. Thank you so much!

From Charlotte

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Hi there Charlotte,

Thanks for writing in! I must say that I am très impressed with you, Char. I am guessing that you have just recently entered teendom, and yet you have already grasped the concept that a girl doesn't have to show a lot of skin in order to be chic. Also, you are already contemplating possible outfits 4 to 5 months before your special event. You are, indeed, a girl after my own heart. As for dresses, I have found a few options for you, depending on whether you want to go simple, stylish or sensational.

Check out the elegantly embroidered and eyelet detailed Bella Dress from dELiA*s, a look that will make a modest yet feminine statement as you say Ciao to middle school. It has an all shape flattering A-line silhouette, and at 38 inches long, you'll get the leg coverage you crave without the risk of being mistaken for your school's librarian. I'm loving this lovely shade of mint, but it also comes in a springtime floral pattern, rose or ivory shades to suit your color preferences. If you aren't crazy about the sleeveless look, just add a pretty cropped cardigan for some extra coverage.

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If you aren't afraid to play with prints and want to go for extra credit, this My Michelle party dress from jcpenney is black, white, bold, and cute all over, on sale for $49.99. Added bonus, wear it to your 2nd cousin's summer wedding, an Easter brunch or any other semi-dressy event. Same cardi coverage rules apply.

If all of these looks are too safe, the Sequined Shoulder Dress from Forever 21 is as glam as you can get while maintaining your modesty. The flared skirt will cover your thighs and because you're petite, I estimate that this frock will hit you right at or just above the knee. If that's still too much leg too reveal, just add a pair of black tights for an even more mod look.

I hope these suggestions help and congrats on your upcoming graduation!

Look out freshmen dudes, here comes Charlotte.

xoxo,

sammy

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Hat Head Case

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Dear Sammy,

What is the best way to prevent hat head?

Lorie

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Dear Lorie,

I am so glad you asked this question. I will be heading up north myself in a little over 48 hours, and I have a bunch of cute hats to pack. There is nothing worse than sporting haute headwear, only to reveal a disastrous case of limp and flat hathead once said hat has been removed (usually for a sit-down meal and/or a performance of the National Anthem).

Here's a simple tip for keeping your locks looking hot under that hat. Add body.

I once read that the only way to avoid flat hat head is to boost up your body. If your cute winter beanie is pushing your hair down, odds are it'll stay that way once your hat is removed, creating an unsightly helmet head effect. Boost and tease your crown at the roots before you put it on and you'll lock in that volume.

Suffering from staticky hat head? Anti frizz cream all the way baby. I love Fekkai's Coiff Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme from Beauty Bridge for $25.

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Hope this helps Lorie, and feel free to share, text or tweet with your friends.

If the hat tip fits, spread it.

xoxo,

sammy

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Santa Baby, I Want Gift Cards

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Sammy,

Is it cool to give gift cards or a cop out?

Jen
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Dear Jen,

Great question. Prepare for a long-winded answer.

When I was a little girl who still believed in Santa, I would get beyond stressed over making out my Christmas list. Indecisiveness was an early childhood trait. Strawberry Yoo-hoo or a pouch of Tropical Punch Capri Sun? Malibu or Antarctic Barbie? I just couldn't choose.

And what if I wanted to change something? By the time my letter reached the North Pole, that was it. I was getting that Cabbage Patch Kid (girl, with brown hair, no freckles or overalls please) whether I still wanted it or not. So it took a lot of patience, revisions and edits until I finally felt comfortable enough with a list that would stick. *There were no gift receipts or easy returns and exchanges to the North Pole back then. Plus, I didn't want to piss off Santa and get a Charlie Brown rock for Christmas the following year. Good grief.

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Back to your question. Now, in my adult years we have wish lists, which are, umm, awesome. It's like an open letter to Santa that you can send to all of your friends and relatives, cluing them in to what you really want. Here's my problem, Jen. Just like my former 5 year old self, I keep changing my mind, thus altering my wish list. It's become an obsession. One day it's high priority, the next day it's off the wish list completely. Sometimes I worry that my wish list items are being judged. Letters to Santa were confidential, I don't want my loved ones to think less of me because I really really want that ceramic reindeer handle garlic press. So this year, gift cards have been my wish list gift of choice, which has its own set of pros and cons.

Pro - You shopped for everyone else, now you get to shop for yourself.

Con - Asking for gift cards is kind of like saying "Hey guys, I don't like where you normally buy gifts for me. Give me cash to these stores that I actually like".

Con - You're also making them spend a certain, round denomination. No one wants a gift card for $17.84.

Pro - For an indecisive girl like me, I'm able to ponder my presents long after Christmas is over so I can buy exactly what I want when I want it, or wait until there is something I do want.

Con - Some gift cards expire, some have fees. Sometimes gift cards are to stores that aren't in a convenient location for your giftee. Do research. Oh, and don't buy a $25 gift card to a store where everything is over a hundred dollars, therefore forcing them to cough up cash on their own gift. That blows.

Pro - Gift cards are easy to buy, easy to give and wrap. They are also lightweight and will not break Santa's back.

In summation, Jen, I believe that gift cards are a stylish and safe way to celebrate your loved ones during the holidays, providing you read the terms and conditions and get the right card for the right person. That, and I don't really want a ceramic reindeer handle garlic press, so please don't anyone get me one.

xoxo,

sammy

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Hi Sammy,
My aunt recently sent me this grey cable knit sweater that looks like this. My mom told me I should wear it at our Christmas family dinner, but I think it's too mature for me. (I'm 13, btw.) What accessories and things can I add to make it more youthful?
Thanks,
Sydney

Hi Sammy!
Haha, I know I wrote to you about the sweaters... And now I've got another question related to winter. I'm not that much of a girly girl, but I really want some nice winter shoes that aren't uggs. I don't really like the clunky, chunky look of them.
Thanks again,
Sydney

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Hi Sydney!

Wowee, I've never received a two-parter before. Thank you for your questions, and I will do my best to serve your winter styling needs.

Part One: You didn't send me an image of the mature grey cableknit sweater in question Syd, but I'm guessing it might be either too tight or show a little shoulder. Normally I would suggest cute and colorful hats, mitts, earmuffs and scarves to punch up the youth factor, but these accessories are hardly appropriate for the holiday dinner table.

'Tis the season to be sparkly Sydney, try dressing up your sweater with some festive beads and baubles like this Gigi Necklace from Alloy. It's totally tasteful, looks like tinsel and is on sale for only $9.99, sold.

Nothing says I'm underage more than bows in your hair. You'll be age appropriate but still cool enough to not have to sit at the kids' table with these Rhinestone Bow Bobby Pins from Forever 21 (set of two for $3.80). You can also wear a long-sleeved patterned shirt under your sweater to add a little pop of color out of your collar. All the kids are doing it these days.

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As for the shoes, I have the perfect un-girly, anti-ugg style for you. These Roxy Denver Boots from dELiAs* will keep your tootsies warm this winter without looking too chunky, wooly, furry or clunky. Added bonus? They're cute enough to wear with mini dresses and shorts once the weather warms up.

Thanks again for writing in with a fab pair of questions Sydney, I have no doubt that you will rock your holiday family dinner table this year. Happy Holidays, Merry Kwazachristmukah, and all that seasonal jazz. I look forward to styling you in 2012 and all through high school and college.*

xoxo,

sammy

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Raising the Bar in Barrettes

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Hello Letstalkstylers,

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Like most Americans, it has taken me awhile to get back in the swing of things after an indulgent four day holiday weekend. We are all a little wiser, a little fatter, a little broker, and a little more lucid now that the tryptophan has finally left our systems.

I went through my fashion file of Ask Sammy queries and found a good one, so without any further ado, let's get to it.


Hi Sammy,

What are some cute hair accessories that I can wear for the holidays that don't look like a little girl should wear them?

Thank you
Ginny
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Dear Ginny,

I understand your holiday headwear predicament. You want a little sparkle without all of the bows, ribbons and festive accoutrements that might come off like a kindergarten arts and crafts project on your head.

You're in luck. I just holiday happened upon these adorable Holiday Barrettes from Kate Spade that showcase three holiday phrases: "ooh la la", "cha cha, cha" and "pop, fizz, clink" in different fab fonts. They're extravagantly priced at $78, (compared to the Goody barrettes I get from the dollar store) but hey, you get three. Don't wear them all at the same time.

Extras: They'll make a great conversation piece at your office Christmas party and make an extra special gift considering the super cute packaging.

p.s. I loved you in the Harry Potter septology.

xoxo,

sammy

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Fur Your Consideration

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Hi Sammy,

It's already starting to get cold where I live but I can't afford a new winter coat. How can I make my old one look fresh and different?

Teresa

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Hi there Teresa,

I haven't monitored comments or answered an Ask Sammy query in quite awhile [see last month's I'm a Bag Style Blogger post], but I loved your question and it inspired me to get back to my blogging basics.

I'm lucky enough to live in a warmer climate, but I can still sympathize with your outerwear woes. Coats are usually the most expensive investment in a winter wardrobe, so if last year's coat still keeps you warm and is still somewhat in style, there is no shame in sporting it for another season. But, in order to keep boredom from setting in - I have a super quick, easy and cost effective way to keep last year's look hip and on trend, so you won't run the risk of being totally over your overcoat come January. Add a faux fur collar.

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At times, we ladies can achieve a whole new look simply by incorporating a new necklace, bag or shade of lipstick into our rotating clothing repertoire. The same theory applies here. If you want a super simple way to inject luxury and a vintage Mad Men feel to your capes, cloaks and coats, prepare to accessorize.

Today there are effortless options where you can clip, button or tie on a faux fur collar to revamp your favorite swing, puffer or peacoat for an instant 2 minute update. The size, color and style are all up to you.

I prefer the small, dainty variety like this sweet and wholesome Faux Fur Peter Pan Collar in blonde, green or Cruella de Vil inspired white & black polka dots. It helps your existing coat make a posh statement for only $26.19 and adds some extra neck warmth to boot. If you have a little extra room in your budget, make a more dramatic statement with a foxy Faux Fur Lapel Collar for $45.74. Both collars are from ASOS, and there are plenty more to choose from.

I hope this tip helps, fur all its worth, giving your old winter threads some oomph without going over budget... because let's face it. you're probably going to need some new winter boots, right?

xoxo,

sammy

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sammy,

im a size 18 and i need a good casual date night outfit. i want to look thinner and trendy but not like im wearing a tent. whatll show off my curves and make my date go crazy?

meli
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Hi Meli,

I hope that you (and all the rest of you patriotic Let's Talk Stylers) had a wonderful 4th of July. I am cranky this morning due to general lack of sleep on account of the Future Arsonist Adolescents of America who were shooting off fireworks in my neighborhood until 2+am. I used to love that Katy Perry Fireworks song. No longer.

Thanks for your question Meli, which I imagine is short for Melissa. Helping you on your quest for a go-to date night outfit is exactly what I need to get me out of my sleepless funk. The first thing I need to know is, what kind of date are you going on? For instance, a tunic, stretch jeans and Converse would be a perfect go-to casual look for a midday miniature golf game or movie date, but not so great for a black tie affair at the Country Club.

I'm guessing your dates will fall somewhere in between, i.e. dinner/drinks. For the traditional Dinner/Drinks date you want to look sexy, but not too sexy. Casual, but not too casual... Which leads me to your perfect big night out outfit - Dark wash jeans and a hot top.

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I know, I know. This mainstream combination isn't as easy to secure when it comes to bigger sizes, but I have three little words that will change your plus size shopping life. Fashion To Figure.

FTF brings fuller figured fashionistas the newest styles that they crave, in the sizes they need. You'll find trendy tops, dresses, jackets and jeans available in sizes 12 to 26 with designs that are both super chic, and super affordable, with most pieces ranging between $20 to $30. Just check out FTF's classsic tank and jeans combo pictured above with the Basic Stretch Camisole paired with their sleek and slimming Dark Indigo Skinny Jeans for a cool and collected nighttime look that is big on style, low on price (cami = $9, jeans = $36).

Trust me Meli, this look is simple, yet sexy, and it works for anyone. Wear it with your favorite wedges for height, Gold Beaded Hoop Earrings for a little razzle dazzle, and if you feel a little bare up there, add a cute denim jacket, shrug or blazer for some extra coverage.

I guarantee that your date will go crazy, in a good way... not because you ordered the $90 Surf and Turf Special.

xoxo,
sammy


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Hi Sammy,
I've got rather big ears (a 'gift' from my grandpa).
Are there any hairstyles (preferably up) casual for everydayness, but don't give attention to my ears? I know this is kinda hard, sorry.

Love From Sara

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Hi there Sara!

This might be one of my first Ask Sammy Hair editions, so thanks for your question and for the love! I'm always up for a challenge.

First of all Sara, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. We all have something that we wish we could trade as easily as juice boxes and gummy snacks on the playground (I hate my knees). You might be surprised to discover that many of our favorite A-list celebrities have ear issues including a tickled Kate Hudson pictured below, the two Jens (Jennifer Aniston & Jennifer Garner), Penelope Cruz, Katie Holmes and even our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.


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Most of these stars mask their ample earage with longer hairstyles that disguise and protect (with the exception of Mr. Obama, unless he grows out his fro), but since you like to wear your hair up, listen hear for a few friendly tips:

Take a cue from Mila Kunis by tying your hair in a simple bun knotted at the nape of your neck with your hair covering your ears. This look is elegant enough for the red carpet but still super easy to pull off for daytime. Just secure your locks into a low ponytail with an elastic and wrap the hair around into a loose bun while securing with bobby pins.

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Nicole Ritchie masters the side ponytail which works well especially if you have long side-swept bangs that can be worn loose to frame the face and serve as shade for the ears.

Another solve is a half and half do demonstrated by the lovely Brenda Song, with the sides swept back and secured with a clip, elastic or barrette.

My last tip, (other than investing in cloche hats and turbans) is to embrace what your mama (or grandpa) gave you, Sara. That's right, wear the biggest, baddest, blingiest earrings you can find because I bet your ears aren't nearly as offensive as my knobby knees, and that won't ever stop me from wearing short sundresses.

xoxo,
sammy


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Samara,

Should men really buy their girlfriends lingerie for Valentine's Day? I mean, isn't it really like, a gift for him?

- Anonymous

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*Let me preface this post by stating that 1) this question was not emailed to me and 2) it isn't really anonymous.

This Ask Sammy query comes directly from the mouth of Babe (my boyfriend) when we passed by a rather suggestive Victoria's Secret Valentine's Day themed window display that revealed half a dozen mannequin torsos with all one dozen boobies decked out in various red, black and pink bra and bustier concoctions.

I gave my man my two cents and realized that there are probably a lot of other hot-blooded males out there wondering the very same thing. I seriously doubt that those hot-blooded males read my blog on a daily basis, but perhaps their girlfriends/significant others are Let's Talk Style regulars who will cleverly pass my intel along, just in time for the big V-Day.

Listen up fellas. Lingerie is a gift that you and your lady love can enjoy together, but keep in mind that every girl is different. Some girls adore lingerie, some are allergic to it. So your first order of business is to determine whether your lady is pro or anti intimate apparel. If she is anti intimates, case closed, buy her some chocolates, champagne, a Coach bag or something she does like. (p.s. - You can also get her these things as well as the sexy underthings for extra credit).

If she does like lingerie, here are a few ground rules to consider:
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1. Do not buy her shapewear. If you ever hope to have sexual relations again, do not buy her shapewear.

2. Do not buy her any novelty lingerie (i.e. World of Warcraft costumes, bunny suits, crotchless anything) unless she is totally into that.

3. Do pay attention to any sleepwear she comes to bed in that isn't a ratty T-shirt, pj pants or something a grandma would wear. Try to get a feel for what makes her feel sexy and confident. Some girls love babydolls while others love boyshorts. If she has multiples of it lying in her lingerie drawer, she probably likes it.

4. Whatever size you think she is, do buy her a size smaller. She can always exchange it and you'll look like a rock star for thinking she's tinier.

*Warning- this can also backfire and you might end up with your woman locked in the bathroom crying because she can't squeeze into your gift. To avoid this drama, do go through her underwear drawer to find sizes for reference. Once you find these sizes, do close the drawer. Do back away from the drawer. Do not try on anything in that drawer.

If you still want to get her lingerie but still have no clue, do treat her to a gift card so the two of you can pick something out together. This will also help when next Valentine's Day rolls around.

5. Do not give her a gift card for $5 or $10.

xoxo,
sammy


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Eye Cream of the Crop

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Hi Sammy!

I need a good eye cream that is more than just an expensive moisturizer. Any suggestions?

Lorie
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Hi Lorie,

Guess what? I scream, you scream, we all scream for good eye cream.

You'll be pleased to know that I was on a search for my own holy grail of eye creams even before receiving your email, therefore I already had a list of miracle working remedies on hand to battle puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and all of the other ailments that we ladies need to keep an eye on.

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Here are the best products that I spied with my little eye.

NARS Nourishing Eye Cream, a luxurious and lightweight concoction featuring natural botanicals that soothe and condition that oh so senstivie skin around your peepers. It not only nourishes and improves your skin's resilience to generate a radiant complexion, but it also diminishes the appearance of those fretful fine lines for $76. And the packaging is pretty, which is worth at least an extra $15 in my eyes.

Garden Botanika's Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is a bestseller, hailed as a natural alternative to Botox and only $30 a jar. Eye like that price. Apply this treatment twice a day to moisturize the delicate skin around the eye area while visibly reducing and minimizing visible lines and wrinkles.

La Mer's The Eye Concentrate from Bliss World is a bit pricier for $165 for half an ounce of eye gunk, but it does claim to deflate puffiness, lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten dark circles, and step up circulation all while moisturizing and toning like a champ. Oh, and it comes with a cute little metal ball applicator designed to help mega-size microcirculation instantly...and/or play a mini xylophone.

We may not see eye to eye on splurging on the La Mer, so if you're low on cash you can still avoid the dreaded puffy evil eye with these invigorating Cucumber Eye Pads from Caswell-Massey that have incredible depuffifying powers when you don't have any real cukes in your fridge at $7 for a pack of ten.

Or better yet, pop a couple of spoons in the refrigerator for a few minutes and lay the backs of them on your lids for a quick eye pick me up for free. Frozen peas work too.

Hope these pics hit the bull's eye Lorie.

xoxo,
sammy


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Hi Sammy,

I'm from Wisconsin and its freezing. How can I stay warm without looking big and frumpy?

Thanks,
Mabel

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Hi Mabel,

I feel for you Mabel from Wisconsin. Mabel from Milwaukee would have sounded better, but I don't know if you're from that city. Floridians are wimps. Every year come Fall and Winter we find ourselves complaining that there is no change of seasons, it doesn't feel like Christmas, it isn't snowing, blah blah blah.

Then, the moment the temperature dips below 50 degrees, we're all like it's too cold, I don't live in Florida for this, i'm dying, when everyone else is getting the shorter end of the ice stick. I know you are suffering way more than I am Mabel, shaking in my highs of 60, but I am heading north for New Year's, so we'll be in the same frozen boat.

I'm investing in three key pieces that will help me brave the harsh north winds while keeping me from looking like Ralphie's brother Randy from A Christmas Story.

1. Animal print coat
2. Cashmere sweaters
3. Sock lined boots

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1. It has been scientifically proven that wearing anything in a faux animal print makes us feel warmer. Besides the whole cougar thing, animal print coats are usually super snug, plush and fuzzy and they make us feel like we're cave women ready to conquer rain, sleet, snow or hail while looking as graceful and elegant as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O. or the chicks from Mad Men.

2. Cashmere sweaters are warm and luxurious. Layer them on top of any plain old white long sleeve tee, henley or thermal and you'll still feel like a million bucks, even if what lies beneath (i.e. your shirts, underwear or socks) have holes in them. Get one in every color. I promise, they will never go out of style.

3. Heat escapes from the head and feet, but I avoid hats because they mess up my hair and make it all staticky, so I invest in shoes that will keep my tootsies toasty like these rocking Where the Wild Things Are Sock Lined Clog Boots from Topshop.

Mix, match and layer these vital pieces with anything in your closet from jeans to cords, skirt and tight combos to flannels and leggings and all the guys will be macking on Mabel this Winter.

Look out Michigan, here I come.

xoxo,
sammy


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My Fair Isle Lady

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Sammie,

What is the one MUST HAVE item i need for my Fall & Winter wardrobe?

-Audrey

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Hi Audrey,

You asked a great question, which is why I decided to ignore the fact that you spelled my name wrong. I've had a problem with my name being spelled out as "Sammie" ever since Quiznos added Flatbread Sammies to their menu, although I have nothing against Quiznos or their Flatbread Sammies. In fact, I think their Sammies are quite tasty, I just don't enjoy sharing my name with a taco/sandwich hybrid that has smoky chipotle turkey in it.

No hard feelings. I will answer your question and promise not to refer to you as Audrie, that would be disrespectful to both you and my favorite fashion icon/My Fair Lady star, Audrey Hepburn.

Get thee a Fair Isle sweater, Audrey. Wikipedia informs us that the term Fair Isle refers to one of the Shetland Islands in Scotland and is defined as a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors.

If there is one mandatory winter staple this season, this is it. Wrap yourself up in a cozy, classic pattern like this Fair Isle Cardi from Aerie. You can go from high end Marc Jacobs Fair Isle outerwear to more affordable options like the Holly Fair Isle Cardigan from dELiAs* and the Old Navy Tie-Belt Fair Isle version.

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Don't limit your options to sweaters only, experiment with capes, sweater dresses and ponchos that feature our Fair Isle theme.

You can also achieve the same effect with a simple accessory like a pair of mittens, a trapper hat, tights or these warm and wooly Fairisle Faux Fur Earmuffs from Topshop. Just keep your Scottish island hopping to a minimum and stick to one piece at a time.

*Tip* since Fair Isle pattens are unisex, try raiding your boyfriend's closet for a sweater that fits the bill.

All's fair isle in love and war.

xoxo,
sammy


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London Looks for Mattie

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My niece, Mattie, loves Brenda Song's character, London, in the Suite Life with Zack and Cody. For Christmas, I would love to buy her an accessory like a cap, scarf or bag that would be Ms. Song's style but not require my being in Ms. Song's tax bracket. Can you give me some hints on some styles, appropriate for her age, that emulate the look London has on her favorite show?

Thanks so much, Ms. Fashionista


Auntie Pam

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Hi Auntie Pam,

Thanks for writing in! I love Brenda Song. Although it's been more than a decade or two since I tuned in on the Disney channel, I recently caught Ms. Song as the high maintenance girlfriend of one the Facebook founders in The Social Network. We friended each other soon after.

Back to your question. Brenda's Disney character, London Leah Tipton from The Suite Life series has a bold, colorful and rich fashion sense, bearing a striking resemblance to another famous hotel heiress named after another popular European destination.

Although London's looks scream designer brands that only those living the suite life can afford, we can still achieve the London look with a few key accessories. Here are my posh picks that follow London/Brenda's style rules with price tags that are all under $10.

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1. Wear something that will get you noticed.

Whether it's with an oversized pair of Hollywood shades or a decadent feathery boa, when it comes to accessorizing, London likes to turn heads. This Faux Fur Scarf is the perfect accessory that will capture London's luxioriousness while keeping Mattie's neck warm and PETA away, for $9.80.

2. Don't be afraid of color.

Miss Tipton never shies away from color, so give your niece a hint of London's signature shade of hot pink with these adorable Knit Fingerless Gloves for $4.80 from Forever 21.
FYI - F21 also has a fab selection of colorful Winter Beanies, all Tipton approved and under ten smackers each.

3. Bling it up, baby.

This Rhinestone Initial Necklace from Love Culture exhibits all of London's inner and outer sparkle while personalized with an M for Mattie and a price tag of $4.90. Plus Love Culture gives you 5% off of all online orders.

Who's living the suite life now?

Merry Christmas Mattie!


xoxo,
sammy


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Dear Sammy,

What should I be for Halloween?

-Brandy

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A pony.

Jeez Brandy, I don't know. You didn't give me any real direction here so I had to go with the first thing that came to mind. When I was a little girl I had a cocker spaniel named Brandy so I'm imagining that you have really shiny hair, hence the pony idea.

The truth is that asking me what you should be for Halloween is like asking me what you should be when you grow up. I'm not going to advise you to milk goats for a living if the thought of handling goat nipples udderly freaks you out, nor would I advise you to be a sexy kitten/angel/devil/nurse if the idea of slipping on fishnets and short skirts had an equally repulsive effect.

For the most part, women have three choices when it comes to Halloween costumes - Sexy ho, Funny/dumpy, Pop Culture Icon, or some combination of the three. Let's face it Brandy, there are going to be a lot of meaty Lady Gagas and blue chicks from Avatar out there trolling for treats, why not take a walk on the wild side and step out of the Trick-or-Treat for Unicef box?

My advice is to unleash your imagination. I will always frown on sporting a costume from a bag. Put together a getup that expresses your personality. Are you a preppy girl who wears polo shirts with giant horses on them? Be a goth equestrian. Love monkeys? Wear a suit, an Uncle Bill Hello my name is tag, a monkey mask and oh snap, you're a monkey's uncle.

The point is, a little creativity goes a long way. Last year I was the money you could save by using Geico. You'll get more nods than being a ready-made store bought Cinderella and save some cash in the process.

Or you can be a pony.

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Hi Sammy,
I am a short(ish) 12 year old girl living in london. I love to look grown up! On wednesday I am helping out at a school-and, although i usually plan my outfits weeks ahead, I cant think of ANYTHING! Any help here?

From Becky

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Hi Becky,

Thanks for your international query! I've been under major Fashion Week Swim stress, so taking a break to assist a loyal reader will be a much welcomed change of pace. I might even make myself a nice cup of tea while I compose my reply.

Okay, back to the fashion matter at hand. In order to help you Becks, I need as many details as possible. You mentioned that you're helping out at a school - What is the nature of your volunteer work? Are you serving up lunch in the cafeteria? Tutoring? Will you be predominately indoors or outdoors? Is there a dress code at this school? Are you going for a professional look or a casual one?

Since you're London based and need an outfit ASAP, I'm going to insist you check out the Asos Petite Shop featuring petite styles specifically designed for stylish lasses who are 5'3 and under.

Here in the states when all else fails, you can never go wrong with a nice fitting pair of jeans and a cute tee or top, but I seriously adore this Hi Waisted Short and simple top combo that is age appropriate and a safe and chic look for any summer event.

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You mentioned that you liked to look grown up, so just throw on a vest or boyfriend blazer and some posh ankle boots to smarten the look up. You'll go from Hermione Granger first year to seventh year. Like magic.

xoxo,
sammy


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Dress Lost and Found

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who is the designer or where can i find this red dress??

-aubrey

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I've had a grand time playing fashion detective after I received this comment from one of my readers who just had to know what dress Rachel Bilson was sporting in the Belt it Out post I penned almost two years ago.

The dress is from Miu Miu's Spring 2008 collection Aubrey, so you'll probably have a hard time finding it now, but after some investigative research I discovered this Miu Miu Poppy Red Silk Fairy Dress on Ebay that will hopefully make a semi-suitable substitute. Warning - it ain't cheap.

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Hope this helps Aubrey, and thanks for the assignment. I feel like a more petite/less hairy version of Magnum P.I., without the sexy 'stache, tube socks and short shorts.


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Sammy,

I'm not happy with the way I look in a bathing suit -- any bathing suit. I've tried everything from starving myself to juice fasts and nothing works. Can you help get me beach ready?

Thanks,
Julie P

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Hi Julie P,

First of all - go eat a sandwich. Seriously. Starving yourself isn't going to do you any good and I don't want to be anyone's crash diet accomplice. Second of all, thank you for your question. I've been getting a relatively high amount of frantic bikini related letters lately, so this Ask Sammy post goes out to all the girls who are hoping to either shed some excess baggage this summer or to just look like they have.

The way I see it, you have three options.

1. Find the right suit

2. Get thee to a gym or

3. Find the right diet.

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1. The right swimsuit can diminish and hide a multitude of flaws, from love handles to droopy boobs or a bloated belly. This Solid Forgiving Swimsuit from Title 9 for instance offers a universally flattering fit in a slimming solid color with clever ruching details that will rock any swim party. Once you've determined which is the right bathing suit for your body, go to town on swim-friendly sites like Swell.com and Tilly's and keep reminding yourself that like men, there are plenty of swimsuits in the sea.

2. Pretty self-explanatory. Sign up for a gym membership, go for a run/walk or sweat at home to an exercise DVD.

3. I'm not a fan of dieting. To me the word diet just translates to "no french fries" and I love french fries Julie, I love them with all my heart. Instead of denying myself my tasty taters, I just don't eat them with every meal or I limit myself to a few. I've been rather depressed lately, so I haven't been eating as well as I should, but I've been forcing myself to have healthy snacks like almonds, fresh fruit, veggies and peanut butter. Starving yourself just slows down your metabolism, makes you sluggish and causes you to overeat at your next meal. Eating is so much more fun than not eating. You just have to make smart choices.

If you hate food shopping and always head straight for the snack and/or ice cream aisle, sign up for The Fresh Diet. This no muss no fuss food delivery service helps you plan out your meals in advance with a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert that will take the guesswork out of meal preparation and help you maintain and/or lose those pesky excess pounds for good. All Fresh Diet meals are prepared in accordance with “Dr Sears’ Zone Diet Program*” and made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. You can go with the Chef's Choice from $35 a day or the Premium Choice with three preselected fresh meals and two snacks for $29.99 a day by entering code catalogs1 at checkout. That's a tasty deal considering the regular price is $44.99.

Don't just take my word for it. The stars all love their Fresh Diets, from The View's Sherri Shepherd who went from a size 16 to a 6 chowing down on Fresh Diet fare to Tori Spelling and hubby Dean and spokesperson Carnie Wilson who even has her own mini blog over at Carnie's Corner.

Usually Sammy don't preach, but not eating is never an option Julie. Getting on board with a smart and fresh diet will not only prepare you for the beach this summer but will keep you feeling happy and healthy from the inside out all through the seasons.

xoxo,
sammy


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Dear Sammy,
I have an after prom event to go to. It consists of bounce houses and casino tables.
I want to look nice for it, but also comfy to run around and have fun.
I was thinking of a cute mini dress (with shorts underneath of course), but that eliminates all bounce house activities.
Any ideas?
-Tyler

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Hi Tyler,

Thanks for your question! I love that my fashiongal inbox has suddenly become inundated with prom and post prom queries.

I assume that you've already secured your prom dress, which means you're in excellent shape. Dressing for the after party should be nothing more than an afterthought. Post my prom we all just wore shorts/tee shirts/jeans, pjs and anything else that was the complete opposite of formal. Your post prom activities sound a little more upscale, so we want to find you the perfect piece that represents what I like to call Casual Chic.

While I'm digging your mini dress idea, I don't want you to exclude yourself from rocking bounce-related activities, so I have the perfect compromise. A romper. I'll be the first to admit it Tyler, I wasn't a fan at first, but the romper rage has grown on me. This look will give you the style of a minidress with the functionality of shorts so you can bounce like you've never bounced before without worrying about flashing your days of the week underpants to all the boys in the [bounce] house.

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Forever 21 has an adorable Spaghetti Strap Romper for only $22.80 that can be pumped up with simple accessories and jewelry. You can wear it with wedges, pumps or cute flats and sandals, depending on how badly your feet are hurting after dancing the night away to Jay-Z's remake of Alphaville's Forever Young which played at my prom FYI {sigh... I'm old}.

Another swell after prom party look is this Element Edgewood Jumper from Swell.com, (on sale for $34.99) and Urban Outfitters has tons of them to choose from. If you're still crushing on the shorts under skirt look, Tilly's features the Roxy's Tea Time Girls Romper that highlight the cutie shorty pants rather than hide them.

Have a blast Tyler and remember to enjoy every minute of your pre-prom, actual-prom and post-prom moments, because regardless of what Jay-Z, Alphaville and Rod Stewart say, you won't always be forever young.

I'm like, living proof.

xoxo,
sammy


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Sammy,
My graduation is coming up, and i have no clue what dress to get. Its an 8th grade graduation, so nothing to inappropriate for my age. I kinda want to wear a strapless because i never have yet. Any color would work, except pink because i look awful in pink. Something cheap and cute... CHEAP and cute. Also, if you have any ideas for hair and accessories, that would be great.

Your the Best!
Fashion-Nerd B

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Hi Fashion-Nerd B,

1. Congrats on your upcoming graduation! Your parents, President Obama and I are very proud of you.

2. I took out my strapless, CHEAP and cute rolodex and have found a couple of fashionable dress options for your upcoming commencement ceremony. It's a momentous occasion and I would hate for you to end up looking as stylistically challenged as these chicks -

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My number one choice is this Plaid Sheen Dress from Heritage 1981 that will look adorably collegiate and chic with a pair of black tights and coordinating Mary Janes. It also gets an A+ for fitting all of your major criteria as it is Strapless, CHEAP and cute for $26.90.

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I'm also loving Roxy's Punk Princess Plaid Dress rocking a too cool for school "Another Brick in the Wall" vibe. Extra credit - it's also a total steal at $29.99 from Swell.com.

If you aren't into plaid, dELiA*s has a cute little Jada Floral Dress that isn't as cheap at $44.50, but the cuteness factor certainly makes up for it.

As for hair accessories, you can't go wrong with a smart headband that gives your tresses a polished and graduated sense of sophistication. Plus, it's so Blair Waldorf.

p.s. Forever 21 has them starting at $1.50. How's that for CHEAP and cute?

Congrats again and I hope this helped!

xoxo,
sammy


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Sammy,
Help! I was just invited to a New Years party last minute. What do I wear?

Thanks,
Betsy

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This is going to be the easiest Ask Sammy post ever.

I have two words for you Bets, something sparkly.

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Going to a high end party? A sequined sheath is the way to go.

Hanging with friends at a chilled out gathering at a hip downtown loft? Jeans paired with a sequin cardigan, vest, tee or racerback tank equal New Year's party perfection.

Going to a New Year's pahty in da club? A short sequined mini as seen below will get you in the door. Just make sure your private sparkly business is covered.

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Stick with me Betsy and you'll start off 2010 looking like a 10.

Cheers!

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

Is there any makeup that you can recommend for winter time?

Chrissy


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Dear Chrissy,

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the makeup can be so delightful.

During the winter months we celebrate the birth of Christ and the fact that our makeup is no longer melting and sweating off, but in exchange for the lack of oil slicks we must endure dry patches, anemic complexions and flaky lips that are not ideal for smooching Santa underneath the mistletoe Christmas Eve night.

When it comes to adapting your winter makeup routine, make sure you double up on the moisturizer and try my trifecta of holiday cosmetic charms that will take your face from Bah Humbug to Ice Princess in a matter of minutes.

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The holidays are all about the glitter Chrissy. Add a little snowflake sparkle to your eyelids with a few swipes of Urban Decay Eyeshadows available in fifty or so shades ranging from rich gold to sultry plummy purple. You'll have fun playing with color while incorporating a hint of sparkle, shimmer and metallic bling to your lovely lady lids.

It's too cold to hit the beach but that doesn't mean you have to be a whiter shade of pale. Save your skin from sun damage while achieving a healthy looking winter tan that all of your friends will be jealous of with a dab of Tanning Bed in a Tube from Too Faced. Just remember, a little dab'll do ya.

If you haven't had time to send out your Christmas Cards, satisfy your pucker while sharing some last minute sentiments to your best galpals with these Holiday GlossyGreeting Cards from CARGO. They come in a set of 5 cards adorned with a tiny button of lip gloss in Bora Bora (a flattering shade of vibrant rose) built right in. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

p.s. They all make up great stocking stuffers.

Have a jolly glossy Christmas Chrissy.

xoxo,

sammy


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Hello Sammy,

My girlfriend put up a pair of Christmas stockings this year and I have no idea what to put in hers. Can you give a guy a clue?

Bruce
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Hello Bruce,

Thanks for your question.

I'm a big stocking girl. Wait, that didn't sound right. More accurately, I'm a petite-sized stocking girl who is a big fan of the Christmas stocking.

Sometimes my guy loves what's hidden inside my stockings even more than the big gigantic gifts nestled under the tree. Wait, that came out wrong. I didn't mean stockings that I'm actually wearing. You know what I mean. When it comes to stuffed stockings, I love both giving and receiving. Wow. You know what, let's just get to the gifts.
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Here are my suggestions for little trinkets that will get you big marks with your lady this Christmas.

1. Love Wood Block Statement Rings - Christmas isn't Christmas without a little toy in your stocking. She may be too old to play with dollies, but these Wood Block Statement Rings from Delight.com are only $24 each and have love written all over them.

2. Sexy Little Things Shimmer Powder - Chicks love smelling good and things that are sparkly. Let her mist herself with this pink shimmer power that comes in a sexy little bottle with a sexy little atomizer from sexy little Victoria's Secret for $25. Then feel free to have a little sexy time.

3. Sprayology WomanPower - The holidays are a stressful time for her. She has tons of shopping to do, dozens of Christmas cards to send out and dysfunctional families who have flown in from Denver to deal with. She may not be in the mood, regardless of the sexy little shimmer powder she just opened. Give her a hit of Sprayology's WomanPower, and prepare to hear her roar with a libido enhancer that will have you both jingling all the way.

4. No matter how serious the relationship is, you can never go wrong with anything, I repeat anything from Tiffanys.

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Trust me Bruce, these stuffers will knock her stockings off.

I did it again.

xoxo,

sammy


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Ladylike Laptop Bags

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Dear Sammy,

Hi! I need help. I want a laptop bag that is pretty, not a boyish messenger bag. Can you give me a good place to look?

Kate
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Dear Kate,

I feel your laptop purse pain. If you're toting around a bag that weighs a ton, you at least want it to look cute. Most hot handbags don't have the capacity to fit a standard size laptop, and even if they did, they probably wouldn't have enough inner protection to keep your notebook completely safe and sound.

Lucky for you, your question came at the perfect time and I'm in prime position to dole out handbag help. I recently stumbled upon a designer laptop bag shop that'll make you want to kiss me, Kate. My new favorite laptop case corner is Kolobags.com - a virtual computer bag boutique where they feature designer fashion for technology with a craveable collection of designer bags, sleeves and cases that are worth showing off whether you have a laptop or not.


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Just take a look at this adorable Lady's Laptop Bag by Kroo USA. She's got style, she's got grace, She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady. This little lady is not only chic, she fits up to a 13” laptop computer, features a padded computer compartment and handy organizational features for ladies on the go to keep their keys, pens, business cards, cells and iPods right at their fingertips.

Whether your purse predilections revolve around colors (see hot pink Samsonite), textures (see faux croc Mango Tango), prints and patterns (see camouflage Acme Made Trixy), or eco-friendly stylings (see Urban Junket convertible tote/backpack), Kolobags allows you to shop by style, size, color or price, making it easier than Windows 7 to find the laptop bag of your dreams.

Ahem, Kolobags also treats you to free shipping and free returns.

Laptop bag shop 'til you drop.

xoxo,

sammy


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Killer Looks for Christian

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hey sammy how u doing? Im Christian from Lima Peru and here's my question. Please, need some help! Killers are coming november the 19th. Need a rockstar look so I can blow the mind of this girlfriend I adore. I was thinking about a slim fit hilfiger denim jean (indigo), a wide brown belt with a nice buckle and a plain v neck tee, short sleeve. I know its really simple but everlasting too. Sneakers? real slim and fit ones, no skater sh*t or something like that, maybe a pair of diesel sneakers or something like that. If it gets cold, im wearing a checked t shirt but OPEN, to show how cool it looks with a v neck tee.

Thanks!
Christian D.

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Well look at that, Ask Sammy has gone international!

Hola Christian!

Gracias por su pregunta. I already know we're going to be great amigos because I'm a die hard Killers fan myself, so the least I can do is set you up with a Killer ensemble that Brandon Flowers himself would approve of. From your description above, it doesn't sound like you need much help from me, but I'll give you a few pieces to work with, just so it looks like I'm doing my job.

Here are some tips for a killer combination.

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First thing's first, you've already got the slim fit jeans. Jeans are a concert staple, unless it's 100 degrees at an outdoor venue, then shorts would be your best call. Slim fitting jeans on a dude is very rockstar cool, just make sure they aren't too tight so your junk has enough room to shift and breathe.

The next concert staple is the perfect, super soft and comfy tee. American Apparel is always my first choice for basic tees like this Fine Jersey Short sleeve V Neck for only $19 bucks. Any color will do, but I'm partial to Asphalt, Navy and Slate.

When it comes to accessories, you don't want to show up at a Killers concert unarmed, so this Fallen Bullet Leather Belt from CCS Skateboards will do more than just hold up your super slim Hilfigers. As for cool kicks, these Diesel Pass on Sneakers from OnlineShoes.com are too good to pass on, and nothing like all that skater sh*it.

Hope this helps impress your girl! Have a killer time Christian, and if you want to buy me a T-shirt to thank me, I wear a Small.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

I was just invited to a big Halloween party and want to find matching costumes for me and my guy.

Any ideas?

Jessica

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Dear Jessica,

Funny, how blog art imitates life. Just the other day I was tossing around a few Halloween costume ideas to my boyfriend, for we too were invited to a kickin' All Hallow's Eve soiree.

I've always found that dressing up as a pair is usually twice as difficult. Someone always gets the short end of the costume stick - i.e. girl gets to prance around in a sexy Snow White costume with garters all night while her guy suffers at the bar as an unenthused Dopey. Not a fair trade off if you ask me.

I don't know about you Jess, but I like to be an original every day of the year, so Halloween is no exception. You'll rarely find me in a widely popular superhero/fairy tale/french maid/Ugly Betty getup. I prefer costumes that are off the old Halloween beaten path, so here are a couple of picks for you and your man that will surely win a prize for best couples costume, at the very least an honorable mention.

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1. Dress up in this desirable Beer Dress Costume from Pinatas.com and you'll make all of the drunk guys mouths water. As for your boyfriend, the options are endless. He can go as a Beer Pong Table, a Breathalyzer Test, the immortal Beer Man or he can just take the easy route and be an alcoholic.

2. It may look pretty simple, but dress up in this Illuminating Bee costume, have your guy find a male bee costume then wait for it...wait for it... Add a couple of pairs of sleek sunglasses and you and your guy can go as B Movie Stars.

I'll be here all Halloween week.

3. You've always wanted to be on the cover of a trashy magazine, now you can with this Star Magazine Cover costume for her and Enquirer cover for him. If he doesn't like the look he can opt to go as a member of the paparazzi or better yet, Borat.

Happy tricks and treats.

xoxo,

sammy


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Sammy,

Can I wear white after Labor Day or not? I bought a pair of white denim jeans last month and don't want to have to retire them so soon.

-Lisa

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Dear Lisa,

Great question and great timing my fine fashionable friend. Labor Day weekend commences in approximately thirty hours and many women are packing their getaway suitcases, belaboring the age old debate - is it appropo to wear white clothing after Labor Day?

We've all heard it at some point, from our mothers, nanas, aunties, neighbors and Charlotte from Sex and the City. I don't know what inspired the so-called fashion commendment "Thou shalt not wear white after Labor Day" in the first place, but if it is indeed a sin, so let me be stoned.

I wonder...did the Reign of No White originate during the Industrial Age when fabric was in danger of becoming covered in soot? Was it before they invented slips? Perhaps it all stems from one chick who hated how she looked in white so she spread little white lies to ruin it all for the rest of us. I seem to recall earlier versions of the rule where the ix nay was isolated to wearing white shoes after the Labor Day holiday, but somehow the entire ensemble ended up being pooh-poohed.

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Whatever the case, I strongly believe that wearing white after Labor Day is no longer the fashion faux pas it once was. Just look at Katherine Heigl looking classic in her chic white coat. Designers are also rebelling against the rule, flashing crisp winter white in some of their Fall campaigns.

Honestly Lisa, I don't follow any rules prohibiting color. When spring and summer have passed, I retire lightweight fabrics and bikinis, regardless of the color. So wear those white denim jeans with pride all autumn long if you'd like, just mix them up with chunky, heavier pieces like this Push the Button Sweater from Modcloth, classic coats, dark blazers and boots.

A very wise person once told me, "Fashion never takes a vacation"...

Nor should an awesome white outfit.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

I just came across your site when I was in real need of fashion tips and
learning. And as I don't know a big deal about this subject (I'd like to by
the way ^^ it's just that I can't find a good website which can teach me
the basics), I'm asking you about some little problems and I hope it won't
take a lot of your time.

My first problem is that I've never put on bras. My mother tries to make me
wear them but never succeeded. She even asked my father to convince me O_o.
The thing is that my breasts are tiny and little, so it's not like
they're going to lose the form and shape that they don't have. I just
can't stand tight clothes on me (I've never had a pair of jeans in my
life). But, as I'm willing now to pay more attention to my looks, I'd
like to know if it would be a real problem not to wear them, and if
so, is there anything else that I can wear instead. I tried some kind
of sportive bras but that wouldn't do it either. I couldn't bear
having something so short and tight around me.

I hope this can be solved and I'm waiting for your answer.

Thanks for your time,

Dearly,
Pearie critter

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Hi there Pearie,

You win the prize for longest Ask Sammy query ever! Congrats! I decided that your dilemma was so compelling that I would break it up into 2 parts. What you see above dear readers is Pearie's Query, Part 1.

Pearie, I understand your overall bra resistance. You hate the constrictive way it feels, especially after years of going commando up top. The first time I tried on a training bra, I couldn't stop scratching myself (much to my mother's embarrassment). I felt weird, restricted, my boobies itched and I was miserable. The fact of the matter is that they're called training bras for a reason and eventually you get used to them after the training period is over.

I'm a fellow small bra cupped chick myself and sure, I can get away without wearing a bra on most days, but I firmly choose not to. Even though foundation bras and undergarments aren't meant to be seen out in the open, they are still an essential part of every woman's wardrobe and have a mega effect on your overall appearance. Bras can smooth out silhouettes, protect breast tissue and keep the girls properly supported, no matter what your size is. Even though your boobs are hanging high now, they may be hanging low later in life...and truth be told Pearie, no one wants to see your nips when you're walking down the street, least of all your parents.

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I'm going to do my best to try to make you, your Mom and your Dad all happy. Bear with me and check out the bra pictured above the navel. The American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Cross-Back Bra is my #1 go-to bra when comfort is key. They're only $14 each, work great for smaller boobed girls who don't need a ton of support for Fred & Wilma and are available in 19 handsome hues with solids, polka-dots and two-tones that are adorable enough to wear under white tees and sheer tops for an unexpected peek-a-boo pop of color.

They're super soft, super comfortable and super flattering and even have a sweet cross-back that keeps your bra straps concealed no matter what top you're wearing. Try on a few and make sure you get a size that feels comfy.

If it doesn't work out for you, go back to hanging loose and tell your folks this is just how your boobs roll.

xoxo,

sammy


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Would love to have your thoughts on what a 54 year old grandma can wear to an American Idol concert with her granddaughter. I am pear shaped 16w bottom heavy but would like to look cool to make my granddaughter proud. If you could give me some tips I would appreciate it. Oh and I cannot wear heels because of a bad knee…

Thank you!!!

Kathy

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Dear Kathy,

I have two words for you.... Rock on.

Your email warmed my heart. I think it is selflessly sweet that you're seeking concert fashion advice in order to make your granddaughter proud, but I've got news for you Kathy... I'm pretty sure your granddaughter is already proud of her Not-your-run-of-the-mill-Nana. Having a grandma who wants to hit the concert circuit is pretty cool regardless of what she's wearing, but I'm going to personally see to it that you are the hottest grandma in the arena. I don't know when the concert is, so let's not dilly dally and get down to stylin' business.

First off, let's address your bottom half. I don't know if you recall my advice for pear shaped beauties, but in terms of pants, dark wash stretch bootcut jeans work wonders on a pear-shaped bod. This pair from Jessica London balances out your curves, and the stretch fabric moves with you whether you're jumping, standing, sitting, dancing or cheering on top of some nice bearded man's shoulders.

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Considering your top half, wearing a perfectly faded and broken in concert tee is always a safe choice. Vintage or modern, Adam Ant or Adam Lambert, wearing a commemorative band tee to a rock concert is like wearing your iPod playlist on your sleeve, a concert uniform that you can never go wrong with. If you don't have a concert tee handy or want to look a little more polished, go a little mod with this cool graphic tunic from Modcloth that shows off your waist and flows outward, concealing your pear-shaped parts. You'll find a wide variety of tunics out on the store racks now, from halters to cap sleeves and long sleeves. Try on a few until you find your perfect fit. Oh, and bring a little denim jacket or a light hoodie/sweater, just in case it gets a little chilly in the arena.

As for your feet, Converse sneakers are usually the concert footwear of choice, but some strappy metallic sandals or colorful flats will keep you feeling comfortable while showing off your toes and leaving your knees rocking steady. Just make sure they're closed toed if you plan on visiting the mosh pit. In terms of jewelry, don't wear anything priceless that you'd cry over losing, a little hammered cuff completes the look with a little solid gold thrown in for good sparkle.

With these tips in mind, I'm sure you'll be able to pull off a look that will get a thumbs up from everyone, even man-boobed Simon Cowell.

Have a great time cheering the Idols on Kathy, and I'd love to hear an update.

I'm sure you're already your granddaughter's American Idol.

xoxo,
sammy


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Fashion dilemma. My gay male friends said that my royal purple dress with leopard print stilettos was hot. However, my fashion guru boyfriends seems to believe that it's a fashion DON'T. I need the advice of a fashion expert!

Signed,
Future Dr. Rayne

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Dear Mrs. Dr. Rayne-to-be,

I am so excited because for the first time ever, I received an actual photo attached to my fashion query! I feel like I have totally hit the big time of fashion consulting. Thank you for your question Future Doctor's Wife, and you get brownie points for the smashing picture. It's much easier to know exactly what I'm working with when I have a good visual to blow up and dissect.

My initial instinct is to tell you to follow your initial fashion instinct. You wouldn't have written to me if you didn't have doubts about this daring ensemble. I think those pumps are a whole lot of shoe, and although I don't believe in die hard fashion rules, I will tell you that I, myself, would pair those leopard printed babies with jeans, a black dress, or something a little more neutral to make them pop.

Your deliciously hued royal purple frock will stand out on it's own, I promise you. You don't need the shoes to compete. Perhaps a pair of pretty metallics to complement the purple? These are only ideas, as are the tips your gay male friends and fashion guru boyfriends gave you. *Note - Queer eyes from gay guys are usually quite helpful, just beware if they gravitate towards sequins and dress up like Liza Minelli every Sunday while doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

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In summation, remember what I always say - To thine own fashion self be true. Follow your gut and if you feel confident enough to rock the combo, I shall not stand in your way.

Just don't wear it on your wedding day to Dr. Rayne.

xoxo,
sammy


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Could you give advice on wearing vests for men? Should thin guys wear vests? What type would suit jeans?

Thanks

-Nicholai

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Dear Nicolai,

Hi there and thanks for your question. I was psyched to find your query in my inbox, I was afraid that my new girlie pink banner might have the potential to scare the dudes away.

I think guys in vests are nifty. In fact, I bought my guy a Rivers Cuomo Weezer like sweater vest this past Christmas. In my opinion, a guy wearing a vest always seems like he's got his fashion act together, carrying off a look that says "Yeah, my arms don't get cold."

When it comes to male vests, there are a few no-nos. Resist anything fur-lined (unless your last name is Zhivago and you live in the Ukraine). You should also avoid pink or polka-dotted vests, and refrain from wearing vests with shorts, particularly sweater vests...unless you're invited to a stuffy country club, you'll look like a putz.

Thin guys can definitely carry off vests and accentuate their thin frames in the process. I usually prefer the unbuttoned casual look, but to each his own. Here are just a few male vest styles you should definitely invest in, depending on the season.

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1. Winter - What's black, white and red all over? ...This Zoo York Men's Vest from CCS Skateboards. This vest is so cool, it'll have you counting off the days until it snows. I take that back, guys don't count off the days until they can wear something...that's totally a chick thing. Nevertheless, you'll love wearing this Reversible quilted nylon vest with your favorite tee or button down, and it's on sale for $39.99. All the Skater Boys will want one.

2. Spring - Try on this Ryan Woven Vest from Heritage 1981 for a classic, masculine and trendy look that serves as a great alternative to a blazer during warmer months. It's $19.90, but looks expensive and so seductively suave. Wear it with a long-sleeved button down with the sleeves rolled up. Warning - Wearing it with a plain white tee might welcome comparisons to George Michael.

3. Summer - This Unisex Solid Rib Vest from American Apparel is a slim, form-fitting vest both you and your girlfriend can enjoy wearing all summer long. Available in black, navy, lapis (which is a fancy word for blue) and cranberry, this V-neck button down lightweight vest is a great layering piece that you won't have to put away when the weather chills up. Only $36.

4. Fall - Perfect for Fall and to carry you all through winter is this handsome Wool Crucis Vest from Todd Shelton. It's a little pricier for $169, but adds a richness to any pant and shirt combo that is oh so worth it. To look money, you have to spend money...right?

Hope this helps Nicolai.

xoxo,
sammy

p.s. They all go great with jeans.


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dear sammy,

i'm a junior in high school and had prom last week. my prom dress sucked!! : P

i left my shopping for the last minute and couldn't find a cool dress i loved. where can I find a fierce prom dress & homecoming dress for next year?

love,
shannon

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Ooooooohhhh Shannon!!!

How I love prom! To this day, the scene in Pretty in Pink where Molly Ringwald meets Duckie at prom in her homemade pink concoction is one of my all-time favorite moments in cinematic history. I didn't think much of the shapeless pink polka-dotted sack dress, but that's beside the point.

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I have such fond memories of my own senior prom...I had a boyfriend who went to another high school so I had the chance to play with two separate, totally different prom looks. Look 1 - Flirty: Hair down and romantically curled, sequined strapless pink mini dress with a bow on the bodice and a sexy tulle underskirt giving it some pop. Look 2 - Classy: Chignon up, navy off the shoulder sheath with gold embroidery and embellishments. I was smokin'.

I'm sorry your prom dress sucked Shannon, if only you had Asked Sammy sooner...

Good news is, the prom gods are giving you a second chance. Junior prom doesn't count anyway, like the PSAT's. Forget about this year's prom, toss those 8x10 blown up pics of you and your date and prepare for total fierceness at next year's prom. I have a secret weapon when it comes to finding the perfect party dress, it's a word you need to commit to memory...LaMonir.

The LaMonir Collection will set a girl up no matter what look she's going for: for prom, homecoming, New Years' parties, weddings, quinces or sweet sixteens, you're set. Just tell me this Antonio Castelli Prom Halter Dress pictured below isn't fierce.

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The black and white Halter number with a wrapped v-neckline and low back is the perfect party dress for girls who just wanna have fun, and the flirty skirt totally reflects my recent tier kick. Or check out these Jovani Strapless Sequined Dresses that totally bling it on for a sparkly and dreamy night to remember.

Whether you want to be pretty in pink, purple, fuscia or metallics, these gowns are just the tip of the prom dress iceberg, so start early and take your time exploring the multitude of designer gowns to choose from - all guaranteed to make your Prom Prince weak in the knees. LaMonir has petite to plus sizes, so you'll have no probs finding your perfect fit, and there's more than a punch bowl full of elegant gowns and party dresses for your hot Mom to check out for her next formal affair.

Remember that recent news story about the Ohio teen suspended for going to his girlfriend's prom? If his date's dress had been from LaMonir, I'm betting he'd do it all over again.

xoxo,
sammy


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Sammy,

Tattoos. Are they IN or are they OUT?

-Gina

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Thanks for your short but sweet question G. I gave myself a giggle by reading it aloud a few times in a German Heidi Klum accent. I wish my response could be equally as short and sweet, but the answer isn't in black or white ink. I personally believe that tattoos are sexy as sin, and I'm all for the freedom of expression, so yes, tattoos are still in (providing you aren't on Medicaid yet), but my answer doesn't end there...

I, myself, am tattooless...mostly because unlike a trendy fringed scarf, I cannot alternate tattoos on a daily basis. I can with cool temporary tattoos I suppose, but not with a real, honest to God tat inked by Moe from Sal's Tattoo Shack. I go through moments when I'm crazy about an accessory, and then a month later I don't want to see it ever again. And honestly, that's what tattoos are, aren't they? Permanent accessories.

There are moments in life when tattoos are so in (new club openings, Megadeth concerts, etc.), but there are also times when my tatted friends have wished their suggestive tattoos would go bye bye (during job interviews, meetings with a new boyfriend's conservative parents, etc.)

Now my tattooed pals can take pride in their tits and tats while saying bye bye to regret with this breakthrough Tattoo Concealer created by L.A. Ink star and tattoo artiste Kat Von D.

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This little magic tube (exclusively from Sephora) is filled with a heavyduty, paraben and oil-free multitasking concealer that makes your tattoos erasable, minus the pain of laser surgery. This creamy and blendable godsend creates a fresh palette with instant, customizable coverage. The long-wearing formula is ideal for tattoos but also makes blemishes, dark circles, and other unsightly imperfections disappear. Check out Kitty Kat's entire limited-edition line of pin-up perfect makeup (I'm especially in love with her makeup brushes and tattools).

*Warning: If you have as many tats as Kat, you're gonna need more than one tube.

Now I can be a tattoo taker too.

Any suggestions?

xoxo,
sammy

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Dear Sammy,

I am addicted to open toe heels, even when it's twenty degrees outside. I don't care about freezing cold toes, my main problem is that dreaded toe overhang when my feet slide forward and my toes hang over my shoes. It's so annoying and pretty embarrassing. Any tips that might help?

Thank you,
Samantha

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Hi Sammy!

Mind if I call you Sammy? If not, that's cool. I know I certainly have my own name issues to deal with...but I gotta tell ya, I'm feeling pretty sassy today, Sammy, because I have the perfect product that will keep your toes front and center, right where they belong.

You may remember a few weeks back I helped out another heel challenged individual, dear sweet Colleen who was complaining of dire foot pain, but I've realized there are other heel problems out there that may not hurt physically, but they hurt emotionally.

The dreaded hangover toe, 2nd cousin to the dreaded camel toe, is a devastating fashion faux pas many heel clad women are victims of today, and sadly many don't even realize it. It may surprise some of my readers to know that I am a recovering hangover toe'er myself. It has taken time for me to move past the denial and the bargaining, but I have finally reached a stage of acceptance and have found peace for my feet thanks to my hangover toe support group and my Sassy Soles amazing shoe inserts.

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These hot, newly released shoe inserts are bringing sassy back down below thanks to a simple concept and design that works by holding the foot in place and effortlessly preventing it from sliding forward. The key Sammy, is their innovative ridge design which fits smack dab in the middle groove between your toes and the balls of your feet, acting like a barrier to stop those little piggies from sliding forward! Ingenious!

I slipped a pair into my favorite Steve Madden stilettos and I promise you Sammy, sassiness ensued.

From one Sammy to another, I wouldn't trust my sassy soles to anything else.

xoxo,
sammy


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HI, Sammy,

I’m tired of wearing the same old shirts. It seems like I’m recycling the same 10 shirts for work and the same 5 for the weekend. Without having to replace my wardrobe, what can I do to keep my style from turning stale?

Thanks!

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Hi anonymous dude in need of fashion help!

Thanks for writing in, I always get warm tinglies when guys come to me for fashion advice. I used to dole out perceptive style suggestions to all my classmates during recess when I was in kindergarten and while the girls were always receptive to my thoughts on correct barrette placement, my style shake didn't bring all the boys to the yard. They'd get annoyed when I suggested they tuck in their IZod shirts into their mini Levis waistbands and I'd get sand kicked in my face in return.

I've come a long way since then, and those boys are all grown up and getting sand kicked in their faces because they dress like doofuses.

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First off nameless dude, as long as you're not wearing a puffy pirate shirt shown above, you've already won half of the shirt battle. I suspect that you're alternating the same shirts week in and week out because those are you favorites. We tend to gravitate towards the things we love in our closets, I'm guilty of it myself. I have two suggestions for you-

1. Buy some new favorite shirts.

2. Revamp the shirts you've got.

Men usually think they have it pretty easy when it comes to getting dressed due to their limited options. Shirt-pants or shirt-shorts...unless you're Scottish, then you have a bunch of tartan kilts thrown into the mix. Sometimes you can revamp the same old shirts you've got hanging in your closet by adding a few key pieces that you never thought of incorporating. Sometimes even a simple pair of bamboo socks can make an entire outfit feel like new.

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For work you can get away with wearing the same white or blue dress shirt during the week if you pair it with a classic tie one day and a light blazer another day. Wear that blazer over a polo and you've got a weekend shirt that's good enough to wear to work. Damn I'm good. Light V-neck sweaters like the one above from DKNY Men are another shirt transforming blessing.

For weekend wear, pair short sleeved button down shirts with a cool soft tee layered underneath like these sweet choices from Lucky Jeans or organic men's tees from 3Clothing. The shirts will look different and feel different while doubling and tripling your options.

As for choice 1, check out sales sections online at spots like Banana Republic for dress shirts and Old Navy for casual wear. Try to buy styles in a new color palette to add some variety. You're bound to find some new favorites to mix and match at marked down prices so you won't lose your shirt in the process.

Good luck nameless dude! I'd love to hear an update and if you have any fashionally challenged buddies, send 'em on over to me.

xoxo,

sammy


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Dear Sammy,

I've recently taken up golfing to impress my new boyfriend, but I've been having a hard time finding cute golfing outfits for girls. Any suggestions?

Steph

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Dear Steph,

I am not a lady golfer myself unless a few rounds of drunken putt putt counts, but I totally respect your quest to bond with your boy while looking fashionable on the fairway. I've done some research and have found the perfect hole to sink irresistible golfing looks out there on the course that will totally knock your guy's pom pom'ed golf socks off. All you have to do is get tatted by Tattoo Golf and their collection of aggressive golfing attire that is strong enough for a man, but available in pretty feminine styles for women.

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Take your pick of cool pastel hued and argyle patterned tops and golfing accessories from sweet La Jolla Golf Shirts to holla home about to Couture Golf Bags and Pink Driver Covers that sport the sleek skull and clubbones signature seen on pro lady golfers like Nikki DiSanto and Australian pro Rachel Bailey .

Instead of watching the birdie your man'll be watching the hottie.

Prepare to Caddyshack up.


xoxo,
sammy


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Sammy,

I have been searching for a certain bathing style. I have seen women wearing them in Jamaica and I have some Victoria's Secret underwear that look like the bottom. Victoria's Secret calls the underwear bottom "cheeky" but I can't seem to find that style anywhere. Not even VS swimwear but I have seen women wearing them. Any ideas?? I really like the look of the bottoms. I thought they were Tangas but the Tangas I have found don't look like what I am looking for.

HELP!!!!!!!
Becky

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Dear Becky,

Thank you for your question! I want you to know that I have been eating, sleeping and searching swimsuits from morning 'til night, trying to find your perfect cheeky bathing suit bottoms and by george, I think I've got them! You want the look of cool, lacy, cheeky panties, but the coverage and lining of a proper swimsuit.

The answer is Beach Bunny Swimwear. Inspired by couture lingerie once reserved for the bedroom, this decadent swimwear line dominated the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and has been spotted on celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Sienna Miller, Ashley Tisdale, Amanda Bynes and Eva Longoria who classifies them as "the sexiest line out there” FYI.

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Flaunt your Beach Bunny bod on the beach in luxurious fabrics and exquisite hardware and trim from around the world, they're a little pricier than your average run of the mill swimsuits, but Hugh Hefner gives them a big thumbs up. And they offer bikini tops and bottoms separately, so you can mix-and-match for the perfect fit.

Happy Easter Becky, and have fun embracing your inner bunny.

*sammy

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Dear Sammy,

I am really into the look and feel of eco friendly clothing but it's super expensive! Do you have any eco friendly options that are also budget friendly?

Thanks Sammy! Glad to hear you're still with us!

Joanie
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Thank YOU Joanie, and all of my other loyal blog followers who have been inundating my inbox with fashion query after query! Apparently my little April Fool's Day hoax yesterday was good for blogging business. You don't know what you've got until it's almost gone and I've had so many Ask Sammy emails come flooding in, I'm posting two this week because I can't stand leaving the fashion forlorn hanging all weekend long.

Now for Joanie's question.

As as matter of fact Joanie, I do have some down to earth, eco-friendly choices that are also economically-friendly. Check out 3Clothing and their organic line of fashionable eco-conscious tees that are the perfect choice for Earth Day (which is right around the corner, FYI).

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Earth Day is April 22nd, so what better way to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment than with sexy and fashionable artistic organic shirts for guys and gals that fit your shape, your personality and your lifestyle? With cool original graphic designs that all feature their captivating 3 Clothing logo, you'll get down with nature without spending a bundle. The looks above are only $21 each.

And since I'm feeling totally earthy, I'm offering you and my entire blogging entourage 10% off of a $50 purchase and 20% off of a purchase over $50, just because I love you. Use coupon code 10cat09 or 20cat09 depending on how much you spend, and get ready to be a stylin' organic earth goddess.

xoxox,
Sammy

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Dear Sammy,

I need some heel help. I have a new pair of 4 inch high heels that I love, but they've been killing my feet. Should I return them and stick to flats?

Colleen

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Dear Colleen,

Girlfriend, you just scored some new shoes. You should be jumping for joy, not writhing in pain. Hang onto those heels for dear life and listen up. Sammy is here to help you put your best foot forward.

Here is a valuable high heel tip I give to all my girls (and tranny acquaintances) who have aching arches or sore soles... the answer to high heel pain is simple. It's all about the Foot Petals.

Featured in Allure magazine, Teen Vogue and dozens of other fashion bibles, Foot Petals are helping women everywhere keep those pedis in tact while providing relief from calluses, protecting bones and tissue and cushioning the ever so sensitive balls of the feet. I'm head over heels about them, corny pun intended.

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Try the Tip Toes heart or flower shaped foot cushions seen above to stop feet from sliding forward and put an end to toe scrunch. They're virtually invisible and how can you resist that adorable leopard print? Other foot wonders include Haute Heelz for cracked and callused heels, Strappy Strips that keep your slingback straps from cutting into your heels and Killer Kushionz that are full comfort insoles that work on open toe shoes, sandals and flats!

But don't take my word for it, Foot Petals are in good company keeping celebrity feet cozy and cushioned during those long walks on the red carpet. Sophia Bush, Brooke Burke and Marcia Cross are all fans.

So give Foot Petals a try and if you still want to get rid of those heels afterwards, I'll take them off your hands...I mean feet..


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Dear Sammy,

What is up with Joaquin Phoenix? He used to be so cute. I'm confused. Is this a new fashion trend for men?

Betsy

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Dear Betsy,

I too have been baffled ever since Joaquin's freaky David Letterman appearance where I questioned if it was all just a brilliant and elaborate publicity stunt or if Joaquin is seriously Walking the Line of mental insanity.

I really hope it's just a phase. I have loved Joaquin ever since his name was Leaf and he snuck into camp with Leah Thompson and the older kids in Space Camp. My devotion only intensified when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his insane (in a good way) portrayal of the legendary Johnny Cash. Since then, the 34-year-old actor has announced that he's giving up acting, pursuing a career in the music industry as a hip-hop artist and has apparently made a vow to end his commitment to personal hygiene.

Just to clarify Betsy, NO - this is not a fashion trend your dude should follow...unless he is in a ZZ Top cover band.

I'm guessing his ex Liv Tyler isn't crying over the one that got away.

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Dear Sammy,

I have way too many shoes. I love them all dearly and don't know how to part with them. I have gotten rid of a sofa to make room for my shoes, and am planning to buy more this weekend even though I can't afford to. I need help.

What is the best strategy for purging your shoe collection?

Annie

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Dear Annie,

First let me start off by saying, I understand. Please know that you are not alone. There are ten million other solemates out there who suffer from the same disease. The first step is admitting you need help, but before you attempt to purge your old shoes, you need to combat your need to buy new shoes. Annie, your'e gonna have to face it, you're addicted to shoes.

Repeat after me the Shoe Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to deny the shoes I cannot buy;
courage to be happy with the shoes I own;
and wisdom to put my best foot forward.

Amen.

Annie, my advice to you is to make yourself a shoe budget. Factor in how much money your current salary allows you to spend on all the basics - rent, food, electricity, phone, car, and shoes...in that order. If you can buy one new pair a month, great, stay on budget. As for getting rid of the shoes you already have...if you bring in a new shoe, make room for it by getting rid of an old shoe. it's tit for tat, but with shoes...like shoes for shat. No, that doesn't sound right at all.

Here is my criteria for shoe disposal.

1. Throw out any shoes that are too painful to walk in, don't fit, or are falling apart way past the point of repair. If they hurt and you still love them to death, try out some cool shoe solutions that flower your feet with love from Foot Petals.

2. Throw out shoes if they smell like something died in them.

3. Donate shoes if they are still wearable, but you haven't worn them in over a year.

4. Go see Confessions of a Shopaholic. Learn from thy mistakes.

Good luck Annie on your quest for shoe sobriety.

I believe in you.

xoxo,
sammy


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Dear Sammy,

I'm confused, is it cool to have your bra straps showing or not?

Tori

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Dear Tori,

Hi there!

Color me happy, you are my very first fashion query! I wish I could send you a Spring Collection Gucci handbag as a personal thank you but sadly, the only thing I have to offer is my sound fashion advice...that and a roll of Sweet Tarts I just found at the bottom of my purse.

You've asked a great question Tori. Living in Miami, I see women traipsing around every day with their bra straps exposed and sometimes it's purposeful, sometimes it's accidental, and sometimes it's someone's Nana with a mumu that keeps slipping off her shoulders.

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I can't give you a definitive right or wrong answer because there are varying fashion stances on this particular subject. Uncougar-like chicks over forty will probably turn their noses down on exposed bra straps to any degree. I'm a young, Carrie Bradshaw loving girl who doesn't mind taking the occasional fashion risk. Sarah Jessica Parker boldly went where no non-Goth girl had ever gone before baring her bra straps on Sex and the City and creating a trend that was quickly embraced and imitated.

It's relatively impossible to find a good bra nowadays for under thirty bucks, and when you're dishing out the same amount of cash you'd normally spend on a cute top, why not show it off? If you're brave and don't mind snarky stares from old ladies, go for it and get strap happy. I only have a few simple conditions...

1. Make sure the bra is pretty. If it's old and seen better days, throw it away or keep it hidden. Why advertise an ugly bra that lets the world know you spend more of your paycheck on cocktails than a trip to Victoria's Secret?

2. If the bra fits, wear it. If it doesn't fit, donate it to your little sister or smaller boobed friends and co-workers.

3. Make it a colorful solid or print. No matter how cute it is, if it's a white bra strap peeking out from your wifebeater, it's gonna look like it's a mistake. Case in point, see Britney down below. Gwen Stefani's bold Jungle Red bra says "Hey, I meant to do that" while Brit's says "I shaved my head, what do you expect?"

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Thanks again for being my style guinea pig Tori and if you're ever bra strapped for fashion advice again, I'm just an email away.

xoxo,
sammy

ps - Still want those Sweet Tarts?


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If you're one of my more observant readers, you might have noticed that Caprilee is no longer with us up there in her spot between Get it for Less and Lotto Buys. It turns out one of Let's Talk Style's fashion victims became obsessed with torturing our lovely Caprilee on Facebook, superpoking her beyond recognition after Caprilee gave her a dose of constructive criticism, suggesting she retire her outdated Debbie Gibson porkpie hat.

Caprilee is now out of harm's way, thanks to the Witness Protection Program and Britney Spears' former bodyguards, but she no longer wants the job or the responsibility of keeping our readers looking their stylish best.

Never fear, Sammy is here! That's right, there's a new sheriff in town and it's gonna take a lot more than spam, idle threats and cyberstalkers throwing sheep at her to scare her away.

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This is my solemn vow.

I, Sammy, take you Reader, to be my lawfully wedded subject, to have and to dress from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in plaid or in polka dots, to style, honor and flatter; from this day forward until death do us part. Or I get fired...whichever comes first.

I promise to be here through thick and thin in order to make this world a more fashionable place, one query at a time.

So ask me some questions, I'll tell you no lies.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

*Sammy

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Dear Caprilee,

My big New Year's Resolution for 2009 is clothing related-

Fill my closet with outfits that will complement my pear shape.

Can you help me out so I can enjoy a stylish 2009?

I owe you one,
Missy

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Listen here Missy,

First off, Happy New Year. I am pleased that you came to me and will be proud to partake in your fashion transformation. Please send me before and after photos so I can add them to my portfolio in case I finally gather the courage to apply for a position with E's Fashion Police. Back to your resolution...

Finding stuff that complements your pear shape.

I'm going to take a cue from my friend Demetri Martin and insist that you refrain from wearing pear colored clothing. Also, whatever you do, don't act juicy.

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Seriously, when shopping for a pear sized shape, A-line skirts and dresses are a pear's best friend. This A-Line dress from Metrostyle for instance, is a flattering choice for almost any and every body shape. Empire waists also rock a pear shaped body by minimizing hips and showing off a tiny waist. For tops - blouses that touch the middle of the hipline are best. Avoid super tight and cropped tops, they're not doing much for you. I promise.

When it comes to jeans and pants to dress your lower half- here's the bottom line. No high waisted trousers, no tapered legs, no light washes. Boot cut jeans and flared legs are just what you need to balance out your proportions. Stretch jeans are also a godsend for pear shapes. They hug your curves, move with you and don't make you feel like you're stuck in a can of sardines. Stay away from the skinny jeans and flat shoes. Heels make pears look slimmer, so try to stick to shoes that have at the very least a two inch heel.

Hope these tips help you achieve fashion success in 2009 Missy.

One more thing - Embrace your pear shape. J.Lo, Beyonce and Charlotte from Sex and the City are all pear shapes, and proud of it.

Be fruitful and prosper!

*Caprilee


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dear caprilee...what's the current rule on heel height when you're dating a shorter man...?...can i go taller than him?....or is that in bad taste and just plain rude?

linda

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Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question. I personally have yet to date a man shorter than my 5 foot 2 inch stature, (except for Eric Farley who I totally towered over in Pre K) but I can see the potential quandary for those women who aren't as vertically challenged as yours truly.

Most celebrity actresses/models don't mind if they've got a foot or two on their male escorts because they love the spotlight and crave being the centers of attention. Case in point - Katie Holmes.

Tom Cruise might have achieved success getting his statuesque sweetheart to say goodbye to Jesus in the name of Scientology, but he hasn't gotten her to say goodbye to those sky high heels. Every time she makes the red carpet rounds she towers over Tom, even though the height difference is only 2 inches (she's 5'9, he's 5'7). It won't be long before Suri exchanges her baby booties for 4 inch high leather booties, and finds herself looking down on dear old Dad along with Katie.

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I usually opt for the highest heels available to avoid standing on my tip tip tippy toes whenever I want to kiss my tall, dark and handsome significant other. If the roles were reversed, would I ditch my strappy heeled sandals? I don't know. I'm stumped...literally.

Here's the long and short of it Linda - I'm usually known to shun rules. I don't believe in them. Wanna wear white after Labor Day? I don't care, just work it and own it with confidence and I'm a happy camper. If you love wearing high heels but are worried about Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy or Doc's ego getting bruised...ask your guy straight up if he minds being seen about town with a Glamazon. If he has a problem with it, there are plenty of stylish flats in the sea. BUT- Don't get rid of your collection of stilettos just yet. You might break up with shorty and your next beau might be of epic sized proportions.

Hope this helps.

*Caprilee

p.s. If you're a tall drink of water looking for some clothes to coordinate with those killer shoes, Long Elegant Legs has a rather statuesque selection.

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Dear Caprilee,

I like the look of Mary Janes, but aren't they just for little girls?

Mel

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Dear Mel,

Traditionally Mary Janes are considered low heeled, broad and rounded closed toed shoes featuring a single-buckle strap across the instep and/or around the ankle, and yes...they are mainly associated with little girls, ruffles and petticoats.

Black patent leather Mary Janes were all the rage when I was in Pre-School, a trend I never had the chance to fully enjoy since I was born pigeon toed and sentenced to a childhood wearing clunky orthopedic shoes that made me feel like I worked on a chain gang.

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I have a lot of years to make up for, so thank the Shoe Gods that there's a wide variety of designer Mary Jane pumps out there inspired by little girls, but made for big girl feet. Try on these No Barre Pumps or a pair of Eventa Patent Mary-Janes from the master of luxury footwear Christian Louboutin.

They're girlishly sexy with skyscraper height, totally unShirleyTemple-like, and so much lighter than those Iron Man clunkers of my childhood. Did I mention Manolo Blahnik makes a camouflage Mary Jane?

Just call me G.I. Mary Jane.

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Hi Caprilee,

I'm going to my boyfriend's house for Thanksgiving dinner next week and don't know what to wear. I want to make a good impression but I don't want to overdo it. Any suggestions?

Thanx,
Maggie

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Hi Mags!

Thanks for your question. I'm sure there are plenty of ladies out there in cyberland pondering over what they should wear for the big holiday dinner with the in-laws, new beau's fam, second cousins thrice removed, etc.

I say - First, do some investigative research. Ask your boyfriend how his family usually dresses during the holidays. If they eat turkey on paper plates in shorts and t-shirts around the flat screen, then it's obviously a pretty casual affair- but don't let that be an invitation to wear sweats and a sports bra. You're a special guest this year, so they might just up the ante and dress a little more traditionally in your honor. Odds are it won't be a black tie affair since there will be home cooking and gravy involved, so I would put casually elegant at the top of the menu.

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If you wear jeans make sure they're dark, boot cut and not too low slung (you don't want to give Grandpa an eyeful of coin slot if you bend over to pick up a napkin). Pair it with a nice blouse that's a step up from your everyday tee.

If you're more of a dress girl, leave the taffeta and lace at home and choose something that doesn't attract a Iot of attention. You don't want to outdo the audacious Aunt Mae. Keep the majority of your yams covered with a skirt that falls slightly above or at the knee and a bodice that leaves your bosom properly concealed, and don't forget your bra...you don't need your guy's fam to notice when your turkeys are done.

I myself will probably go the safe route with something along the lines of this sweeter-than-a-sweet-potato Sweater Dress from dELiA*s.

Dear Lord,

This year I'm thankful that I have so many blog followers and that my closet is plentiful.

Amen,
Caprilee


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Puff 'em if you got 'em.

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Are puffy vests still in? I'm looking for winter jackets and don't want to bother if they're out.

-Maddie

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Dear Maddie,

Look at you brushing up on the season's trends before you shell out some of your hard earned ducats on a new winter wardrobe. I say Bravo. We should all follow Maddie's lead and put in a little effort when it comes to purchasing seasonal clothing. Depending on where you live, you might only get to wear your new piece for a few months before the last snowball is thrown, so you'd better make it count.

It's better to invest in timeless pieces you'll look forward to wearing for a few more years, and you can always change it up from year to year with trendy accessories that are a sign of the times with price tags that are easier on your wallet. Back to your question...

Are puffy vests still in? Yes.

Puffy pirate shirts? Not so much.

Check out this Gap Puffer Vest in cool seasonal colors like squash, earth brown, off-white, true black and my favorite, the perfect shade of blue gray. Layer it over a cowlneck sweater and you've got the warmth without all the bulk of a full puffy jacket.

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By the by Maddie, if you're in love with a trend and no one else is at that particular moment in time my motto is - "To thine own fashion self be true". Go for it anyway, unless you're really in love with pasties and coulottes...then I'd do some rethinking.

xoxo,
sammy


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I am almost seven months pregnant and am increasingly clumsy and off balance, due to my ever expanding baby-belly. It has gotten to the point that I can no longer wear high heels. I need something flat and comfortable but cute. I don’t want to look like I am wearing grandma shoes. Help!

Signed,
Too-young-for-bingo

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Dear Too-young-for-bingo,

Mommy's got a bun in the oven!

1. Congratulations!

2. You've come to the right place.

I've already given my readers an alternative to the Mom jean...now let's work our way down.

I'm betting that besides the hormonal changes, back/leg aches and fatigue you're experiencing the pregnant woman's hell...swollen feet.

You're right on the money- you need flats. By month seven, you don't have the time or the balance to be tottering around in heels that are anything over 2 inches. They'll only add to your pain and make you want to smack your baby daddy for getting you in this position in the first place.

Look for flats that come in wider sizes (swelling may make your regular size and width totally unbearable), and Slip-ons are a must. What pregnant woman wants to bend over to tie her shoe laces? Another feature baby mamas need? Decent arch support. If you can't find a pair you're crazy about that feature good arch support, no sweat- add an easy-does-it insert that'll get the job done for you.

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Say goodbye to the 5 inch Steve Madden's you used to wear to the clubs, and give your feet a break by slipping on a pair of these Hush Puppies Break flats. Indulge in sleek, comfortable fashion with the these adorable low-cut skimmers that feature leather lining, a latex footbed, and trim EVA wedge midsoles that provide cushioning and breathability, while the two-color molded rubber sole adds grip and stability for those days when you're totally off balance.

Cute with jeans or your flirtiest maternity sundresses, and they're on sale, so Mommy gets her new pair of shoes while baby gets a new pack of Pampers.

Best wishes for an easy delivery!

xoxo,
Caprilee


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Mini me.

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Dear Caprilee,

It's starting to get cold, so I had to retire my favorite mini skirt with my bikinis, short shorts and tank tops. Any ideas for looking stylish during the climate change?

Thanks,
Kris

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Hi Kris,

There's no doubt about it. Fall's here, winter's a comin'.

Who says you have to ditch that cute denim mini?! Certainly not I.

Pull a Tim Gunn and make it work with a pair of cute Opaque tights and your gams will be properly concealed and safe from the elements. Take it from an expert Kris, these tights are tight.

If you're like me, you'll want to pick up a bunch, one in every color in case you get runs (I bet all of my male readers are giggling right now because I brought up getting the runs...not those runs boys). Go crazy with a different hue for every day of the week. Alloy will hook you up with burgundy, dark brown, rust, gold, gray, blue, purple and black and one size fits all, so they adapt to your shape effortlessly.

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...add a pair of sexy knee high boots and you have my total seal of approval. You'll get brownie points if you top it off with a raspberry beret.

xoxo,
Caprilee

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Make it work.

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dear caprilee,

i just arrived at work and realize i hate what i'm wearing!!*! i don't think i can last 8 hours of this. what can i do?

becca

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Hi ya Becca,

Hmmm, you didn't leave me many details, so I'm not sure what I'm dealing with here. Your outfit may not be that bad, or...you may be wearing a tutu. Who knows? You also didn't mention where you work. If you work on a construction site, a bright yellow hard hat works out just fine...if you're a perfume spritzer at Saks, not so much.

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Since I don't have any specifics, I can only offer you a few blind suggestions on how to get through the day:

1. Don't get up from your desk all day unless you have to. Cover your top with file folders.
2. Find a co-worker your size who's wearing a cuter outfit than yours and give her twenty bucks to swap clothes with you.
3. Tell your boss you have cramps and go home.
4. Go shopping for a new outfit at lunch.
5. Hang out in the bathroom with a few fashion mags. When asked where you've been, tell them you had Taco Bell for lunch.

And...to avoid being a fugly Becca in the future...

1. Reserve a section of your closet with easy, no fail pieces. Think classic trousers, pencil skirts, solid tanks and form fitting button downs that you can mix and match and not mess up.
2. Lay out your work outfit the night before (make sure you're not intoxicated when you do it).
3. Keep a crisp fitting blazer in your car or at work. If all else fails, at least you can cover up your top half.
4. Ask your most stylish girlfriend to help you shop for a whole new work wardrobe.
5. Quit your job and work from home.

Work it.

Out of Office Reply.

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Dear Caprilee,

I just arrived at work and realized I have cat hair all over the front of my navy cashmere sweater! I don't have a lint roller with me, what do I do?

Patricia

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Dear Patricia,

Didn't you get the memo?

Tape.

Scotch tape. Your office is bound to have a roll stashed away somewhere. Rip off a strip, apply to the hairier parts of your sweater and rip off. Apply. Rip. Repeat...until hairless. It's much like waxing, but far less painful.

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This is a handy trick I picked up on my own one day when I spent a little too much time cuddling my pup before work, and it's proven just as valuable as using a matchbook to file my nails in a pinch. Besides, what do you think women did back in the 50's before they even invented lint rollers?

Just try to be a little inconspicuous. I wouldn't recommend faux waxing your chest in the middle of a board meeting.

That would be tape tacky.

Dear Caprilee,

I loved your blog on vintage sunglasses, but whenever i splurge on a new pair, I always end up scratching them in my purse. What's a stylish way to keep my sunglasses in top condition?

XOXO,
Scratchy

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Dear Scratchy Sue,

Guess what? I too have found myself a victim of bad scratching, and I don't mean sucky deejays or blind dates with itches down under.

I'm on the case, with a hip selection of sunglass cases that are cushy and cottony and will protect your priceless specs from any more nasty scratchy scratchies. Find the style that suits you from animal themes to seventies floral and say goodbye to blemished lenses. Better news? They're all $5.80 at ForLove21.

Don't scratch 'em if you've got 'em.

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Men in Pink

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Hey Caprilee,

If I wear a shirt that's pink, am I going to look gay?

-Jacob

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Dear Jacob,

Ahh...the age old male fashion dilemma- To pink, or not to pink...that is the question. Some men are into low rise jeans that show off their boxers...some men feel naked without a tie around their neck...some men prefer pastel colored shirts. There's no need to be perplexed by pink because contrary to popular belief, I say 1. Real men do eat quiche, and 2. Real men do wear pink. So go nuts (with almonds)!

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Whether you're debating over a tailored Dress shirt, a Classic Pique Lacoste polo, or some classic Pink kicks, I'll give you the same advice I give the ladies. If pink compliments your coloring, wear it. If it washes you out and makes you look like you have mono, skip it. But don't shy away from pink because you feel it might make you less manly. If anything, a dude wearing pink exudes confidence.

And by the by, if wearing a pink shirt like the one shown above did in fact make you look gay, what's wrong with that? All of the gay men I know dress better than straight men anyway.

*Just avoid shopping Victoria's Secret Pink Collection. That would be beyond gay.

Hair's to you...

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Dear Capri Lee,

I would like to change my look and don't know where to start. I would like to be a little more glamorous, but I don't like to wear dresses and have just started learning how to walk in heels. How can I update my style fast without buying an entire new wardrobe?

-Meghan

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Dear Meghan,

I know the feeling. You wake up one day, look in the mirror and decide, "I want a whole new me". To some girls, that means getting a lower back tattoo. To others it means injecting ungodly amounts of botox into their faces. And yet to others it means buying tons of trendy outfits that are so not them and end up being donated to Goodwill by the end of the season.

My cure for the I wanna be me-but-better-blues? I get a haircut. Hair is one of the best accessories we girls have, and the right locks can be just as effective as a Chanel handbag.

I had my hair cut this weekend (actually, i had them all cut) and immediately felt more polished and ready to take on the world. Be bold and let your stylist perform some shear genius that will take you from cute to va-va-va-voomlicious. If you have long hair, try a shorter shoulder length do or a bob to update your look...if you have short hair, see how the other half lives and go glamorous with some long, luxurious extensions. Long hair can make an even bigger feminine statement than the girliest of sundresses. Just look at the instant transformation on Lauren Conrad of The Hills.

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*Warning: Extensions can be way expensive when you have them done in a salon. The upkeep is murder, plus they can hurt like a mother. A great alternative? Sweet, Rapunzel like do it yourself hair extensions you can clip in yourself. No pain, on your scalp or your wallet. Plus, if you get sick of them, just unclip and go.

You can't do that when your stylist accidentally gives you a mullet.


Turn the other cheeky.

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Caprilee,

I'm not a thong girl, but don't want to be known as a *VPL girl either. Can you recommend any panties that make good thong alternatives?

Gracias!

Cheeky
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Hola Cheeky!

I don't wear thongs very often either, especially after that freak thong incident with that LA cop last month. My recommendation? Get yourself some hanky panky.

Hold on there Cheeky Monkey, I am by no means suggesting a shag with your fella, this isn't that kind of blog, I am suggesting the brand Hanky Panky- lacy underthings that are in my opinion, the holy grail of panties. No lie, these hanky pankies are in a word - swanky.

How do I love thee Hanky Panky? Let me count the ways...

1. I love that you're a one size fits all panty which means you meld to my shape - no saggy bottom Capri here.
2. I love that you come in an adorable variety of assorted colors and prints - over 30 if you please.
3. I love that I have no wedgies on Hanky Panky's watch.
4. I love that you come in low rise styles so I don't flash everyone when I do the limbo.
5. I love that you come in both thong and no thong varieties.
6. I love that you don't come apart in the washing machine.
7. I love your boy shorts almost as much as I love boys in general.
8. I love that you make me wanna have some hanky panky.

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But don't take my word for it. Hanky Panky's are good enough to cover up Cameron Diaz's, Cindy Crawford's, Jessica Simpson's and Kate Hudson's cheeks, so they should be good enough to cover yours.

De Nada.

*Footnote for my boy readers- VPL - An acronymn for Visible Panty Line: the unfortunate event where the panties of a woman are visible through the material of her lower-body clothing. This is a definite fashion faux pas and damages the overall aesthetic beauty of an otherwise lovely posterior.

Life's a beach.

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Dear Caprilee,

HELP!!

I have an all day and night beach date this weekend! We're spending the day on the beach and then having drinks and dinner on the Boardwalk. What can i wear with my bikini to get me from point A to point B?! I'M DESPERATE!

Nell

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Whoa Nelly,

First- you must chill. Let me make this more than easy for you with a look that will surely take you from sand to surf and turf with no effort whatsoever. Plus, these three magic items will take up less space in your beach bag than your Time Flies When You're Having Rum beach towel.

Light breathable sundress + small classy clutch + faux snakeskin sandals = hot beach chick.

Now have a good time and relax. If you act this desperate on your date, he just won't be that into you.

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Bathing Suit up

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Dear Caprilee,

It's bathing suit season and I'm having a dilemma. I try on cute bikini sets, but either the top fits and the bottoms don't or vice versa. What am I supposed to do?

Thanks,

Sagging bikini bottom girl.

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Dear Saggy,

Never fear, Caprilee is here.

Hit American Apparel for bikini separates!

They come wrapped up individually in these cute little plastic baggies in different sizes and colors, so you can mix and match and find the perfect fit for your tatas as well as your cheeky cheeks. They also have pretty funky pieces that are very Saturday Night Fever circa 1977.

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If you're sticking with separates, Carabella is also rocking some perfect mix and match swimwear.

As for me, I'll be in the hot child in the monokini sipping mojitos on the beach.

Caprilee


***Any fashion questions? Fire away! Just leave them in a comment and Caprilee promises to get to them...
(although she may be fashionably late).

Bursting your bubble.

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Hey Capri,

What's the deal with bubble skirts? I've got some boot-ay, can I still pull one off?

U rock,
Trendy Wendy


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Here's the deal Trendy,

In theory, Bubble skirts are cute. In actuality, they look kinda weird if you're over the age of seven *unless* you still have the svelte figure of a seven year old. I have yet to meet a hippy girl (hippy, not hippie) who feels comfortable in a skirt that adds bulk to their problem areas...but unbootylicious girls usually look great in bubblicious skirts.

With that said, if you want to highlight your so called ba-donka-donk, who am I to stand in your way?

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As for me, the only bubbles I'll be partaking in are from my pack of grape berry Hubba Bubba bubble gum...and I might add Bubble Boy to my Netflix...since Jake is in it.

Thanks for the kudos. I like to rock. I also like to rock, paper, scissors...

...and if you wanna stay Trendy, Wendy...get a Fendi.


*Caprilee

Cheap kicks

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Dear Caprilee,

Is it tackie to buy shoes at Payless Shoe Source? I don't have lots of $$$, but want some new summer shoes.

-Jackie

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No Jackie,

It's not tacky shopping at Payless. What's tacky is spelling tacky with an ie.

Not to sound like I'm on the Payless payroll, but seriously- why pay more? It's perfectly acceptable to buy shoes from Payless. I'm giddy for these Liddy Canvas Wedges by American Eagle. They come in a lovely summer shade of canary yellow for only $19.99, and if you can't afford that, what can I tell you. You might have to hit Goodwill and invest in some previously owned shoes that someone's Great Aunt Ida wore in the swingin' 60's. That, or something in the form of an Old Navy flip flop.

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Happy shoe shopping Jackie...and while school is out, crack open a spelling book or two. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

*Caprilee

Little woman walking.

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Dear Caprilee,

I like wearing capris, but I've heard you shouldn't wear them if you're short. What is your stance on capris for smaller women?

Signed,
5'1 and done growing

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Dear 5'1 and done growing,

First, thanks for being my very first fashion advice guinea pig. I printed out your question with pride and have put it up on my corkboard next to the first dollar I ever earned scooping ice cream at Häagen Dazs. I digress...capris. I love capris, in fact my Mom did too. It ain't no coincidence my name is Capri-lee after all.

Don't listen to the masses, go ahead and wear 'em. Like my man Nelly says "It's getting hot in herre", so instead of taking off all your clothes, take off all the long pants. Short pants are essential for summer, no matter how much of a shorty you are. Carrie Bradshaw was tiny, and wearing capris never stopped her from having all that sex in the city (which opens tonight by the way- I know, shameless plug). My advice, stick to capris that hit right at the knee...and wedges will always make you look taller.

Hope this helps....and in the meantime, some Flintstone vitamins might help you out an inch or two...they have ten million strong and growing.

At your service,

Caprilee

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CapriWho?

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Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

Caprilee can!

A lot of my loyal blog readers have asked me time and time again: "Sammy, who is this Caprilee, and what should I ask her?"

My answer- Caprilee is everything you want her to be. She's your best friend. You're loyal neighbor. She's Mrs. Roper from Three's Company. Your Mom when she's not asking if you're wearing clean underwear. You're favorite celebrity. The celebrity you love to make fun of. All three Charlie's Angels. Then and now. In short, there is a little bit of Caprilee in all of us my dear subscribers. Ask what you will, she will answer.

Want to know if spanx are still in? Ask Caprilee.

Want to know what to wear on your first date with that hottie Director of Packaging? Ask Caprilee.

Want to know if shoulder pads are back or whack? Ask Caprilee.

So do a twirly whirly, throw your hat in the air, and fire away. Caprilee is making the world a better place...one fashion question at a time.

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*We're gonna make it after all.

Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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