comfortable sexy shoes

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Q: Comfy shoes are important to me. Are there cushy ones that don't look too orthopedic?

A: Thankfully for you and your feet, there are plenty of comfy, on-trend footwear options out there. I particularly love these four—they're summery and fresh, and you'll be the last one on the dance floor.

9 Comfortable Shoes That Still Look Sexy
how to wear statement jewelry

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Q: How can I wear statement jewelry without looking like Mr. T?

A: It's all about balance and placement.

How to Wear Statement Jewelry
basic outfit pieces

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Q: I'd like to focus my style and make it easier to get dressed every day. What are some good basics?

A: The foundation of every good wardrobe boils down to these five key pieces. They are seasonless, look good on every body and can be mixed and matched with trendier items to update your outfit.

5 Things Every Pulled-Together Woman Wears

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Q: I love capris. What shoes should I wear with them?

A: Think delicate, not clunky. Kitten heels, ballet flats (so Audrey!) and skinny mules all are fantastic options.

On model: Top, Le Mont St Michel, $115;, Capris, Lisette L Montreal, $112;, Sling-backs, $325; Flat, $328;, Mule, Charles by Charles David, $119;

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Q: Am I Too Old for A Leather Jacket?

A: You can never be too old for the right leather jacket. It's timeless, flattering and appropriate for many occasions. But you have to search a little to find a keeper. I've done the legwork and picked out a great jacket for every age—plus some fantastic pieces to go with each.

How to Rock a Leather Jacket at Any Age

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Q: I love white shoes and bags, but it's hard to keep them clean. Should I give them up?

A: No need to skip whites—just treat pieces with an oil-free conditioner and stain repellent before you wear them, advises Samantha Ingenito of Superior Leather NYC. If Stains do happen, invest in a professional refinishing treatment.

Bag, SR Squared by Sondra Roberts, $150;, Pump, $295;

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Q: How should I accessorize pastel outfits?

A: To keep your look from getting too Church Lady, pair light clothes with luggage-colored shoes and bags that are more bold than dainty. This rich brown top-handle bag and stacked-heel sandal balance floaty pastels beautifully.

Bag, Michael Michael Kors, $209;, Stacked-heel sandal, Aerin, $298;

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Q: My back hurts from carrying a heavy bag. Is there a better way to hold everything?

A: Try this lightweight, convertible number that you can wear as a shoulder bag or a backpack, which distributes weight more evenly.

Bag, Tommy Hilfiger, $198;, Top, $280;, Jeans, Frame Denim, $199;

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Q: What Should I Wear to Stand Out at Summer Gatherings (and I'm Tired of the Little Black Dress)?

A: Sizzling weather shouldn't get in the way of style. Give your shorts and flimsy sundresses a rest, and step it up a little. Here are some of my favorite looks.

6 Dresses (and One Skirt) to Wear This Summer