From time to time people ask me style questions. Of course I like to give my two cents’ worth. If you have style questions, add a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post questions, along with my answers, here.
Q: I’m going to Disneyland with my hubby and I don’t know what to wear. I don’t want to dress “blah,” but I don’t want to look like a goofball. Any tips?
A: There can be only one Goofy at Disney, and it shouldn’t be you! Right away I thought a fitted, vintage-looking Mickey Mouse T-shirt in classic gray would be fun and not costume-y. You could pair it with cute shorts and flat, strappy sandals. It’s a casual look and you’d be comfortable. Another option would be a cute, cool sundress with Keds. Non-running running shoes can dress down an outfit and be practical too. If you plan on jumping in and out of roller coasters all day, a pair of bike shorts under the dress will keep you from flashing people in line!
Q: I’m flying to the east coast for a job interview and I have no idea what to wear. I’m interviewing for a government consulting company. The company sounds conservative, but I work in a creative field. Seattle style is so relaxed. What’s a good bet? ~ K.S., Seattle, WA
A: Great question! You want to let your creativity shine through, but you don’t want to seem unprofessional. Here’s my idea of a fail-proof interview outfit: Choose a neutral blazer (navy, gray, black, etc.) and coordinating trousers or a pencil skirt. You don’t have to wear a matching suit. A black blazer and gray tweed trousers, for example, still looks pulled together. To show your creativity, wear a blouse in a bright fuchsia or blue and consider a fun lapel pin. I’d pull the look together with closed-toe, mid-height heels. If you go with pants, heels or oxfords will work. Good luck with the interview!
Q: I really like white jeans. I want to buy a pair but I don’t know how to style them. Can I dress them up? ~ C.C., Toronto, Canada
A: White jeans are fun. They go with almost anything and really make colors pop. Unlike blue jeans, they’re usually work appropriate, especially if you buy a boot cut or trouser style. To dress up your jeans, buy them long and wide and wear them with heels. I’m not a fan of black shoes with white jeans; the contrast is too harsh. In spring and summer, try a strappy sandal in nude, or wear a color like yellow or red. In fall, try caramel or brown boots. White jeans are a blank canvas, waiting for accessories or a shimmery or ruffled top. Try white jeans with a bright top in pink or turquoise or yellow. You can wear white jeans in winter; just mix them with neutrals like chocolate-brown or khaki and make sure the texture of your top is wintery. Throw on a corduroy blazer or blue denim jacket. Have fun and experiment.
Q: I’m going to a wedding and I’ll be wearing a royal blue vintage cocktail-length dress. I don’t know what shoes to wear. Nudes are so popular right now but I have a darker skin tone. I don’t think nude shoes will work. ~ K.S., Seattle, WA
A: A vintage dress sounds great! You’ll be assured that no one else will be wearing your outfit. You can wear nude, but remember to match your skin tone. A lot of the “nudes” on the shelves are buff, sand, cream. They won’t work for a lot of skin tones. The key it to get what works for you. Look for butterscotch, toffee or chocolate hues. The ultimate neutral shoe will blend into your leg for a lengthening effect.
Q: I’ll be traveling to France in a week and want to pack light. The weather will be in the 60s and 70s during the day and in the 40s in the evening. I want to take one jacket that I can wear with pants and with skirts and dresses. What type of jacket should I bring? ~ K.B., Seattle, WA
A: Lucky you! To stay comfortable and fashionable, consider these options: A denim jacket works well with pants and it’s a great way to “dress down” a dress. If denim’s not your thing, a hip-length safari jacket will look trés chic. One of my favorite tricks is to pack a casual blazer. You can wear it belted or with a scarf and totally change up the look. Blazers look great with jeans and just as good with dresses. If you have a little extra room in your suitcase, a trendy cardigan will prove useful and versatile too.