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What to wear to mountain weddings

June 10th, 2011

Hi Judie,I have both your books and use them often. 

I am invited to a mountain wedding next month where the reception will be held in a nice (but old)  barn.  Can you give a couple of suggestions on what I could were to this event? 

Thanks for your help. 

Sheila 

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  1. Judie Says:

    I would go with one of those fancy long skirts and a dressy top with comfortable dressy shoes as you could be walking on uneven ground. You can also try a simple tea length dress with a fabulouse shawl or scarf. It can get chilly at night. This is also a great opportunity to do something fun and different with your hair — an interesting updo or wearing your hair curly if you typically wear it straight.

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Where to find lower-heel thigh high boots

December 10th, 2010

My friend forwarded me a link to your blog…to show me the thigh high boots you were displaying. Where can I find a good pair of thigh highs that don’t have a really high heel? I want a pair (black or brown) with a 3 inch heel, more or less (not 4inch plus like they always come–I don’t want to look like a stripper, but I do want to wear sexy thigh highs! :)  I wear a size 10, and am 5′11 tall.

Jennifer

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  1. Judie Says:

    Jennifer, I too had the same problem. I love the look of a thigh high boot over a pair of skinny jeans. But a boot with high heels, frankly, made me look a bit slutty. At the end of last season I bought a pair of Michael Kors thigh high boots on sale on line at Zappos.com. See them at http://www.zappos.com/michael-michael-kors-bromley-flat-boot. They have a flat heel which gives a more casual look, which I wanted.

    My solution for you: First: Online shopping. My two favorite websites: Endless.com; Zappos.com. I checked today and there are literally hundreds of boots on both sites that meet your criteria.

    I don’t know where you live, but I have good luck shoe shopping at DSW, Macy’s, Dillards and Nordstrom.

    Let me know what you buy. Thanks for asking Style Matters.

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Question about animal prints

September 21st, 2010

Linda: 

I love the animal prints.  Is it appropriate to wear a slim belt of animal print and a pair of shoes in the same animal print?  I’ve wondered if it is better to wear 1 single item of animal prints.

 Linda, I can’t believe you asked this question.  I just bought a slim animal print belt and matching animal print booties at Talbots.  This chain has committed to some major styling updates, and  I loved these two accessories together.  I am going to wear the heck out of them.  I have some little black dresses that would be perfect with a slim belt and booties.  Go for it girl.  Wear them together for the hot look of the season.

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Question about business casual dress when wearing a leg brace

March 22nd, 2010

After a stupid injury slipping on some ice, I am in a knee brace for the> next six weeks. Aside from the pain, xrays, physical therapy and other  pressing concerns, I am most freaked out about what the heck I am supposed to wear to work the next 6 weeks. My office/work is a total mixed bag. I go in full suits, totally corporate attire on some days (with business meetings, etc.) and on other days it is business casual, and some days I wear jeans. I actually feel okay with the two outer extremes - I think I can pull together a pencil skirt and be passable…jeans is a no brainer. The business casual is what I am worried about, and that is most of the days. I don’t want to go buy a bunch of clothes that I wouldn’t wear otherwise. And I have found that the brace over trousers does NOT LOOK CUTE. Should note that I am tall and size 14. Of course being mid-season makes it all the more difficult. Not quite in bare leg weather, tights can look too heavy. Basically I am stuck. Any advice? Thanks. - Lori Fox

One Response to “Question about business casual dress when wearing a leg brace”

  1. Judie Says:

    Dear Lori,

    First, I am so sorry about your injury. I hate those stupid accidents. I have had two — a broken wrist and a smashed elbow. I feel your pain.

    You sound to me like a person who understands the importance of professional image in the workplace. Here’s what I would suggest, given that your colleagues know about your injury and will cut you some slack (pun intended). If you don’t already own, purchase a pair of black flared leg slacks in a non-wrinkle fabric that drapes nicely over your leg brace. The Zelda line always includes a slack of this description. Go to Saks for the best selection. Over the slacks wear several of the new colorful sweater sets or blazer length sweaters over a blouse. Color is the big trend this year so get a jump on it during this transition season. Another option is to wear a white blouse, also a hot new trend, and belt it over the slacks.

    Hope this helps. BTW, Style Matters is giving a seminar this Weds., 6 p.m., at the Denver Athletic Club on fashion trends and fads. Would love to meet you. www.denverathleticclub.org to register.

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Fall’s New Silhoutte

September 2nd, 2009

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Hi Judie and Evelinda:
You always give great advice. With the new long and lean look for  fall, is that appropriate for petites?

Thank you
Linda

 Dear Linda,

By “long and lean” we assume you mean the skinny jeans, leggings or the legging/denim hybrid.  If you are a lean petitie, you can do this.  As an example, take black leggings tucked into high-heeled black boots or shoe booties worn with the new long blazer (push your sleeves up or roll them back) and you will look long and lean.   Of course you can do a shruken blazer with a long top, sweaters, etc.  You will need heels and a monochomatic look to achiever the “long” part of the silhoutte.  This means that the pants, shoes, blazer need to be in the same tone of color, your contrast can be jewelry or blouses.  Enjoy the season!

Evelinda and Judie

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Wedding Cocktail Reception

August 19th, 2009

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Hi,
My husband and I are invited to a cocktail wedding reception at 4 p.m. on a Saturday in September.  The groom works for my husband.  I don’t know what is appropriate for me to wear.  The 4 p.m. and the “cocktail” part throws me.  Please help!
Thank you.

Stylish Reader,

It sounds like you are invited to the reception and not the wedding and because the invitation says “cocktail” you will see some very dolled-up, glittery dresses, we suggest that you be more understated.  Don’t be too summery, it is September.  How about a dress in a dressier fabric, not casual cotton.  It can be long or short, print or solid, fashion-forward of classic.   Don’t forget that your boss is the boss and a suit is appropriate for him.  Also, if you can find dressy separates, this will work too.  Enjoy the event. 

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Stronger Natural Nails

January 14th, 2009

In your “style matters” column of November 13, 2008 you gave several
recommendations for products to use to strength nails. Where does one find
these products? Are they only available from online companies or can they be
purchased locally?

Thanks for your help,

Betsy L.

Dear Betsey,

The column ran Nov. 12.  Our columns can be found on the Rocky Mountain News website.   All of the products that were recommended by the experts can be found locally.

 Growing Out Your Nails part 2Evelinda: Last week we uncovered a trend in nail care– women opting to remove nail enhancements such as gels, acrylics and silk wraps and going with their natural nails. This week we spoke with nail experts to find out their secrets for growing out healthy, strong nails.

Professional Tips

1. Leigh Ann, owner of Leigh Ann’s Color Studio and Day Spa (303-794-5060), cooks up a home-grown baked tomato and olive oil concoction that she swears rebuilds the protein in hair and nails and makes skin healthier. Make your own elixir at home, drink every other day and take a multivitamin. Leigh Ann’s manicurist Jana Deatherage recommends also using OPI Nail Envy, a topical nail strengthener, ($16.)

2. Zenails owner Dina Bautista (303-202-6500) suggests to clients that they take multivitamins and amino acids, like garlic, to strengthen and improve nails. Garlic is key to her rapid nail growth plan. Ready? Before going to bed, dig your nails into peeled garlic cloves and cover with gloves. Not only will you have great nails, but any vampires in the neighborhood will avoid you. Bautista also recommends the basecoat Qtica natural nail growth stimulator, ($20). Active ingredient … garlic.

3. Coldwater Creek Spa (303-975-8736) director Karla Okala, says that the going-natural trend has picked up in recent months possibly due to the faltering economy and because artificial nails don’t hold up as well in Colorado’s dry climate. Lead nail therapist at the spa, Mary Cook, described the series of manicures they offer to help strengthen and protect the new nails as they grow in. The “Grow Your Own” series of treatments starts off with the “Ultimate Manicure” – hands are dipped in hot paraffin wax to hydrate the skin and nail bed. Then shea butter is massaged in for further hydration. Clients follow up with four more manicures every two weeks. Cook recommends using Creative Nail Design’s Toughen Up Base coat ($7) and ridge filler ($7) to strengthen and smooth the damaged nails.

4. Stephanie Alley, nail technician at Pura Vida Nectar Spa (303-536-5653), recommends using a nail strengthener three times a week. She likes Nailtek products, (nailtek.com) and the SpaRituals line of organic,protein extracts and non chemical nail strengtheners. ($7-$10)

Judie: Going green has hit the nail salon industry. Nail technicians at Leigh Ann’s Color Studio and Day Spa  no longer do acrylics because of what they consider to be the harmful toxins in the products as well as the damage these products can cause to the environment when they are disposed. We’ve heard that some of these chemicals will damage pipes if disposed of in a sink.

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Eye Brows

December 11th, 2008

Hi Evelinda and Judie,

Can you recommend a good place to get eyebrows shaped? Thanks,

Marta

Dear Marta,

Eyebrows frame your eyes and once you have a great shape, you can maintain yourself or continue to go to your expert.  Almost every good salon has an experienced person and even the Nordstrom eyebrow shapers are fabulous.  Right now we are into “threading”.  The threader uses plain old white thread and pulls out the hair one at a time in a really fast manner. The pain scale equals that of waxing.  Threading is great for everyone, but especially for women who are allergic to the wax or using facial creams that do not allow for waxing.  We are using Pari, Studio 5080, 303-504-9444, Hampden and I-25; there are other threaders in town. 

Evelinda and Judie

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  1. Evelinda Says:

    I read your column on Thursday, as I always do, on body shapers. There is one that you didn’t mention which I learned about on an infomercial just last week called Kymaro Body Shaper. It seems much different than a Spanx as it hides, or says it hides, more bulges like bra lines. Thought you may be interested in it.

    Thanks,

    Lauren

    Dear Lauren,

    Thanks for emailing us this tip. We will check this out. Stylish readers, if you have tips to share, please let us know. Post on this website, or email us.

    Evelinda and Judie

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Holiday Office Party

November 19th, 2008

Dear Judie and Evelinda,

Always enjoy your column.  My sister-in-law is dating again after my brother died 2 years ago, and her new beau has invited her to his Christmas Party to be held at the Museum of Natural History.  The attire is “Black and White”.  What should she wear?  That’s all the info she has, I do not believe this is a Black and White Ball, so would it be a long dress, holiday style not formal?  Thx Jean

Dear Jean,

Our first rule is always to call the host/hostess and ask them what they are wearing, but this doesn’t seem to be an option here.   Usually if the event is formal, the invitation would specify black-tie, because it’s not noted, we would omit long dresses from her options and go for cocktail attire. It will be easy to find white/black clothing this time of year.  She can shop at a store such as White House/Black Market or any good store within her budget.  If her budget is tight, then pull out an existing LBD or cocktail suit and update with a new shawl, black/white shoes or purse.  Evening pants are also acceptable.  Remember that this is a work event, so don’t be too much of a sex kitten. 

Tell her we hope she has a  fabulous time. 

Evelinda and Judie  

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Personal Stylist

October 19th, 2008

Dear Style Matters: 

Is there anyone who does great clothing color sets for women and who tells you what styles to buy vs.what to avoid?

C.S.

Dear C.S.,

If you are thinking of the color analyis (are you a winter, spring, fall, summer, etc.) that was the range a few ago, it went away with the adage that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. With today’s hair coloring, tanners, etc. women have more options.  Having said that, there are certain colors that do flatter certain people.  Do you have clothes that make you feel more attractive?  Study these pieces and styles, they are probably ideal for you.  There are a few color experts and one with a great reputation is the Never Pay Retail boutique.  Also, many department stores and boutiques offer complimentary stylists that will help you decide what colors and styles flatter you.  There are personal shoppers at Nordstrom, SAKS, Neiman’s, Macy’s in Cherry Creek Mall and many boutiues including Barbara & Co., Mariel, Delish Demure, etc.  You can find a list of all of these boutiques in our book.  A Fashion-Lover’s Guide to the Best Shopping in Denver and Beyond.  We are sure there is a boutique near you that is ready to help you. 

Have fun shopping!

 Evelinda and Judie

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