Tina Tang answers your fashion questions.
I hate it when people match their shoes with their bags. It looks too matchy matchy for me. Is there an alternative way to look put together without looking like I stepped out of a fashion textbook from the early 90s?
Sometimes a matching shoe and bag looks incredibly sharp, but coordinating doesn’t mean matching Garanimals. Here is a case where matching shoe and bag looks great together: A pair of red patent Charles Nolan flats, paired with the red Catherine Repetti clutch gives the Twelfth Street black and white polka dot dress just the right finish.
Besides a specific look like that, you certainly do not need to match your shoes and your bag. In fact, I always go for a colorful handbag that at first glance, seems like it would not match a thing. My fave handbag is an orange Bottega Veneta Aquiline handbag. And, it actually goes with everything! Look at the green Kale handbag I have featured in this column. This olive beauty will go with anything from denim blue to maroon.
I’ve been seeing a lot of cute fashion trends such as big clutches and color leggings. I like the look but I don’t know if it’s age appropriate for me. I’m in my 30s and still want to look stylish. What trends can I take seriously for my age group?
Big clutches and colored leggings are for us in our fabulous thirties! Leggings worn with any short little skirt will make it less “indecent” and more hip. And, it will keep you warm through the winter! And, clutches are the perfect purse for drinks with the girls afterwork, or even on that blind e-date.
Love the trend, Alexis – it will look great on you!
I’m petite and it’s so hard to find jeans and clothes that fit me well. Are their brands or tips you can give me on finding clothes that fits my 5’0 and 90lb frame?
You need to come shopping here in New York City, where size 0 and size 00 are the common size. When my friends come and visit, they often comment how the dresses they find in the little boutiques in Nolita, could barely fit around their thigh. Based on demographics, New York City and LA is where you could find such tiny sizes. You might want to also try websites such as www.Shopbop.com and www.Activeendeavors.com. I will let you you in on a little secret: if you type in Toutie (as your coupon code) you will get 20% off at Activeendeavors.com. I found that through a secret source who loves a discount.
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