emmafolds asked: Hi Jaclyn! I've got a friend's 30th birthday party coming up next month, and I want something with sparkle! I tend to wear fit and flare/50s silhouettes, but add sequins to those and it looks full-on prom! Could you help me find something, knee length or longer, that will flatter my pear shape and also be slightly OTT glam?

Yes! The first one I found is this French Connection dress, marked down to just $70 (from $328!!!). Lots of sizes are still available. It still nips in at the waist and has some volume through the skirt without being a true fit-and-flare. SO pretty. 

Another option is this super-hot black sequined Vince Camuto on sale from Amazon for $40! I like the longer sleeves and it will still give you a defined waistline. I’m not sure what size you are and I know a sheath dress probably isn’t a style you’re interested in, but I had to include this David Meister sequined dress because it’s marked down to $142 (from $408) in sizes 4 and 6. This Mango dress might be a little shorter than you want, but because it has such a defined waist, you may like it! It’s on sale for $70 (from $120). 

I’m not sure how you feel about the silhouette of this TFNC dress from ASOS ($87), but the faux top + skirt is fun and I love the bright silver sequins. 

This Max & Cleo fit-and-flare style doesn’t read prom to me because it’s all black and only sequined on the bodice. It’s just $43! A similar—but longer—option is this chic Hayden dress ($119). 

If you want to go really over the top, this Jovonna maxi dress from ASOS ($73, sizes 4 and 6 available) is amazing. You could also do this sequin and jersey long dress from Jessica Simpson on 6PM for $98 (from $168). You could do FULL SEQUIN GLAM with this Badgley Mischka from RTR ($80). (Or do the shorter version for $40). 

RTR also has this (pretty amazing) Kate Spade fit and flare for $40. I feel like you would feel comfortable in it, and depending on how you style it, it wouldn’t look prom-ish at all. If you want something less voluminous, this pewter Milly dress ($30) has a great nipped-in waist. 

sliu asked: Hey Jaclyn, I bought the Maeve lattice dress in red from Anthropologie and as much as i love it, I have no idea what color shoes/bag to get with it. It's for a wedding so I'm shooting for flats (or flat sandals) and a small clutch, but what color? gold? silver? white? Do I match the flats to the bag? Am I asking too many questions?! Thanks for your help!

This is exactly why I hardly ever wear red dresses—even though I own a few that I very much like. The shoe/bag conundrum is always a fun sucker.

ANYWAY, I have two ideas:

  • Nude shoes + neutral clutch, maybe a light leather (like this) or one with metallic/hints of metallic (like this or this) OR a b&w clutch (like this or this or this). I think nude D’Orsay flats would look really great. Examples here, here, here
  • White shoes + beaded/textured clutch. Matchy-matchy is usually bad news, but you can toe the line a little bit by bringing in the dress color on the beads or stitching, like on this one from Anthro.You could also do something real wild, like this one from Aldo. Here’s another fun option that you could wear practically any shoe with. A textured bag like this would work well with white shoes. For shoes, something like these Report sandals ($60) would be great. An ankle strap helps sandals look a little more dressy (these are $70). If you have some wedges like this ($90)? PERFECT. (I know you said flats or sandals, but wedges are close.) You could also do a very, very small baby wedge like these ($70). 

Hey, you could always do leopard shoes like these! :/

I’m sorry, I think I’m probably just confusing you more now. 

beenanz asked: Hi Jaclyn, you always have the best advice! I'm not sure if you've answered this question previously but do you have any recommendations for maxi dresses for those of us on the shorter side? I am 5'2 and going on vacation in Thailand in a few months. Have always loved the maxi look but scared that I don't have the height to pull it off. Do I just buy the standard ones and get them shortened or is it just plain wrong for us vertically-challenged people to wear these? Help! Many thanks, Bee

The first thing I’d tell you to do is calculate your height in inches (you’re about 62” tall) and then subtract about 12 inches from that (the typical shoulder to top of head measurement—for you, that gives us 50”). If you have a tape measure laying around, get a more precise measurement by measuring from your shoulder to the top of your foot/ankle. Now you’ve got a good idea of the length you need (50”) and since many retailers list their maxi dress measurements, you can start to weed out the ones that would be too long or would require tailoring (ugh). 

(Also everyone can wear maxi dresses! It’s not plain wrong!) 

If you want something fun for your vacation, this Felicity & Coco jersey dress ($78) is available in petite. I like the cutout in the back. Anthro has this great knotted jersey maxi on sale for $70 (from $118). It’s cut a bit shorter and the proportions are good for a petite frame. (This would be super comfy for traveling too!) LOFT carries several petite maxi styles. This floral maxi would be pretty for dinner and it’s marked down to $94 with 40% off at checkout. This one ($69.50) looks like a skirt/top combo and I always find that silhouette to be really flattering on petite women. Boden’s Maya maxi dress ($74 from $148) is available in petite sizes too. Old Navy carries petite styles too. I kind of love this dress ($30)—it’ll let you show off a little leg! 

Target’s petite selection offers you some really affordable options. I own this dress ($30) and love it. This basic tank maxi is marked down to just $14.98! 

Strapless maxis with ruffle bodices are really flattering for petite women too. They help elongate the entire lower half. For strapless maxis, you’re going to want to take another 7” or so off your ideal length measurement. So—you’ll want to be looking out for a dress about 43” long. This Felicity & Coco one is available in petite for $78. 

Last, I searched for maxis right around the 50” (from shoulder) or 43” (from bust) measurement. This Soft Joie dress ($106 from $178) is just the right length for you. This strapless Lily Aldridge for Velvet dress ($128) is pretty. This Billabong one ($70) works too. This Dolce Vita dress is marked down to $100 (from $220). There are a few left on 6PM for $67. If something looks short on the model—this Gap dress, also available in petite, for $60—definitely check the measurements if you can or look for a petite version. 

I hope this helps and have a wonderful time on your vacation! It sounds amazing. 

Two pretty dresses on Gilt today: the left is an Ava & Aiden gabardine dress for $109 (from $244) and the right is a silk sheath dress by Moncollet ($75 from $276). 

Some fun activewear discounted on Nordstrom:

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I like the cropped length of this sweater from Nasty Gal ($48). It would look good with high-waisted jeans and ankle boots. 

I like the cropped length of this sweater from Nasty Gal ($48). It would look good with high-waisted jeans and ankle boots. 

You can take 50% off select full price styles or all sale styles today at Ann Taylor (discount reflected in cart). I like this leather striped top ($59) and these leather heels ($128) are a perfect shorter heel option for work. 

This cute, lightweight heathered gray top from Forever 21 is just $17.80. 

This cute, lightweight heathered gray top from Forever 21 is just $17.80. 

Barneys Warehouse has this great Vince draped jersey dress marked down to $89 (from $175). It’s still available in in XS, M and L. You could easily dress it up or down, or even wear it into fall with tights and a drapey sweater. 

Barneys Warehouse has this great Vince draped jersey dress marked down to $89 (from $175). It’s still available in in XS, M and L. You could easily dress it up or down, or even wear it into fall with tights and a drapey sweater. 

I’ve had great experiences shopping at Revolve Clothing. They have fast shipping and I wear the clothes bought from them over and over again. They have a ton of product so it can be hard to weed out the affordable items from the pricey ones, but it’s worth it. They stock some of the best slouchy, comfy basics—so much jersey. This summer they had a great selection of dresses and swimsuits too. (Most of that is on sale right now!) 
Here are some versatile under-$100 items that you could add to your wardrobe for this fall/winter: 
Kamalikulture Side Draped Dress, $96 - It’s hard to find good long-sleeved dresses. This one could work for a business casual office or going out for dinner/drinks. 
Bobi Long Sleeve Dolman Top, $75 - This is the perfect tunic to wear with ponte pants and boots/flats. 
Sanctuary Moto Legging, $79 - I love the Sanctuary brand and these moto leggings look really comfortable. They’d pair well with the Bobi dolman sleeve (above). 
BB Dakota Capelet, $92 - I like that it looks more like a sleek blazer than FULL ON CAPE. 
Capulet Long Sleeve Tee, $60 - The rounded hem on this striped top is really flattering.
Frye Booties, $94 (from $188) - Menswear-inspired flats are a big fall trend and these are marked way down right now. 
Yosi Samra Patent Flat, $74 - The patent finish would look good with all the knit textures you’ll be wearing up top. 
Bobi Long Sleeve Tee, $48 - Camo! I like the muted colors in this print. 
BCBGeneration Sweater, $98 - It has a crop top-ish silhouette and would look great with high-waisted black pants. 
Sanctuary Blouse, $79 - Good for weekends or wearing with a puff vest. I like that it’s long enough to tuck in. 
Free People Heathered Knit Legging, $38 - These would be perfect with an oversized cable knit sweater and boots. 
Jeffrey Campbell Star Sneaker, $90 - A good in-between seasons shoe. 
New Balance Sneakers, $68 - Fun print on these! 
John & Jenn by Line Sweater, $99 - This is just REALLY pretty.
BB Dakota Renata Jacket, $92 - I’m happy that the draped front sweater/jacket trend is coming back strong again this year. The shape is flattering and goes with so many different outfits.
This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Revolve Clothing, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

I’ve had great experiences shopping at Revolve Clothing. They have fast shipping and I wear the clothes bought from them over and over again. They have a ton of product so it can be hard to weed out the affordable items from the pricey ones, but it’s worth it. They stock some of the best slouchy, comfy basics—so much jersey. This summer they had a great selection of dresses and swimsuits too. (Most of that is on sale right now!) 

Here are some versatile under-$100 items that you could add to your wardrobe for this fall/winter: 

  1. Kamalikulture Side Draped Dress, $96 - It’s hard to find good long-sleeved dresses. This one could work for a business casual office or going out for dinner/drinks. 
  2. Bobi Long Sleeve Dolman Top, $75 - This is the perfect tunic to wear with ponte pants and boots/flats. 
  3. Sanctuary Moto Legging, $79 - I love the Sanctuary brand and these moto leggings look really comfortable. They’d pair well with the Bobi dolman sleeve (above). 
  4. BB Dakota Capelet, $92 - I like that it looks more like a sleek blazer than FULL ON CAPE. 
  5. Capulet Long Sleeve Tee, $60 - The rounded hem on this striped top is really flattering.
  6. Frye Booties, $94 (from $188) - Menswear-inspired flats are a big fall trend and these are marked way down right now. 
  7. Yosi Samra Patent Flat, $74 - The patent finish would look good with all the knit textures you’ll be wearing up top. 
  8. Bobi Long Sleeve Tee, $48 - Camo! I like the muted colors in this print. 
  9. BCBGeneration Sweater, $98 - It has a crop top-ish silhouette and would look great with high-waisted black pants. 
  10. Sanctuary Blouse, $79 - Good for weekends or wearing with a puff vest. I like that it’s long enough to tuck in. 
  11. Free People Heathered Knit Legging, $38 - These would be perfect with an oversized cable knit sweater and boots. 
  12. Jeffrey Campbell Star Sneaker, $90 - A good in-between seasons shoe. 
  13. New Balance Sneakers, $68 - Fun print on these! 
  14. John & Jenn by Line Sweater, $99 - This is just REALLY pretty.
  15. BB Dakota Renata Jacket, $92 - I’m happy that the draped front sweater/jacket trend is coming back strong again this year. The shape is flattering and goes with so many different outfits.

This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Revolve Clothing, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences.