Q: I can't seem to get a handle on a style that suits my body type and personality. I am 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches tall, small-boned and have a long torso. I'm fairly thin, weighing 110 pounds. I seem to look best in pants and sporty outfits, plus full skirts. Color analysts say I am a winter and love bold, dramatic colors. Any hints? I'm eager to find my best style because my husband is treating me to a shopping spree.--C.T.
A: Long-waisted women look best in high-waisted pants and wide belts, as in the outfit illustrated here. They also look good in unfitted dresses and in Empire-style dresses. Either raise your waistline (as in the high-waisted pants and the Empire dress) or eliminate it altogether (as in a chemise dress). Avoid blousons, overblouses or other tops that end below the waistline.
Q: A favorite 100% cotton blouse by John Henry (white with lavender and blue windowpane checks) was inadvertently washed with (gasp!) a red T-shirt. Result: a pink blouse. I have bleached it twice and some of the pink is out, but not all. Should I continue bleaching it? What would a color-removing product do to the blouse and the colored lines? Or should I learn to love my new light pink blouse?--K.K.