Q: What do you think of wearing cowboy boots off the farm?
A: If you ride horses, run a ranch or teach country line- dancing, you can wear any cowboy boots you want, any way you want. For city slickers, though, there are a few rules.
First, these boots are casual; they should be matched with jeans or cords, untucked.
Don't ever wear them with dress pants and, unless you want people to confuse you with Larry Hagman, never pair them with a business suit.
Anyone over age 10 and not working for the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders should stick to the basic black or brown leather: no exotic skins, bright colors, spurs or jangles.
Well-worn boots can be sexy. If you've had yours for 20 years, by all means, wear 'em (then again, if you've had them that long you probably never stopped). But leave your cowboy hats, turquoise jewelry or bolo ties at home. One item off the range is kicky; two is trying too hard.
Q: In May, I am getting married in a formal afternoon wedding -- complete with a belle-of-the-ball dress. Our getaway car is a tiny Mini Cooper, and it's a two-hour drive to the honeymoon suite. Will a pouffy dress be appropriate for leaving the reception?
A: There are two schools of thought on what you call "the getaway." Some brides like to pile into the car, dress and all, and off they go. That's fine. My feeling is that the bride can do (or wear) whatever she likes.
The more traditional practice, though, is to change into a traveling outfit just before departure. (Your bridegroom can do the same.) Given the dress-to-car ratio in your case, this may be more comfortable -- and better for road visibility.
One suggestion: a two-piece suit with a skirt. It's a chic, ladylike way to start your new life. Another option: a simple, light-colored dress. You could even wear white. You're the bride, after all.