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Ask BB: What to Wear with a Maxi

What should I wear with one of those cute maxi dresses that are so popular for summer?

Keep your look chic and effortless by pairing an ankle-skimming maxi dress with metallic or embellished flat sandals, a beachy straw tote and plenty of exotic bangles. Here are some budget-friendly finds to help you get started:

[1] Floral-print halter dress at, Was $69.00 Now $39.00
[2] Deep Blue V-Neck Braided Halter Dress at, $19.99
[3] Limited-Edition Straw Bucket Bag at, $39.99
[4] Resort-inspired maxi dress at, Was $34.50 Now $19.99
[5] Mosaic Bangles at, $8.90
[6] Triangle lacquer metal bangle at, $6.80
[7] Embellished Leather Sandals at, $19.50
[8] Martha Stewart Collection Straw Beach Tote at, Was $60.00 Now $29.99
[9] Patricia Field for Payless Empress Sandal at, $25

LL Cool J for Sears

Don't call it a comeback (sorry, couldn't help it): Rapper LL Cool J is teaming up with Sears to do a line of casualwear for juniors, young men's, girls' and boys' that will roll out in September.

The collection will retail on the higher end of Sears' mix in juniors—from $22 for a graphic T-shirt to $50 for a pair of jeans.

As much as I loved the man and his music waaay back in grade school, all I can say is: WHY? Does Sears honestly think they can boost their sluggish apparel sales with more boring hoodies, tees and jeans "designed" by a has-been celebrity?

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Celebrities are just a cheap substitute for good quality and design. The least Sears could do is humor us by hiring a real designer to do a diffusion line. Neeeeext.

Cool Whites for Your Warm Weather Wardrobe

Memorial Day used to mark the start of the season when self-respecting ladies could wear white once again. That fashion convention has pretty much been blasted by today's "anything-goes" attitude, but we figured now was as good a time as any to mention this perennial summer favorite. Just remember...

  • White won't make you look bigger - it's the fit, cut and fabric that matters, not the color.

  • White won't get dirty after one wear. Unless you live with my dog, in which case, your whites will get covered in mud and drool in under 5 seconds. But that's what washing machines are for, right?

  • White will keep you cooler. It reflects sunlight...or something. Trust me, you'll feel cooler wearing it.

  • White will match everything in your wardrobe. Winter has black; summer has white. You can't go wrong.

Shown above are just a few ways to wear white for less green:
[1] Cotton Lace Trim Top at, $22.80
[2] Soutache embroidered surplice dress at, Was $79 Now $49
[3] Style&co. Belted Wide-Leg Linen Capri Pant at, Was $44 Now $30.80