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Answer Angel: Are trendsetting flared pants for everyone?

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Watching TV recently, I noticed a woman sports anchor wearing a bright blue blouse with her black pants and black blazer with bright blue pointy toe heels. Her slightly flared pants almost touched the floor with just the toes of the electric blue pumps peeking out. I thought she looked fashionable and really put-together but I’m wondering if this is a style that I could pull off, or is it all too much for us normal women who are trying to look nice now that we’re back in the workplace?

— Alysa P.

Dear Alysa: The outfit you describe seems like the best of both worlds. A “conservative” suit with flashes of personality. Sounds great. If you like the look, you bet it is for you. With an asterisk. Newly popular flared pants that nearly touch the floor will require you to choose your heel height carefully if you don’t want the pants sweeping the floor and getting your heel caught in your pants hem. I say this even though pants that are a few inches longer than what you describe and genuinely droop and cover the shoes are a popular style on runways and trendsetting influencers. When that long, you better open an account with a dry cleaner. If you also are questioning whether you should try brightly colored pumps (or flats, or athletic shoes), the answer is yes! They go with anything.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I’m too young for hot flashes — or so I thought — but I’ve endured some serious night sweats, day sweats, and they’re not just confined to the underarm area but head to toe! And, there’s the odor issue. Can you or your readers offer me any suggestions to tackle my two problems? All ideas are welcome!

— Emily J.

Dear Emily: I have a friend who, because of an array of health problems, has the issues you describe. I asked her to try a product I’d heard good and bad things about: Lume Whole Body Deodorant (, trial set including wipes, $25). My tester said it helped with odor and the sweats (by acting as a barrier) and is better than any products she has tried. That said, there are plenty of online complaints about Lume: poor to nonexistent customer service, scents are not appealing, and more. So do your homework to decide if you’re willing to give it a try. And if you do, let me know what you think. Readers, please send me suggestions for products you favor for problems like Emily’s.

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