Dear Budget Fashionista,

I’m a 48 year old hairstylist, who wants to look trendy but not like I’m 20. I wear mostly slacks to work but want to wear skirts. I love the vintage look and have purchased a couple of dresses but I’m told that nylons are a fashion no-no for summer. The problem is my legs are very white and I’ve developed small spider veins, so I don’t feel attractive going bare legged. Tanning is hard because I’m afraid of “age” spots and skin cancer scare, and tanning lotions always look fake. Would I be wrong to wear nylons?

A: You should wear what makes you fell comfortable and confident. If wearing nylons helps you to feel better about your legs and comfortable wearing your vintage dresses—I say go for it. Just promise me you won’t wear the nylons with sandals—that’s a major no-no.

For those days when you don’t want to wear a pair of nylons, try mixing a bit of bronzing powder/cream (Wet n’ Wild makes an excellent bronzing cream) with a bit of lotion and smoothing it on your legs or using a products like Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. If the dress is past your knees, you can get away with using a small amount of fake tanning lotion on your calves and thighs