You probably get this question a lot, but can you recommend a camisole that you like? I’m busty and need a little more coverage under my tops, but every cami I buy is either bulky or rides up.
With gratitude, Jane
I like the Shimera brand they sell at Nordstrom. They’re seamless and not bulky at all. Unfortunately, the only colors they’re selling online right now are aqua, blue and raspberry. Not exactly basics.
When purchasing camisoles, the mistake most women make is that they try to buy something inexpensive. But if you’re going to be wearing the cami under your better pieces, and you’re going to be wearing it with regularity, you should consider spending a bit more. Because when it comes to camisoles, I’ve always found that a little more money can net you a MUCH better product.
I have a former co-worker who swears by Commando camis and thongs for their seamless construction and durability. She also likes that they don’t bind like so many camis on the market. Thinvisible by Nearly Nude is a shaping, cotton-blend cami that I’ve heard a few magazine editors just rave about. And Yummie Tummie camisoles also provide shaping with a cotton upper and lower portion and an elastane middle section, but this mix of fabrics makes them unsuitable to be worn under cardigans or other open tops.
Every woman needs a good camisole in nude, white and black. They add modesty to wrap dresses or scoop necks, or provide a base layer for thin sweaters in winter. And since this foundation garment can drastically alter the look of your clothes, I would suggest spending a little bit of money to get the best product possible.
I’m going to be in a wedding in October and the bride has told us all to wear pale gold or gold glitter heels. I’m having trouble finding anything that I think I could reasonably rewear that are also under $100. The catch is that I have a nasty toe injury from running a half marathon earlier this year and I’d prefer to wear closed toed shoes. Can you think of anything?
Thank you in advance, Lindsay
A closed-toe, gold evening shoe certainly isn’t the norm, most metallic evening shoes are either open-toe or sandals. I did find a few options though that might work.
If you don’t mind a gold glitter pump–I find them a bit gaudy–this platform from Nine West is $79. The Heath Pump from Vince Camuto could best be described as a gold leather, 4″ disco heel, but it’s only $29. If you need a shorter heel due to your injury, this VanEli Honna pump is 2.5″ and $58, but it might be a little matronly in person.
Should you reconsider the closed-toe option, the Baldwin d’orsay pump from Caparros is the perfect mix of metallic and glitter. They also have a stylish rosette on the front, and they’re $85 at Lord & Taylor.
Love the blog! Quick question, I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a stylish yet professional padfolio to carry? All the ones I am finding are dull and overly masculine. Thank you so much for the help!
I might be the wrong person to answer this question because I like a simple leather padfolio, and the thing I like most about it is that it’s a bit masculine. Sometimes blending a feminine outfit with a slightly masculine accessory can be unexpectedly chic. I would happily carry this worn-leather padfolio, but if you’re looking for somethin less rough and manly, I have some suggestions.
This padfolio from Cross mixes a traditional style with a slightly more feminine vibe. I like the textured leather and the flap closure, and I especially like how you can seal it using the included pen. This would also make a nice intern, graduation or first job gift.
You might also try a padfolio in colored leather. Rolodex makes a well-organized version that comes in shell pink, and this model comes in red, blue and burgundy. A solid, non-neutral color would probably be as far as I go. I once knew a staffer who carried a Lilly Pulitzer padfolio in a pink and green dot print, and it struck me as a bit childish. But you might also consider a padfolio embossed with your alma mater’s logo or the House/Senate seal.