Ask Belle: Roundup Vol. 7
May 9, 2011
I recently started reading your blog (to the detriment of my savings account) and I am a huge fan. Props to your principled stand on Uggs and Crocs!
I work on K street, and I recently I have been seeing a lot of cufflinks on women. Is this a thing now? I’m intrigued by the trend, but I can’t decide if the look is too masculine for me to pull off. Your advice would be much appreciated!
It’s funny, because I notice cufflinks on a female colleague the other day as well. I think the look can be very chic, if you choose your cufflinks correctly.
As for advice on the subject, I think you need to choose a small pair. Men’s cufflinks often vary in size from a quarter size to a half dollar size. This would be too large for a woman’s small wrist.
I have cankles and it is really hard to find cute heels. Do you have ANY suggestions (oh please) on how to select shoes to minimize my cankles.
While I’m not crazy about the raffia on the front of this shoe, it does have three important features that someone with cankles should be looking for in a shoe.
1) A thicker heel. This will balance out the chunkiness of the ankle with a chunky heel on the shoe. A stiletto will only accentuate the disparity.
2) It shows a lot of skin. When you have cankles, or even just a thicker ankle, you need to balance that out by showing a lot of the skin on the top of your foot.
3) Choose a neutral color. A nude shoe will accentuate the leg line and mitigate some of the thickness in the ankle.
Some definite don’ts? No kitten heels. No spike heels. No ankle straps or ankle cuffs. No booties that cover the whole foot.
I’m going to a wedding in a couple of weeks that won’t be black tie, but will definitely be a dressy affair. I have a dress that I want to wear that is actually an old bridesmaid dress (don’t worry, no one from that wedding will be at this one). It’s strapless and cocktail length from the J. Crew wedding line, in a cranberry color that looks great with my skin tone and fits me like a glove. My question is how do I accessorize an old bridesmaid dress so it doesn’t look like I’m dressing like I’m in this wedding party? Is there a way to dress down a bridesmaid dress just a smidge so it’s not completely obvious that it is a bridesmaid dress?
I appreciate any ideas you have! Thanks so much!
The bride always tell you that you’ll be able to wear the dress again, so good for you for trying to make that lie true. As for your question, to tone down a bridesmaid’s dress (I assume it’s silk or satin), try a leather belt.
I love mixing thick, vintage-y leather belts with evening dresses. Wear this decorated belt with a pair of metallic sandals will make the dress less bride’s attendant and more wedding guest.
If that doesn’t do it for you, you might also try wearing a chiffon blouse under your dress. You see trendsetters wear strapless dresses over t-shirts sometimes, but I think this look is more approachable for most women. And also, I think the chiffon will blend with the cranberry dress better than a t-shirt would.