Ask Belle Roundup Vol. 14
Aug 8, 2011
Here’s my question: other than nude heels, what shoes go with a navy blue suit or navy pants?
I get this question a lot. The answer is surprisingly simple, but people like to over-complicate things.
I like grey shoes with navy. I live beige or chocolate brown shoes with navy. And, I like black shoes with navy.
Wait. What?!? Navy with black shoes? Isn’t that totally faux pas?
No, it’s not. In winter, you can wear navy suits with black shoes as long as you wear darker separates (blouses, cardis, etc.). Don’t believe me? Ask Donna Karan.
I know you struggle with your hair in the D.C. humidity. Do you know of a hairspray that can combat the weather without looking like I went crazy with the Aquanet?
I have never tried this product. But on Friday, after dinner at Grafiatto, Miss M insisted that we swing by Bed Bath and Beyond to see if they had it in stock. Because, as she put it, she dreams of this hairspray. And that is a glowing recommendation from a woman who throws out lackluster beauty products by the thousands every year.
I absolutely love your blog and has always thought about submitting an “ask Belle” but never knew what to ask. My boyfriend and I got invited to a wedding in mid August. I am kind of stumped on what to wear. It is a Friday night wedding, and the dress is “formal”. If it was a day wedding I would think a great summer sun dress, and if it was black tie I would think long. But for a Friday night formal wedding I can’t decide
I need help on what to wear!
To ensure that you are formally dressed, you want to keep an eye on the fabric your dress is made from. You’re looking for chiffon, silk, satin or an overlay of sequin or lace. So no cotton and no linen, like you said this isn’t a day time wedding.
The wedding is also not black tie, so skip the full length gown. A knee-length or just above knee-length dress is what you’re looking to wear.
If it were me, I would also avoid bright colors or pastels. If it were me, I would choose a jewel tone, navy or grey. No black. Too many people wear lbds to weddings because they just don’t know what else to wear. Don’t be that woman, think outside the (black) box a bit.