Ask Belle Roundup: February, Part I
Feb 6, 2012
In the past, you’ve recommended owning a black and metallic clutch. I really like carrying clutches in my off hours, but I never find anything really special in the sub-$100 price range. Do you have some recommendations for others?
Well, K.A.W., you’re in luck because there are some lovely clutches on the market in that price range if you know where to look.
First, let’s talk about shapes. Minaudieres (often called frame or box clutches) come in many different sizes. Try an oval, a tube or even something as daring as a shell or a flower. If you want something in a different shape, vintage and thrift stores are the best places to shop. When people dressed for evening in the 1940s through 1970s, they needed a number of clutches in interesting designs, shapes and colors.
Second, size. I like a big clutch. The kind of clutch that slides under your arm and fills the entire gap between shoulder and elbow. This inexpensive portfolio clutch from Asos is durable, light weight and huge.
Lastly, think about color or pattern. You could try a bright color, an animal print or a stripe. Here, we get all three. This clutch is really funky and special and would be the perfect addition to any little black dress or a good way to perk up a t-shirt and jeans.
With the crazy weather in DC this winter – windy and 35 degrees one day, 65 degrees and sunny another, and raining yet another, how do you suggest approaching the issue of tights or pantyhouse? I work in a fairly conservative office, with a dress or skirt and blouse dresscode for women with no casual days and no jeans, ever. In February, is it ok to go to work sans tights or pantyhose if its particularly warm or very muggy? Is there a temperature guideline that you or others follow?
Yes, the weather has been a bit nuts this winter and that creates a number of fashion conundrums. I believe that bare legs are allowed year-round as long as your shoes are winter appropriate. This means no open toe shoes, no sandals, and for the love of God, no flip flops. Keep everything else seasonally appropriate and in my world, bare legs are fine.
That being said, if you work in a conservative office that requires nylons in the summer, then there is no time when they are not required. If your Boss wants you to wear them during the heat and humidity of August, then I doubt there will be an exception made for a slightly-toastier-than-usual February. And it sure sounds like you work in the kind of office where nylons are required all the time.
I’m an intern in a Senate office, and I would say that my style is eclectic. I really want to dip-dye the ends of my hair hot pink like Lauren Conrad, but I can’t show up to work like that. Do you know of a good temporary dye? There seem to be a lot of brands, but if I choose the wrong one, I could wind up with bright pink hair forever.
Bright pink hair, huh? I have to admit, that’s a new one.
Instead, try hair chalking. You use pastel chalk from the art supply store, water and a curling or flat iron to add the pigment. Sometimes it lasts a day, sometimes a week. If you definitely need yours gone by Monday morning, wash your hair with a little laundry detergent. Just make sure to deep condition afterwards.