Ask Belle: March 19th Roundup
Mar 19, 2012
Do you have any opinions on black patent leather for spring? I have always tried to reserve black patent for winter only but see so much of it out for this spring. Is it in?
In my opinion, black patent leather as an expiration date. Not patent, just black patent. Nude patent, purple patent and the like are perfectly acceptable.
I don’t know why but something about black patent just says snowy days and “Pass the hot cocoa.” It’s personal preference though, more than a hard and fast rule.
I read your blog every day. Beyond the obvious faux pas (Uggs, Crocs, ratty denim), what are some fashion faux pas that you see otherwise fashionable women making?
Oh my gosh, there are so many, but here are a few that I’ve been noticing lately.
First off, women who wear shoes that shoe their feet–sandals, slingbacks, etc.–and they have chapped, rough heels. It takes so little effort to grab the pumice stone (or PedEgg) and some lotion that there really is no excuse for having ugly feet.
Also, the small faux pas I see most often is women who don’t clasp the hook-and-eye above the zipper on their skirts and dresses. It’s such a small thing, but it makes a difference in the look of the piece, skirts especially.
Dirty hair. I notice this more in the summer months, partially because of the humidity, partially because it’s intern season and partially because there’s a lot more weekday, al fresco drinking during the warmer months. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make your hair look and smell clean, even if you didn’t have time to wash it. Just buy a bottle of dry shampoo, and pull it into an updo. Greasy roots are not pretty, chic or professional.
Can you give me some examples of shoes that are on trend for spring?
There are some great shoes on the market this season. Here are a few of my favorites:
I think nude flats are essential this season. They can be worn with jeans, with pencil skirt, casually or professionally. I guarantee they will become your go to shoe in no time flat.
I love these bright slingbacks. The coral is right on trend, the bow is utterly feminine and the heel is the perfect stylish kitten height. They would be lovely with dresses or skinny jeans.
T-straps are this season’s “it” shoe. More flattering than a t-strap but also chic enough for the fashionista in all of us, this shoe adds whimsy to any outfit. I also love the taupe, yellow and grey combination.
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