Ask Belle Roundup Vol. II, No. Nine
Oct 22, 2012
I’m in the market for weekend clothes for lounging around the house. I don’t want to wear my pajamas all day, but if I don’t have anywhere to be, I want to relax in comfort. Is it so wrong to want to watch movies on the couch all weekend?
Sincerely, No Waistbands, Please
What you do behind the privacy of locked doors is your business, but you can do better than wearing your pajamas all weekend.
When I’m home relaxing, cleaning or killing time, I like to wear leggings and long sweaters or tunics. I’m comfortable. I can run to get the mail or answer the door without embarrassment. And if I spill cleanser or something on myself while scrubbing the tub, no loss.
I like the daily leggings from Victoria’s Secret ($24). They’re a really heavy knit, so they don’t stretch and become see through. And they’re really comfortable. I also like the long t-shirts with the ruched detail and the long fleece sweatshirts.
I don’t know if you answer questions like this, but I need a gift for my girlfriend’s birthday. She loves your blog. I’d like to buy her a nice piece of jewelry, but I can only afford to spend $100. I’m clueless about where to start, but I know she wears a lot of rings.
To answer your question, I threw together a group of some of my favorite under-$100 rings. They run the gamut from big and bold to dainty and elegant. Hopefully, one of these will strike a chord with you.
Clockwise from top, Tortoise Band Ring ($85) // Madewell Circle Ring ($20) // Rylan Ring ($95) // Cut-Out Ring ($22) // Satya Turquoise Stack Ring ($42) // Kenneth Jay Lane Cocktail Ring ($70) // Arrow Ring ($24) // Enamel Ring ($76) // Nadia Druzy Ring ($70) // Stackable Enamel Ring ($38) // Gorjana Alphabet Ring ($30)
I am in love with that black Rylan Ring. It also comes in beautiful Persian Blue and a Green Malachite. I would happily own all of these.
Just remember not to give it to her in a ring box, no matter how long you’ve been dating, that’s a misunderstanding that you don’t want.
I have a chronic problem with jersey dresses and VPL. If I wear underwear, you see the lines. If I wear a thong, the dress fabric catches a bit across my rear and shows off too much. Needless to say, I do not wear jersey dresses.
The problem is, so much of the time when I see a dress I like, it’s that clingy, jersey fabric. I’d really like to be able to buy one. Is it me that’s the problem? Or is the fabric just cheap? I am often looking at less expensive brands, as I don’t want to shell out for an un-wearable dress.
Truth be told, it’s probably a combination of both. I’m not trying to be harsh when I say the a toned rear end will have fewer problems with panty line than untoned one. However, there are some dresses where the fabric is going to show a line no matter what your rear is made of. (I have one dress where the fabric shows off every flower in the lace pattern if I wear Hanky Pankies. It’s deeply annoying.)
If you have problems with jersey, you need to go with a completely seamless nylon or microfiber hiphugger or boyshort. If you see so much as a stitch around the edges, it’s not seamless (no matter what the tag says), put it down. (I don’t know who Victoria’s Secret thinks they are kidding with these things. I can see the damn seams in the photo!)
Some people will tell you that you should always wear cotton underwear for the sake of your gynecological health. I find that if you buy a microfiber panty with a cotton liner, that’s just as good provided that you do not wear them 24-hours per day. Even I, VPL Nazi that I am, wear cotton boyshorts as sleep attire to give things a little breathing room.