I did such a good job of clearing out the Ask Belles that I am left with just two in the queue that don’t require an individual response. So if you have a question for Belle, send it to capitolhillstyle (at) gmail (dot) com.
Any suggestions for practical, stylish, simple, and sophisticated makeup/cosmetic bags? I need to replace one I received at Nordstrom years ago as a complementary gift, but I can’t find any I like!
Last week, I mentioned that West Elm was selling some really fantastic makeup bags this holiday season. So I would definitely look into their makeup bags and pouches. They come in a variety of simple shapes and a versatile metallic fabric with plastic lining, to protect from leaks and spills.
I also like the nylon cases from Marc Jacobs, but they can be pricey, so try to find one on sale if you can. If inexpensive is what you’re looking for, a friend of mine swears by MOR cases. You can buy a lovely trio of them for $25. I also like the fun design on this bag from Urban Outfitters.
But if you’re like me, and your makeup bags take more hits than Sugar Ray Leonard, you might think about investing in a men’s dopp kit. They’re more durable and are made in classic designs with basic materials. I like this one from Ben Minkoff, this canvas one from Tommy Bahama and this roomy under-$30 option from Calvin Klein.
Hi Belle,Thanks for the great blog, I work in state politics and really appreciate all of your posts. The question I have is what is the best Oxford shirt for a girl that has larger ladies but is a smaller waist? Everytime I go to look for a cute button down shirt, I end up having to try on L and XL so their is no gapping but then the shirt look huge on me.Any Suggestions?Thanks! Angela
I receive this question or one like it quite often. The bottom line is that if one part of your body is larger than the rest, you need to buy clothes that fit that part and then, have the other areas tailored. I am larger on the bottom, so I buy dresses in a larger size and have them tailored up top. In your case, you need to buy a shirt that fits your bust, and then have the waist taken in to fit. I know that the extra step of getting something tailored strikes many of you as a hassle and/or an unecessary expense, but retailers make clothes in generic sizes, very few women will fit the dimensions perfectly.
If you are just trying to prefent gaping at the bust in general, try The Shirt from Rochelle Behrens.