Ask Belle Roundup Vol. II, No. Fifteen
Dec 17, 2012
I am coming to D.C. for job interviews in a few weeks and I need some fashion advice. I know you’ve said that women should wear nylons to job interviews if they wear skirts, but the only nylons I own came from a drugstore. Can you offer some suggestions for nylons that won’t make me look like a Hooters waitress?
Thank you! Laura
When you’re interviewing for a job, you won’t know what the office policy–or just the accepted norms–is regarding nylons. So I do recommend that you wear hose or tights to your interviews just to be on the safe side.
The first thing you should know about buying nylons and tights is “denier”–the linear density of fibers in a garment. In tights, you want a high denier number to ensure opacity (Commando Tights have a 70 denier, Levante’s cost half as much and are 80 denier). In nylons, you want a low denier number to give you a sheer, natural look.
I like Calvin Klein Infinite Sheer Nylons ($15), denier seven. I also like Donna Karan nylons, which you can often find for less at places like T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack. Donna Karan The Nudes hose are $18 and also a seven denier.
Lastly, if you have multiple meetings in a single day, put a bottle of clear nail polish or a small can of hairspray in your purse in case you get a small run. I also keep an extra pair of tights in my desk.
Thank you for adding some plus sized items to your recent posts. I know this isn’t your specialty, but I appreciate it.
I have a rough time finding blazers for work that aren’t ugly. Can you make some suggestions? I love your style and hope you can help.
Finding a well-fitting blazer is difficult for women of all sizes. I’m happy to make a few recommendations, but I am willing to bet that other readers will have a lot of great suggestions as well. Hopefully they will leave them in the comments, but here are mine.
Whenever I search for plus size items to feature on the blog, I always end up at Nordstrom. They seem to have the best selection of classic, but fashionable, plus size items. Here we have a basic blazer, a cute cropped tweed jacket, a bright jacket for a bit of pop and an open front blazer with a modern look.
I also asked a couple of friends for other suggestions, and one of them recommended this blazer from Forever 21. She also mentioned that Land’s End has some nice basics.
Hopefully my readers who are plus size or who know more about dressing different body types can make some suggestions as well.
I know every woman should have a clutch for going out, but I’ve really struggled to find something to work for me. I have juvenile diabetes and need to carry semi-bulky insulin, needles, and other assorted medical items with me everywhere I go, and can’t fit my things into a clutch. I drag my big old bag with me when I go out, but it’s a big old pain and I’d rather not. Any ideas or recommendations for larger night-on-the-town clutch substitutes?
I’m sorry to hear about your health issues, and they certainly present a unique need. I’m not sure what exact dimensions you are working with for your medical supplies, but I think I can help you find something.
I’ve seen a few oversized clutches, but they’re somewhat rare. I would look for a product called “laptop” or “tablet” clutches. This soft grey one from Kimchi Blue is $39, and this black Cole Haan Envelope Bag is a bit more at $128.
Asos also has some great options. This $23 clutch which isn’t terribly large, but it also expands widthwise. This bag is in the same price point but tall. This bag is large, folds over and is soft enough to expand a bit, and it’s under-$75.
But evening bags don’t have to be clutches, chain bags or crossbody bags styled for nice occasions might be a better fit for your needs. I own a Rebecca Minkoff Mini-MAC Clutch ($195) that I picked up on Gilt for a great price. It holds A LOT of stuff, enough to use it as an evening bag or a regular purse. If you need something cheaper, I’m not sure whether this bag qualifies as a clutch or a chain bag, but either way it seems to be a good size and all of the colors are under-$25.