Ask Belle: Post Holiday Roundup
Dec 26, 2012
My typical work outfit is dress + cardigan, and I realize I’m in the habit of wearing the cardigan open – and shapeless. I’ve been desperately searching for a ballet-style wrap (or several) to wear. The closest I’ve found that is not sold out was this, which looks pretty good, but I am searching for a sweater that I could buy in several colors all at the same time.
In addition to the sweater in the post above, Ann Taylor is selling a non-cashmere version for $60. The colors are better suited to warmer weather, but that’s not too far off, even though it feels like it. This might be a good opportunity to get a deal in advance.
I also saw this wrap sweater that ties in the front, but it only comes in black. And if you’re looking for something longer and chunkier, this cardigan from Old Navy is under-$50.
While you said you were looking for a wrap sweater that ties, I think that a belted cardigan is the best way to create a more professional, polished look. This inexpensive grey stretch belt and this brown d-ring belt would create a good foundation to build from. I also love this wide, cummerbund-style belt.
What is a good outfit to wear for Inauguration day for a new Senator? There will be a lot of constituents coming in and out of the office as well as my first day in the new office and I want to make a good impression.
We discussed this at the start of the last Congress, but let’s indulge in a refresher course.
First, there’s a strong possibility that you will be walking and standing more than you thought, so it’s important that you wear comfortable shoes. I wouldn’t recommend wearing a shoe higher than 3.5″, and I’d also try to find one with a leather sole. This Michael Kors pump and this bow front kitten heel are good choices.
Second, there will be a lot of people coming and going from the office, so you’ll want to look your best. I would recommend a well-fitting suit with a feminine blouse or a sleeved dress. I like J.Crew for a good basic suit, sadly it’s getting harder and harder to find suits that are interesting and well made.
As for dresses, Black Halo makes their popular Jackie dress in a 3/4 sleeve. (Their website has more colors.) This basic Trina Turk sheath is also a good choice (it comes in a bright as well), but I would add a necklace or a cardigan to jazz it up. I also like this faux wrap and this fitted cap sleeve dress.
In addition to the clothes, also think about packing makeup and a hairbrush for touch ups. I’d also bring a Tide stick, Febreeze and a travel-sized deodorant and perfume (just in case). I also wouldn’t go anywhere without a small notebook and a pen. Your Boss may need you to take notes or you may need to remember the names and information of all the new people you will be meeting.