Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Twelve
Apr 16, 2013
Before we begin, a little March Madness Challenge update…
375 readers and friends entered this year’s Capitol Hill Style Bracket Challenge. I promised prizes to the three top finishers, and they are: 1) Maggie’s CHS Bracket with 136 pts, 2) the Sensible Heels bracket with 128 pts and 3) Emily’s Bracket with 128 pts. The tie between second and third was broken using the score of the final game.
Let’s give these ladies a round of applause. And if you are one of the lucky winners, send me an e-mail (capitolhillstyle at gmail) from the e-mail account used to create the bracket containing the address where I should send the gift card to. See you next year!
I have noticed that Aztec/Tribal print has become very popular. I love it, but I am having a hard time finding anything other than accessories. I have seen plenty of great phone cases, bags, scarves and sandals…but could you recommend some clothing items? A lot of the tops I have seen have been cropped and very wide. I would prefer something with a normal fit, as cropped tees only look good on beanpoles (if anyone).
I found two great peplum dresses in tribal prints–this Nicole Miller and this Alice + Olivia. I also found some less-expensive dresses like this maxi from ASOS and this fun short dress from Dorothy Perkins.
For skirts, I like this beaded mini-skirt, this black and white maxi and this brightly colored full skirt. For tops, this subtle embroidered blouse caught my eye. I also liked the simplicity of this silky tank.
If some of you are in the market for tribal, but all you want is accessories, I also have some suggestions. I love this scarf, and this one. I dig this iPhone case. And this clutch (cheaper one) and this weekender are cool.
I’m only 28 years old but recently started having to wear thick, custom-made orthotics ALL THE TIME. Can you recommend any sneaker-ish shoes that aren’t dowdy and probably will have enough space for both the orthotics and my feet? I’d love shoes I can even wear with a skirt or a dress as it gets warmer.
I know this is a tall order, but thanks for any help you can provide!
You might also try a pair of oxfords. I like the contrast ribbon on these ones, and these slip on metallic ones. These printed ones are also fun. And my last suggestion would be a slip-on loafer like these ones from Rachel Comey or these Steve Madden’s.
I’m going to a relaxed beach wedding in May and am having trouble finding a dress that would look good with flat sandals (the bride and bridal party will be barefoot during the ceremony). Some are too casual and others too structured to look good with sandals. I’m not a fan of maxi dresses, so those are out of the question. Help?
I would recommend a flirty, fit and flare dress. I like this scoopneck dress in aqua. If you’re not averse to cut-outs, this hot pink dress is adorable. This $98 “puckered lace” fit and flare is also fun and chic.
For a beachy-California look, I also love this trapeze-style halter. I also like this J.CREW eyelet halter. And I cannot believe that this McGinn halter is only $50!