Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. 17
Jun 10, 2013
How do you determine whether shirts should be tucked or untucked when wearing a skirt or slacks? I have a flat behind so I prefer to have blouses be untucked but then I feel sloppy. Are there general guidelines regarding styles are acceptable or not? Do you have any additional advice for me (besides doing squats)? 🙂
Thanks in advance! Kara
I almost always tuck in blouses and button-up shirts. I do not tuck in t-shirts or sweaters.
For me, the deciding factor is usually the hem. Is the hem straight cut or can you see shirttail? If it’s straight, I probably won’t tuck. If there’s a visible shirttail, odds are high that I’m tucking.
I know some people are against front-tucking (GOMI calls it the “shame-tuck”), but I think there are some women who can pull it off. And I think it works well with skinny denim (when you don’t want your whole backside visible) or with shorts.
The best advice I can give you, however, is to stand in front of the mirror and try the look both ways. Does it look better tucked or untucked? Would it look better if I tucked this in? What if I added a belt? Sometimes you need to take a minute in front of the mirror and play around with your look.
My teeth are in serious need of whitening. Do you have a whitening toothpaste that you like? Do those strips really work? I’m hesitant to spend $50 on teeth whitener if it doesn’t do the job. I’d love to know how you keep your teeth white.
Thank you in advance! Erica
For toothpaste, I like Rembrandt’s Deeply White. It prevents tartar, restores enamel and has peroxide for whitening.
I’ve used Crest Whitestrips and they do work. If you have sensitive teeth, I would caution against the 2-Hour Express kit. My teeth hurt for days after I used it. But the regular Crest Whitestrips Professional Effects line works well.
At home, I use the GoSmile Whitening System. It comes with 12 whitening ampoules (four uses) and a UV lamp to whiten teeth using the same process you see in dental offices. I’ve also used the ampoules as a stand alone and like those a lot. And if you’re looking for a good deal on them, Gilt Groupe typically has the best prices and selection. (Not a member of Gilt? Click here to join.)
But if you really don’t like to spend money on beauty treatments, Pinterest has a lot of recipes for at home whitening using baking soda and peroxide.
My question is to do with summer sandals. I wore the Jack Rogers classic Navajo sandal in silver and gold before they exploded and now are EVERYWHERE. So of course, I don’t want to wear them anymore. Do you have any suggestions for gold/silver casual summer sandals?
Metallic sandals are my summer staple. I wear them everywhere. Here are a few of my favorite pairs:
I love the embossed animal skin on these sandals from DSW, and these strappy Nine West sandals. But my favorite are these mixed-material sandals from Target. I don’t even like silver, and I think I need those.
Gold. There are a lot of cute sandals in my preferred metallic this season. I like the simple, minimalism of these Anna Baguera sandals. These Erika Sol sandals are modern with a hint of California cool, as are these Rebecca Minkoffs.
In the under-$75 category, I’m a big fan of these BCBGeneration sandals with a mix of cognac and gold. These toe ring sandals look like something from Ancient Rome. I also like these inexpensive Forever21 sandals.
Rose Gold. These gladiator flats are kind of cool. I also think these Loeffler Randall kitten heels are perfect for cocktail hour. And these Jeffrey Campbell sandals are more art piece than shoe.
I am dying in this heat and humidity. How do you stay dry?
Sincerely, Sweaty and Miserable
Two words: Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant. During the summertime, you need to keep more than your underarms dry.