Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Eighteen
Jun 17, 2013
I am looking for suggestions for what to wear to a professional networking function that is held at an outdoor sporting event (here, a baseball game). Men have it easy and can throw on khakis and a golf shirt, but I have trouble each time I need to put something together. Any tips?
Men have it so easy. They put on a new tie with yesterday’s suit and call it a new outfit. Not that I’m jealous…okay, I’m insanely jealous. But regardless, dressing well for sporting events that are also professional events can be tough.
There are two schools of thought on this matter. The first says to wear a shirt that supports the local team with a nice pair of jeans, good flats and a nice, casual tote. I, however, subscribe to the school of though that says you should treat the game like casual Friday and wear a comfortable but presentable jersey dress and casual shoes. Keep the accessories to a minimum and lighten the makeup a bit.
I wear this Loft dress on the weekends, and it would work well for a game. So would this striped dress or this red one (provided you’re attending a Nats game). And if you’re style is on the preppy side, try a polo dress.
If a dress isn’t for you, you can recreate the outfit from last week that featured a pair of chino shorts and a cotton button up blouse. And if you don’t want to wear shorts, and I wouldn’t blame you, try a pair of ankle-length chinos. Not high-wader capris, but pants that touch the ankle joint.
I work in a casual office setting and am in need of a flat black sandal for the summer. I’m specifically looking for a shoe that doesn’t leave my whole foot exposed (like those thongs with heel straps) or one that isn’t really a sandal (think peep toe). I’m also tall without shoes so I want something with low to no heel (I’m a fan of the very low wedge or flats). I went to a store the other day in hopes of finding one, but was absolutely overwhelmed by the options. I left with my head spinning and no shoes. Can you recommend a few inexpensive options? Thanks! Lindsay
I didn’t see much available in black that would qualify as ‘inexpensive’, but I did find a few things. This pair of Dolce Vita sandals are a good choice, or these open-toe, black D’orsay flats from Nine West. In the ‘also worth a look’ category are these gunmetal and black Cole Haans, and these low wedges with a strappy, closed toe.
I’ve been seeing a lot of skinny rings on Pinterest, and I am obsessed with thin bands on every finger. Can you offer some suggestions on where to find them? Lena
Skinny rings are everywhere right now, including on my fingers. Gorjana makes nice ones. I especially like this set of thin stacking rings and this sea-inspired set with a starfish and a sand dollar. But if you’re looking for style and selection, you need to be on Etsy. This tiny chevron ring and this hammered metal ring with open-work are my favorites.
More Ask Belles on a-line skirts, cool weather gear and where to donate clothes, after the jump…
I’m spending the next few months as a summer associate at a big law firm in Seattle. I walk to work when the morning temperature is in the 50s/60s. Ordinarily, I’d wear a denim jacket but that won’t cut it walking into a law firm. Any suggestions for lightweight jackets that are not denim and not a trench? (Since it’s always so grey here, I try to avoid rainwear when I can!)
Congratulations on your new gig. Sorry about the weather…not that D.C. summer weather is a prize.
I don’t really consider a cotton trench to be exclusively rain gear, but if that’s not what you’re after, I found a couple of things.
I love your blog! I am seeking a new black a-line skirt that is work appropriate (a little above the knee), flattering, and lined. I am petite and I think they are more comfortable than a pencil skirt for days I don’t need to wear a suit. I have been unable to find one anywhere! Any help you can provide would be appreciated!
I’ve been doing some spring cleaning and want to get rid of some old, but still beautiful, black tie and cocktail dresses. I’ve worn them to weddings and events and have been photographed in them enough that it’s time for a new home! I took my old suits to dress for success, but have no clue where to take these dresses.