Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Nineteen
Jun 24, 2013
Love the blog. I’m getting married next year (march) to the most amazing man. He’s only about an inch taller than me, so I’ll be needing to wear flats for the wedding. I’m totally stumped on what to wear. It’s a really traditional gown– here’s the link.
Any help you can give is appreciated! Thanks! E
Pretty dress. With that hemline, you’ll need to decide whether you want pointy-toe shoes that will show, or round-toe shoes that won’t. As for material, I would consider satin or glitter or perhaps a color that complements your wedding palette.
If you want to wear designer, Manolo Blahnik makes their famous “SATC I” shoe in a flat. Nine West also makes a sweet little satin slingback that comes in a handful of colors.
For glitter, Jimmy Choo makes an understated glitter shoe in both flat and kitten heels. But this Steve Madden wedge has a similar look for much less. I also like these really simple open-toe metallic flats.
But whichever shoes you choose, just make sure they’re comfortable. You don’t want to be covered in blisters and bruises by the end of the reception.
I put this lace top in my shopping cart (https://www.anthropologie.com/
I put this lace top from Anthropologie in my shopping cart, took 48 hours to think about it, and was grief-stricken to find that it had completely sold out in the interim. Has anything similar crossed your radar while perusing the online windows of the internet shopping world?
– Unlucky in lace
Ah, the pain of the sale sell-out, I know it well. But, if the Anthro website is to be believed, the top is only backordered until September, not gone forever. Though if you have a bit of money to spend, that blouse is a knock-off of the more expensive lace blouses from Joie.
There are also a number of choices in the under-$100 price point to consider. This short sleeve tee from Loft is $45. I also like this Alloy top with an eyelash lace yoke. And Gilt has a lace blouse with an identical shape that comes in a hot coral color.
Can you suggest some colored pencil skirts that are NOT made by J.Crew? I love the look but I won’t spend that kind of money on a skirt that isn’t well-made, and nothing from The Crew seems to be well made these days.
I second that emotion. The swimsuit I ordered from there last month was a pink print but was inexplicably sheer, almost see through.
As for skirts, if cobalt is your hue of choice, Dillard’s has this great pencil at a great price. They also have this citron skirt with a color so bright, you’ll have to wear shades. I like the Iris & Ink brand, and their pencil skirt comes in turquoise and tomato red. And Elie Tahari has one in coral, while Ann Taylor likes dark lilac.
Plus-size ladies should check out this bright poppy skirt from Calvin Klein and this bold cobalt from Modcloth. For petites, I found this lilac crochet skirt from Ann Taylor and this turquoise skirt from Lord & Taylor.
I have noticed on your blog that you have mentioned often wearing tie-neck blouses. I also really like them but find them a little bit difficult to wear! When I wear them under a buttoned blazer, I find the bow often looks childish hanging out over the lapels but strange tucked under them. How do you normally handle this? Any suggestions on how to tie a blouse in a less juvenile manner?
Thanks for your time – I’m loving your blog! Regards, Sallyannie
There are two types of pussy bow blouses: high-neck and v-neck. High neck blouses are best worn alone or under crewneck cardigans. I prefer v-neck blouses because they’re a bit less matronly and more modern.
Hi Belle!Sorry, this is kind of a depressing subject, but can you suggest some appropriate clothes for summer funerals? Many of the services are graveside and frankly, it’s HOT (this is the South). Summer dresses don’t seem appropriate, but more and more people aren’t just wearing black to funerals- I’ve had situations where the family specifically requested that people NOT wear black. How can you keep it appropriate for such a solemn occasion without passing out in the cemetery?
If the family requests that you do not wear black, then you should absolutely conform to that request. A college professor of mine had it in his will that everyone was to wear white to his funeral and 1/3 of the mourners still showed up in black. So similar to a wedding, if a funeral has a dress code, follow it.
My first tip for staying dry is aerosol deodorant. Something without a cloying scent is best.
Secondly, I think natural fabrics and loose cuts will help keep you cool. You want a breathable fabric, and you want a breezy shape. And unless the tenets of the particular religion or church dictate otherwise, I think sleeveless or short sleeve is acceptable.
This sleeveless Kate Spade strikes me as appropriate, as does this short sleeve ASOS dress. I’ve also seen some black eyelet dresses on the market, like this full-skirt DKNY or this sheath from The Limited. I also think those would be fine and a more seasonally appropriate.
Lastly, I would throw a handkerchief in my bag to blot sweat as needed, and I would wear a hat for a bit of shade and sun protection. This wide brim black sun hat is a stylish and functional choice.