Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Twenty-Two
Jul 22, 2013
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My birthday is in a few weeks and we’re going to Vegas, any suggestions for a fun dress that doesn’t make me look like an extra from the Real Housewives franchise? My budget should be under $200.
Given that the promos for RH usually show women in too small satin cocktail dresses or Herve Leger-like frocks, I’m going to guess that is the look you’re trying to avoid.
For a Vegas trip, I find that brightly colored dresses are a good choice. This pink Amanda Uprichard dress is kind of fun, I also like this orange one shoulder from Bailey 44. I also like this Alice + Olivia dress in yellow; it’s snug, mid-thigh length and classy.
But why not wear sequins? After all, it is Vegas. This sequin swirl tank dress is nice. I also like this platinum-colored Parker dress with a racerback. But if you want a drop of sequins, as opposed to a cascade, this Julie Brown dress has a unique shape and sequin trim.
Are there any ways to make headbands or headwraps look professional? I have a huge forehead, that I normally cover with bangs or wearing my hair down but the humidity here has made it impossible to wear my hair down most of the time. I’ve found many headbands that work well for casual settings, but I can’t seem to find anything I can wear with a business casual outfit.
I once had a direct supervisor who wore a selection of puffy Burberry headbands, and it made it very hard for me to take her seriously. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
In my opinion, thicker headbands look more juvenile than thin ones do. I like this thin gold one from Nordstrom, or this simple tortoise headband. If you want a little more detail, try this one with a simple pearl embellishment or this wavy black resin. You can even use an inexpensive elastic headband to create a chic updo.
Bottom line, as long as the headband is simple, and you’re not styling your hair in ringlets like a little girl, you should be fine. That being said, I do think there is an upper age limit on this look, but it’s up to you to decide where it is for your office. I would say somewhere in the range of 28-30 for mine.
Hope everything’s going well with you! It’s time for my next big handbag purchase, but I am stumped and realized I should turn to you. I have been looking for a black and cream handbag and have been having the worst luck.
I want a structured satchel or shoulder bag with clean lines that is big enough to take to and from work (does not need to hold my laptop) but isn’t so big that it kills my shoulder. I was looking for something with black and cream that transitions from season to season and because it will go with most things. I’m hoping for a bag in the $200 or less range, but everything is either too slouchy or monochromatic. Does this exist, or am I doomed to failure?
Take Care, Jenna
Black and ivory bags that I found include this $60 Olivia & Joy satchel, this Aldo Donetsk bag or this ASOS colorblock tote. If you don’t mind something on the medium-size side, I like this flap satchel from Deux Lux.
I’m in need of a red pump to finish out the summer. Any ideas in the $125 or less range? Love the blog!
Red pumps are great for any season, so don’t just limit them to summer. Try them with black, camel and grey in the colder weather as well. They also look great with animal prints.
I like this round-toe Ivanka Trump pump and this J. Renee slingback. This rsvp kitten heel is nice, as is this vanEli almond-toe pump. You should also look at this simple open-toe pump, if you just want to wear it in the summer.