Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Twenty-Seven
Aug 26, 2013
I’ve recently rediscovered my love of high heels, and I’m searching for a pair of truly sexy black high heels to wear to work. I want a pair of shoes that are 4″ or less but make people say day-um when I walk by.
I thought about this for a while, and if it’s sex appeal you’re after, then you need a pointed-toe stiletto. No question. A work-appropriate shoe with sex appeal is kind of a big ask, since the two are usually mutually exclusive, but I found a few pairs that could work.
I saw this Dolce Vita pair in black suede with a gold bar detail in person last week, and they’re sexy and modern. The Jessica Simpson Claudette shoe has a high heel and a slightly D’orsay shape that’s a bit sexy but not over the top. The Enzo Angiolini Dollton heel has peek-a-boo cutouts along the length of the shoe and an open instep. But my favorite choice for understated sexiness has to be this $98 Charles David Pact pump with a deep vamp that makes your foot look amazing.
With the rainy season coming up, how do you prepare your good leather bag or your suede bag for the moisture?
If you have a cobbler or dry cleaner that also does leather cleaning and treatment, and you trust them, I would take it there to have it weatherized. If not, I would invest in a good leather protectant and leather cleaning spray. Coach makes a great product line for caring for leather pieces, but I also like the Meltonian brand.
My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this fall. To celebrate, we are splurging on a night at The Inn at Little Washington. The reservations are made, but I have no idea what to wear befitting the evening, while still allowing plenty of wiggle room for a 10 course menu with wine pairings. The typical Thanksgiving wrap dress doesn’t seem like it would be special enough for this event. Also, a dress that can accommodate curves would be appreciated.
All the best, Shannon
Wrap dresses are always my first choice for big meals. A silk wrap from somewhere like DvF would be a good choice. I like this midnight blue, leopard-spotted print. Pair that with a sleek black pump or sultry black sandal for an understated but sexy look.
However, if you need another suggestion, I would recommend something with ruching along the sides. It tends to be slimming and forgiving. This berry-colored BCBG is to die for. This cap-sleeve David Meister dress has a bit of a tulip shape to the skirt, which might make it a little roomy. But this Mara Hoffman dress, with a slightly crazy pattern that will provide some concealment, has a great shape with a slight asymmetry to the skirt.
What do you think of the current trend of embroidering foxes on sweaters? Yea? Nay?
Personally, I would not wear a fox sweater. It’s not my taste. I have seen a few sweaters with this design that were nice, but it’s very trendy, so it may not be something that you can wear for multiple winters. Translation: If you like it, buy it, but don’t spend a lot of money on it. This $79 sweater from Ann Taylor should suit you just fine. Or if you want something a bit less overt, C.Wonder has a sweater with a geometric fox design on it that’s worth a look.
I saw you posted on Instagram about buying a pair of Brooks running shoes. What do you think of them? I’ve been considering a pair.
Thanks for the input! Lia
I am by no means an expert on buying running shoes–as I barely run, I spend most of time on the elliptical–but I really like the Brooks Ghost shoes that I purchased. They’re light (which I love), they provide a lot of arch support and they’re breathable. If you’re looking for new running shoes, give the Brooks brand a try.