Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Thirty
Sep 23, 2013
I love the moto jackets that you keep posting. I like this jersey jacket by Helmut Lang but I can’t afford it. Can you find me one for less than $100?
If the look of Lang is what you’re after, I found this Anthropologie jacket in rust and this Bar III jacket in olive. This heather grey jacket from Dorothy Perkins has the same relaxed style. And at $128, I found this terry cloth Pencey jacket with rocker-chic details like grommets and exposed zippers.
However, if you don’t mind faux leather accents, I also found this awesome Blank knit jacket with leather sleeves.
Thank you for coming to speak to my sorority about professional style, we all really appreciated it. I have a networking day on my campus next month and I need to buy a suit. Where can I find a decent quality, non-Grandma suit for $200 or less?
Thanks again for your visit! Kaley
First off, don’t discount the power of tailoring for making a cheap suit look like a more expensive suit. Many women consider tailoring an added expense that they don’t want to pay, but it reaps innumerable benefits. So when you buy a suit, budget $50-$100 for tailoring and turn your inexpensive purchase into a suit with a custom fit.
As for stores, The Limited has some nice suits. The quality is good for the money, and they offer a lot of styles and colors. Also, Banana Republic makes a decent suit. Both pieces will set you back around $300, but with the 35%-off code, you can spend just under-$200 plus tax.
But my secret weapon for inexpensive suiting is Dillard’s. Especially if you already own the basics, Dillard’s carries suits that are a bit more unique in a variety of price points. I like this Arthur Levine suit with a slight peplum, and this Preston & York suit with contrast trim.
I walk/metro to work every day, and I refuse to wear heels when doing so. However, most of my dress pants are tailored for 2-3 inch heels, so they end up dragging when I walk. They never stay rolled up unless I peg them at the ankles, which looks ridiculous, and bobby pins failed me. Any ideas to preserve the hems?
There are a number of products on the market that are supposed to solve this particular problem. They come in a number of types, but most have clever names. I found Hem Helpers, Zakkerz and Cityclips. I don’t have an opinion as to which are best, but maybe some of the other readers do.
I own a black wool coat and a brown wool coat. Where can I find a coat in a bright color that is office appropriate and awesome? I’d like to spend under-$200 but I could go up to $250. Love the blog, SH
I’m not sure what you mean by bright, but this gorgeous cobalt coat from Banana Republic is within budget. Anne Klein has a coat in cashmere-blend that comes in dark raspberry and a pine green. Also Land’s End has a coat that comes in regular lengths and tall in a great pumpkin color.
My favorite coat that I found comes from a brand I’ve never heard of, DEPT. It’s cherry red with a funnel neckline and a dipped hem. I kind of love it.
My hair is fried from the summer. Too much sun and surf and peroxide. It needs some serious help but nothing seems to work. I tried the Kerastase Nourishing Treatment you recommended last year. It helped, but I used up the whole tub in about two weeks. I’m not made of money and need something from the drugstore. Help. Help. Help.
A word of caution though, it will make your hair greasy and limp after you use it. So apply it on a lazy Sunday or have an updo at the ready. Also, if you can use it just on the ends and not the roots, that will help.