Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Forty
Dec 2, 2013
Hi there Belle,
So I have a problem that I’m sure many women who work in a secured government building have: I need a way to wear my badge (which has to be tapped at security points) that doesn’t make me look like a mall cop. Do cute lanyards exist? Please and thank you.
When I was on the Hill, I used to carry my ID on a clip-on badge holder, which I could wear on the waistband of my skirt/the neck of a blouse or clip to a belt loop. Some of my fellow co-workers wore necklace-style lanyards like this one from Boojee Beads. I also think this is one place where wearing the logo of your alma-mater or favorite team is okay, though I do prefer the skinnier ribbon.
My sister-in-law is getting married in February, and some of the reception will be held outside. The wedding is in North Carolina, but it will still be really cold. Can you recommend a cardigan to wear with a strapless gray dress?
Kate Middleton wore a mohair cardigan to her reception, and I thought that was a stylish look. I really like this pale grey cardigan from LOFT (also in petites) with gemstone embellishment. I also like this cardigan with a pearl necklace embellishment, but white would probably be inappropriate for the wedding.
If you’re not married to the cardigan idea, I would try a leather jacket. I like this slouchy House of Harlow Coltrane jacket, and this slim-cut, faux-leather jacket from INC. Plus-size? Try this cool leather jacket with a sequin sleeve.
This post has stuck with me for a while and I was looking into ordering one for myself. How did you like yours? The comments claimed it was very heavy. Any thoughts on the difference between the Slim Bag-in-Bag (much better colors!) vs the Original Bag-in-Bag medium?
Love the blog! Thanks, Megan
I still use my bag insert from Invite.L in my larger satchels, but it is heavy. I think the Slim option could work if you just want to organize a few things. I’m also thinking about picking up their iPad sleeve in navy and camel trim, it’s a very clean look.
What should be a simple item to find, a black long sleeve dress not made of flimsy jersey, has become my unicorn. Do you have any suggestions?
I own this Trina Turk long-sleeve sheath and I like it. The tucks at the waist lend nicely to a belt, and I find it to be warm enough when I wear it with tights. I also like the look of this textured Isaac Mizrahi sheath, and the price is good at $120. I can also recommend this Theory dress, and don’t forget about the M.M. LaFleur dresses from two weeks ago. I’m partial to the Akiko.