This time of year, my inbox fills up with Ask Belle questions, so I thought I would respond to a second set of questions this week.
I was just thinking about needed evening shoe ideas! Thanks! Do you have any suggestions that would accommodate tights or nylons? It’s sub-20 here and I can’t fathom bare legs!
While writing yesterday’s post on evening shoes, I made a critical error. I forgot that not every woman shares my affinity for bare legs in the winter, or my Montana-bred ability to laugh in the face of any temperatures on the positive side of zero. (Below zero is another story.) So here are a few picks for tight-friendly evening shoes.
On the left, we have basic satin pump. These pumps aren’t terribly exciting, but they’re very comfortable. So they would be perfect for an occasion that will have you walking, dancing or standing for hours. To jazz them up, you can pin a brooch to the shoe. If you like the look of satin, try these sky-high Mango stilettos or these Nine West heels with bows on the back. And if you like sparkle, these Gianni Bini sequin heels are a good place to start.
I believe that tights should always match your shoes when wearing evening attire. If black won’t work with your outfit, give grey a try. These Nina shoes are a good choice. If you have more money to spend, use the 30%-off code to snap up these J.Crew pumps with a glittery heel. You can also grab a similar look for less with these silver-heeled Zara pumps.
If you’re not feeling shiny or sparkly pumps with tights, try a pair of ankle boots. This pair from Audrey Brooke has a mesh accent and a glamorous look to them. I also like these Fergie boots with a metal accent and these suede Nine West booties, which come in several colors. Not feeling boots for evening? Try these Vince Camuto t-straps with a sparkly accent instead.
My sister is the only gift that I have left on my Christmas shopping list and I hope you can help me find a gift. She’s 22, and obsessed with her monogram. I’d like to buy her a piece of monogram jewelry, but I want something simple and classic. Thoughts?
Belle (No, really, that’s my name.)
It may be too late for a customized piece to arrive by the 25th, but I love Maya Brenner’s simple initial necklaces. They’re also a bit pricey, so if you want a similar look for less, head over to Max & Chloe. They have this Robin Rhodes pendant and this Miriam Merenfield pendant for under-$100.
Etsy is also a great place to find monogrammed pieces. The trouble is that, with Xmas being right around the corner, you may have trouble finding a seller who can do a custom piece on the fly.
I’m older than your average reader, but I need your advice on how to accessorize a holiday dress. I’m too old to wear opaque tights (or, at least, I think I am), but I need to cover my legs. You’ve mentioned that you hate sheer tights, but are there any exceptions to this?
True, for normal, every-day wear, I am not a fan of sheer tights or black hose. That being said, yes, there is an exception. I am a big fan of the vintage-style nylons with the seam up the back. I think they’re really sexy and chic, without being over-the-top. This Wolford pair is pricey, but I also found this pair from Spanx for half that price.
And, no, Rent the Runway, I don’t want to borrow tights. Gross.
My parents generously offered to buy me a new work satchel as a holiday/birthday gift. I’d like a red bag, but I don’t know where to start. I can spend $500, but I’d like to spend less. Can you help me find a sturdy bag that’s classic enough to stay in style?
I love the blog. It was such a big help when I was job hunting. Thanks, Katey
Funny, I’m getting a red bag for Xmas, too! Great minds, and all that. I asked for the Rebecca Minkoff Amorous bag because it has a unique, but not too unique, shape. It also has some dividers and a large inside pocket.
In the under-$300 category, this Ralph Lauren Newbury satchel is a stylish knock-off of the Fendi 2Jours bag. And in the same price range, I like this simple, cool Folli Follie bag and this Michael Kors Hamilton satchel.