I love the MM LaFleur dresses that you linked to this week, but I can’t afford them on a paralegal’s salary. Can you recommend some dresses with long sleeves in the $125 or less price point? My office doesn’t dress up much and dresses are about the only thing I can wear without looking too nice.
Long sleeve dresses are wonderful. Sadly, most professional dresses are made in sleeveless, which isn’t as great as the retailers think it is. Here are some suggestions in your price range.
The JNY dress reminds me of something you might see from Black Halo with its sleek cut and simple v-neck. I also like this Isaac Mizrahi textured dress ($120) for the simple cut and unique fabric. And I still love this Intersection Knit Dress ($109) and this off-white Button Sleeve Shift Dress ($149), both 50%-off at Ann Taylor with code ANNGIFT.
A fit and flare dress can work for the office, but I recommend the addition of a belt, a jacket or some jewelry to spice it up. This Carmen Marc Valvo printed dress ($96) is a good choice if you work in a creative environment, and I like this black Karen Kane dress ($108) as well.
If you’re looking for figure-slimming dresses, I also found this Jones New York shirred jersey dress ($80) and this Jones New York crepe, tie-side dress ($53). Petite? Try this Kenneth Cole Galilea dress.
Colorblock dresses are still everywhere you look, but few have as sophisticated a color palette as this one does. I love the dark berry and charcoal together. I also found this Calvin Klein ponte sheath in black and white ($118) and this Ella Moss dress in camel and black ($94). Plus-size? This DKNY Ponte Knit dress has a great look with a black and grey color palette.
After seeing them on so many blogs, including CHS, I want to buy a blanket cardigan for winter. Trouble is, I waited too long and the one I wanted sold out. Can you find one with a pattern in the knit for less than-$100?
At the top of your price range, I found this Sabine blanket sweater in black and white and this color block cardigan in oatmeal and black from Banana Republic. For a bit less, I still love this $68 black and white knit from Urban Outfitters. I also like this multi-color abstract cardigan for $30 from Forever21.
It occurred to me this morning as I was getting dressed, that every sweater I own is either a) black or b) a solid neutral color. Can you help me find some sweaters in a color? My closet looks like like I’m working in a funeral parlor or one of those whacky salons where the stylists only wear black. Thanks. Love the blog!
This e-mail made me laugh because it’s so true. I have all my neutral bases covered, but finding colored sweaters is a challenge. So let’s have a look around, shall we?
How adorable is this Forever21 sweater in pale yellow? I also like this Wallis sweater in cobalt blue color block, and the large selection of colored crew neck sweaters at Old Navy (esp. this pink stripe sweater). Gap also has a wide selection of colors, though I recommend you size down.
Thank you for responding to my last question about the wedding shoes. Satin flats were the best idea!
I need your help finding a nail polish for New Year’s Eve. I want a gold or shimmery metallic polish, but I don’t want it to be chunky with glitter or electric looking, if that makes sense. Can you help me find a soft metallic polish that isn’t ugly?
Thanks again. Lacey
When I read your question, my first thought was OPI Glitzerland. It’s a soft, almost brushed, gold shade. And I like this OPI DS Desire shade, that comes up a pale brown shimmer. Deborah Lippman also has a fab rose gold shade that could also be worn to work it’s so subtle.