Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. Five
Jan 22, 2014
I’m trying to figure out where to get a bridesmaid dress altered in the DC area. I can’t seem to find on the blog the name of the tailor you typically use or if you have suggestions? I appreciate any help you can offer!
I take my clothes to Cheryl Lofton on T Street. Her shop is about 1 block from the Howard University Metro stop. She’s very busy, so it can take a week or two to get things back. So if I just need a hem done or a small repair, I’ll go to my dry cleaner. But for a bridesmaid’s dress, I would definitely take it to her.
Thanks to you, I bought my first wear-to-work dress this fall and I wear it all the time. Too much, actually. Can you suggest a couple of short or long sleeve dresses under-$100? I’d like to add a few more to my wardrobe, but funds are limited.
Because it’s almost February, I would recommend looking for dresses that can be worn now or in a few months. Here are a few dresses to keep you going through the spring.
I own the Felicity dress, and it’s the closest thing to Black Halo or 4Collective that I’ve found in the under-$200 price range. The fit is snug, but if you size it right, still work appropriate. The fabric feels good to the touch and the dress is well constructed. They do run a little small, so I always size up. Their Contrast Panel Sheath is also a good choice for the office.
The Limited dress is a good all-year basic. I like that the bottom has a tulip shape, so it’s more forgiving than a pencil dress. If you have a bit more to spend, I am in love with this Ivy & Blu sheath with a high-cowl neckline for $175.
Also in black, this LOFT dress (also in petite) has a color that works for winter and a shape for spring. (Though if you’re going to wear it with tights, grab the static guard.) It could also benefit from the addition of a wide black belt. And speaking of Ann Taylor, I’m waiting for this black and white sheath ($129) to go on sale.
ASOS is one of the best places to find dresses. However, you need to remember that it’s UK sizing, so it runs a bit small. I like this flame red dress, but if you’re not feeling that bold, the clean lines on this Structured Pencil Dress are to.die.for (very Victoria Beckham). I also like this knot-front dress in burnt orange.
Plus-size? This Scarlet & Jo dress (also in teal) would look great with tights or without. And this London Times dress mixes grey, white and pale blue for just the right amount of spring color. Petite? Try this ruched herringbone dress from Anthropologie or this red, long sleeve peplum dress also from Anthro.
My husband is taking me to the Caribbean for my birthday in February. I need to buy a swimsuit cover, but everything I find is $75+. It seems stupid to spend that much. Any suggestions for something cheaper?
It really is criminal what people with charge for $7 of cotton voile, isn’t it? Because they can be so expensive, I usually skip the traditional cover-up altogether. If I’m at the pool, I’m wearing one of two things: A men’s button-up shirt or a t-shirt dress.
I found this striped t-shirt dress at Target for $24, though it also comes in solid colors. However, the best place to find inexpensive swim cover-ups in all sizes from petite to plus, is on 6pm.com. They have a great selection, all deeply discounted.