Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Seventeen
Apr 15, 2014
I have a lot of weddings to attend this year, five in all. Four of them are cocktail attire and one is casual. I have dresses aplenty, but I need a pair of shoes to wear that will work with anything and everything. Suggestions?
Metallics are always a good choice. I like something with skinny straps so they don’t overwhelm the look. Since you didn’t specify a price range, J.Crew offers both this ankle-strap pair and this Dirty Dancing-esque cage sandal in the under-$250 price point. I also love these gorgeous, understated pewter Pelle Moda slingback sandals for around $150.
Looking for something less expensive? Try these silver Caparros ankle-strap sandals or these Charles David Bezel sandals. But my favorite are these Steve Madden Dussty Sandals in gold, which have a very Kate Spade look to them.
I saw on the news that it’s spring where you are, but it still feels like winter where I live. How long can I wear tights and boots before it becomes faux pas?
Thank you! KW
I usually hang up my boots and tights around April Fool’s Day, though with the unseasonably cold weather, I’ve pushed that boundary a couple of times. But wearing tights and boots is more weather dependent than date dependent. So here’s my new rule:
If you have to wear a winter coat to tolerate the temperatures, than boots and tights are fine regardless of the date. If it’s just a bit nippy and it’s after April 1, whether you wear tights is your choice but, no boots. If you most of your compatriots sporting bare legs, it’s time to hang up the leg wear until October.
I love the blog! Do you have some quick tips for getting my feet into sandal shape? I’m on a tight budget and don’t want to fall into the pedicure trap. Once you pop, you can’t stop on the pedis.
First off, I recommend a PedEgg to remove calluses and dry spots with minimal effort. Secondly, to prevent calluses from forming, try a product like Bag Balm to prevent dryness and cracking. Lastly, to get the skin in shape, I recommend Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil.
Once you have everything prepped, I recommend Deborah Lippman Gel Lab base and top coat for a long-lasting polish application. It’s a great product that keeps your polish looking pristine longer.
I’m on an intern budget but need to buy clothes to wear to my new job. Can you recommend a few stores where I can find professional clothing cheaply? I went to the outlet mall to look around but everything was cotton mini skirts and ripped jeans.
Thanks for your help and your blog, Amy
H&M would be a great place to start. They make a wide variety of types and styles. This chiffon blouse is perfectly appropriate for work in comes in several colors. I also like this black fitted blazer, it’s a great basic. And don’t miss this printed teal dress for something a bit more unique.
I would also try Zara for blazers and Nordstrom for under-$100 skirts. Limited has great suits for the price (please take a pass on the capri pants). And if it’s dresses you’re after, LOFT has a few nice options, like this tulip skirt dress, as does J.Crew Factory.