Ask Belle: Business Casual Eyelet
May 27, 2014
I’m craving a white eyelet dress to wear this summer. I work in a casual office so it would be great if I could find a dress that would work there and on the weekends. I love the look of fit and flare, but I’m having trouble finding something that doesn’t make me look like a pre-teen. This Old Navy dress is the closest I’ve come but it makes me look like I’m 12 (and I’m nearly 30). Any suggestions?
Casual or not, I don’t think spaghetti straps are appropriate for the office. Even if you’re wearing a cardigan over it, you might need to take the sweater off at some point, which would leave you over exposed for the workplace. Let’s see if we can’t find something better.
For something feminine and flirty, don’t miss this Vince Camuto sleeveless dress. With a natural waist and an a-line skirt, it should be flattering on many figures. I also like this Nine West dress with a v-neck for $70 and this French Connection dress in a floral eyelet print. Plus-size? Try this Eliza J dress in a fit and flare shape.
I love this shirtdress from Michael Kors, the scroll print and the slim shape is fantastic. I also found this Eliza J belted shirtdress and this black Shoshanna shirtdress. Petite? Try this Spense shirtdress in white or black.
For the ease of a shift dress, try this short sleeve dress from Banana Republic. This Adrianna Papell dress has an elbow-length sleeve with a large woven pattern. I also found this dress with eyelet stripes from Ivy & Blu.