I recently bought this dress in seashore to wear to a summer wedding but unlike in the picture, it looks like I am wearing a sack when I put it on! I was thinking of belting it, any suggestions on color and shoe pairings?
First, even if you’re trying to add structure to a dress using a belt, you may still need to tailor it. In this case, even just taking a shapeless dress in an inch or two can make a huge difference. Because if you add a belt to a dress that looks too much like a sack, you won’t help anything.
For a dress in a bold blue, I would add a wide belt in either grey or cognac/medium brown. Whether you choose grey or brown for the belt, I think a flesh-toned shoe is best. I like these Pour la Victoire ankle-strap sandals.
I’ve always been pear shaped. Recently I’ve put on a few pounds and they’re – you guess it – on my butt. I need a couple new pairs of jeans to make me feel good again! Help!
Thank you!! NS
Whenever you gain weight, regardless of where you gain it, it should change how you dress your body. After a long vacation or a visit from my parents, I break out the flowy tops and a loose-fitting dresses. Concealment is the name of the game. In the case of weight gain in your tush, you have a slightly different calculus: am I concealing or am I embracing?
If you’re on team bootylicious, I would go for a skinny jean. Not a jegging, not an uber-skinny like one would find at AE or the like, but a skinny jean that could even be considered a slim or straight jean. My favorite jeans, as a pear-shaped person, are the Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans or their Straight Leg jeans (on Anniversary Sale for $119). If you need something cheaper, you may need to try on many pairs, but I would start with the Lucky Sweet n Straight jeans.
If you prefer the concealment route, I would suggest a bootcut or slim bootcut to balance out the disparity in proportion. AG Ballad jeans are a great choice, they have a bit of bootcut, but don’t cross the line into flare. I also like 7 for All Mankind’s mid-rise Kimmie jean for a wider leg opening. You can usually find these jeans, and all 7 products on sale for under-$100 if you do a bit of Googling.
Plus-size or petite? Leave your thoughts on the best jeans in the comments, jean shopping is something that requires first hand knowledge to be helpful.
Do you use a pedometer or a Fitbit? I would love to start using a pedometer (one that I could swim laps with would be awesome), but they aren’t especially stylish, and they also seem a little unprofessional, depending on the situation. Do you have a stylish pedometer? I work in a business casual setting.
Thank you, and good luck with your classes. M
Last summer, I used my FitBit religiously. It was a great way to hold myself accountable for getting off my ass. Then, I broke it. This year, since I’m driving more, I haven’t replaced it. However, I love the new Tory Burch for FitBit accessories, esp. the gold pendant necklace and the navy bracelet, so I think I’m going to put one on order.
As for the style aspect, so many people wear pedometers or Fuel Bands now, that I think it doesn’t matter so much. I don’t think it’s unprofessional, and as long as whichever model you choose doesn’t beep during my meeting or flash in a distracting way, I don’t care.
If you want one you can wear to swim laps, a friend of mine owns this Shine Sport Watch, you can wear it while swimming and it will track your entire workout. It also looks pretty chic for a pedometer.
My black twin set is worn out and I need a new one, but can’t seem to find any in the stores. Any ideas for me? I prefer petite sizing because regular cardigans are too long, and v necks seem to look better on me than crew necks.
Twinsets seem to go in and out of style, but there are a few retailers you can count on to stock them. J.Crew always has them, but crewnecks only. But I think your best bet here is going to be Land’s End. They stock cotton crewneck twinsets, and cashmere crewneck twinsets at reasonable prices. They also have every color imaginable, and offer misses, petites and plus.
I hope law school is going well out west. After five years in the workforce, I finally have my own business cards and I’d love a cute holder for them. When I looked around for one, all I could find were very masculine silver business card holders. I’d love to find one that was nice, feminine, and professional without being cutesy for under $50. I have no strong feelings about materials or color. Any ideas?
For my business card case, I went the non-fancy route and picked up a $5 aluminum one off Amazon. (It’s far too likely that I’ll lose it to carry something nice.) Kate Spade also makes a cute $20 case that is just whimsical enough without being unprofessional.