Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Thirty-Three
Jul 28, 2014
Can you help me find a v-neck sheath dress? I’m on the bustier side and the crewnecks are uncomfortable and verging on inappropriate. I’d love to switch up my style with more dresses, but everything I find has a high neck. I want to spend $200 or less.
Thank you! Rachel
Navigating the challenges of having a large bust is not something I’ve ever had to do, but finding v-neck dresses is something that I can help you do. If you like a bit of a sleeve, this Classiques Entier dress is one of the best things at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I also love this navy dress from Banana Republic. BR also has a short sleeve, v-neck sheath in pale grey and in charcoal pinstripes. (BR is having a 30%-off sale, use code BIGTIME.)
Petite? Those Banana Republic dresses are made in your size. Plus-size? Try this black, Kasper sleeveless sheath.
You recommended some pearl earrings awhile back that were on the smaller side. Do you remember what brand they were?
Love the blog! Sas
That was awhile ago. I looked for them, but they’re sold out. They were from Juliet Co. If I had to recommend a pair, I would refer you to these Kenneth Jay Lane faux-pearl studs or to these J.Crew pearl studs, both under-$50.
I bought the Halogen skirt you recommended last week and I love it! Do you have a suggestion for trousers for work? I used to wear the Express brand, but I’d like to buy something a bit nicer.
The J.Crew Hutton trousers are my favorite pants. They’re $168 a pair. If you’re looking to spend under-$100, LOFT has a great selection that can be snapped up at one of their many sales. I like their Zoe trousers, which have a light flare leg, and their Marisa fit bootcut pants.
Banana Republic also has some nice trousers. If you like ankle-length trousers, the Sloan fit has a straight leg. But the Martin fit is my favorite style, just enough flare to balance a pear-shape. (BR is having a 30%-off sale, use code BIGTIME.)
It’s almost trench-coat season. Do you still like your J.Crew trench?
Hope law school is going well, glad you kept blogging! Michaela
The answer to your question is: No, I do not recommend the J.Crew trench. I bought it last year, and wore it less than ten times before the seams started coming apart. That’s just not acceptable.
I’m saving up for this Burberry trench, because when something’s a staple, you should buy the best quality you can afford. It’s a lifetime purchase.
In the under-$250 category, one of my friends owns this Banana Republic trench and likes it. London Fog makes a nice trench, which also comes in plus-size. This Gap trench is a good under-$150 option (wait for the sale and snag it for less), and it comes in petite and tall sizes. (BR and Gap are having a 30%-off sale, use code BIGTIME.)