Ask Belle Roundup: Quick Fashion Questions
Mar 16, 2015
I started moonlighting as a waitress when I started working on the Hill as an unpaid intern, 10 years ago. I kept my second job for a variety of reasons. I’ve now “retired” as a waitress, and I want to mark the occasion. My thought is to take my last two months of tips (just under $1000), and buy something nice that will last a while. What would you get?
Thanks for all you do! — India
The first thing to do is think about what you will use, what you will wear, what you will cherish 10, 20 years from now. Perhaps it’s not something for your closet, maybe it’s a trip or a piece of art.
If you do decide to choose clothing, many women will say, “Buy a good pair of shoes.” But if you wear the shoes hard, you’re probably looking at five to 10 years, tops.
For my money, I would say a good quality bag, a solid trench coat, or a piece of jewelry that you can wear every day are your best bets. For the bag, I like this Sophie Hulme bag, this Burberry trench, or these diamond studs from Mizuki.
Personally, I’d put the money in my savings account and wait for something wonderful to present itself.
Can you help me find a navy dress for work? I need something with 3/4 or long sleeves. I want to spend less than $175. Thank you!
Navy is a great year-round color. If you can find something in a mid-weight or lightweight fabric, you’ll be in good shape for all but the hottest days. Here are a few suggestions.
Plus-size? This Mynt 1792 v-neck sheath is a nice choice. I couldn’t find an under-$100 choice that I liked, so if someone knows of a dress that fits what the reader was looking for in that price range, leave it in the comments.
My new employer has a rule about colored nail polish. Is this common? Anyway, the firm only allows pale pink shades. Do you have a favorite?
Good luck in law school! Katey
It’s not uncommon for professional employers to have rules about nail color. I wasn’t permitted to wear black or dark shades at one of my previous jobs. As for pale pink shades, I am a fan of Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Shape of My Heart’ and Nails Inc.’s Mayfair Lane.
Need to make your polish last? I love Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab base and top coat. When I paint my nails with the gel set, I get a solid 8-10 days with no chips.