Fashion & Beauty Queries: Vol. IV, No. One
Jan 10, 2017
This may seem like a dumb question, but can you help me find a good long sleeve white tee shirt? All the ones I see in stores are sheer and thin.
Happy Holidays, Sofia
Several years ago, while visiting my Mother, I learned the secret to finding good t-shirts: You have to shop where either your outdoorsy Aunt or your Grandmother would shop. Sadly, the retailers who skew younger seem to think that Kleenex is the preferred weight. Brands like Columbia still make the heavy cotton tees we all remember. In fact, one of the best tees on the market is the Orvis Perfect Tee, available on Amazon, and just $39.
I also like this Caslon Long Sleeve Scoop Tee ($25). Land’s End has their go-to crewneck t-shirt, which comes in misses, petite and plus. And LL Bean has both their heavier Bean’s Tee and their medium weight Pima cotton tee.
Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? I just got a promotion and I think it’s time to leave my Old Navy ones behind me. Love the blog! Liz
First, congratulations on your promotion. And second, while Old Navy makes a very respectable jean for the price, if you’re looking to move up, I suggest you go to a store like Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s and try on lots of brands. Because, my favorite, may not be your favorite.
I have two brands I like: Paige and AG. My skinny jean of choice are the AG Farrah High Rise Skinnies. A word of caution though, they have A LOT of stretch in them. So I buy them one size smaller than I need, so that the fact they stretch out will work for me, instead of against me. This way, the slightly smaller jeans have a slimming effect, instead of just stretching out.
If you prefer a lower rise, the Paige Skyline Skinny is the only way to go.
I just started on Capitol Hill as an intern and I’m covered in blisters from giving tours. Help, please, help.
New and Sore
Hey kid, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. First off, no one will fault you if you change into a pair of cute, comfortable shoes to give tours. So if you’re giving them in high heels, stop punishing yourself. If I had it to do again, I’d be given tours in a pair of M.Gemi Moccasins or a pair of rubber-soled Cole Haan flats. And since a reader pointed out that it was dumb for me to suggest $200 shoes for an intern who works for free (facepalm), try these super cute $40 Isaac Mizrahi moccasins in pearl pink. (Duh, Belle, duh.)
You can wear a pair of nice, clean sneakers, if your boss says it’s okay. I wouldn’t–but if it’s that bad, the worst that will happen is people will know you’re an intern.
Second, you need anti-chafe stick. Smear it all over your feet to reduce the friction that causes blisters. It will give you an extra half-hour-plus of walking. And bring bandaids, just keep them in your wallet so you always have them.
Where did you get the nail polish set on your Instagram? I can’t find it anywhere.
If you’re referring to this berry-colored Deborah Lippmann set, you can find it at Net-a-Porter. She also makes an all nudes set, and an all pink set. They’re great for those of us who love nail polish, and want all the colors, but will never use the whole full-size bottle.