Hi, Belle–I am a young attorney (currently a law clerk) and I’m flying to both DC and New York to interview for associate positions at law firms in early February. It’s usually not too hard to figure out what to wear to an interview with a law firm–a conservative suit, duh–but the added hard-winter element of it is throwing me a bit. Conventional wisdom, of course, is that I have to wear a skirt suit, which then raises the question–WHAT DO I DO WITH MY PASTY, FREEZING COLD LEGS?! My only idea is to wear hose, which provide only a negligible amount of warmth. Help, please!LE
You don’t have to wear a skirt suit. This is the 21st Century, of course you can wear pants. As long as the suit is professional, tailored, and makes you feel confident, it will be fine.
If you want to wear a skirt suit, you’re going to need to wear nylons. I like Donna Karan the Nudes because you usually can’t tell you’re wearing nylons at all. They used to come in a wider variety of colors, but sadly, the choices are limited now. The Bustle has some good suggestions for nylons in an array of skin tones. I wouldn’t wear tights, as they look less professional than nylons, esp. to an older generation.
If you’re concerned the nylons won’t be enough to eliminate the winter-time pastiness, I would invest in a gradual change lotion like St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic or Jergens Natural Glow. Over time, they impart a hint of color that doesn’t look too fake or too orange.
Regardless, to both keep you warm and help you arrive on time, I would set aside some money for a cab/Uber. Arriving by car can take some of the worry and hassle out of getting to your interview. And this may just be me, but I like to arrive looking fresh as a daisy without the risk of having my hair ruined in the Metro entrance wind vortex.
Hi Belle,Can you help me find a pair of navy heels? All the pairs I find are really matronly. Something under $150 and three inches or less would be ideal.Thank you in advance, CM
My first thought was Sole Society’s popular Jenn d’Orsay Pump. It’s affordable, comfortable and stylish. The only issue is that it’s suede (as most navy heels on the market are, thanks Elvis).
If you prefer leather, the Nine West Flax Heel is a good basic. My preference would be the Calvin Klein Gayle Pump; they’re surprisingly comfortable. For a round-toe pump, try the basic Corso Como Del.
If you have the money to splurge, the Kate Spade Licorice Heel is always a good pick.
Belle-I recently upgraded my eyeshadows and eyeliners to Bobbi Brown. I love them, but I don’t think I have the right brushes to apply them. What do I need, like actually need?Lizzie
You have two choices: You can buy good brushes and take care of them, or you can buy cheap brushes and replace them regularly. For eye shadow, brush quality isn’t nearly as important as with face brushes. So if you want to buy a cheap set, like this $16 Sonia Kashuk set or this $9 EcoTools set, you can.
If you want to buy good quality brushes, I am of the mind that you need a sweeper, a creaser, and an eyeliner. That’s it.
Sigma is my favorite brand. If I were just going to buy three brushes, I would buy this round-head brush for applying color all over the lid. This dome brush from inside the crease. And their small angle line brush for applying gel and powder liner.
But for the money, you’re best bet is their “essential” eye brush set for $35.