Ask the Edit: Vol. IV, No. Twenty-Six
Sep 26, 2017
Solutions for dry hands, boots for fall, cocktail dresses for a conference, and more…
I am a longtime reader and a lawyer who needs fashion advice. Help! I need dress/outfit suggestions for a cocktail reception I am attending a national conference for judges. I would prefer not to wear a black suit or black dress, so I would appreciate your help. Please advice. Thank you!
I agree with your instinct not to wear black. While a chic LBD is a great piece to own, for these types of events, I think it’s helpful to stand out. Plus, it’s fun to have a reason to get dressed up from time to time.
My first instinct would be a jewel-tone dress like this amethyst Karen Millen sheath. It’s a work-appropriate length but has a feminine ruffle sleeve. Other options include this green sleeveless sheath, this navy jacquard dress, and this $50 cobalt dress. Plus-size? This Leota circle-print dress is a nice day-to-night number.
You posted about booties last week, but I need boots for work. I’m looking for something tall with an under three-inch heel that I can wear with tights. What have you seen?
Love the blog. Kay
There are fewer options in this category this year, probably do to the prevalence of booties. Let’s see what we can find.
This Vince Camuto Estiva boot has sleek lines and a chunkier heel. These Ralph Lauren wedge boots might also work, depending on the office. And for something under-$75, this Impo Norris boot is a good choice.
But out of all the boots I saw, these Sam Edelman Olencia boots are the best. They have a clean, sophisticated look and classic style. The one hitch is a 3.5″ heel. Though if you buy a half-size up, you can add an insole for more comfort and stability.
Wider calves? Lane Bryant has a cute pair of kitten heel boots in wider widths.
What is Squalane? My skincare obsessed SIL keeps telling me I need to try it, but I don’t really want to ask her about it. Please help.
Squalane is currently the must-have beauty buzzword. It’s an antioxidant that hydrates and replenishes skin. Like most of-the-moment skincare ingredients, I’ve heard everything from brighter skin, to fewer wrinkles, to no acne. I tend not to believe any of it, until I see it on my own face.
Love your blog! I need your advice on styling pleated midi-length skirts (specifically a maroon one). I love the skirt, but am at a loss with how to wear it to work. Is it possible to wear it with flats? I work in a pretty casual office, but I like to occasionally wear skirts/dresses.
If you like midi skirts, this is your year. Midis are everywhere, especially pleated midis. Let’s take your styling questions one at a time.
For tops, I would try a cashmere sweater, Everlane has some nice ones. I would recommend ivory, beige, camel, navy, or grey. An ivory tie-neck blouse would be another nice choice. Or think a little outside the box, and choose a blush-colored blouse.
The one thing to really avoid would be to add any more bulk. A pleated skirt has a lot of weight to it, so don’t add an oversized cardi or a bell sleeve blouse. Just stick with something sleeker and slimmer to balance the skirt.
In the mood for a maroon pleated skirt? Try this one from Boohoo with box pleats.
Can you recommend a hand or cuticle cream? It’s only September, and mine are already dry and splitting. Yuck.
I like O’Keeffe’s working hands. It’s made for people who wash their hands a lot so it works well with dryness. For something more natural, Burt’s Bees makes a good cuticle cream. If it gets really bad, try a pair of moisturizing gloves. I wear mine while I clean the house.
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