Ask the Edit Vol. IV, No. Thirty-Seven
Nov 28, 2017
This week’s Ask the Edit features advice on affordable blouses for work, faux-leather leggings, regrowing eyebrows, and more…
My workplace is business-casual and I struggle to find the right balance with my outfits between work-appropriate and relaxed. I have found that my ideal uniform is a button-up single-color or small-pattern blouse and ankle pants. However, something has happened this season where all I can find are blouses that are off-the-shoulder, with bell sleeves, or have a hideous pattern. What gives?
Any leads on affordable ($50 or less) blouses that I can wear with everything would be tremendous. Bonus points for tall sizes.
An exaggerated sleeve is a trend I like, but even I am tired of all the cold-shoulder and bell-sleeve tops on the market. I have two bell sleeve blouses, but I certainly don’t need to own 20.
Under-$50 is a difficult price range, but H&M has some nice tops in that price point. This green and white dot has feminine look, as does this black and white dot top. I also like this star print sheer blouse. This stud-front blouse is also a stylish choice.
Your Instagram said that you’re growing out your eyebrows using a serum. Mine were overwaxed for too many years and I could use some help reviving them. Your video didn’t say what you were using, what brand is the serum?
I wish I had taken a before photo so that you could appreciate how much better the after photo looked. It’s too bad. Regardless, the serum I’m using is from Amazon. It’s essentially a poor-man’s Latisse called Babe Lash. I bought it to use on my eyelashes, but it gave me little white bumps on my follicles, so I repurposed it.
Good morning Abra!
I’m scouting for faux leather leggings. I tried the Spanx option because it was highly rated and didn’t like that they lacked a vertical seam at the back and front of the top. It made them look more unnatural somehow. My aim is to find a sheen that isn’t patent leather shiny. Any suggestions?
Thank you! Sarah
I tried the Spanx leggings. I like them, but when you’re trying to make a pair of leather leggings work, you need to feel comfortable.
LOFT has a pair of faux-leather leggings that might be worth a shot. A friend owns these Club Monaco leggings and speaks highly of them. You might also give this Halogen pair a try. Plus-size? These Seven7 leggings have a nice look to them.
I am looking for the best layering tanks. Ideally, they’d be longer to wear under sweaters and shirts, lightweight but formfitting. Any ideas? Thank you!
My daughter wants makeup brushes for Christmas this year. I didn’t know they would be so expensive. I need to keep her gift in the $50 range, but when I went to Sephora, I could buy only one or two good brushes for that sum. Can you recommend a brush set that is high quality but won’t break my budget?
With thanks, Louise
The It! Cosmetics brushes are excellent quality, and a set of five costs $58. They’re cruelty free and quite fluffy. If she keeps them clean (I recommend these Sephora wipes for in-between cleaning), they should last for several years. If you must stay under-$50, these Tarte brushes are well made and come with the cutest holder.
Personally, I like Sigma brushes the best. The rumor is that they make MAC’s brushes. However, they’re a bit spendy at $84 for a basic set.