Ask the Edit: Vol. V, No. Eight
Feb 21, 2018
Work separates instead of suits, a Great Gatsby wedding, at-home manicure tips and more on today’s Ask the Edit.
I’m realizing that I should probably have something resembling a suit in my closet, even though I rarely need to dress that formally. I’d like to be able to mix and match items, like dresses, pants & tops, blazers, to resemble a suit. Any tips
I would recommend buying a suit. If there is any chance you’ll need one, you should have one. But let’s say your committed to mixing separates…
You need to choose a color palette — navy, grey, brown, black. I always choose black because I prefer it. This way all of your pieces will coordinate. Look at the tops and blouses you already own and choose your separates accordingly.
Lastly, don’t try to coordinate a blazer with a skirt or pants of the same color that aren’t a suit. You may not notice in your closet, but slight variations in color and fabric can make separates that aren’t a suit look weird together. It’s easier to coordinate intentionally different textures and colors. Here are three examples.
Can you or the readers suggest a washable dupe for these pants in black?
Love Theory, love the slim full-length fit of these, love the stretch fabric; cannot do dry-clean only.
A friend of mine has a Great Gatsby-themed wedding coming up and has asked the guests to join in with themed attire. I’m just wondering, how can I join in the fun without looking like I’m wearing a costume? Any ideas?
One option struck me: a satin gown in a classic color with the right accessories.
I think a satin slip gown is a nice homage to the flapper era without the sequins. This Halston dress and this chili-colored Off5th dress caught my eye. Add a faux-fur stole or a caplet for extra jazz.
If you’re not feeling the stole, a headpiece would be a nice addition. This $10 jewel-rhinestone piece if great. This rhinestone option from Etsy is also nice. Want to go all in? This flapper headpiece with feathers is fun.
You mentioned you paint your own nails, how do you treat your cuticles? I’d like to start doing my own manis and pedis, but I’m not sure how to get the salon look.
Essie Cuticle Oil is an affordable product that you brush on to heal and keep your cuticles looking great. If you want to focus on removal, Orly Cutique will remove cuticles and stains. Instead of a scissor, I prefer to just nudge my cuticles out of the way with this cuticle stick. This YouTube video can teach you how to do a killer at home manicure.
I’m looking for a trench coat for spring. I looked back at your posts from the past but the ones I loved were all sold out, and ASOS is pretty picked over. Can’t decide between a classic tan or a black. Looking around the $100 price point. Any suggestions?
For classic tan, H&M makes a classic trench. If you love in a wet climate, this water resistant Calvin Klein is worth a look. The best construction in this price point likely comes from this ASOS coat from Vila, which is fully lined.
I need a new pair of wide leg jeans. I know, I’m the last one wearing non-skinny jeans. They don’t have to be really wide, just something beyond slim and more even than bootcut. Thanks.
I keep hearing rumors that wider leg openings are coming back, but the promises don’t fully materialize. Skinny jeans are fine, but I’d like a bit more variety in my wardrobe.
NYDJ has a nice trouser jean (also in plus-size). 7 for All Mankind makes a wonderful wide leg called the Dojo, which has been my favorite for years. If you’re looking for affordable denim, my secret spot is 6pm.com. It’s a bit of an Easter Egg hunt, but it’s worth it.