Ask the Edit: Vol. V, No. 19
Apr 30, 2018
Eye creams, spring cardigans, intern attire, and more. You asked, I answered. Remember to submit your questions to capitolhillstyle (at) gmail.com. (Yes, still rocking the vintage address.)
I’m looking for a 3/4 sleeve lightweight button up cardigan in pure red (not orangey red or pinkish red). Something similar to the Nordstrom Halogen cardigan, which unfortunately does not come in red. Thanks!
I’m getting married in July and I’m really struggling with bridesmaids gifts. I’m lucky to know these seven amazing ladies who are dear friends and sisters, and come from dramatically walks of life (we’re talking fancypants lawyers to globetrotting bloggers living out of a backpack). We’re in our 30’s, so everyone has meaningful jewelry they already wear regularly. What is something you would like as a bridesmaids gift? We’re getting married in San Francisco, so I am planning to include a nice wrap to coordinate with their dresses, unless you think that look is too old fashioned? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
A nice wrap is a good gift. Just choose something in a neutral hue that they could wear again.
The best gifts I’ve heard of friends giving are gifts that are useful and beautiful. For example, a great canvas beach bag/leather tote is a good gift. You could go as simple as Land’s End or as expensive as Everlane’s Day totes. You can have them personalized or not. I prefer not, since I’m not all about a monogram, but some ladies are into it.
Also, jewelry boxes or travel pouches make good gifts. This Pottery Barn jewelry box comes highly recommended. These Graphic Image pouches are nice. I also like Mark & Graham’s oversized pouch and tech envelope.
Can you recommend a good eye cream? I’m Asian, so I don’t need a lot of face products at 32, but my Mom is insistent I use eye cream.
I don’t use an eye cream myself. Too many okay ones that didn’t live up to the hype long term. I do use these eye Wander gold eye masks after a long week or a sleepless night. But besides that, just a good moisturizer.
We just had this conversation in our Facebook community group, and I know a lot of the readers had suggestions. So if you haven’t joined us yet, now might be the time. The group usually has pretty awesome suggestions.
Oh, and I always wear sunglasses and get my eyes checked regularly. Squinters get eye wrinkles. Remember that.
I travel frequently for work for meetings and events. I’m in search of dresses that are a shift or a-line silhouette yet still professional looking so I can be a little more comfy on planes and trains when traveling and going straight to meetings. Nothing worse than being in tight pencil skirts for long flights! Any ideas?
Pencil skirts on airplanes, ugh. I don’t even want to think about the wrinkles.
This Karen Kane a-line dress is a good choice. I also like this Brooks Brothers ponte dress with a scallop trim. This Banana Republic ponte shift is also a good choice. Plus-size? Try this ABS a-line dress in black or this green Eliza J dress.
If you have a bit of money to spend, MM Lafleur has some great options. I like this Pauline Dress and this Ellis dress are both good choices. Their Georgia dress is also a summer go-to for me; it could not be more forgiving.
As a future hill intern I feel like I have a million questions for you, but here are two to start.
How do you feel about sweater blazers? They seem to be the perfect hybrid between blazer and cardigan but I rarely see them mentioned?
Also, specific to the hill, who pays for coffee when you ask someone (higher up) to get coffee with you? Is it the younger person because they asked? Or do they pay separately because the intern is young and probably poor?
Thanks so much! – jane
Let’s take these questions one at a time.
There are some nice options. I like this J.Crew Factory cardigan in beige. But a sweater blazer feels like a half-measure between a blazer and a nice cardigan. I would rather see someone in a relaxed blazer like this Express boyfriend blazer or in a great, drape cardigan than a sweater blazer. But if it works for you and your wardrobe, it’s not wrong, just not my preference.
As for coffee, if you invite a senior person and this is a networking session, you should offer even though 99% of the time they say no thanks and pay separately or cover yours. If it’s just an afternoon, “Hey, let’s get a coffee,” then expect to pay separately, no need to offer. If they offer to pay for yours and the offer seems sincere, let them. People bought us coffee when we were broke interns and we are happy to pass on that kindness when we can afford it.