First of all, congratulations on passing the bar! Secondly, I need some advice on a dress I recently purchased from MM LaFleur. It’s the Sarah dress in black. I love it and feel amazingly confident and powerful for my upcoming presentation. But, I’m at a loss on how to pair a blazer with it. I’ve tried sweaters, but they look too informal, and I even tried one of MM LaFleur’s jardigans. I don’t want to have bare arms during the presentation, but I don’t want to ruin the fabulous dress either.
Help please, M
When you’re looking for a blazer to pair with a dress, it’s best if they have complementary necklines. In this case, the high crewneck of the Sarah dress, would work best with a round-collared jacket. I own this fringe-tweed jacket from Nordstrom, and I highly recommend it. The higher neckline, the melange of blue, white, and black, it all works well with the black dress. For something less expensive, try this Ann Taylor tweed jacket.
Looking for some other options? I also considered this lantern sleeve jacket from boohoo, this white jacket with a peplum, and this long Ming Wang jacket.
Long time follower of your blog, here! I’m looking for a pair of boyshorts to go under dresses for the summer. Bonus points if they are “shapewear light,” meaning they suck in my post-partum belly but don’t constrict, so I can wear them with a tee shirt dress all day and feel comfortable.
I typically wear Hanky Panky’s Eve thong underwear under dresses. They’re seamless, comfortable, and no-show.
For something with some shapewear in it, there are a couple of options. Yummie and Spanx both make thongs with high-waists to give you a slight slimming effect, as does a UK brand called Smoothees. For something more affordable, H&M makes a light-shaping thong to slim the tummy.
I missed the reader’s original request for boyshorts. I read the question too quickly, and thought she was merely looking for underwear under summer dresses. I prefer thongs, because VPL is the bane of my jersey-dress dependent summer wardrobe, but ask for boyshorts, and boyshorts you shall receive. Several very kind readers recommended the Jockey Skimmies in the comments. I like the Yummie brand because they provide light shapewear that doesn’t feel like a cage; they also make a shaping boyshort.
For medical reasons, I need to keep my right upper arm out of the sun for the next year. I’ve got two weddings in June that will both be outdoors – one in Northern California near San Francisco and one by a lake in Montana between Missoula and Kalispell. We are going to both in one trip so I’d prefer to pack just one dress. No black. Also, I can’t imagine spending more than $150 on a dress. Suggestions?
First off, let me say that if you’re headed to that region of Montana, you’re going to want to pack a warm shawl or a jacket. Once the sun goes down, your summer nights get decidedly chilly.
Now to your real question, it is difficult to find a long sleeve dress that isn’t black. I am loving this Aqua bell sleeve dress; very on trend in pale pink. This London dress is blush with a cool lace print to it. This cobalt dress from Ralph Lauren is really bright, with the right accessories it would be lovely. I also like this faux wrap in raspberry with a small cut-out detail.
I’m looking for a replacement for Hourglass Primer. I love the primer, but the price makes me cringe every time I run out. Any recommendations?
If you must use the Hourglass, I recommend buying the bigger $75 size. Ounce for ounce, it’s a better deal than the smaller tubes. But if you’re really looking to save money…The Interwebs informs me that the NYX Angel Veil is the closest drugstore alternative.