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elirod19 asked: I'm a huge fan of yours! I just got an invite for a great gasby themed party. I'm wicked excited about it until I saw that it is in 2 weeks! I am in desperate need to find a dress. I am really hoping to find a 20s inspired drop waist dress that is under $60 that I would be able to receive in less than two weeks. I am short and curvy. Please help!

The first place I looked was RTR because I basically had to do the exact same thing for a party my sister had several weeks ago. I had no idea where to get a dress in time but luckily this one ($30) and this one ($40) were available. I checked the general time frame you mentioned and it looks like they might be available for you too. I ended up wearing the nude-colored one and it was great. Accessories—a red lip, deco-style jewelry, hair—will help. 

Here are two other options: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent’s dress ($40) and Haute Hippe’s dress ($35) could be perfect with the right styling. 

If you want to go more costume-y, eDressMe has a flapper-style dress for $66. This dress from Shoptiques is another option ($48). You might be able to do some fun styling with this striped dress from Boohoo ($20). 

Have fun! 

--tigerlilly asked: Hi Jaclyn! I was wondering if you knew where I could get a nice winter parka without breaking the bank? Love your blog!

The best source for quality at an affordable price is Lands’ End. (They often run sales or promotions too. Get 20% off today with code FALLBREEZE and pin 1755.) For lightweight options, I like their fleece-lined parka ($80) and the really chic quilted PrimaLoft-insulated parka ($109). For a heavier, warmer coat, their heathered down parka ($159) is perfect. I like the dark stone color. 

Other cheap options under $100 include this padded parka from H&M ($50) and this similar H&M style for $60. Target doesn’t have a ton of outerwear available yet, but keep an eye out there too. I had a puff coat from Target several years ago and it was very warm. 

If you don’t mind spending a little more, check out ZARA’s ultralight parka ($129) and this insulated version by Noize marked down on Sierra Trading post to $140 from $199. A pricier (but high quality option) is The North Face’s insulated parkas. This one is $180. 

daisiesallday asked: hi! long-time reader and love ur blog! i am in my best's wedding at the end of october. our only assignment for the dresses: non-floor-length black dress. i'm reaching out to you because this amazing criteria = challenging! im 5'7 and between 8-10 size. my boobs are on the larger side so I ideally would like straps. all of the other maids are beautiful and stylish and without taking away from bride, id love to feel remarkable. im in nyc and the options have me over my head! hope you can guide me

I love black bridesmaid dresses! Fun. 

The first place I checked was J.Crew and found two options you might like. The first—the lace Natalia dress—is $275 and GORGEOUS. The second, a silk dupioni dress for $265, is also very pretty. 

Ann Taylor’s bridal section has a dress that could work too: This silk georgette tank dress for $265. 

Here are a few other random options: Gilt has discounted a Shoshanna sheath dress to $149, but the neckline might be lower than you’d like. This Cynthia Steffe dress is really interesting ($198). I’m not always a fan of cap sleeves, but I love the overall effect on this ML Monique Lhuillier dress ($224). Nordstorm has an Alfred Sung satin fit-and-flare for $188 (the neckline is a little low on this one too). The embossed print on this scuba fit-and-flare by Laundry by Shelli Segal might be a bit much, but I like the shape ($225). This Banana Republic ponte dress might be too casual, but wanted to include it ($85 from $120). 

If you want a really budget-friendly dress, RTR has some super-low prices on black dresses. This Halston Heritage rents for just $40! It looks short on the model but less so on the photos of actual people wearing it. If you want more of a sheath dress shape, this Elie Tahari is REALLY pretty and very inexpensive ($35). Tibi’s dress here ($40) is really structured. Last, but not least, this Temperley dress ($40) has this great textured fabric and an interesting bodice design. 

nosmokewithoutpryor asked: Alright my dear.. I've got one for you! I have about a thousand flowy tops, but I'm on the hunt for some new "fitted" basic tanks. Not tight (no one needs that in their 30's), but fitted - so think Old Navy Ribbed Tanks, or H&M or Target camis.. but something a bit classier that maybe has a more interesting neckline, or more versatile cut, that I could dress up or down and wear with a maxi skirt or jean shorts. Any ideas? xo

Hi there friend! :) 

Not sure if you’ve seen these: H&M has a pretty lace-trimmed tank in 4 neutral colors for just $9.95. If you want a slightly different design, see this lace-trimmed jersey tank for $12.95. 

Another favorite (I love the length of these) is J.Crew’s Perfect-Fit tank. (See more colors here.) They’re just $22.50 each and you can take 25% off with code SHOPTIME right now. The straps are thin—they look more dressy than a basic ribbed tank. I love the slightly scooped back too. J.Crew Factory’s dupe is the Slim Fit Tank ($14.50). 

I’m loving the looks of Gap’s Supersoft tank ($18.50 each, 3 colors). It’s simple but pretty. 

I think front racer tanks can be really flattering. This ribbed version from F21 is just $8.90! (This might look awesome with a maxi skirt.) David Lerner’s curved hem tank is pricey at $66 and might be a little less fitted than you want, but I think it would be perfect with shorts. 

Revolve Clothing tends to stock more flowy tanks, but if you can get to the basics stuff, there are some great options. James Perse’s Daily Racer Tank (about $30-$45) is available in tons of colors and looks like the ideal basic tank top. I like the higher neck on Bobi’s modal rib tank ($42). 

Another option is Everlane’s Ryan tank—just get a size smaller than you normally would. It’s $20. 

emmafolds asked: Hi Jaclyn! I've got a friend's 30th birthday party coming up next month, and I want something with sparkle! I tend to wear fit and flare/50s silhouettes, but add sequins to those and it looks full-on prom! Could you help me find something, knee length or longer, that will flatter my pear shape and also be slightly OTT glam?

Yes! The first one I found is this French Connection dress, marked down to just $70 (from $328!!!). Lots of sizes are still available. It still nips in at the waist and has some volume through the skirt without being a true fit-and-flare. SO pretty. 

Another option is this super-hot black sequined Vince Camuto on sale from Amazon for $40! I like the longer sleeves and it will still give you a defined waistline. I’m not sure what size you are and I know a sheath dress probably isn’t a style you’re interested in, but I had to include this David Meister sequined dress because it’s marked down to $142 (from $408) in sizes 4 and 6. This Mango dress might be a little shorter than you want, but because it has such a defined waist, you may like it! It’s on sale for $70 (from $120). 

I’m not sure how you feel about the silhouette of this TFNC dress from ASOS ($87), but the faux top + skirt is fun and I love the bright silver sequins. 

This Max & Cleo fit-and-flare style doesn’t read prom to me because it’s all black and only sequined on the bodice. It’s just $43! A similar—but longer—option is this chic Hayden dress ($119). 

If you want to go really over the top, this Jovonna maxi dress from ASOS ($73, sizes 4 and 6 available) is amazing. You could also do this sequin and jersey long dress from Jessica Simpson on 6PM for $98 (from $168). You could do FULL SEQUIN GLAM with this Badgley Mischka from RTR ($80). (Or do the shorter version for $40). 

RTR also has this (pretty amazing) Kate Spade fit and flare for $40. I feel like you would feel comfortable in it, and depending on how you style it, it wouldn’t look prom-ish at all. If you want something less voluminous, this pewter Milly dress ($30) has a great nipped-in waist. 

sliu asked: Hey Jaclyn, I bought the Maeve lattice dress in red from Anthropologie and as much as i love it, I have no idea what color shoes/bag to get with it. It's for a wedding so I'm shooting for flats (or flat sandals) and a small clutch, but what color? gold? silver? white? Do I match the flats to the bag? Am I asking too many questions?! Thanks for your help!

This is exactly why I hardly ever wear red dresses—even though I own a few that I very much like. The shoe/bag conundrum is always a fun sucker.

ANYWAY, I have two ideas:

  • Nude shoes + neutral clutch, maybe a light leather (like this) or one with metallic/hints of metallic (like this or this) OR a b&w clutch (like this or this or this). I think nude D’Orsay flats would look really great. Examples here, here, here
  • White shoes + beaded/textured clutch. Matchy-matchy is usually bad news, but you can toe the line a little bit by bringing in the dress color on the beads or stitching, like on this one from Anthro.You could also do something real wild, like this one from Aldo. Here’s another fun option that you could wear practically any shoe with. A textured bag like this would work well with white shoes. For shoes, something like these Report sandals ($60) would be great. An ankle strap helps sandals look a little more dressy (these are $70). If you have some wedges like this ($90)? PERFECT. (I know you said flats or sandals, but wedges are close.) You could also do a very, very small baby wedge like these ($70). 

Hey, you could always do leopard shoes like these! :/

I’m sorry, I think I’m probably just confusing you more now. 

beenanz asked: Hi Jaclyn, you always have the best advice! I'm not sure if you've answered this question previously but do you have any recommendations for maxi dresses for those of us on the shorter side? I am 5'2 and going on vacation in Thailand in a few months. Have always loved the maxi look but scared that I don't have the height to pull it off. Do I just buy the standard ones and get them shortened or is it just plain wrong for us vertically-challenged people to wear these? Help! Many thanks, Bee

The first thing I’d tell you to do is calculate your height in inches (you’re about 62” tall) and then subtract about 12 inches from that (the typical shoulder to top of head measurement—for you, that gives us 50”). If you have a tape measure laying around, get a more precise measurement by measuring from your shoulder to the top of your foot/ankle. Now you’ve got a good idea of the length you need (50”) and since many retailers list their maxi dress measurements, you can start to weed out the ones that would be too long or would require tailoring (ugh). 

(Also everyone can wear maxi dresses! It’s not plain wrong!) 

If you want something fun for your vacation, this Felicity & Coco jersey dress ($78) is available in petite. I like the cutout in the back. Anthro has this great knotted jersey maxi on sale for $70 (from $118). It’s cut a bit shorter and the proportions are good for a petite frame. (This would be super comfy for traveling too!) LOFT carries several petite maxi styles. This floral maxi would be pretty for dinner and it’s marked down to $94 with 40% off at checkout. This one ($69.50) looks like a skirt/top combo and I always find that silhouette to be really flattering on petite women. Boden’s Maya maxi dress ($74 from $148) is available in petite sizes too. Old Navy carries petite styles too. I kind of love this dress ($30)—it’ll let you show off a little leg! 

Target’s petite selection offers you some really affordable options. I own this dress ($30) and love it. This basic tank maxi is marked down to just $14.98! 

Strapless maxis with ruffle bodices are really flattering for petite women too. They help elongate the entire lower half. For strapless maxis, you’re going to want to take another 7” or so off your ideal length measurement. So—you’ll want to be looking out for a dress about 43” long. This Felicity & Coco one is available in petite for $78. 

Last, I searched for maxis right around the 50” (from shoulder) or 43” (from bust) measurement. This Soft Joie dress ($106 from $178) is just the right length for you. This strapless Lily Aldridge for Velvet dress ($128) is pretty. This Billabong one ($70) works too. This Dolce Vita dress is marked down to $100 (from $220). There are a few left on 6PM for $67. If something looks short on the model—this Gap dress, also available in petite, for $60—definitely check the measurements if you can or look for a petite version. 

I hope this helps and have a wonderful time on your vacation! It sounds amazing. 

broslikethischick asked: Hi Jaclyn! I am going to a formal wedding in Santa Barbara in two weeks, and I can not find a dress anywhere! I am trying to avoid strapless, and go for a more form fitting build. I'm also broke, so I would love to find one for under $100. Your input would be greatly appreciated!

Hi! I’m not sure what size you are, but if you happen to be a size 8, this Lauren Ralph Lauren pink dress is marked down to $55 (from $180). I also stumbled upon this great, inexpensive long gown from Missguided: it’s black, with a flattering higher neck and is bodycon. It’s just $72! It’s also available in blue and a few other colors. If you like a halter neck, this Kamalikulture gown ($92) is pretty. ASOS is always a great source for affordable dresses. If you’re comfortable going cocktail-length, this dove gray dress ($87) is very simple and chic. I also like this peplum hem midi dress ($54). This black halter midi is nice too ($54). For long options, I love this cowl back gown in black or blue ($73). This red dress with lace detail is $100.60. 

If you’ve never used RTR, you should check it out—there is a good selection of formal styles on there for less than $100. I love this wine-colored Nicole Miller gown ($70). If you like teal, this Nicole Miller has a great back ($100). I love all the textures on this black Nicole Miller ($80). If you want something really minimal, this Blumarine ($70) is a good choice. The draping on this DKNY dress ($70) is flattering. Last, I love the purple color of this Issa gown ($80). 

rivermelody-pondsong asked: Help! I need a vacation-date dress for the beginning of September. Not super fancy (or super pricey), but something cute that will "go" with my husband wearing khakis and a button down or something. I have a 4 month old baby, and while I obviously won't need to nurse in this dress, I will need to accommodate nursing boobs. :( I just tried on an old favorite with a snug bodice and high neck line, and I looked ridiculous. Ideas? (Something with a little tummy concealment won't hurt either.)

I think I found some really fun dresses for you! 

First is this pretty b&w dress from H&M ($59.95). It has a shorter v-neck, but you’ll be able to wear a regular bra with it. This would look adorable with a pair of cute sandals and a messy ponytail. It’s got some volume through the skirt to help with tummy concealment. 

If you want something more vacation-y, this Tommy Bahama dress ($67 from $148) is somewhere between a caftan and an actual dress. I love the embroidery. This TWO by Vince Camuto dress feels similar ($59.99 from $99). It’s a little casual and a little dressy and that skirt is great! You could wear it with sandals or wedges. The drawstring waist is flattering. 

For maxi dresses, I’m a big fan of this one from Target (I own it in a different color). It’s marked down to $21. It’s not too low cut and it’s very stretchy and comfortable. A more casual maxi dress option is this white C&C California slub jersey racerback maxi ($42 from $98). You could wear it with a sports bra! It would look awesome with gold or cognac sandals. 

ASOS has some really good options. I love this scuba fabric tie-dye shift dress ($67.71). This simple shift dress ($48) would need to be worn with a strapless bra, but I like the higher neck. How pretty is this white dress with pique trim? It’s $73. This asymmetric hem dress is marked down to $36 (from $73). The taupe color would look so good with silver sandals. If you liked the trendy shark fin hem, this shift dress (on sale for $56 from $81) would be cute. 

Have fun on your vacation! 

loveinthemilehigh asked: Hi Jacyln! Love your blog. I'm a scientist that works all day in the lab on my feet. Now that I'm finished with school, I want to dress the part at my new job. I'm looking for cute work shoes that are comfy and will go with cropped pants that I can wear into the fall. Thanks!

Hi there! 

Let’s start with heels. I’m not sure if you need to wear them, but it’s never a bad idea to have a pair of go-to black heels that you can stand in for a really long time without your feet being torn to shreds. It’s can be hard to find affordable heels designed for comfort that aren’t clunky and terrible, but Miz Mooz has a decent selection. These basic black pointed-toe heels are marked down to $45 from $110. If you want a pair that’s a bit more fun, I’m loving these ones ($45 from $110). There are additional sizes available at DSW for $70. Tsubo shoes also get great reviews for being very comfortable and walkable. These D’Orsay black pumps are $130. Another good brand to check is Anne Klein. They’re often discounted and get high marks for comfort. This black heel is $69. If you like a shorter heel, try this pair instead ($79). This ankle strap pump ($79) is adorable and is also available in a pretty great taupe color. I think this white pair (marked down to about $35) is really chic. If you can find Donald J Pliner shoes on sale (this pair in a size 6 is $102 from $228), they would work great for you. 

The other option for you is a wedge heel/sandal or wedge boot. It’s hard to find an uncomfortable wedge shoe. Wedges also look good with cropped pants. If you can go more casual, TOMS natural wedges ($69) will go with everything. If you want a pair that’s more fall-friendly, check these out instead ($69). I’m also a HUGE fan of Aerosoles wedges. I have a couple pairs I’ve owned for years. And I mean YEARS. (One pair since college!) They are the most comfortable heels I own. You have to do some searching to get past the clunkers, but once you have those little clouds of delight on your feet, you’ll be glad you took the time to hunt. Their basic wedge heel is $23-$99 (depending on which of the dozen colors you like). These ($69) feel more summery, but you could get at least 2 more months wear out of them. If you want more of an ankle boot style, check these out! They’re $89. Love the taupe color. You could also do a low wedge pump, like these from MICHAEL Michael Kors ($145). Rockport makes a great gray wedge for $140. Donald J Pliner has a black pair (in size 7 and 8) marked down to $132 from $198. 

As far as flats, I have two brands to recommend: Yosi Samra and Dolce Vita/DV by Dolce Vita. I’ve found all my Dolce Vita shoes to be very comfortable and they have more trendy flats styles available, like these chic pointed toe loafers ($90). I love these D’Orsay style flats too ($79). Anthro marked down a pair of loafers to $103. Yosi Samra flats are awesome. They’re so comfortable and made in lots of colors/styles now. A basic black pair ($66) is a good idea, but I love these fun snakeskin ones ($70). They also make a great smoking slipper style (about $90). I like those with ankle-length pants. Also worth noting are Seychelles shoes (don’t forget to check out their wedges too). This is a perfect pointed toe flat ($90). These mini-wedge flats are cute ($63 from $85). 

I hope this helps and good luck with your new job! :)