Thursday, August 20, 2009

Let's Cinch A Deal!

Yesterday day this jersey dress from J Crew arrived chez moi. Picture it with edgy heels, if you will.

I like its gray-flannel vibe in slinky jersey (even though it has a temporarily poufy neckline that I must deflate, if possible). And I like its transitional (summer-to-fall) appeal.

I do not, however, like its belt, a hideous self-tie. And worse, there’s an elastic waist on the dress placed a smidge higher than my natural waist. I’m perfectly content with a one-inch waistband above my natural waist, but a skinny elastic one? Oy vey.

So I’m looking for a proper belt that could work with this dress. I literally haven’t worn a belt in eleven years but am looking forward to doing so again.

I’ve been doing some browsing and have come up with three potential candidates.

This is a simple belt from Akris Punto. I like its sleek lines:


Another sleek one (with studs) from HTC Italy:


Here’s a more ornate belt from YSL: (But would the open clasp conceal the dress’s elastic waist enough?)


And a heavily embellished obi belt from Cecilia de Bucourt at Barneys: (This belt really is too much for this dress, but I like it.)



I’d also be happy if you’d like to make a suggestion; but remember: the belt should be at least 1 ½ inches wide to fully cover the elastic waist. I also want the belt to be black leather or a pewter-y metal. No animal prints!

Can we cinch this deal?

10 comments:

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

I love the HTC and YSL ones.

Delectable Swank said...

belts are magic workers aren't they? They create great lines when there were none before, they add spice and that little something extra to an outfit...! I love that dress from J.Crew, it's fantastic! Hope you find the right belt for it!

K.Line said...

No animal!? I was seeing it with zebra. OK, I think the YSL could work - I don't think you should "ignore" the elastic. More, play it up as an interesting feature of the dress. That's not to say you want it hanging out, but a little peek isn't a problem, IMO. and I love the last belt too - even with that dress. Keep in mind that the belt you get needs to have a certain amount of give in it or it may not stay on the track of the elastic that well.

miss cavendish said...

Lovely, helpful comments!

I should explain why I don't want animal: I plan to wear this dress sometimes with animal print flats, so I want a more neutral belt! Maybe I can remove the annyoing elastic . . .

miss sophie said...

it's a tie for me between the akris and the YSL. in both cases the hardware helps toughen up the ruffly detail of the dress. would love to see what shoes you'd pair it with in the fall! perhaps a pair of black leather booties?

and speaking of input, i'd love it if you could offer your preferences for a little dress options post of my own... :)

http://lesantimodernes.blogspot.com/2009/08/weekend-wedding-wear-part-2.html

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

I like the HTC.

WendyB said...

Go with Thumbelina's opinion, she's the belt queen.

michelle said...

Just saw your Twitter request for a cobbler in NYC - try: http://www.bnelsonshoes.com/default.asp B. Nelson

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

oh i love your new dress...i'm such a j crew fan, they do everything just right!
xox

...love Maegan said...

omg they're all good but THAT LAST ONE! to die for!