I couldn’t stay away. I hung up my halo last fall and said farewell, thinking I’d tackled just about every question you could come up with.
Whoa, was I wrong!
While I was binge-watching “Say Yes to the Dress” for the past few months, your emails kept coming: fresh problems to solve and questions that demanded warnings to not waste your money (high-priced wrinkle creams!). And then there were your heartfelt goodbyes. Can angels blush?
Would you suggest poison, a blow to the temple from behind with a ball-peen hammer as he dips his madeleine in his tea whilst reading the Answer Angel, or a garrote? And, given the circumstances, would any jury convict? – Christi J.
Furthermore, nobody but you (and the friends you complain to) even notice. Just as a test, I once wore the same pair of trousers to the office 11 days in a row and not a single person paid attention. One more thing, plenty of successful men have adopted a uniform of sorts: Facebook baron Mark Zuckerberg, the late Apple mogul Steve Jobs and even, to a large extent, Barack Obama. I’d say your guy is in good company.
But, you asked about a suit and pants vs. skirt. For bottoms, choose whichever makes you more comfortable. If you don’t have time for alterations the skirt is a better bet since most pants seem to be designed for taller-than-average women. (Hemming them with duct tape, by the way, works in a pinch.) The best budget basic suit options I’ve found are at The Limited (thelimited.com), where consistent fabric and colors season after season encourage mixing and matching at reasonable prices.
Dear Ouch: It is rare indeed to find an ideal solution but I think I’ve got one. Try toe socks (sort of gloves for the feet). They look silly, are a pain to put on and they’re not cheap, but they work. Get them online or at running/sports stores. I’ve had good luck with the Injinji brand.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: What is with this goatee business? It’s as if these men ask themselves, “What makes me look better, lose 50 pounds or grow a goatee?” I’m a 60-plus-year-old man but I want to tell these guys that a little facial hair is not hiding their multiple chins. – Jerry J.
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