Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I saw the “Princetown” Gucci loafer on the Nordstrom website this morning and almost spit my coffee onto my keyboard. First off, they cost $1,800. Who buys this stuff? Secondly, I discovered where Donald Trump got his hair. It is a crazy world. – Fran O.
Dear Fran: I busted out laughing when I checked out the loafer (see bit.ly/1NZfr66). Yup, it really does look like Trump’s wacky hair! The description on this item says it “lends lush, thoroughly modern style to a classic slip-on,” which is ridiculous. But to answer your question of who buys such things, I’d say those with more money than good taste – and don’t mind looking as if they’re walking around with small dogs on their feet!
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is it OK to mix brown and black? I’m thinking black pants, but what shade of brown on top? The blouse I want to wear with the pants is pale brown, striped crinkly fabric. Would that work? And what color shoes? – L.W.
Dear L.W.: Not only is it OK, I highly recommend. You are definitely onto something. Many of us think it’s got to be head-to-toe brown (or black or navy), but there are no rules! Even mixing stripes and florals and plaids works if they share a color and you’ve got the guts. Any shade of brown top is fine with your black pants, and the striped blouse you mention sounds fine. If you’re still not sure, choose a solid-color brown top, and pull it all together with jewelry that mixes black and brown or a scarf that does the same. As for shoes, choose black or brown. How about a black-and-brown lace-up spectator flat? Or a nude patent wedge?
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I won’t be able to wash my hair for a couple of weeks. I have fine oily hair that needs washing daily. Can you recommend a dry shampoo or other option? – Mike
Dear Mike: Any dry shampoo would do the job. A foaming, rinseless shampoo is another option. CVS brand is one. Also TRESemme. Mega beauty stores like Ulta and Sephora have wide selections of foaming shampoo.
Speaking of hair …
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: This is a rather delicate question, but I have never seen it in your column. I was heading for a party with an acquaintance and noticed she had several rather prominent chin hairs. Should I have told her? What’s the protocol on this? – Tough Call
Dear Tough: This is a tough one. If there was absolutely nothing your hairy friend could do about the problem before you got to the party, don’t say anything and spare her having to spend the whole time self-consciously thinking about nothing else. In general, ask yourself if you would want someone to tell you, and act accordingly. With a best friend, you can be direct. With someone you don’t know well, your best judgment is what’s called for. If the person is usually immaculately groomed, she’d probably appreciate the heads up. If she doesn’t seem to care about her appearance, then you might want to mind your own business. If you think you should say something but don’t want to bluntly blurt out the hairy truth, introduce the topic of makeup then wander into telling her you found the best waxing product, the best tweezers (it’s Tweezerman) or best magnifying mirror for your chin hairs (even if you have none), and then do an “Oh, my goodness, I see one on your chin.” Variations on this advice also apply to other touchy grooming issues like body odor and bad breath.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I bought a vintage dress to wear to a wedding, but it needs one of those poufy slips underneath. Any clue where I can find one? – Annie
Dear Annie: I have loads of clues for you. First off, what you’re looking for is a crinoline, and you can find them at vintage stores, often for just a few dollars. With Halloween stores popping up all over in time for the holiday, that’s another place to look – in the costume section. For that matter, year-round costume shops will likely have them, and so will bridal shops. I once bought a crinoline (or petticoat) at a shop specializing in square dance clothing, in the unlikely event you happen to be in the vicinity of one of those. Depending on how urgently you need one, of course online you’ll find plenty after typing “crinoline” or “petticoat” in the search engine, but shipping often takes a week or more and costs a ridiculous amount.
(P.S. Annie emailed that she found a perfect crinoline at the first vintage store she visited.)