A smart vest worn with straight or wide-legged pants is a chic alternative to the traditional suit for situations that do not actually require a suit.
I think this rule holds true for an explosively whimsical vest, too.
With this post, I believe that we are coming to the end of The Directrice’s post-holiday (Christmas 2018!) Japanese avant garde binge.
This vest is Comme des Garcons by way of The RealReal.
After this, we return to the calm rationality and understatement of The Italians . . . by which I mean, Marni.
The vest did not come with pants but fortunately I have a dozen pairs of grey and black trousers to choose from in my closet.
This is a credible match.
Come closer and take note of the bows ornamenting this vest.
Ordinarily, I think bows can read girlish or saccharine, but these are slightly menacing — which is good.
Don’t they look a little like . . . weapons? Like I might be able to detach and hurl them with lethal force?*
I wore this vest to a recent partners’ meeting. In the words of Judge Elihu Smails,** I felt I owed it to them. Except that I wore this patterned blouse (a gift from my mother) instead of a plain white shirt because . . . I owed them that, too.
The Photographer labeled these photos “Waiter Tory.”
I think this vest would be a disaster in a kitchen/restaurant setting. SInks? SaUCes? OpeN FLameS? CaNdLEs? Non, non.
Important Announcement: Directrice gathering in D.C. on Saturday, May 18th. Details to follow.
Vest: Comme des Garcons from The RealReal; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Coach; Bag: Barbara Bui
* There is such a weapon! It’s called a shuriken or throwing star.
** How many of you knew Judge Smails and this quote without looking it up? Let it never be said that high and low culture don’t meet on The Directrice.