Long-time readers may remember that I once was afraid to wear necklaces. I am pleased to say that I have conquered that anxiety. You may be thinking, “That’s all well and good for you, Directrice — a person who takes jewelry off the backs of her wedding guests — but what are the … Read moreThe Directrice Stumbles Into Something Big
Several months ago, a pink floral blouse caught my eye. I came up with an even better outfit layered upon this blouse/sweater/denim combination. I wore it with my tweedy jacket, an interesting belt, a bigger scarf, and little black wedges. Very smart, I thought — but I was too lazy to put it on … Read moreBack in the Pink
The title of this post may color the way you see what I am about to show you. Try to imagine this outfit in November or February. The most important lesson here, however, is at the bottom of the frame. What shoes do you wear when you’ve combined red, green, and ivory? And a … Read more‘Tis the Season?
Have you ever been fascinated by something because it was foreign, perplexing, and a little unknowable? The Photographer says that he finds this jacket a little scary, but I’ve told him that he needs to walk toward his fear, not away. This false visual memory, however, prompted me to look up James Clavell’s Shogun … Read moreShogun
Keeping my promise/threat to show you my old clothes — because this blog is conceptual, not commercial — today I am taking you back to 2006. * When I arrive in a hotel room,+ I check the room very carefully for . . . my murderer . . . who I am always … Read moreJump Back
One last transitional fall look, even though we are a couple of weeks past the actual transition from summer to fall . . . and arguably are moving from fall to winter. My initial thought was to wear this jacket with a striped tee shirt underneath. But then I thought that the jacket, with … Read moreStuffed Directrice
In a Business Casual environment, a substantial sweater, A Sweater of Substance, can stand in for a jacket when worn with a crisp blouse and smart trousers. Indeed, some might say that the sweater better captures the essence of BC and has the added benefit of easily fitting into a weekend wardrobe with khakis … Read moreA Sweater of Substance (One of Four)