In part of its Continuing Education series on seasonal transitions, The Directrice presents more ideas about dressing for early spring.
I need to slow down.
- wear a lightweight silk (or similar) dress with long sleeves
- wear crew-necks, cardigans, and jackets with half-sleeves
- wear a sleeveless dress of heavier weight
- switch your wool jackets to jackets made of ponte or dense cotton knit fabrics (like boucle)
- wear spring clothes, but add a large scarf made of linen or silk for warmth.
You could also wear a long-sleeved floral blouse under a short sleeved wool top, like this:
You’ve sort of seen this wool top before; I showed the same top in a different color last week.
This top is actually fabricated from the same fabric as the other one; this is the reverse side. That’s a fact about double-knits. The obverse and reverse are both fully finished fabrics.
Nota bene: It is in moments like this that I realize The Directrice needs an intern. Someone should have tugged the hem of this top down, or at least told me to do so. But you understand that I am an amateur, right?
The blouse? She is new, for spring!
The many pinks in this pretty floral called out to me through the store window when I was walking by Anthropologie. The pattern reminds me of Maurice Prendergast’s watercolor, Umbrellas in the Rain.
I bought the blouse thinking I would wear it with a khaki jacket and dark rinse jeans. But I happened to lay it down on top of this tweedy top while gathering hangers to put things away in the closet and BLAMMO I was struck by how pretty the two looked together.
The blouse is a cotton-silk blend, which means that it is very light, a little crisp (but not stiff),and washable at home.
The blouse is longer in the back than the front. I think this creates a charming silhouette, though some might think that the Directrice has a tail.
Beware: The blouse is very snug through the bust and midriff. All the reviews advise going up 1 or 2 sizes, which I did do.
To finish things off: black shoes with a dash of white and a black nylon cross-body bag.