Occasionally you buy something and realize that it’s perfect, a paragon of fit and utility, and you wish you had it in every color. This is a wish that the Directrice can grant. Well, not me personally, but I can set you on the path: If you find yourself a good seamstress, your paragon can be used to make a pattern or taken apart to become the pattern. And then you will be limited only by your imagination and wallet!
Behold my perfect shift dress, made in elegant wool challis modeled on a denim dress purchased at Ann Taylor c. 2002.
After realizing that my little denim dress had great lines and fit perfectly, I took it to a Hong Kong tailor who visits Washington D.C. four times a year and makes shirts and suits for a number of my colleagues. He took my little dress back to his workroom in Hong Kong and a few months later, a wonderful package arrived: simple brown paper, covered in colorful stamps, and inside were the old dress and a new one.
In case you are wondering about the background — I was outside the city today, visiting friends for dinner. Because they have a beautiful Japanese garden, I changed clothes in the middle of the visit to take some pictures.
But enough small talk. What do you think of my shoes?
Aren’t they fantastic? I find them riveting . . . and I think they prevent the dress from feeling stuffy. Fun, right?
In case the office is cold — why am I acting like that’s a possibility, when it’s a certainty — a little sweater with half-sleeves. I bought this sweater from JCrew years ago in black and ivory. The two are among the most useful things in my closet; they’re perfect for wearing with dresses. I wish that JCrew would reissue this sweater. And Ann Taylor should definitely reissue my dress!
In case you missed this article in the New York Times a few weeks: you are cold; it’s not your imagination.
Dress: Made by Daniel Leong, patterned on Ann Taylor model; Sweater: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: Coach Poppy Tote