Revisiting Blue Tops With Khakis

  For Casual Fridays during the (spring and summer), I like French blue or robin’s egg blue with light-colored khakis.     Have a fantastic weekend!   French blue top: Sea; Robin’s egg blue top: MSGM x YOOX; Pants: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Doctor Martens; Bag: Barbara Bui

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  A new dress for spring! That seems fair. That seems right. Doesn’t it? Let’s not get sidetracked with The Directrice’s cynical views about corporate cost/benefit calculations. Let’s focus on this . . . can I say it? . . . enchanting dress. Take note of its graceful lines.   I must reveal something about … Read moreVerdant!

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That Third Piece

  We’ve looked at the concept of layering through a number of lenses — aesthetic, technical, practical — over the years. Now seems a good time to review and consolidate our discussions. This black tank may appear simple upon first glance, but it presents lot of visual interest upon closer, 360 degree examination: white top … Read moreThat Third Piece

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Blue and White Stripes, Part II

  Blue and white stripes are popular for a reason — they’re both both familiar and fresh. Predictable and versatile. Have a fantastic weekend!   * I did not include The Big Tent in this count. Although it is a blue and white stripe, it is a different blue and a different stripe.   ** … Read moreBlue and White Stripes, Part II

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Return to Normalcy

  For those who found my ostrich ensemble a gross overreach, we veer back into normalcy today with a cardigan, silk shell, and trousers.   How is it that my greatest contribution to the Business Casual Universe is not being credited to me?     Sweater: Marques/Almeida; Shell: Laura Urbinati from YOOX; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: … Read moreReturn to Normalcy

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Eiffel Duck

  A simple dress can be an end in itself. Even better, simplicity often yields versatility, which allows the simple dress to play many roles. This brooch came from Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal. I selected it from a photo on the gallery’s website and believed that the little gold charm ornamenting the black fretwork … Read moreEiffel Duck

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  How many of you read the title of this post and said, “Oh Directrice, you had me at To-Sew”?   For those who are baffled, an explanation shall be provided forthwith! Why is this? I have a few theories.   Come closer and look at this turtle-shell — I mean, directional felt top — … Read moreTo-Sew

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Nice Skirt

  I like a midi-skirt as much as the next woman. Actually, I probably like midi-skirts more than most women do. This may be the product of delusional thinking, but I think midi-skirts are chic, slimming, and elongating.   Skirt: Tibi Vicose High Waisted Drape Skirt (mine is size 4); Sweaters and belts: so old, … Read moreNice Skirt

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On My Toes

  I have a lamentable tendency to wear insufficiently warm shoes during the winter. As often as not, I wear flats and oxfords without socks. I’ve always thought that I would do better if I could find better-looking cold weather shoes.   When I wear these boots, my feet are enveloped in Cubby Time, which … Read moreOn My Toes

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The Virtues of Menswear Shirting

  Having one or two blouses made from traditional menswear shirting fabrics in your closet is a good idea.   Sweater: Theory; Shirt: Thomas Mason for JCrew; Jeans: JCrew; Shoes: Coach; Bag: Coach   * I feel like I have floated this idea in the past, but cannot find the promise in a quick search … Read moreThe Virtues of Menswear Shirting

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