The Abyss of Casual Friday

  I was recently chatting with a colleague about Casual Friday and Free-fall Thursday — how Thursday prepares the eye for Friday.   Blouse: Marques/Almeida; Pants; JCrew; Tank: Garnet Hill; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff; Bag: Coach Rider Bag; Watch: Shinola

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The Directrice Rises To Her Own Challenge

  The Directrice Challenge is going pretty well for me.   Everything in this post is old. Some of it is really old. So we won’t bother with End Credits today.

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Terra Cotta

  I waited all summer for this dress to go on sale. Dress: Love Binetti from Matches Fashion; Necklace: Anthropologie; Shoes: JSlides; Bag: From Salt & Sundry on 14ht Street

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It’s A Fantasy Life: Resort Wear, Part I

  I’ve said it before and I’ll remind you now. This blog is For Real. With the exception of the Pieced Wonder, the clothes you see on The Directrice are the clothes I wear, rightly or wrongly, to work and around town.* This dress has to be at least five years old. It’s been taken … Read moreIt’s A Fantasy Life: Resort Wear, Part I

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Five Hundred

  Because I periodically go to court, I have two fancy suits. With regard to belts over jackets, you are going to see this look everywhere this fall. Apparently it was big in the SS2019 fashion shows. Please remember that you saw it here first.+     * Always, always try things on before you … Read moreFive Hundred

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The Directrice Now and Then

  The most devoted Directrice scholars may recognize this outfit from its original post date (August 2015) or from its inclusion in the Key Set (October 2017), but it will surely be new to some of you? And welcomed by all of you?   Top: Anthropologie; Pants: JCrew Point Sur Washed Wide-Leg Crop Pants; Shoes: … Read moreThe Directrice Now and Then

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Such A Neapolitan Lady

  Do you remember Neapolitan ice cream? One-third vanilla, one-third strawberry, one-third chocolate?* I think the chocolate generally disappears first.     * Do Neapolitans call it Milanese ice cream? Do Italians call it Austrian ice cream?

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When In Florida

  For a person who cares very little about conforming to the median of workplace dressing, I care quite a bit about fitting in when visiting foreign locales.     Have a great weekend!   Top: Marni; Pants: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Dr. Martens; Red dress: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; White dress: INSPR x Natalie Off … Read moreWhen In Florida

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New England v. World

Setting aside the title of this post for a minute — which we will get to — this is another edition of These Old Clothes. Blouse: Moncollet; Pants and belt: JCrew; Sandals: Skechers; Bag: Sophie Hulme

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  Turquoise!   Turquoise is one of my favorite stones. While it can be easily overdone, done right it is beautiful, compelling, and chic.   How to tell when turquoise is done right?   * Every few weeks, I scribble out a whole bunch of ideas for future posts. My handwriting has deteriorated over the … Read moreTurquoise!

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