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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Another Big Pocket

  How well do you know me?   Quick! Answer the following question: What are The Directrice’s favorite things? Have a fantastic weekend!   Bustier: Marques/Almeida; Shirt: Talbots; Pants: Banana Republic; Shoes: 3.1 Phillip Lim

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It’s Getting Loud in Here

  Continuing the Print Binge Confessional that started in early October, here is the last of the dresses that I foretold. Is it too much? I realize that the print is loud and I am showing it against a backdrop that includes colorful rugs and other patterns in the foyer but . . . I … Read moreIt’s Getting Loud in Here

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Mother Ginger

  In the spring and summer, we call this blouse “The Big Tent” — but as we head into December, “Mother Ginger” seems more seasonally appropriate. Have a fantastic weekend!  

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What to Wear When You Don’t Know What to Wear

  I sometimes find “casual” dress more confounding than “formal” — particularly when I am told to dress casually for an event that has some formal associations like a holiday dinner, a fundraiser, or anything involving a religious officiant.   * That is a small fib.

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Blue Velvet

  My New Year’s Resolution in recent years has been to wear shoes that are not black on a regular basis. Syntax! I know it’s badly worded, but I think you understand me. Have a fantastic weekend!   Mules: JCrew Pointed-toe slides in velvet; they come in this blue and a dusty pink that I … Read moreBlue Velvet

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In Which The Directrice Becomes a Sofa

  I told you that I lost my mind. See Monday’s entry.   Have a fantastic weekend!   Dress: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; Shoes and belt: JCrew; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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The Directrice Embraces Prints

  Some time ago, I wrote about the fatal allure of prints and advised against buying too many print dresses.   Perhaps I was thinking a little. I was reading WhoWhatWear and felt that this Natalie Off Duty dress would be just the thing to enliven the shoulder weeks of the summer-to-fall and early spring … Read moreThe Directrice Embraces Prints

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