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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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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