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Brace Yourself

 
You know that expression, “the heart wants what it wants” — which people use to justify everything from the purchase of faux fur ear muffs to yachts?

 
The Directrice is human and sometimes wants something against her better judgment. Something like this pocket:
Pocket

This pocket seems pretty innocuous

Perhaps you need to step back for perspective:

The heart wants

The heart wants

what the heart wants

what the heart wants

It started with a fixation on the over-sized pockets, and grew to encompass the whole dress. You may justifiably be asking, “How exactly, Directrice, did you imagine wearing this in public?”

 
 
 
Like so!
I pictured like this

I pictured it like this


And then I made it happen

And then I made it happen

 
 
I’ve been very candid about my enthusiasm for aprons and pinafores. This dress seemed, to me, to represent the best of those types.
 
Do understand, however, that this flight of fancy was indulged in an end-of-season sale . . . although the savings (a mitigating factor) were then re-directed, in part, toward alterations because the dress was a little long on me. I didn’t want to disturb the placement of the pockets, so my tailor and I decided to take the excess length out of the middle of the dress and added a seam at the waist.

 
 
 
You may now be saying, “Directrice, please no. Do not jeopardize your professional standing by going to work dressed in that freak —
 
 
Too late! It’s already been to work!
 
But only on days that I expected to spend at my desk, working solitarily.
Too late; it's already been to work

Save your breath; this train has left the station

Check out the details.

The back

The back

 
An open back and capacious pockets. Pockets with significant cargo area. Note in the view from behind that the pockets are sticking out on both sides of my hips. These pockets almost cannot be contained by the dress.
 
The pockets

The pockets


 
Things I could fit in these pockets, and would be so glad to have handy:
 
Bag of snack sized Kit Kats (weight: 10.78 oz.)

Bag of snack sized Kit Kats (weight: 10.78 oz.)

DeWalt drill (weight 3 lbs.)

DeWalt drill (weight: 3 lbs.)

Harper (weight: 14 lbs)

Harper (weight: 14 lbs)
This one might be a stretch.

Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Cotton Dress (sold out on Shopbop; try eBay!); Blouse: Anthropologie; Pants: JCrew Campbell trousers; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: Orla Kiely

8 thoughts on “Brace Yourself

  1. This is adorabubble as my 10 year old son would say. I love that you wore this to work. I guess in the office, you could put stationery supplies in the pockets .. staplers, blocks of sticky notes, spare ink cartridges for the printer. So fun!

  2. The Directrice should come with a warning that she is dangerous to read at work, because the out-loud laughing that results might disturb one’s more sensitive office neighbors.

    • I am honored to have caused you to laugh out loud. I was recently reading an article about a John C. Reilly show that airs on Adult Swim (Check It Out!) that made me laugh until I cried in my office. I don’t know if the show is nearly as funny as the article describing the show, but the article was hilarious.

  3. I have to admit, it’s not my favorite…but I’m not the one wearing it—so if you love it, that’s what counts! It does remind me of an apron and certainly could be put to good use to carry items! And, at least you have a sense of humor about it (Harper would not be amused if you really tried to stuff him in one of the pockets!! jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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