Quick! Tell me three things you’ve read in The Directrice’s Big Book of Stripes.* Holy Guacamole! What am I showing you? A sack dress cut from one bolt of fabric (printed with a series of blue, grey and brown stripes), shaped with four seams, and cinched with a two headed belt. Et voila! … Read moreA Controlled Explosion of Menswear Shirting
I’m back with a new post that combines new and old things. Fortune favors the bold — and possibly the stupid. For anyone wondering about the sculpture that is visible in some of these photos, we are at U.D.C. I want to hug this mass of coiled steel cord, which is — … Read moreTwo Shades of Blue
From 2016, a post about necklaces! I am showing this partly because it provides useful instruction regarding necklaces, but largely to remind you that every summer JCrew sells such cute sundresses. This grey striped one is from 2015 (I think), but one cannot forget this gingham dress from 2016 or this eyelet one from 2018. … Read moreThe Directrice Re-Presents: A Study of Necklaces
I bought a sundress from The RealReal thinking it would be great for the weekends. All I had to do was remove the straps, put on a sleeveless blouse, and fasten a narrow belt around my waist. Et voila! Here is the dress unbelted. You can see how much it would not have … Read moreA Black and White Bouquet
I know I say this at least twice a year, possibly more, but it’s very important to go through your closet when the season changes. For those who haven’t seen it before, you may want to come a little closer to take a look at the details of this distinctive belt, previously seen here, … Read moreAnother Edition of These Old Things
This one is really for the weekend because . . . I don’t know what I’m wearing. But I like it! I also realized after trying this striped blouse over two different ivory camisoles that what it really needed was a bandana-print tank . . . which I, weirdly enough, do have. But … Read moreBlue Stripes with a Zinger
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!
Perhaps once a year I wander into a jewelry store over at Friendship Heights and find myself walking out with something I never thought to want. When I told you last week that I was showing you the last of my avant-garde Japanese clothes, I forgot about this top. Sorry! Perhaps you need … Read moreThe Directrice Strikes Gold