Today, we unite two old things that continue to deserve a spot in my closet. Cost per wear for these two is approaching zero . . . which provides balance for some of the impractical delights of my wardrobe. Things like this and this. Dress and cardigan: Eileen Fisher; Belt: Fausto Puglisi; Shoes: … Read moreA Very Old Cardigan, Part II
At the start of the summer, I vowed that I would not buy any new clothes and would instead test my ingenuity in making my old things seem interesting. I think I am doing OK with the “old things interesting” piece of the vow, but somehow have also acquired a shocking number of … Read moreA Very Old Cardigan, Part I
While taking stock of my summer clothes, I was startled to realize that even though my dresses cover the rainbow, there is some typecasting in pants and skirts. I own three blue skirts, three pairs of fatigue green pants, and three pairs of white pants. So interesting! I had no idea it would look … Read moreLa Menina’s Summer Skirt
I have three sets of clothes: summer, winter, and in-between. The in-between clothes live in my bedroom closets year round, but the summer and winter clothes have to take turns. The process of switching them out is a semi-annual ritual that involves a surprising amount of physical labor and even more mental anguish. Note … Read moreThe Directrice Attempts to Right a Wrong
It may seem like I have a lot of clothes and that I buy a lot of clothes. Those perceptions (surely they aren’t criticisms?) are rooted in reality. But I also wear my clothes forever and often try to wear them in new combinations. Thank you so much for your excellent responses to the challenge … Read moreMaximal Use
I know I told you at the end of 2017 that this was the cleverest thing I’ve ever done. The Photographer asked me to include both of these photos, side-by-side, because he thinks they look like dramatically different shots. I am not seeing it. Have a fantastic weekend! I know I will; … Read moreBling Bling Bling
What to do when you like the clothes that you have but crave fresh looks and don’t have much more closet space for new acquisitions? Or when you have so many things that it is a challenge to wear all of them in the course of a season? Once the dimensions and layout were … Read moreSuch A Lady!
Let it never be said that The Directrice peddles fantasy ensembles that no thinking woman would ever stuff herself into and head to work. There are no heels with shorts on this website!* And so no one shall sayeth. Perhaps we need larger photos? Sweater: Theory; Shirt: Talbots; Cords: Talbots; Shoes: Grenson; Bag: … Read moreDo As I Say And As I Do