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Creature of Habit

 
This post is my 250th! Is it fair to say that 250 posts is a body of work? An oeuvre? I think so. Perhaps this is a good time to spring for a Pop Quiz, to see what teachings have been distilled from all these photos and words.
 
HeRE iS thE PoP qUiZ. “Just do your best,” says The Directrice’s mother.
 
Note: Answers to these questions reflect the Directrice’s world order, which is not always aligned with objective reality.

What color are pants?
Which of the following items can make any outfit a Business Casual ensemble?
What are the strongest influences on The Directrice's style?
If you find a dress that fits you perfectly, what should you do?
Given the choice of a cheap garment that fits perfectly or an expensive garment that fits badly, which should you choose?
If you were to splurge on one item, what should it be?
Can you wear a bustier to work?
Do you have to wear heels to work?
How can you keep a white blouse perfectly white?
What is the purpose of this blog?


 
 
 
Now on to routine business!
 
I love an ivory sweater in the winter. Ivory looks great with grey or black pants and jeans.
full length

We went into the woods for these pictures


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O.K. The edge of the woods. There is a house behind me . . .

 
 
 
A simple sweater will do the trick, but I had to have this colossal turtleneck.

 
 
 
The sweater is enveloping me.
Come closer

Or is it engulfing me?

 
There is something of a nun’s habit in this sweater, isn’t there?
 
While doing a little research into the vocabulary of religious garments, I found a couple of websites specializing in vestments. Even they were having “Black Friday” sales. This cracked me up.
Apparently, the white bib that's part of a nun's raiment is called a cowl

Apparently, the white bib that’s part of a nun’s raiment is called a cowl


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Do priests go crazy for bargains on Black Friday?

 
 
 
Have a terrific weekend!
 
 
Sweater: J.W.Anderson; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch Twiggie Mismatched Low-heel Pump; Bag: Barbara Bui School’s Out Bag

23 thoughts on “Creature of Habit

    • Hi Susan — One of my earliest posts — The Virtues of White Blouses — goes into agonizing detail and a number of readers have offered their own suggestions. One reader (Jessica) suggested using mineral salt deodorant to avoid yellow under-arm stains in the first place. I still need to try this.

  1. But what about all the khaki and white pants? I demand a recount.

    Also, I have been known to remove my white blazer entirely as I prepare, eat, and meticulously wipe down my work area after coffee and lunch and all non-white snacks (pro-tip: banana and almonds is a stain-free snack). Worth it.

    • You raise an excellent point re the khaki and white pants, Jennifer. I look over these posts (and my closet) and have to laugh at how many pairs of grey and black wool pants I have. I think there is a bug in the quiz because I only scored 9 out of 10 and I am the ultimate authority on my own bizarre opinions, aren’t I? (Addendum: The Photographer tells me he fixed the bug before the post went up.)

  2. I scored 8 out of 10, and like Jennifer, demand a recount concerning pants.

    I’m still pleased with myself and even more pleased that you thought to include a quiz in your post. That was fun!

    Have you considered writing about your beauty-related routines and interests? I’m interested and bet I’m not alone.

  3. Fun quiz! 7 out of 10, couldn’t help going with my own views on white blouses (which I considered a trick question) & bustiers.

    I followed The Directrice’s views on black and grey pants to score more highly (do we ever stop trying to ace tests?), but I strongly disagree on that one, and second those who pointed out the Directrice’s own advocacy of white and khaki pants. (Plus I wear summer pants in bright solid colors and prints; I live in NY and need a break from black).

    • Hello Lynne — I should take this moment to tell everyone that I like colored pants and admire patterned pants (which one of my colleagues calls “fancy pants.” I just don’t think I have the moxie to pull them off!

  4. yeah! 8 of 10, and it might have been better if I hadn’t indulged my interest in game theory. The cowl neck looks lovely on you. Congratulations on 250 posts and thank you for inspiring and entertaining us!

  5. I would have gotten a perfect 10, but I don’t believe you can keep a white shirt white. Plus, I really wanted to know what one hand clapping sounds like.

  6. You won’t believe this: today was laundry day, and I did a load whites with mild chlorine bleach which included a beloved white cotton turtleneck. The stains did not come out. I was about to toss it when I decided to soak it for a half hour in a pail with detergent and LOTS of chlorine bleach. What did I have to lose? Then I put It back into the washing machine, then the dryer, and opened your blog! (Of course this was not a white BLOUSE – most of which cannot handle chlorine.) So I just pulled it out of the dryer, and, voila! Saved

  7. Khaki is not grey or black! Neither are ivory pants, which I think you’ve worn. And I insist white shirts cannot be kept perfectly white, no matter what bleach-salt trickery-pokery you try. In fact, I’d say the second law of thermodynamics applies for white clothing more than anything else in the universe. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the quiz, thank you!

But what do you think?