The Return of the Maximalist

  We’re half-way through the summer and so far I’ve been a model of restraint and subtlety.   Plainly, that will not do. Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Ivory Skirt: Ganni; Denim skirt: Eileen Fisher; Shoes: Wonders   * I have a little more commentary! Consider the siesta in modern Madrid or Barcelona. Most workers seem … Read moreThe Return of the Maximalist

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A Very Old Cardigan, Part I

  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

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Some Don’t Like It Hot

  It seems like I was just complaining about the cold and rain . . . and now it’s in the mid-90s, and I can’t let that pass without comment. Negative comment. Allow me to recommend the white eyelet skirt as a summer basic. I bought this one from Garnet Hill 6 years ago. It … Read moreSome Don’t Like It Hot

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La Menina’s Summer Skirt

  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

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Decline or Ascent?

  Last Friday, I looked up this blog (this, my own blog) while waiting for the Metro. I can see it all unfolding.     And speaking of growth, this post is No. 400! That feels like a milestone, doesn’t it? If you enjoy this blog, help me build this community by recommending it to … Read moreDecline or Ascent?

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The Directrice Presents: The Next Generation

  I’ve previously mentioned that I have many fantastic colleagues — all of style and fashion* — among whom clothing is sometimes swapped. I’ve persuaded another one of these women to come visit with you today. In keeping with the veil of anonymity that enshrouds Directrice Global Industries Ltd., I am withholding her identity. We … Read moreThe Directrice Presents: The Next Generation

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The Woman in White Strikes Back

  As I mentioned in a recent post, one of my old summer dresses struck me as too short when I tried it on this spring. This one. So it shall be retired.         I wasn’t sure, at first glance, that this geometric eyelet would work, but it quickly grew on me. … Read moreThe Woman in White Strikes Back

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A Summer Habit

  I went through all of my summer clothes on Memorial Day weekend to figure out what needed discarding, repairing, replacing, and wearing.   Good news! I got rid of a few things, decided that I could revive a few neglected items by pairing them with interesting belts, and realized that I didn’t need anything, … Read moreA Summer Habit

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The Directrice Meets A Writer

  Continuing the week’s early run on high summer clothes, I offer another very white ensemble. Vest: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Blouse: ASOS; Pants: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bag: Tory Burch   * Oh, I wore it.   ** Of course I am thinking of Tralfamadore.

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Woman in White: The Revenant

  It was really hot last week. Or, it felt really hot to me when the temperatures rose to the mid 80s after a long, cold spring.   Did any of you actually see The Revenant? It would have been difficult, if not impossible, to keep this white outfit spotless through the events that transpired … Read moreWoman in White: The Revenant

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