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!

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Casual Friday: The End of Winter

  It’s time to put my woolens away. I find this task very daunting. Cardigan: Nanette Lepore; Tee: JCrew; Belt: Fausto Puglisi from YOOX; Jeans: Lucky Brand; Bag: Orla Kiely; Shoes: Coach; Watch: Shinola Birdy

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That Third Piece

  We’ve looked at the concept of layering through a number of lenses — aesthetic, technical, practical — over the years. Now seems a good time to review and consolidate our discussions. This black tank may appear simple upon first glance, but it presents lot of visual interest upon closer, 360 degree examination: white top … Read moreThat Third Piece

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Lethal Weapon?

  A smart vest worn with straight or wide-legged pants is a chic alternative to the traditional suit for situations that do not actually require a suit.   Important Announcement: Directrice gathering in D.C. on Saturday, May 18th. Details to follow.   Vest: Comme des Garcons from The RealReal; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Coach; Bag: Barbara … Read moreLethal Weapon?

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Blue and White Stripes, Part II

  Blue and white stripes are popular for a reason — they’re both both familiar and fresh. Predictable and versatile. Have a fantastic weekend!   * I did not include The Big Tent in this count. Although it is a blue and white stripe, it is a different blue and a different stripe.   ** … Read moreBlue and White Stripes, Part II

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  As much as I try to resist print dresses, I have a weakness for them. Step back and see the dress in full.     For those who missed my Above the Law podcast interview, it’s never too late.   For D.C. area readers who missed last week’s Thursday post, don’t forget to add … Read moreGo-Go-Go

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Sport Tory

  When I was preparing for our trip to Chile last year,* I thought a pair of athletic-inspired trousers might be just the thing for urban excursions.   * For those interested in vacation packing or Chile, there were one, two, three, four — count them! — posts.

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Another Mogambo Reference

  Recognizing that there is some difference of opinion between me and my readers in the Commonwealth nations about what “khaki” is — is it a color, a fabric, or a feeling you get deep down inside? — I think we can all agree that The Directrice cannot resist a khaki dress. For those who … Read moreAnother Mogambo Reference

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Transitioning to Spring Again

  We are heading into transition weather in Washington D.C.   Time to remind myself of previous advice! You may have noticed that I am wearing three shades of black?   It works!     Tank: Ganni; Blouse: Vanessa Bruno Athe; Pants: Talbots; Shoes: Coach; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Sunglasses: RetroSuperFuture   * Let’s see whether … Read moreTransitioning to Spring Again

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Blue and White Stripes, Part I

  It’s mid-March and time to think about Spring. What’s springier than blue and white?   I am not sure about this jacket. I bought it so as to have a fitted but casual black cotton jacket in my arsenal, but I wonder if the open neckline isn’t too much for my frame. Too much … Read moreBlue and White Stripes, Part I

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