A Black and White Bouquet

  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

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Another Edition of These Old Things

  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

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Blue Stripes with a Zinger

  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

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  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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The Directrice Strikes Gold

  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

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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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Return to Normalcy

  For those who found my ostrich ensemble a gross overreach, we veer back into normalcy today with a cardigan, silk shell, and trousers.   How is it that my greatest contribution to the Business Casual Universe is not being credited to me?     Sweater: Marques/Almeida; Shell: Laura Urbinati from YOOX; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: … Read moreReturn to Normalcy

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