I think I have a look — structured, fitted, figure-skimming but not tight silhouettes punctuated by periodic asymmetric and occasionally bizarre details. Does that seem right? Fair?
Regardless, it’s important to not get stuck in a rut — even if it is a warm, cozy rut.*
Today, The Directrice pushes her own envelope. By herself.
What, exactly, is it? Well . . . if I had to explain using a historical vernacular that will be understood by most of you, I would say that I am wearing a prairie skirt dress. Do you remember the pRAiRiE skirt (c. 1983)?
Allow me to demonstrate using action and the continuous shooting function.
I am not sure exactly why this dress caught my fancy, but I tried it on when it arrived and then hopped on to the bed with my laptop, Kindle, and iPhone for an evening’s workrest** and was so comfortable that I might have worn it to sleep.
There is something to be said for a dress — one dress — that you can sleep in, isn’t there?
Many pretty details on this dress: pintucked pleating and tiny ruffles with a drawstring waist.
Even my mother might be bored by a second set of frame-by-frame photos, so I have edited these turn shots way down.
The skirt is very light — featherweight light. Ultimately, this is the appeal:
a summer dress that is covered up, but almost weightless. I don’t think,
however, it is ideal for extended outdoor wear because this color and fabric will show perspiration.
Come a little closer for the details.
I like this color, too. It’s not summery, so I may be able to wear this nicely into September.
Would I want a whole closet of dresses like this muumuu? No. But one is very appealing.
The Photographer asked whether the skirt of my dress could cover the bench.
Now the rest of the ensemble. Gladiator platform sandals add a little toughness.
And my artfully frayed denim jacket. So useful this summer! It got to go on vacation with us.
Gunne Sax reborn! Must see whether there are any old prom dresses on eBay . . .
Dress: Ulla Johnson from Barney’s; Sandals: Donald J. Pliner; Jacket: Marques/Almeida; Bag: Kate Spade
* Years ago, my best friend said this toward the end of a vacation: “I’m looking forward to going home and getting back into my rut.”
** Workrest is how I spend many evenings: doing a little work, surrounded by electronic devices, but wearing soft clothes on top of the bed, cozily propped up.