If the first principle of being well-dressed is selecting clothes that are beautiful and flatter your figure, surely the second principle is putting those carefully selected clothes to work in numerous outfits.
As The Directrice passes its one year anniversary, we will be cycling through the seasons for a second time. This means you will be seeing some old clothes, worn in new combinations.
But why should you wait a year to see if I can figure out more than one way to wear a garment? Here are some quick snaps of things you’ve seen quite recently, styled differently.
First, my arresting, singular white blouse by Y-3.
As we discussed, and I believe we came to a consensus view, I had the back of this blouse shortened by 2 inches.
I showed it originally with a thick, almost sculptural, neckwarmer made from ivory yarn. But it’s been so cold here that I decided to wear it to work with a black wrap.
Next up: My action skirt, which you really liked.
I showed it before with a grey sweater vest and black lycra yoga pants, but here it is with a black sweater vest and grey cotton yoga pants.
Between you and me, this ridiculous skirt may be the best thing I bought in 2015. I wear it all weekend. I wore it to the movies last weekend (first matinee screening, not at night). For this particular outing, I attempted to dress it up by wearing a necklace, which represents either a new high or a new low for me.
In case you are looking for some fun sneakers, I bought a new pair recently to wear for light recreation and around the house: grey with black graphic accents that bring to mind saddle shoes. The neon pink is an inspired touch: garish and delightful, like Hawaiian Punch infused with a little radioactive waste.
And lastly, we have my knit, wrap miniskirt . . . which was not a crowd-pleaser. I showed it before with a white blouse and grey, cropped trousers underneath. Here it is on Casual Friday.
Do you notice anything unusual about this picture? Take all the time you need.
Time’s up! I am wearing a necklace with a collared blouse. Until now, I have only worn necklaces with round-neck dresses, tops, and sweaters. A few weeks ago I was traveling and had this necklace with me; rather than leave it in the safe in my room I decided to wear it with various ensembles and decided that it actually looked good with this blouse and sweater vest.
One last thing! The Directrice ties a scarf:
I look and sound a little like a zombie in this video and my scarf-tying techniques are very simplistic . . . but you asked for it. Two pieces of advice about wearing scarves as shown in this video. First, wear a sweater or jacket with a fitted, round neckline; your sweater or jacket will keep the scarf in place. Second, pick a silk twill scarf; silk twill has more structure than silk chiffon and will hold a shape better. I hope this is helpful.
Have a fantastic weekend!