Refreshing, Restyling and Remaking

Transitioning to Fall . . . So Soon?

  Too soon, I feel, a seasonal transition is upon us. While I was still enjoying The Summer Dresses! But my preferences have no effect on the Earth’s inexorable orbit around the sun; I must defer to the physical laws of the universe. A jacket with short-sleeves, for those who do not fear and mistrust … Read more…

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Labor Day: No Rest for the Weary

  Because I have been delinquent in posting for the last two weeks, the next few posts will be untimely summer ideas that I intended to show you sooner. Better late, unseasonal, and rushed than never!

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The Third and Final Part of The Utility Dress: Is This Is It?*

  Unlike previous summer series — The Woman in White (2015) and Navy Blue Is The Warmest Color (2016) — I am bringing the Utility Dress series of 2017 to a quick close. No need to string this out indefinitely and perhaps the lessons are more meaningful when delivered in rapid succession. We’ll see. There … Read more…

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A True Utility Dress

  I am a little torn in publishing this post. It was supposed to be the second of a three part series on utility dresses and I had planned to publish it Thursday. But it features a dress that is currently for sale and actually on sale through 11:59 p.m. tonight. Dress: Banana Republic Strapless … Read more…

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This Dress Has 1,000 Faces

  Last summer, I bought a tan shirtdress from Max Mara. We — Directrice Nation — agreed that it would be extremely versatile and worn for years to come. Have a fantastic weekend!

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All Cutting Edges

  I have recently come to a startling realization.   To keep generating content at our current pace, I am going to have to show you everything I own. And then every outfit I’ve worn to work. Not just the most interesting stuff and my favorites . . . but all of it. If I … Read more…

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The Directrice Re-presents: A Complicated Silk Tank

  Tomorrow is the first day of spring . . . purportedly. If I may be candid, I never loved the 2015 outfit. But one does have to get dressed everyday.   The colors were right and the basic concept made sense, but there was something wrong with the silhouette. I have no objection to … Read more…

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A Few Odds and Ends

  As you know, I am an unregenerate tinkerer, always altering my clothes. I often forget to show you “BEFORE” photos and therefore will try to do better in 2017. I recently did a Google search for corset-style belts — something wider than a belt but smaller than a bustier — and want to advise … Read more…

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The Directrice Has A Type!

  Do you find that you gravitate to particular garments again and again? Have you ever realized that you could outfit a bridal party in sleeveless black dresses (or smart grey jackets) if bridal parties wore business casual?   I have. Back to business! I’ll show you more of the top. Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim; … Read more…

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The Directrice Re-Presents: Lantern Sleeve Blouse

  Have you ever found yourself so far behind the times that you wound up on the cutting edge? They say time is an eternally recurring loop. And on another note: The Photographer and I went to the Women’s March on Washington and were astonished and thrilled by the energy in the air. The protestors … Read more…

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