Refreshing, Restyling and Remaking

Maximal Use

It may seem like I have a lot of clothes and that I buy a lot of clothes. Those perceptions (surely they aren’t criticisms?) are rooted in reality. But I also wear my clothes forever and often try to wear them in new combinations. Thank you so much for your excellent responses to the challenge … Read moreMaximal Use

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Bling Bling Bling

  I know I told you at the end of 2017 that this was the cleverest thing I’ve ever done. The Photographer asked me to include both of these photos, side-by-side, because he thinks they look like dramatically different shots. I am not seeing it.     Have a fantastic weekend! I know I will; … Read moreBling Bling Bling

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Such A Lady!

  What to do when you like the clothes that you have but crave fresh looks and don’t have much more closet space for new acquisitions? Or when you have so many things that it is a challenge to wear all of them in the course of a season? Once the dimensions and layout were … Read moreSuch A Lady!

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Do As I Say And As I Do

  Let it never be said that The Directrice peddles fantasy ensembles that no thinking woman would ever stuff herself into and head to work. There are no heels with shorts on this website!* And so no one shall sayeth. Perhaps we need larger photos?   Sweater: Theory; Shirt: Talbots; Cords: Talbots; Shoes: Grenson; Bag: … Read moreDo As I Say And As I Do

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A Vaguely Equestrian Look

  Flashing back, again, to the middle Aughts. Jacket and skirt: Eileen Fisher; Top: Marissa Webb from The Outnet and still available; Boots: Fratelli Rossetti; Bag: Coach

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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 moreTransitioning to Fall . . . So Soon?

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

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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 moreA True Utility Dress

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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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