Refreshing, Restyling and Remaking

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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The Directrice Re-presents: One of Two Double-knit Tops

  As we have previously discussed, the physical laws of the natural world — time and space — put limits on the size of our wardrobes. This means that each piece in the wardrobe should have multiple uses. The most extraordinary garments belong to more than one genus (e.g. it’s a dress, a sleeveless coat, … Read more…

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Re-animating a Classic

  Surprise! I am posting a day early.   In case you are wondering, this post is not about the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which I must admit I am having some difficulty getting my mind around. I did, however, like the animated Beauty and the Beast and the live-action Enchanted, so this new … Read more…

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And Now We Canonize Short-Sleeved Jackets

  I seem to remember, somewhere deep in the past, reading a harsh critique of short-sleeved jackets . . . but I think that they are ingenious layering pieces.

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The Directrice Re-Presents: Workaday Suit

  All the suits can’t be Best Suit. If they could, “Best” would be rendered meaningless. Some suits are, and should be, sort of ordinary. We’ve discussed this before.   The workaday suit is a form of camouflage. Office Camouflage is distinguished by its utter failure to stand out in any way: a traditional silhouette, … Read more…

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The Directrice Re-Presents: Madcap Dress

For those who neither remember nor care to look back, I am providing multiple perspectives:  

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