Refreshing, Restyling and Remaking

A Very Old Cardigan, Part I

  At the start of the summer, I vowed that I would not buy any new clothes and would instead test my ingenuity in making my old things seem interesting.   I think I am doing OK with the “old things interesting” piece of the vow, but somehow have also acquired a shocking number of … Read moreA Very Old Cardigan, Part I

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La Menina’s Summer Skirt

  While taking stock of my summer clothes, I was startled to realize that even though my dresses cover the rainbow, there is some typecasting in pants and skirts. I own three blue skirts, three pairs of fatigue green pants, and three pairs of white pants. So interesting! I had no idea it would look … Read moreLa Menina’s Summer Skirt

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The Directrice Meets A Writer

  Continuing the week’s early run on high summer clothes, I offer another very white ensemble. Vest: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Blouse: ASOS; Pants: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bag: Tory Burch   * Oh, I wore it.   ** Of course I am thinking of Tralfamadore.

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The Directrice Attempts to Right a Wrong

  I have three sets of clothes: summer, winter, and in-between. The in-between clothes live in my bedroom closets year round, but the summer and winter clothes have to take turns. The process of switching them out is a semi-annual ritual that involves a surprising amount of physical labor and even more mental anguish. Note … Read moreThe Directrice Attempts to Right a Wrong

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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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