As much as I try to resist print dresses, I have a weakness for them.
This ultra-violet floral — with gold and orange accents — caught my eye in an end-of-year sale on The Modist (www.themodist.com).
Not for the first time, I have found myself wearing something and asking what season it was really intended for. This dress was sold as A/W 2018, but is made of such lightweight chiffon that it really isn’t suitable for cold weather wear. I think it is strictly a warm September/October, cool April/May dress. It came with a full-length slip, but I am wearing a second slip under the first for warmth and opacity.
Step back and see the dress in full.
Did you say that you can’t focus on the dress because you are struggling to process the boots?
We have nothing but time here at Directrice Global Industries Ltd., so take as long as you need.
I did warn you several weeks ago that white combat boots have become a thing.
Surely you didn’t think I would step aside and let their moment pass without me?
These boots are half Nancy Sinatra, half Storm Trooper.
The uppers are made of a beautiful stretch leather. I don’t fully understand how Stuart Weitzman makes these beautiful boots, but they are very comfortable and slim-fitting.
For the in-between weeks of March and April, a lined trench coat is just the thing.
This one is made of canvas and satin, styled a little like a varsity jacket — but with insulated sleeves and a short inner jacket.
The coat’s ultimate genius resides in the black collar, which will never stain.
Not sure about the rest of you, but this is a chronic issue for me with light colored trench coats. The inside and fold of the collars get grimy. I don’t know why. I am not grimy.
And now, another layer of attitude is added to this ensemble with sunglasses.
With the coat and sunglasses, I look like an emissary of a higher civilization who has come to Earth with instructions to declare it a failed planet and “wrap things up.”
Back to the dress!
A row of small buttons closes a close-fitting neckline . . . which partially mitigates transparency of fabric.
A detail to love: Ribbed sport cuffs, which don’t precisely match the fabric of the dress, add a little quirk to the traditional print.
For those who missed my Above the Law podcast interview, it’s never too late.
For D.C. area readers who missed last week’s Thursday post, don’t forget to add your name to my party list. I asked The Photographer to add a note about it at the end of my last post and he described it as a “soiree/literary salon” — but I see something more like “unlimited cocktail hotdogs wrapped in puff pastry.”
Dress: Baum und Pferdgarten; Boots: Stuart Weitzman Elspeth Boot (on super, but FINAL, sale now); Bag: Tory Burch; Trench: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Sunglasses: RetroSuperFuture