I often dress in one color, or shades of one color, from head to toe. I like to think this is slimming. But monochromatic dressing, if it doesn’t involve contrast in texture (combining, for instance, silk georgette and wool boucle or satin and linen), can present a somewhat lifeless effect. Witness:
This is a beautifully made dress, but it needs a little something. The neckline is a difficult shape to fill in with a necklace.
Then I had an idea. Behold:
Ahhhhh. So much better.
Perhaps you are thinking, That’s it?
I recognize that this is a small tip, but if it struck me like a coup de foudre, perhaps some of you will be similarly struck?
The dress came with a matching jacket, but that jacket has a swing silhouette which I think looks best with skinny, straight pants. Possibly on someone other than me. So I’ve paired the dress with a wholly unrelated jacket, which is short and fitted.
This jacket is perfect with sheath style dresses. The peplum is cut-away in the front — to highlight the waistline — but very graceful from other views.
And here, I must ask you to take special note: The Directrice is wearing heels. One of the two pairs that she owns.
I felt so certain when President Obama took office that Seventh Avenue would respond to the First Lady’s preference for low heels and there would be Kitten Heels for Everyone! But it hasn’t turned out that way and now time is running out. So many items left unfinished on the agenda . . .
And now a special behind-the-scenes bonus: Posy takes a loop around the backdrop.
In the early days of this blog, a friend (who is a professional photographer) came to teach my husband and me how to take pictures. We took some photos against a white paper backdrop because I thought it might provide a clean, uniform look for posts. And then I realized that I didn’t have time to set up photo shoots. So now we just take quick snaps around the apartment or in the neighborhood using natural light. But I will try to make it to some of my favorite spots in D.C. because this is a beautiful city filled with wonderful buildings, monuments, and street scenes — and you, dear reader, are most deserving.
Dress: Lela Rose (altered along shoulder seam); Jacket: I’m Isola Marras; Belt: JCrew; White bag: Salvatore Ferragamo; Shoes: Kate Spade; Bracelets: David Yurman
Photos: Anne Kelley Looney