Late July is the time when I visit the virtual shopping carts I’ve abandoned across the Internet to see what has been significantly marked down.
Look what I found:
- too-short, backless dress
- a paint-splattered bag
How well this has worked out!
Clearly, neither of these would qualify as a staple, a workhorse, or even a must-have of the professional wardrobe.
These fall more into the category of “all mimsy were the borogoves.”
Let’s take a walk around this composition, shall we?
For those of you who think I’ve subverted the essential point of this dress by wearing a blouse under it, please do know that the designer showed this dress layered over a blouse on his website.
I’d like to think he got the idea from one of my 2015 posts, but it may be an instance of zeitgeist, something in the air.
I am wearing this dress not simply over a blouse, but also over pants. For those of you who still are not comfortable with DoP, you may consider this a long vest with pants. Or as the fashion editors are saying, a sleeveless coat.
Have we talked about the sleeveless coat? Was there ever a more ridiculous suggestion?
I’ll answer that rhetorical question.
No! A sleeveless coat is a vest!
It was very hot when we took these pictures. I look so surly.
I’ve included these photos so that you can see the Directrice has many faces.
Now, some details.
If I wanted to normalize this look — which I think is totally suitable for a meeting with a client or opposing counsel, or a deposition — I would carry a solid colored bag in blue or white. Like so.
Sleeveless Coat: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Pants: JCrew; Blouse: Jack Wills; Shoes: Cole Haan Catalina Wedge; Splatter Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Serious Bag: Ferragamo