This post may be regarded as Apex Directrice — the Directrice at her highest (most concentrated? most absurd?) moment.
Witness a Top of Substance and Volume that calls to mind such influences as: Anne of Green Gables, Mary Todd Lincoln, Ellen Olenska nee Mingott (a girl who wore black satin at her coming-out ball), and Miss Norcross-Stokes. It has satisfied my craving for volume and goes perfectly with my mustard pants and ultramarine velvet slides.
I do love watching a trend accelerate from modish to absurd.
What started as puffed sleeves (also called puff sleeves) in 2018 has grown and grown and now, in late 2021, we all look like we are wearing floaties for the pool.
A colleague of mine from the South told me that as a Tri-Del, she was a repeat bridesmaid in the early 2000s and had to wear numerous dresses with sleeves that were “puffed and stuffed” — i.e., not simply puffed, but filled with tulle to keep the sleeves inflated.
I think about this a lot.
A quick search on Amazon turned up many possibilities for stuffing and/or flotation devices as daily-wear.
These particular sleeves are made of a light fabric with a surprising amount of structure. The ruching — achieved with a channel, cord, and toggle, provides additional architectural support.
So great is the volume of this top, in certain photographs my head appears to be quite far away from the sleeve.
Note that my head is out of focus while the sleeve is sharp. Remarkable.
The Photographer was so captivated by these sleeves that he took a dozen interesting photos to capture their many profiles and shapes.
The sleeves are a different fabric than the body. It’s a plaid with some texture (puckered) and some color variation.
I honestly can’t tell if the plaid is black-on-black or if a very dark blue is involved.
I want to wear this top every day.
Can you understand my preoccupation?
Switching gears: How do we (The Directorate) feel about coveralls? I had planned to sit this trend out, but a switch went off last weekend* and now I feel that I must have a pair. Thoughts?
Clearly this top does not require jewelry, but I did try a few necklaces (including this and this), before settling on my dear cameo.
* It happened like this. I was reading about the clothes that Selena Gomez wears in Only Murders in the Building and followed a link to a website for a women-owned company based in Portland Oregon that makes gender-fluid clothes.+ I am really enjoying Only Murders (it’s a great watch for apartments/interior design and clothes) and Selena is as cute as a button. Did I also recommend The Chair? Because that’s great, too.
+ I have resisted the purchase of a marigold yellow faux fur jacket because that seems very unnecessary to me. Tempting, but impractical.