A Gentle Transition to Spring

In part of its Continuing Education series on seasonal transitions, The Directrice presents more ideas about dressing for early spring.


I need to slow down.

The Directrice present
So excited to share my wisdom

You could:

  • wear a lightweight silk (or similar) dress with long sleeves
  • wear crew-necks, cardigans, and jackets with half-sleeves
  • wear a sleeveless dress of heavier weight
  • switch your wool jackets to jackets made of ponte or dense cotton knit fabrics (like boucle)
  • wear spring clothes, but add a large scarf made of linen or silk for warmth.

You could also wear a long-sleeved floral blouse under a short sleeved wool top, like this:

Must make sure that my delivery does justice to my message

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Could I wear the floral voile blouse with a tweed top?
You’ve sort of seen this wool top before; I showed the same top in a different color last week.
This top is actually fabricated from the same fabric as the other one; this is the reverse side. That’s a fact about double-knits. The obverse and reverse are both fully finished fabrics.
Nota bene: It is in moments like this that I realize The Directrice needs an intern. Someone should have tugged the hem of this top down, or at least told me to do so. But you understand that I am an amateur, right?

The blouse? She is new, for spring!
The many pinks in this pretty floral called out to me through the store window when I was walking by Anthropologie. The pattern reminds me of Maurice Prendergast’s watercolor, Umbrellas in the Rain.
I bought the blouse thinking I would wear it with a khaki jacket and dark rinse jeans. But I happened to lay it down on top of this tweedy top while gathering hangers to put things away in the closet and BLAMMO I was struck by how pretty the two looked together.
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Yes; you’re already doing it

The Directrice gets deep in the head of The Directrice
Here I am getting into character, I guess
The blouse is a cotton-silk blend, which means that it is very light, a little crisp (but not stiff),and washable at home.
The blouse is longer in the back than the front. I think this creates a charming silhouette, though some might think that the Directrice has a tail.
Beware: The blouse is very snug through the bust and midriff. All the reviews advise going up 1 or 2 sizes, which I did do.

To finish things off: black shoes with a dash of white and a black nylon cross-body bag.
And comes through
And . . . scene

The Photographer wants an intern, too. Someone to hold his camera equipment.
Blouse: Anthropologie Amelie blouse; Wool top: DSquared2 from YOOX; Pants: JCrew; Boots: 8; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha Cross-body; Watch: Michele Serein 16
Umbrellas in the Rain, Maurice Prendergast (1899)

11 thoughts on “A Gentle Transition to Spring”

  1. Ahhh…as usual you made me laugh! I feel that there is nothing wrong with having a tail—then when you’re happy, we can see it wagging (or in a cat’s case-put it up in the air when we come home for the day)
    And sure, you could have pulled the sweater down, so it was perfectly flat against your body, but hey, we’re all living in the real and now, and once we start moving, so does our clothes! So really you could say, you are showing your blog as a reality series!!

  2. I very much like this outfit and the clever reversible top. It looks pulled together and indeed, springy. Just wish spring would come quickly. I’m ready for lighter looks! Kate

  3. Is your creative style appreciated at your job? Do the other lawyers take note of your outfits? Do you get positive feedback?

    • Sometimes! But there are a lot of stylish women in my office, so I don’t think I stand out. My co-workers love my blog (at least, some of them do) and they have been so kind and supportive of my creative endeavors herein.

  4. This is a very sweet outfit and I have lots of silk blouses I can try this with, but will have to dig out my wool/thicker fabric type tops to see what might be able to go on top. We’re just finishing summer here in Australia, so all wooly things are packed away right now. Looking forward to new outfits when it gets cooler here. Ps I’d LOVE to be your intern. Pps I see your white stripe boot caps there. They are great boots.

  5. Nice take on the “art of layering” and speaking of art – Maurice Prendergast is one of my favorite American artist – now I must have this shirt!


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