First things first! I am desperately overdue for a haircut. It’s been five and a half weeks since my last trim and after day 28 something goes haywire. So you will note that I have attempted to restrain my hair by tucking it behind my ears.
We are in a long stretch of transitional weather. We’re deep into September, but it’s still 80 degrees outside. Therefore I am wearing a mix of clothes: mixed fabrics (cotton top, wool pants), styles (sleeveless top, long pants) and colors (light and dark) that tilt toward the imminent season. In open-toed ballet flats, all but the very tips of my toes (now painted Lady Godiva because Little Brown Dress has been discontinued) covered.
I bought this top because I loved the abstract print, but I actually think it will be versatile as a multi-season piece.
I had originally thought I would wear a white blouse under this top, but it is so warm that I realized I could (should) go without.
Actually, it does need something underneath it because it has some . . . gaps in coverage.
I am struggling to provide a description with words. It’s nothing as simple as a cut-out. I’ll show you.
I think this will look good in the winter with a black turtleneck sweater underneath (very fitted) or a long sleeved white blouse. It might also look good under a simple charcoal suit; I’ll have to see if the back will lie flat (relatively flat) under a suit jacket.
With cooler weather on the horizon, the suede in my closet is asserting itself.
I don’t want to crush its spirit.
The strap on this bag is a several inches too long. Rather than take it to the luggage repair man, I’ve discreetly knotted one side of the strap.
Tip: A knot like this shortens the strap by 6-8 inches.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Top: Derek Lam 10 Crosby from Gilt; Camisole (underneath): JCrew; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: Marni; Bracelets: John Hardy; Watch: Michele
10 thoughts on “Abstract Thinking”
Very modern and interesting front to back! It’s nice to see a bit different look on you!
Beautiful and interesting top. And I think the hair looks great!
That abstract print is wonderful, the colors are definitely multi-season depending on what you pair it with, and most especially I appreciate your attention to the versatility in how you use your garments – it’s been very inspiring to me.
Fwiw, I’ve always thought there are big print people (who look best in large prints) and small print people (who look best in small/tight prints). Maybe I’m wrong about that, but I fancy myself a big print person, something about strong prints just works for me.
Intriguing dichotomization! Any characteristics that seem to go along with that? Eg, body size, personality, etc.
You raise an interesting question, Blonde. I think the conventional wisdom tells us that small people should wear small prints and larger people can carry off larger prints — but I don’t agree. Unfortunately I don’t have a useful rule to offer in place of the CW. Each print is a highly individualized inquiry; color, contrast and activity are each as important as scale. So glad you are finding the blog useful! I have a new idea for posts this fall: The Directrice Re-Presents . . . in which I will show something previously featured in a fresh and interesting way!
I lerrrrrrrv that top!
The top is art to wear, to be sure. I absolutely love it on you and it seems such a break for work attire. Like another reader your beautiful hair completes the look. It rocks! Kate
The top is lovely! The pattern reminds me of a sweater of yours… variegated… do you know which one I mean?
I think the knot in your strap and this blouse work wonderfully together. And the idea of assertive suede made me chuckle.
So lovely! I wonder if there are any circumstances under which you would wear this top without extra back coverage? I myself very partial to the look and feel of a slither of back being fevealed, but then I am far less elegant than you. I do look forward to those The Directrice Re-Presents posts.