I know I told you at the end of 2017 that this was the cleverest thing I’ve ever done.
But that was before I’d done this:
Perhaps you are thinking that I sewed these beautiful buttons in this madcap pattern on an ordinary shift? Or that I asked Fatima to do so?
Non. Regrettably, non. The buttons were someone else’s inspiration. But I bought the dress and put this dotted swiss blouse under it, which I think was inspired.
This embellishment could easily be recreated by you.
Why am I giving myself so many points for this combination?
First, the neckline is not a standard round neckline. Instead the back is a little high and the front is a little scooped. This vaguely Elizabethan style is not that flattering to me, but it’s distinctive, so I figured I’d try it. Surprise: It’s the perfect frame for the small collar of my blouse. Grow, Kitten, Grow is rewarded for her risk-taking.
Second, I pulled out three black blouses to try with this dress. The first one looked awful. But I did not give up.
The Photographer asked me to include both of these photos, side-by-side, because he thinks they look like dramatically different shots. I am not seeing it.
Now, close-ups of the buttons which look heavy, but are incredibly light.
Note of the ruffled trim around the armscyes. Kind of old-fashioned and kind of fierce. It projects and looks almost military.
Also note: The dotted motif — the circular buttons and the dotted swiss relate well to one another.
Although I generally am quite willing to share ridiculous photos of myself, I am a little nervous about this one.
I took a work call while we were snapping pictures. Look at me. I look like I am ordering a hit. Only because I am concentrating and talking — not growling.
Most people do not look good when photographed while talking. That’s a fact.
These last few photos are pretty cute.
Have a fantastic weekend! I know I will; Desh is coming to visit!
Fan-deck owners: Please visit Monday’s post and add a comment. I am now curious to know how many readers have a paint chip fan-deck on their bedside tables.
Dress: Comme des Garcons; Blouse: JCrew; Shoes: Tory Burch
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I love this look! And as to the two pictures — one looks watchful/skeptical to me (much like Princess Anne when photographed) and the other amused.
I forget where you are on the hunt for more white blouses, but thought I’d point out these two deeply discounted options from JCrew. A decent range of sizes still available and both necklines look very Directrice Approved to my amateur eye:
These are beautiful blouses, Cat. Thank you for suggesting them!
Wonderful ! What a stunningly beautiful dress and blouse combination. The buttons are fascinating. I perceive a very subtle difference between the two photos, but it may be the angle that is different.
I love the evocation of a Velazquez martial gentleman in his armoured doublet and would be suitably intimidated by any legal advisor in this outfit.
I enjoyed the whole thing and thought it looked very clever. The blouse with adornment does look militaryish but well placed and interesting. I love this outfit plus the shoes. The shoes make it look elegant and their credibility allows for the quirkyness and cleverness above. A keeper.
Love this outfit!
Love the combo!
Not planning on going through any metal detectors in that!
It’s like you saw into my button box (my soul) and knew I had to recreate this lovely dress. My newly Directrice-inspired project. Thank you