Do you remember that I told you, long ago, that a Substantial Top could stand in for a Smart Jacket under certain circumstances? It’s true. True that I said it, and true as a statement of fact. Here, I will show you casual tops of substance standing in for casual smart jackets. … Read moreWhite Rook/Black Rook
Has there ever been a time in my life when I didn’t have a polka dot dress in my closet? I don’t think so. Maybe college. Dress: Sir the Label; Belt: Pinko Uniqueness from YOOX; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff * I had an image in my head of Princess Diana in an … Read morePerennial Polka Dots
Egad! Summer is over. So soon? I just brought my sandals up from the storage bin. I don’t know how The Directorate feels about Strapless Utility Dress, but the Directrice herself loves it. This dress has so many faces.* Something happened to the buckle on the self-belt — the buckle prong is, somehow, missing … Read moreShine On, Strapless Utility Dress!
The most devoted Directrice scholars may recognize this outfit from its original post date (August 2015) or from its inclusion in the Key Set (October 2017), but it will surely be new to some of you? And welcomed by all of you? Top: Anthropologie; Pants: JCrew Point Sur Washed Wide-Leg Crop Pants; Shoes: … Read moreThe Directrice Now and Then
While noodling around the Nordstrom Annual Sale* — which seems to have taken on the prominence of the World Series and the gravitas of the Nobel Prize announcements — I came across this. This bold pairing of a bustier-over-belted-dress (there are two belts there) did give me an idea of how to use … Read moreThe Directrice Has Another Idea
Despite the heat, sometimes one still wants to cover up. The sun, you know, is both our friend and our foe. It was very hot when we took these photos and The Photographer caught me clowning around while he was adjusting his settings. * In case you are wondering, I am the fretter.+ … Read moreA Doll’s Clothes
Last winter, I promised Best Vest and Second-Best Vest that they would be worn year-round. * I feel that no dress code applies when one appears at the office with a suitcase — even if you won’t be leaving the office until late afternoon. ** Years ago, in asking my doctor … Read moreGirl Guide
I bought a sundress from The RealReal thinking it would be great for the weekends. All I had to do was remove the straps, put on a sleeveless blouse, and fasten a narrow belt around my waist. Et voila! Here is the dress unbelted. You can see how much it would not have … Read moreA Black and White Bouquet
A new dress for spring! That seems fair. That seems right. Doesn’t it? Let’s not get sidetracked with The Directrice’s cynical views about corporate cost/benefit calculations. Let’s focus on this . . . can I say it? . . . enchanting dress. Take note of its graceful lines. I must reveal something about … Read moreVerdant!