Summer Flush, Part 1

The summer was so busy that I didn’t manage to write and publish some important posts. Things I’ve been meaning to show you for months and, in some instances, years. So I am going to flush out the summer ideas this week and then we’ll embark on fall next week. Agreed? *+ Some advice regarding … Read more

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Walking Highlighter

We are deep into summer in Washington D.C., but it hasn’t been terribly hot.  Nevertheless, all of the staff at Directrice Global Industries Ltd. and DGI Holding, Inc. are ready for summer. The white blouse is covered up enough. For summer in Washington D.C. Post-pandemic. The ties on this blouse are long enough to wrap … Read more

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Normal Up

  Twice in the past few weeks, I’ve had to present a conservative — i.e., traditional — appearance. I had to dig deep, Directorate, to enter the spirit of things.   There is one twee detail: long ivory ties at the neck. I did not care for that, so I drew the ties tight, knotted … Read more

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Flowers for Spring

  Directorate, given the way we dress now, I still have pre-pandemic inventory to share. That means my commentary will be heavy on theory and light on shopping links because the pre-pandemic inventory is three or four years old and no longer in stores.   The vivid print combines International Klein Blue, cornflower blue, black, … Read more

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Plaid Glad Rag

  From the first, I have advised that when you find a garment that fits and suits you perfectly, you should buy it in two colors. I live, and would die, by that advice.

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Party Dresses Just In Case

Hello Directorate! I’ve had some difficulty over the last two weekends aligning my schedule, The Photographer’s schedule, a presentable appearance, and the golden hour. I have a list of ideas for posts, but no photos. And thus, I am showing you some seasonally inappropriate dresses that we photographed last fall. A charming surprise was revealed … Read more

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A Khaki Suit, TWWDN

Although I’ve never been to Africa or actually seen the film Mogambo, long-time readers know that I like to dress myself in khaki head-to-toe inspired by safari wear. A Hollywood version of safari wear, involving full skirts, white blouses, waist-cinching belts, and no heavy duty bug spray. I don’t need much encouragement to reach for … Read more

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Jumper Love

Hello Directorate! Here we are in another shoulder season, trying to figure out how to dress when the temperature and date are not wholly in sync.

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I Felt the Need for Sleeves

  To prepare himself for Top Gun: Maverick, The Photographer watched the original Top Gun — against the advice of counsel (that would be me) and discovered that it was unwatchable. I only popped into the TV room occasionally to check his agonies but was reminded of one indelible line, “I feel the need . … Read more

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The Post-Pandemic Grey Flannel Suit

  What does the grey flannel suit look like post-pandemic?   Top: Proenza Schouler from The RealReal (this dress shows up regularly on The RealReal, and is there right now in this grey wool and a blue satin with sequins — which is not right for work but could make a fun holiday top?); Talbots … Read more

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