Essential Directrice

Fun Tops: A Tutorial

Sundresses are the easiest way to get through the summer. But if you aren’t a dress enthusiast, or if you want a little more variety than wearing a dress everyday, an interesting top and neutral pants are the simplest alternative.

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Tie-Dye for Work

In addition to bringing white Doc Martens and bustiers to the office, did you know that Your Directrice injected tie-dye into the firm environment in the early oughts? C’est vrai! Dress: Ulla Johnson from The RealReal (there are several in various sizes available right now); Belt: Maison Margiela 11 from YOOX; Sandals: Donald J. Pliner … Read more

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The Summer Code

Summer! It is upon us. Best case scenario for most of us is temperatures in the 80s. Best case. For those at the lower latitudes or trapped under a temporary heat-dome, temperatures will be in the 90s . . . or higher. Some of you may be asking, “How is this different from your winter … Read more

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Loosening Up

I had many years to amass a worky wardrobe while at my firm. Admittedly, that wardrobe became increasingly eccentric over the years — but when I left, I still had a solid collection of dresses that were clearly work-wear suitable for meetings, presentations, and conferences.   In digging through posts for previous discussions of Virgil … Read more

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B.A.S.E. Directrice

I love a statement blouse. Changing subjects, briefly, these oxfords are amazing. They weigh nothing, but have so much presence, and are delightfully comfortable. Blouse: Palmer//Harding from The RealReal (one just like mine and look at this beauty); Shoes: Cole Haan Original Grand Platform Oxford

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Such A Lady Goes to Court

I had to go to court last week, Directorate, for the first time since 2019.+  I have appeared at hearings on Zoom, but no in-person appearances since before the pandemic. That seems hard to believe, but I think I am right. The Photographer does not give himself credit for “finding” this because he was helped … Read more

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Spring Tweed for The Dowager

A lightweight tweed feels so fresh in the spring. I am not one much for pastels, but this mix of black, white, and grey struck the right soft note. The jacket is so short, revealing the waistband of my pants, that I’ve added a belt to finish the look. Empty belt loops look a little … Read more

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Encore, Encore

One of the nice things about a new job is that all of your old clothes start over when they are placed in a new setting. They feel new. Red dress: MSGM (a splurge from Matches Fashion in 2016); Toile dress: H&M ($39.99) Note: Matches Fashion has gone into the British Equivalent of Chapter 11. … Read more

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Stop Making Sense


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The Total Package

Today we are zooming out to include a rare display of outerwear. Get pumped, Directorate.+ But we’ll start with the indoors portion of outfit. Jacket: Helmet Lang; Jersey: COS; Dress: Proenza Schouler White Label Pleatable Crepe Drawstring Dress available at Saks Off Fifth (in red plaid and solid black; FWIW, I think the solid black … Read more

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