I’ve said it before and I’ll remind you now. This blog is For Real. With the exception of the Pieced Wonder, the clothes you see on The Directrice are the clothes I wear, rightly or wrongly, to work and around town.*
I am also pretty disciplined about not buying clothes that I can’t wear.
I do own three long summer dresses that are totally inappropriate for work and too fancy for most weekend wear. These are . . . my resort clothes.
Note: I have only been to two resorts in my life.
This dress has to be at least five years old. It’s been taken to Fatima three times: the first time, to have the skirt narrowed and to add the slit on one side; the second time, to have little elastic added to the armscyes for a snug fit; the third time, to have the lining shortened to the knee. I was overwhelmed by purple layers.
Years ago, I owned a number of structured straw and felt hats — until I realized that they are real space hogs. No room in a city apartment for a collection of fancy hats. So I gave them away and resolved to purchase only crushable hats.
I found this one at JCrew this summer. Allegedly, I can roll it up, tie it with the hat-band, and stuff it in my suitcase.
I am not sure that this hat, for all its acreage, actually provides adequate sun protection. The weave of this straw is a little loose. It will be fine, however, for lounging under a beach umbrella.
My friends may recognize this dress from past summers at Rehoboth Beach. But they have not seen it with my plastic jewels. This necklace would hit just the right subversive note at a fancy resort.
Finishing things off — a view of the back, which shows these narrow double straps. So pretty! The thin straps necessitate a strapless bra, which I am almost ready to swear off forever . . . but I’d like to wear this dress a few more times first.
For those who are interested, a close up of my watch (borrowed from an August 2015 post). I love this clear, PVC watch-band.
Dress: JCrew; Hat: JCrew; Shoes: Donald J Pliner; Bag: Les Toiles du Soleil; Necklace: Marni; Watch: Technomarine
* The Pieced Wonder remains my high-water mark, but I haven’t worn it around town or to work. It’s hanging in the closet next to my wedding dress.