Aunt Baby Battles Hot and Cold Spring

Spring in Washington D.C. has been like spring in many parts of the country this year: volatile. We’ve had (relatively) boiling hot days in the eighties and (relatively) freezing days with daytime temperatures in the forties. We also had serious tornado warning, which caused me to retreat (with Mr. Orange) to the only interior space … Read more

Constructive Fridays

If I am only going to the office two days a week, does that make the second day a constructive Friday? For denim purposes? Here is what the Disappearing Jacket and Essential Bag look like when rushing The Photographer. We have no winner of the Keynote Address right-of-first-refusal. Obviously, I need to improve the indexing … Read more

Preparing for RTO

My firm launched its large-scale, triumphant return-to-office — to the accompaniment of much free food — last week. Judging by the notable difference on D.C. roads and in the Metro system between the last full week of March and the first full week of April, I think many other D.C. offices had a similar plan. … Read more

Toile-ing in Obscurity

  The latest version of WordPress has been installed and I don’t know how to use it. It looks very different from the version I’ve used for years. Bear with me.   * RTO is the HBR+ acronym for Return-to-Office.   + HBR is the abbreviation for Harvard Business Review.

These Old Clothes, First Ed.

  I could have sworn I’d started a series of “These Old Clothes” posts, but when I scanned the index in alphabetical order, there were none. It’s such a good idea . . . how did I fail to follow through? I ordered these loafers in late December and it just occurred to me last … Read more

Our Lady of Thwarted Restraint

Back in September 2021 (after Delta, before Omicron), I recommended two new series to you: Only Murders in the Building and The Chair. Do you remember? And I mentioned that Selena Gomez’s character’s great wardrobe in OMITB had propelled me to investigate (and then purchase) a boilersuit. Do you remember that? I also told you … Read more

Now We Praise Weejun Loafers

  Greetings, Directorate, and accept my best wishes for the New Year. May 2022 be nothing like 2021 or 2020!   Before we launch into clothes, I wanted to address the plans of Directrice Global Industries Ltd. and our parent company, DGI Holding, Inc., for Q1 2022.   Some of you may have noticed some … Read more

The Directrice Suggests

  Better late than never, The Directrice suggests a few things that you might want to buy as holiday gifts for the stylish women in your lives. This includes yourself.   These pants are cropped. If you are short, and typically wear petite sizes but don’t want cropped pants, buy the regular length. Those of … Read more

Good Things Come to Greedy People Who Wait

  During the summer of 2020, I became enamored of a simple Ulla Johnson blouse — a cheetah print on silk with puffed sleeves. I can’t remember the original retail price, but whatever price it was, I adjudged it grossly disproportionate to the material and labor evident in the blouse itself and was unwilling to … Read more