The Grey Flannel Heart Beats On

SO much ground to cover in this post.

First things first. Emerging from pandemic isolation (for real, this time), my love of grey flannel is stronger than ever.
I bought this Jil Sander dress from The RealReal at some point in 2021, knowing that eventually we’d be high-stepping down to the Metro together.
That day arrived a couple of weeks ago, when I was scheduled to work downtown and take a colleague out for a celebratory dinner at Tosca.
I’d been waiting

Actually, the waiting started years earlier; my relationship to this dress has been like A Very Long Engagement
I’d loved this dress, described as “compact” wool flannel, when it was released by Jil Sander in 2015 or 2016, but I couldn’t decide at that time whether I wanted it enough to need it.+
I’m not saying it’s the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn. But it is, as Fatima and I say about all of my directional, purposefully ill-fitting clothes, it’s very European and that is pleasing to me.

Perhaps you are thinking, “It’s a little stiff and wide Directrice and makes you look like a dingy iceberg.” Let me assure you: It was much wider when I got it.
Fatima added a diagonal seam from the waist to the hip and folded the excess fabric into a generous pleat.
Claire, it’s French!++

Please take note of the horizontal seams across the bodice, the vertical contouring seams (adding a little modest shape), and the pinch pleats shaping the sleeves.
It’s all very understated, which is why I felt I could add . . .

This. This bling-tastic necklace.
Gold looks beautiful with grey. You heard my views on this long, long ago.
It’s practically blinding

Previous sighting, 2017
You’ve seen this necklace before.
But in the intervening years, I decide to play with it.
I was inspired by some of Lynn Latta’s beautiful ceramic sculptures and decided to pinch and bend these links to create a more compact, abstract pendant.
I think it suits my style better than the large links.

Finishing things off, a grey flannel, pinstriped bag.
Padded bag with padded strap is sumptuous; I want to get in the bag

Switching gears! It’s been a long time since I posted any outerwear and winter accessories. My definitive guide to winter coats is here. You may find some exceptional bargains (Max Mara and Cinzia Rocca are my favorites) at the tail end of the season.
This orange beret is the perfect antidote to bleak winter days.
A pop of color for certain

You wouldn’t want my hat game to fall behind, would you?
I wrote a post on hats several years ago. All but the brown cloche are still in rotation, and I have added a few new ones since. I have to keep my hat game going, you know.

I feel 95 percent certain that this Harris Tweed fabric tag is an intentional design element. It’s tightly top-stitched on all four sides of the label. A visible fabric tag (typically seen on jacket and coat sleeves just above the wrist) is usually oblong and lightly tacked down with a couple of invisible stitches on the short ends.
The Photographer is not convinced.
Intentional design, not a fabric tag? Irreverent Directrice or Minnie Pearl?

Dress: Jil Sander from The RealReal; Bag: Dries Van Noten; Necklace: inspired by Lynn Latta; Hat: Weekend Max Mara (Winter 2021/22)
+ Can we agree that “want” turns to “clinical need” when the desire for a material possession intrudes on one’s thoughts every night during the wind-down portion of the day (when you should really be looking at cat videos).
++ This was Fleabag’s attempt to stop her sister’s perseverating about an unfortunate haircut.

6 thoughts on “The Grey Flannel Heart Beats On”

  1. I do agree about the tag on the hat. I mean… come on… it’s Harris Tweed! I’m so pleased with this dress on several accounts – it has proper sleeves, interesting cut, great color, modest length – I’m sold!

  2. My newly southern self (only Virginia, but it’s never coooold enough here!!!) is so envious of all the gorgeous grey flannel!! Add in the beret, and it’s like Emily in Paris but with real style sense!

    • Are you NoVA, or farther south, Ellie? We get some colder temps in D.C., but it’s never sustained and not as cold as northern New England (where I grew up) or Yakutsk (a location I proposed to The Photographer for a destination wedding).

      • Central VA/Piedmont, but not high enough for mountain effects to kick in. It seems to snow about once a year, although of course everything comes to a screeching halt when it does. And it rarely gets below freezing for more than a few hours or days. My WNYer/New Englander/Midwesterner blood is thinning rapidly, but even so my vast store of beloved woolies goes woefully underutilized :(.

  3. Both of these dresses are so perfect for so many occasions. The beret is just fine as are the shoes. Thank goodness for good taste and longevity.


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