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May 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm
Maybe I'm naive, but I hadn't even noticed the "religious and political issues" of her head scarf, which has a chic hue and is tied with a lot of insouciance. I was too busy giving the thumbs-up to her beautiful smile and those great shoes.
Love the shoes! Gorgeous photo!
And she has the best accessory: a lovely smile.
so rich! amazing.
May 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm
the colors in this shot are amazing …and I love her shoes ..regardless of politics and/or religion …I'm glad you got lost.
May 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm
Love the denim vest to break up the heavy brown dosage.
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Ermmm…. Im confused! Are you insinuating that she is of the muslim faith?? If so, I don't think she is and if I am correct then in terms of style for it isn't successful. however, if she is then she should be applauded for playing around with what is such a restrictive faith in terms of its clothing.
Im confused… HA
May 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm
this photo is hard to describe. it is as you said surprising, but there is a faint familiarty about it too. by the way, the color of the coat and pants suit each other really well!
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May 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm
She completely lost the proportions and got the look of clochard. The colours, the shoes…I cannot say anything good about this girl… besides her smiling face.
May 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm
A Friday respite from creativity is good for you and good for us. The best marketers leave their fans licking their chops for more. I check the blog 3x/day regardless of what you feed me. :-) May the beauty of this woman's self-expression speak louder than the unfortunate need in today's setting to pre-comment on her religiosity and politico leanings. "Why can't we all just get along?" is RIGHT.
I like this look! I see a happy young woman with a wicked pair of yellow pants that I want to buy. I like how she's wearing a brownish-purple top and then bright bright mustard pants. Pairing these two with a denim blue vest and the blue sandals? Fun! No need to judge anything else :]
Her coat is made of glory. And those pants! Mostly harem pants make people look like waddling ducks to me, but they can be a beautiful thing.
It is true: when you become addicted to the posts, it's hard to wait for them. But when they are as great as thic pic, it is worth the wait. It never occured to me to think of anything other than the shapes, colours and proportions she put together. Well done – both you and her! :-)
May 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm
May 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm
While i wouldn't don the entire outfit, there are elements that i like about it, i.e, the sandals, the denim vest and the trench. However, she wears her outfit well and is a beautiful woman!Plus, i love the whole composition of the photograph!
nicely put! she has a great style, it's wonderful that she could be so unique.
May 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm
The yellow pants!! and the blue vest! oh how i do so love a good juxtoposition.
May 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm
I really love her style and no religious or political or whatever, seems like it's just part of her little "chicness." I really adore her shoes. *
May 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm
I feel her spiritual harmony by this photo. Amazing!
May 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm
You know, this didn't broadcast any religious or political message to me; I just saw fashion…although I did wonder if her feet were cold!
May 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Gosh, if you hadn't made that comment about her possible religious affiliation I wouldn't have given it a second thought. What I saw was a gorgeous young woman dressed in outstanding colors and interesting garments. You mean no one can wear a headscarf anymore without being labeled? What happened to a scarf covering your head for a convertible ride??
May 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Getting lost is one of my favourite things. I love her coat, hat, and kohl smeared eyes.
I love the peek of demin under her coat. And her smile – that's what makes any outfit.
May 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm
makes me want to cover my head!
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May 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm
Interesting how she wears yellow without it being penetrating.
And I can only speak for myself but I'd like to let you know that I do not have a problem with waiting for the next Sartorialist post at all. After all having to wait for something is what makes it even more exciting, isn't it? It's a bit like an all-year-round advent calendar. Sometimes you like the suprise and sometimes you don't. But then again that's the thing with surprises.
May 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Love her jacket! x
I absolutely love this pic! and as some of the other above have mentioned, I did not see any religious or political affiliation to this picture. She's a beautiful woman expressing herself in how she chooses to. Does anyone wearing all black and studs need to be labelled a Gothic?Surely, not in today's day and age. Sart, I applaud the romantic in you for wishing we could all get along, but on the same note, its possibly the cynic assuming people would have an issue with her religious or political orientation?
Regardless…she is dressed beautifully and as always, your picture is stunning!
May 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm
"Gosh, if you hadn't made that comment about her possible religious affiliation I wouldn't have given it a second thought. What I saw was a gorgeous young woman dressed in outstanding colors and interesting garments."This. I was confused even, when i started reading. Never crossed my mind.
May 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm
if you hadn't mentioned such "religious and political issues of this woman" i wouldn't have guessed there even were any.
…so…are there any??
ironic indeed this post.
still heart you though.
May 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm
so many layers and textures! i just love it.
May 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm
Beautiful! The pants and the shoes are perfect, beautiful woman, beautiful shot.
Forest City Fashionista
May 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm
Such a rich combination of colours, with the wonderful pop of mustard yellow of the pants. As most of the other readers have noted, I didn't think of any religious or political implications of her outfit, I just enjoyed it for what it is–a great photograph!
Those pants are fab. I am always afraid I will look like I escaped from the genie's lamp when attempting harem pants. They are the perfect combo of color and volume.
May 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm
I love the yellow pants and the sandals. It's always so funny looking at new posts because at least on my computer, the images are always juxtaposed with the American Apparel ads, so seeing the real people with personality and color in your photos just makes me laugh at the American Apparel clothing.
May 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Those yellow pants have brightened my day
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May 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm
the instant i saw this pic, I thought "wow, she is a muslim fashionista" :) and this is awesome. I don't think there is anything wrong with noticing her faith in her style, bc it is part of her style, a very big part of it actually. But yes, I do understand your sentiments.
she is very stylish, but maybe a bit overblown for me as a fellow muslimah:) she is very cool anyway. and a beautiful smile is always a winner.
May 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Love the pants, love the little denim vest, love Brussels!
May 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm
She has such a relaxed and confident vibe, very beautiful. Love the saffron colored pants, so fun!
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May 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm
OH MY GOODYNESS.
I adore this look! Such fresh colors and textures!I may have to try it out! NADA, I WILL try it out.
May 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm
i do check more than three times a day- but nevertheless i find new things to look at- without the new posts.
I love your posts because they are always interesting. I may not agree with one thing, then I'll adore another… the reason i look at your post often is because my life is harsh. Staring at beauty comforts me. Not because i covet an unaffordable pair of shoes, but because I like to think about WHY I like then.
May 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm
I think, perhaps, you should explain why you felt the need to even mention religion or politics in posting this photo.
May 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm
You had posted a woman earlier in the year who had an interesting way to tie a scarf around a bag. She was dressed in Muslim clothing. http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/12119JX9177Web.jpg
Following a comment from one of your readers led me to a blog that told me more about hijabie style. http://www.hijabiestyle.com/
It's great to learn new things from your blog.
May 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Loving the photo, and her layering. If I were to think about each individual piece, I would be bored. The layers catch my eye.Not so sure about the sandals, though. They are making me cold and uncomfortable.
May 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm
I think the reason why Scott wrote about not getting into the womans religious and political issues is because when he's posted images which are similar to this, people tend to write negative things. So I suspect that all he was trying to do was prevent these things from happening. Having said that, I think that this woman has such electic style… I love her bright harem pants! :)
May 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Wonderful shot she looks beautiful, I read the post then had to go back to the image to see what the religious issue was…. I would never had noticed had you not pointed it out.
May 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm
this picture reminded me of the last one you shot of that hijabi girl … really beautiful.
we should all let people wear what they want. so long as they do it beautifully!
gorgeous shot.. pretty girl.
keep them coming sart, but don't keep us waiting too long! :)
May 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm
@ We Spy — not all Muslim women wear burqas or totally cover themselves head-to-toe. Depending on where you are from and how you practice your faith, you can either wear Western garb – or just a headscarf – or a headscarf and modest clothing – and so on. This girl is quite modest and very chic — kudos to her, and kudos to Sart for showing people that conservative Muslim women can dress with style and pride.
May 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm
Sometimes the glamorous styles can be deeper than fashion, and they make you think, but frequent photo-sharing forces you to look but not see, so it's good to have a little break for both Scott and the readers every now and then
May 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm
very nice.. love the somber colors
Laguna Beach Trad
May 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm
A beautiful Aladinette!! As a staunch supporter of Vlaams Belang I cannot bring myself to encourage this form of sartorial colonialism on the part of the Islamic world, but she does look nice, I will admit.
May 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm
She is fabulous and chic, regardless of how covered up she is. There is something so insouciant about the bare sandals!
Love the photo, love the pants, love the sandals.
May 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm
we can all just get along …is not that hard at all.fashion is fashion and people are people, no matter where they are from or what they are ..
May 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm
there are so many indian harem pants in thrift stores here, i keep going to buy them but never do, perhaps i will next time xxx anne
May 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm
Just got back from a night out celebrating our last exam, bumped into some guys making horrible comments about heritage. Gets me wondering – are we making any progress at all? Love to see a picture like this. Brings hope. Do not share either religion, nor style. But I do appreciate her smile. And that beautiful color coordination.xoxo Louise
May 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm
She radiates vitality. She is dressed to live, in bright, sturdy fabrics. LOVE HER EYE.
PS re missing a day of posting: You're entitled to miss a day! Your site/work is an art, not a science. A "day off" is needed, from time to time, I'd guess.
beauty needs no religion. the elements can shin through anyones skin.
Love the shoes too !
May 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm
beautiful. This morning i saw a woman with what appeared to be long black hair tied into a very elegant bun. But when I got closer I realised she had actually tied a headscarf this way. It's moments like that I wish i carried a camera ready to go!
May 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm
not a fan of harem pants but they look good on her, and kinda put off by someone above using the word clochard for her
May 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm
oooh i love her pants.
May 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm
I'm another person who didn't see anything religious or political about her until I read your text. She looks lovely. I really like her coat!
May 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm
Those are some of the reasons I enjoy this blog. I surf hundreds of sites during my day job. I'm sure you'll keep posting whatever and whenever you're inspired to. I know your work has been juxtaposed with August Sander's before. His were different times and different motivations, but a straight up portrait like this moving and exciting.
May 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm
My internet use is completely sporadic, so I've never been worried by the frequency or volume of your updates. Life>internet. Anyway.
I particularly love the trousers and sandals together, as well as the trousers and coat and waistcoat. The former combo for the colours, and the latter for such a classic, 3-piece suit feel.Also, the way the headscarf frames her face so perfectly.
This lovely lady is a perfect example of style completely transcending religious belief. Just gorgeous.
May 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm
I like that the more you look at this outfit the more you see. I didn't even realize that her modesty and head covering were even a religious choice. And I like how the yellow pants and sandals come as a summery surprise at the end of the fall/winter top half of the look.
May 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm
She looks so radiant and beautiful. Thank you for this, more diversity please :) It's rather refreshing
May 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm
She is stunning!!! And I love the colors and how much do I love her sandals?!
May 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm
I am adoring those sandals. Thats all I have to say about that.
May 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm
Sartorialist, I love your blog and check it on the regular, but why oh why do you need to point out her "religious and politcal issues"? What did you mean by that? As you also know, people of all faiths, religions and culture can have fantastic style. I also vote for more diversity on your awesome blog. Btw, I was inspired by your post http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/12119JX9177Web.jpg to create a poster http://www.meerasethi.com/MISC0002_NoBill94.pdf promoting hijabi self-expression and saying no to legislation such as Bill 94 in Quebec, Canada that tell women what they can and can't wear. Check out the poster! Love your work!
May 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm
nice complimentary and neutral color scheme.
May 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm
Gorgeous photo, gorgeous style! I love that people are talking about this, about diversity but I hope for a day when things like this are so commonplace that they are not worth talking about.
May 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm
She definitely represents cultural style! Great colors!
May 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm
I love her coat! She is very stylish and modest, something I wish we saw more of in this world. Glad to see the diversity.
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May 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm
Brussels is so beautiful! i have family there. I love the denim vest. it adds the perfect boost of color. So weird to think that all those pieces could work well together. and they do! this gets me in the mood to throw random pieces on from my closet. Great shot!
May 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm
I love her joy and the mix of colors, the blue, brown and yellow are amazing. And before I read your commentary I thought to myself "Oh what a chic way she is being – covered, observant and chic." So while others were confused or did not notice I did. With no sense of value or judgment. I think she looks wonderful. More diversity of all everything – wonderful.
May 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm
beautiful, reminds me of a Matisse painting, don't know why!
May 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Cripes – amazing what you can pull off when you've got a slim figure and a beautiful face! Had a pair of pants like that back in the 80's, and no desire to revisit them!
May 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm
I love the layering and the colours! Very nice!
May 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm
I like the pants and sandals combo – i think the colours work really well.. tho I do think the coat (which i like separately) is a bit overpowering for this look
May 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm
Welp. I do understand that people spout off about the silliest things, especially for a fashion blog. But I guess folks are moved to take sides on the essences, the personalities, you capture along with the clothes.
I still find them bougie and trite with the personal comments.
But this woman is my third favorite of all time.
I love the way muslim women like this make the feet look so sexy
May 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm
A proud and independent spirit who isn't restricted in showing her style! This woman manifests inner tranquility. HOT SANDALS.
May 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm
Well said! I rather you post one GREAT photo every other day or whatever, than a mediocre photo everyday!! (and I take a look at this blog about 3 times a day) : ) !
About this photo: Wonderful colors, the yellow pants are too cool, the shoes are amazing! And her scarf, while a religious accessory, is very chic as well. Oh! Her smile is beautiful and priceless!
May 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm
My favorite thing about this is between the end of the jacket, the harem pants, and the way they bunch up at the top of her shoe. Super interesting and creative proportion, and surprisingly it does not make her look stumpy!
May 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm
What political issues? I really just noticed the sandals and wondered where I could get them. Your comment made me look again and then again. I guess I'm fortunate that I live in Canada because pretty girls like her, are a dime a dozen here and I don't see her or anyone for that matter in terms of religion or politics!
Great jacket. It has a nice steampunk feel to it.
scott, my remarking that she is different, that there are 'religious and political issues of this woman' you are signaling her as different.
if you truly felt that we are all part of one human family, this photo would go up without any additional comments like the majority of your other photos.
May 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm
She makes me so happy!
May 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm
like so many people who were featured in ur blog, this lady caught my eyes at once- and i didnt notice any of those religious/political issues till i read through the article- she just looked so amazing. this is one of the reasons why i love ur blog and i appreciate the fact that u don't compromise ur principles just to please us. stay cool Sart, we know that good things are worth waiting for :)
May 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm
I think this photo is amazing. I really like how she seems to stand out so strongly from the background and also that there are 3 points of yellow in the photo; it kind of ties it all together for me. And her smile is wonderful.
May 19, 2010 at 12:02 am
Greetings: I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of what your Nepuntian eye catches. The shoes and harem pants caught my eye ( colour and style I want those shoes!
For one who has spent a great deal of time in parts of the world where I am amongst those of all religions and the one you are depicting herein – that was not the first thing I noticed, the woman being Islamic. It was her style and beauty.
Case in point, this weekend, the new Miss. USA is an Arab Muslim originating from Lebanon.
I often wonder how a woman who exercises her religious freedom by covering her head , arms and legs, can bare her feet, which is contradictory to following Islamic Law. Why bare the feet? Some women are still getting used to dressing according to the Islamic Code, and need time to cover various parts of their body. The example of their legs – which by the way bright saffron harem pants are not part of the 'modest dress'.
To me, this woman is following her religious expression as well as expressing herself as a WOMAN!
Pardon my saying , but you need to get out to parts of the arab world my friend. More precious creative feasts for the eye than you can imagine! Please keep up the wonderful blog, thank you for sharing with us.
May 19, 2010 at 12:05 am
Sincerly, If you did not mention the religious aspect I would not catch it…The 1st thing I not it's the mix of color and fabric and her fabulous smile.
May 19, 2010 at 12:09 am
glad you had a little break, and glad you re-booted with this photo! love it, her smiley face, the fantastic cobblestone street, her amazing sandals and the denim vest. awesome.
May 19, 2010 at 12:36 am
This is refreshing. Lovely woman!
May 19, 2010 at 12:50 am
Loving the yellow.
May 19, 2010 at 1:32 am
The colours and folds of the fabric remind me of a Vermeer painting. It's also great that there are yellow elements in the background. All that yellow makes me happy.
sweet shoes. she's a diva.
May 19, 2010 at 1:58 am
It's not 'romantic' to think such a thing. It's human.
I don't know what her ethnic background is, but she seems to take some cultural elements and totally made them her own. The colors and fabric look amazing on her … I am glad she got to 'represent Brussels' on The Sartorialist…
I hope you had a great time in our little country. And I would like to thank you again for the inspiring roundtable meeting on monday…
May 19, 2010 at 2:02 am
love the shoes!!! you should check out http://www.hijabshigh.com
May 19, 2010 at 2:20 am
Risky and… successful! I love the colors. Pants and shoes are very cool. Really creative and personal =)
May 19, 2010 at 2:28 am
Love her coat, sandals and the happy smile.Good post.Sacramento fron Andaluc
May 19, 2010 at 2:31 am
ooh the top button of her coat looks like it's made from denim too – sweet!
May 19, 2010 at 2:52 am
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I see so many interesting beautiful people ( and not) on the metro every day. All colors, faiths, and sexual orientation. When my eyes see beauty I am attracted to their smile or their cool sweater. You have every right to take a day off, Scott. We are all fans of your take on beauty whatever form that may be.
May 19, 2010 at 3:14 am
all the comments above just made me smile. fashion can change people's opinion even the serious stuff. so, go fashion! :D
May 19, 2010 at 3:16 am
she looks great!!being moslem woman doesnt mean you have to wear black or navy blue. trust me. come to indonesia and you'll see..
May 19, 2010 at 3:26 am
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May 19, 2010 at 3:29 am
Lovely smile. I love her yellow pants and blue sandals!
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May 19, 2010 at 3:50 am
That beautiful woman mixes eastern and western elements with naturalness.I wish we could do it with our beliefs,our thought and prejudgements.
May 19, 2010 at 4:08 am
Beautiful colours and textures, and she tops it off with a lovely smile.I also love how those great shoes match the colour of the cobbled stone streets, but obviously that wasn't a conscious decision on her part..
May 19, 2010 at 4:09 am
I don't really care about how 'put together' she looks … she's really lovely and a warm smile to boot!
May 19, 2010 at 4:21 am
loving the pants!!!!! that yeloow is amazing!
May 19, 2010 at 4:26 am
Awesome look, great colors and, of course, great photo!
May 19, 2010 at 4:37 am
This is both a religious and a political way of dressing as sart is in europe at the moment i would imagine he has picked up on the fact that in certain countries certain types of religious clothing and artifacts are either in the process of being banned or already open to prosecution.
To me its immediately obvious that this woman is muslim and that she is having a great time dressing just as she likes within her own moral code as should we all.
May 19, 2010 at 4:43 am
Pretty hard to get 'lost' in Brussels, especially in between rue Dansaert and rue de Flandre ;-).
I agree with some commentators that the sentence " I won't get into religious and political issues of this woman" is so very unfortunate… .
Wonderful picture though of an extraordinary city in an exquisite country trying to struggle to survive. Would be great if you would show the world more than just one picture to do the city justice.
May 19, 2010 at 4:45 am
I'm liking the summer-winter mix here. Great trousers!
May 19, 2010 at 4:51 am
stunning and dare i say electrifying?… with that wonderful (yes wonderful) yellow and genuine smile.
May 19, 2010 at 4:53 am
i totally agree with every word you said.
May 19, 2010 at 4:56 am
if there are political or religious issues with this picture it is in your mind sart or those of your more ignorant viewers.
She has a unique style and a great presence. I like that unlike the skinny models you like to photograph that all assume demure pigeon toed feet and faux naiviete, she stand proud and confident and doesn't hide that. the subtle colours balance out the many layers and the sandals contrast so well with the flowing pants.
May 19, 2010 at 5:00 am
It's hard for me not to immediately think: Why can we not see her hair?! but overcoming my immediate reactions towards religious restrictions this is a beautiful picture of a gorgeous lady with a full-of-life smile. In a way her outfit carries to potporri of cultures and influences we live in today – Love it!
May 19, 2010 at 5:24 am
love the shoes…gorgeous photo…big words you're right
May 19, 2010 at 5:35 am
risky?! why is posting a photo of someone with a headscarf risky?
May 19, 2010 at 5:37 am
Thank you for sharing this photo.
May 19, 2010 at 5:43 am
thank you sartorialist for making me as a muslim woman feel like i am part of your world. over the years, you've inspired me, and many other muslim women. like the ones who run this blog: http://www.hijabshigh.com/ through the beauty of the everyday that you capture. i love all the photos and comments that you make, and they inspire me to try and incorporate them into my own style.
May 19, 2010 at 5:48 am
Beautiful Women with a Beautiful sense of Style :)
May 19, 2010 at 6:00 am
Amazing sandals!Very nice look!
May 19, 2010 at 6:02 am
Nice, like the intellectual brussel style.
I'm going to Barcelona tomorrow, any good tips for stores there ?
Please : ) :)
May 19, 2010 at 6:06 am
You made it political by mentioning the religious and political issues. Why is there an assumption that politics and religion should be discussed in relation to this particular photo? Because she, semiotically, may be a Muslim is a reason to assume that something should be discussed? That there is an issue? Let's then discuss all the images you posted in the religious, political, racial terms. Or rather, let's not.How disappointing.
May 19, 2010 at 6:13 am
Always enjoy your posts no matter how fast or how slow they come in. I like what you do … never predictable. Keep us in limbo a little and we are yours forever!
May 19, 2010 at 6:14 am
sartorialist, i fully realise that your intentions are well meaning but by simply mentioning the "religious and political" you are making them an issue. i don't think there needs to be a political/religious discussion every time a muslim person is mentioned or depicted in the media. i mean, why single out the muslim for discussion? why not discuss anybody else's political leanings? further, do you not think you may be a little reductive in your assumptions about this lady? i think this further contributes to alienating the muslim community in western societies and within your blog. i'm sorry, i think your photographs are sensational but i found this comment problematic and unnecessary.
May 19, 2010 at 6:33 am
great, now finally Brussels has a post on the best fashion blog too!And with such a beautiful picture, I'm very proud and happy, because I know it's not always easy to spot great individual style in our capital.
May 19, 2010 at 6:48 am
I think maybe the reason Scott mentioned the political/religious affiliation of this beautiful woman is because Belgium has recently voted a law prohibiting the full veil in public places. So the debate is ongoing over there. she does look Arabic. I think that she has found a very fun way to cover her hair. It makes you forget about the strict religious dimension of the veil.
May 19, 2010 at 7:14 am
I looooove the pants, I had forgotten that harem pants could look soooo good. The colour is amazing and I love the shoes.
I don't know if this woman is wearing a religious headscarf or not but I find that when Muslim women who choose to wear a hijab are also fashionable they do it sooo well.
May 19, 2010 at 7:21 am
I dream of Genie! (Great show….great pants!)
May 19, 2010 at 7:24 am
Such a beautiful shot, and woman! Thanks for the commentary, and for everyone's comments… Yay for diversity. Her outfit is awesome, and though I'm not a denim lover normally, it adds something to the already lovely colour palette! Xxxc
May 19, 2010 at 7:37 am
very gracefull way of wearing the scarf…amazing pants!
May 19, 2010 at 7:39 am
That's some pretty loaded commentary there, Sart. How can you be certain this woman is in fact a Muslim? For instance, she is wearing a head scarf and not a hijab. Are you assuming this based on her complexion? Her features? Her decency of dress? Perhaps it is you who should reconsider your judgements.
May 19, 2010 at 7:41 am
A BIG HAND !!!!!! lovely lovely. she is a spunky fashionista. nothing is out of place. this is called styling for me. thank you so much for posting this picture because this woman here knows the true meaning of fashion. love her. love it. i love her even more for combining what she wears with her religion.
May 19, 2010 at 7:44 am
I would never expect anyone to comment on her religious and political choices( cringed at the word issues) This blog is not about that. She looks amazing, and her smile pulls it all together. She looks effortless.
May 19, 2010 at 7:57 am
This pic is sooooo Brussels! Great!
DENIM AND MORE FOR Mr C
May 19, 2010 at 7:58 am
lovely pics but you sure is Brussels? not in France, this street look like rue de la cle in Lille…
May 19, 2010 at 8:10 am
Gorgeous photo!thank you
May 19, 2010 at 8:16 am
implying that this woman may have religious/political issues (regardless of her admirable style) because she's wearing a scarf is not fair.
i would like to point out that those in her community who cause havoc are extremists, and, in fact, what they are doing happens to be against the religion they profess to belong to; a religion which happens to propound peace and respect between those of different faiths.
so, even bringing the topic of her having 'religious or political issues' is bordering on discriminatory. it's as if being a Muslim has a certain stigma attached to it, when it really shouldn't.
all the same, the photo is gorgeous. and i love how happy she looks. =)
May 19, 2010 at 8:21 am
I'm so happy to finally see Belgium on this blog! I'm an American studying here and find Brussels to be a beautiful city with beautiful people.
Also just to clear up some of your guys' confusion, when he said "religious and political issues", I'm pretty sure he's referring to the current controversy here in Belgium (and other European countries too) concerning the traditional muslim clothing, namely the burqa and niqab. Belgium has been trying to set a full ban on such attire. I don't think this law has actually been fully passed at this point (Belgium's government is currently going through a strike of some sorts- in other words: no active government.) but it's creating quite the controversy none the less. Belgium was the first country to make a movement towards a burqa/niqab ban and I think Germany, the Netherlands and France are following its lead….. These facts may not be perfect, and I'm sorry if I got some wrong. You can probably find some articles to explain it better than I did! : )
Buuf, I fell in love with this girl!It's really cool.
May 19, 2010 at 8:25 am
I have you on my google reader so I am updated with your posts just as I am updated with my daily news. No need to visit your site and be disappointed when there are no new posts.
The human element of this blog is part of what makes it appealing.
This woman depicts everything that I find beautiful. Her bold sense of style especially shows that she has a healthy sense of adventure when it comes to style, and this we may project is also true to how she lives her life.
Glad you made it to Brussels, Scott! Go on, admit it… Maasmechelen is a bit of a waste of time, right?
May 19, 2010 at 8:33 am
Great outfit, I love the shoes!
The (im)Perfect Harmony
May 19, 2010 at 8:54 am
Wow, this is an amazing mix of styles and she really pulls it off. The shoes are fabulous…
May 19, 2010 at 8:58 am
I love this one! She is gorgeous, and looks so happy. Also, I want her pants! Actually, I'm not sure I could pull them off (haha, no pun intended), but she is definitely rocking them on her lovely tall frame!
May 19, 2010 at 8:59 am
the pants are great…
May 19, 2010 at 9:02 am
Love the shoes and jacket. I want them both!!!!
the eternal worrier is:
May 19, 2010 at 9:15 am
Great photo. I love your blog.
As a Muslim I cannot help but get excited at seeing a woman in hijab on here. Not only is she gorgeous, her style is fresh and colourful. She is bright and lovely to look at. Too often headscarves and other forms of hijab are not seen as parts of a person's attire, rather something separate and required, therefore lacking in any and all style. Well, men and women who cover know how to style their various hijab with their outfits. And yes, many men wear hijab too, not in the same form. But those kuffayahs that got so popular in the West (the black and white checkered scarves) are worn a lot of the time by men. Thank you for this picture. Thank you for reminding readers and viewers that beauty truly does come in all forms.
This girl is very pretty as her look modern and confortable. I often wear in this way.The trousers are fantastic. I don't like the head scarf dressed in this way only for an aesthetic reason: too much lower on the her beatiful face
May 19, 2010 at 9:30 am
Amazing visual,very inspiring.
May 19, 2010 at 9:31 am
Not sure I understand what the political or religious issues are related to this photo.
May 19, 2010 at 9:33 am
I was shocked but in a positive way ; you took this in Brussels !! Did not even know you would be interested in our little country at all ! But what a great shot this is and just like another commenter said before ; the political or religious does not sublime this picture ; it's her feet that draw all the attention here ! Love the shoes !
May 19, 2010 at 9:58 am
Now that's what I am talkin about! What a beacon of joy on a dreary day in NYC! I really never see anyone do the harem pants right, but she wears them perfectly….shoes are too cool!
I say wait til you have a pic to post rather than post like "clockwork"….You more than anyone prove there is no one way to do anything!
May 19, 2010 at 10:00 am
Love her sandals. And those bright yellow pants. Great picture.
May 19, 2010 at 10:29 am
the pants are fantastic! i never would have paired everything together, but it works on her
May 19, 2010 at 10:31 am
To me, a smile on a face makes a good basis for mutual political acceptance, as the essence of politics is about people willing to live together.
Furthermore, I will always prefer the girl next door with a smily face – and quite some style from time to time – to the sad and antipathetic face of a skinny model wrapped in rags, wearing dirty sneakers, and too confident in the fact that her excentricity makes her any stylish.
May 19, 2010 at 10:44 am
don't get it twisted…muslim girls all over the world are working it! i just had one of those moments, when i felt like you were pointing out the elephant in the room, but there was only a mouse. to say you wish we all could get along is implying that being muslim is so foreign and gives a sense of 'other' to a group of people. we are getting along, but the underlying prejudices in that comment (unintentional, i'm sure) is the problem. YES, she is most likely muslim and is part of her identity, and is beautiful, and should be celebrated..not taken away. i love your work, and i love it so much i had to say something.
May 19, 2010 at 10:46 am
Politics ? Are you talking about this Flemish/Walloon thing ? :-)
She is very nice and smily. Feel like asking her :
"Excusez-moi mademoiselle, je cherche la rue de la cl
May 19, 2010 at 11:18 am
So No- go. The shoes do not fit. At the top she is dressed for printemps ad at the bottom for summer.. I do not know but for me this combination does not work.
May 19, 2010 at 11:20 am
you're great sart. really you are. thanks
May 19, 2010 at 11:41 am
hate the cloak. like the headscarf. way too much for me and totally out of proportions.
May 19, 2010 at 11:42 am
The layers are amazing. Very inspiring.
May 19, 2010 at 11:49 am
I love it!So nice when you see people dressed in a way that is free from the predictability of fashion. I didn't make any kind of religious or political judgments when I saw this. Just a beautiful woman that seems free in herself and her style.
I enjoy your blog a lot and when you enjoy something it's so much nicer when it comes in bursts and spouts rather than predictably regular, three times a day.
In any case, just do what you enjoy and feel is right and that'll be just perfect. (:
May 19, 2010 at 11:50 am
The story behind this photo makes the woman and image all the more beautiful. Thanks for the lovely reminder- that getting lost oftentimes results in the best surprises.
May 19, 2010 at 11:51 am
Lovely smile and earthy colours.
How do they, however, indicate her religiousity in any way whatsoever? ;)
Were you just feeling cranky? If so — hugs.
May 19, 2010 at 11:54 am
she is phenomenal. and much like most of the other's who left comments, I never would have noticed anything but beauty when looking at her smiling face.
May 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm
thank you to those that have provided some clarification about the recent change in Belgian law… however, this lady is wearing neither a burqa, a niqab, or even a hijab so i still don't quite see how the controversy applies. the comment, though well meaning, is highly charged and choc full of assumptions. i think that singling this woman out as different from a norm (style aside, of course), fuels dangerous prejudices. as i said before though, great pictures, and i hope you don't mind the feedback. thanks.
May 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm
That last paragraph was totally unnecessary.
Love the shoes!
May 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm
I thought her smile was very interesting and I did notice how she was fully clothed. I just thought she was cold.
May 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Thank you!!! Merci! She is radiant and I love her style! Happy to have my sisters finally represented in a different light! Style is style! Voila! Great Blog!
I love this photo! The first things that I noticed was her ankles and shoes, and then I took in the whole picture (she looks great!). If you hadn't written about making a political statement, I would have just viewed it as a beautiful, stylish woman with her hair wrapped in a scarf or headdress (and I don't think it's the first time you've shown that).
The fact that she's wearing it for a reason other than fashion, or to cover up a bad hair day, is insignificant. I mean, how often do you explain why your other "models" decide to wear what they wear?
All this to say, you do a wonderful job capturing the essence of stylish and interesting people, and that's all that matters!
May 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Also, in terms of the frequency of your posts, I have no expectation of the frequency that you post. But each and every one of your posts is like a little bit of sartorial sunshine in my feedreader whenever it does pop up.
May 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm
I couldn't suss out the religious thing and I guess that's good too! Great jacket and denim waistcoat. Not keen on the shoes. I've noticed you don't post on weekends because…I keep checking :)
May 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm
I understand what your friend was trying to communicate – but I think the key to any successful blog is consistency not uniformity. Not every day or week needs to have the same amount of posts. We know you're not going anywhere and you post consistently. And I appreciate that you aren't just putting up "fodder for the masses" so to speak.
As for this lovely girl… as many Canadians have noted – this is not a rarity here. It is always great to see how women of many different faiths here in Toronto work with their wardrobes!
May 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Oh, about those three times a day checking your blog- it's absolutely right. I found out about it last month and since then i have checked it hundred times. And this picture is very beautiful, i love the colours and smile :)
May 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Just wanted to say that she looks great. The controversy about Muslim women and what they wear is doubly loaded because this is Belgium which has parties that are against wearing Islamic dress. Freedom in a democracy is just that… freedom.
May 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Ouch. So much highmindedness in response to what is clearly a well-intentioned preemptive comment about politics and religion. I don't see much difference in Sart's and many of the commenters'positions. Both indicate that this woman is styling. Period.
Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl
May 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm
That's one of the reasons I love your blog – you post from the heart, and it shows. Thank you!
May 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Religious and political issues? Would the same be said if this were a picture of a Jewish man wearing a yamulke?
May 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm
I love her outfit! The yellow pants and shoes especially!
May 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm
the color contrast is beautiful. and the smile on her face is pure confidence, the best accessory for any woman.
Laguna Beach Trad, Take Your Racist Sentiments Elsewhere, Please
May 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm
This picture is beautiful!!!! And, like many others mentioned, I very much appreciate that you only post what you feel right posting and don't just "feed the masses" any old thing.
On a more negative note, I'm feeling that I finally need to bring up my issue with the commenter named "Laguna Beach Trad." In his recent post here, he proclaimed his support for Vlaams Belang, a political party in Belgium that REJECTS multiculturalism and only accepts a multiethnic society in Belgium as long as people of non-Flemish backgrounds assimilate to Flemish culture.
I have been watching "Laguna Beach Trad" very closely because he CONTINUALLY posts racist sentiments. This was the last straw for me and I thought this was important to mention to our online community.
May 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Hey Sart,Anonymous and Selma just checked you! Don?t publicize your ignorance. Read their post and thoroughly consider them carefully.
May 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm
True style transcends cultures and religions! This girl is full of style and attitude and you captured it! Koodos
May 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm
I ve seen that almost all the pictures are from the biggest countries. I am from Roumania and I want to please you to take pictures in this country, too. I am sure that you can find interesting things, too. Claudia
May 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm
I WANT THOSE PANTS!
May 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm
"because the romantic in me wishes that we all could just get along … and celebrate the differences that keep this human family so interesting"
C. R. Pedrosa
May 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Brussels is wonderful and you can find there wonderful people as well.
May 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Great picture. Her style is unique, and I like that the proportions are unexpected. Love the shock of ochre/yellow/turmeric colour. And it's all topped of by a fabulous smile – the best accessory ever!
sagi, mat, sarri
May 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm
Love her pants!!!!!!!!
May 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Love it! First thing I noticed was the mustard yellow harem pants peeking through. She put together a very casual and comfortable eye catching look. Well done.
May 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm
I wasn't thinking 'religious' either and would never have noticed. I love her smile and her yella pants-she looks free and happy.
May 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm
I don't see why "the religious and political issues of this woman" should ever be pointed out by anybody.
It crazy that the world has come to this e.g Criticizing peoples "differences". I find that people that are critical of other people's identity are not aware that different sets of people live in this world. One must be ignorant to think that everything should look or be the same.
May 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm
the nickel fit
May 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm
May 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Love it !!!!
May 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Sorry Scott, what are the religious and political issues of this woman? A vague point, badly made.
May 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm
She's beautiful, irradiates shine and I hope she's has happy has she looks like!
May 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm
I love entire outfit – the jacket and blouse color combo – the PANTS! – I personally do not like those sandals. She has a lovely, beaming smile. Another fab pic!
As for the head gear – would we complain that a yarmulke didn't go with an outfit? Get real kids.
May 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm
That coat is amazing–exactly what I've been looking for! I love it.
May 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm
She is beautiful and looks fabulous, interesting and inspiring. Any 'issues' are in the eyes and minds of the beholder.
Striped and Spotted
May 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm
Love the cheery hue of her pants. And what beautiful cobbled streets!
May 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Wonderful picture… and wonderful point of view. And thank you for publish your post when you feel is the correct moment. I don't want a lot of pictures without feelings. In that point I prefer only a picture every month (well, ha, ha… you don't need to apply this a literally sense) that a lot of 'fashion' and vulgar pictures. You are unique, Sartorialist. Keep like now! Greetings from Spain.
stuff sonia love
May 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm
i love this shot it is so real and naturalher outfit is very inspiring, as so personal and unique to her stylelove the colors and the ethnic feelingplease post daily these wonderful photos….xoxox
May 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm
LOL if people thinks that Muslim women can only wear black. But yes, there are restrictions where women can't wear too bright of a colour and too tight of a clothing all because to avoid catching attention. This woman wears dull colours, except for her bright pants, and she doesn't wear anything too tight. And oh, I love her coat.
May 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Political/Religious issues aside…it would be nice if you could take more pictures of "covered" women, as they can be very unique and pretty. But that aside, I love this picture!
May 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm
i understand what you are saying… dumbass belgium recently put a ban on the headscarft or nikab i believe…
so has made a religious item fashionable in a way that she would not fined, etc…..
but it is an gorgeous shot… she is really pretty….
im muslim as well, and in terms of relgious compliancy, she is doing just fine…
May 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm
I wonder if the woman in the picture would be surprised at the commentary her photograph inspired? My guess is she just wanted to put together an outfit as radiant as her smile. And for those of you who have been quick to criticize Sart for the comment he made without knowing if he made it based on the political realities of Brussels, why not save your anger for those who intentionally spread hatred among all of us.
May 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm
Laguna Beach Trad, Take Your Racist Sentiments Elsewhere, Please said … (2:23 PM)
Thank you so much for pointing this out. I too find this a very disturbing individual. Mr. Trad has long come to conflate an appreciation of quality and detail with a nasty contempt for humanity.
May 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm
I'm also a little confused about the religious/ political disclaimer… I wear a cross all the time, would you make a note of that if you photographed me (serious question)?
She just looks like a smiling woman, I don't see anything political about her. I hope that people who post here wouldn't be the sort to get hung up on the fact that she's covering her head (maybe she's just cold). Or maybe you know something about her that we don't?
I also don't understand why people critique the outfits here. I like the times that I wouldn't wear what I see because it's nice to know the world isn't made up of me-clones. It's the essence of the outfit, not the composition.
May 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm
Ah I get it now, the new law in Brussels. Well then, I also like her for managing to cover her head even under the oppression of the law. Even better :)
May 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm
Love, love, love!
May 19, 2010 at 8:06 pm
I absolutely love her style! That's a great combination of colors.
May 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm
Didn't see a problem till you made it a problem. Yes she is fulfilling the majority of the requirements for Islamic dress (those shoes are a bit risky) but this is an excellent example of traditional being re-interpreted and becoming modern. Islam is not repressive, repressive cultures sometimes use Islam as an excuse.
May 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm
I am not sure why this photo should arouse much discussion, regardless, I'm glad that all types of styles and cultures are posted on this blog.Sincerely,N.
May 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm
I have never really liked the look of harem pants, but I've got to say that they look fantastic here. The denim vest and pants and ridiculously cool shoes? It's a pretty winning combo.
May 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm
I find the woman in the picture stunning! I was surprised by the negative comments, I find it hard not to see beauty in this shot. I know we all have a right to our opinions, but i think with an open mind all we can find is positivity! Once again, stunning…
May 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm
she is one stylish lady. the rest are all secondary. we are one. but we are not the same. so we carry each other. one.lovin' the colors on her. hot shoes!
May 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm
I agree with the other readers who are flummoxed as to why you mentioned her (possible) religious and/or political affiliation. That was very odd. I hadn't even thought in my head "Oh look, she is Muslim" when I looked at this photo. In fact, I think a marginal minority thought the same thing you did. Is this a slip up of your internalized conflict toward toward Muslims?
May 20, 2010 at 1:08 am
you know, in arabic countries they expect you to conform to their way of life and the men look at women like what the hell are they wearing if they are wearing shorts or something (the westerners )sooooo belgium is trying to the same thing.if in the middle east they reject western culture, why should the west accept muslim culture?answer me that…its a little one sided dont you think?i have all sorts of friends, but im from america, in other parts of the world countries have to take a stand for their own cultures and beliefs.fine, we have to wear head scarves and stuff in the middle east, but u cant wear them in belgium .makes sense to me!
May 20, 2010 at 1:21 am
I discovered your blog when I read about you on our local newspaper here in Belgium on Tuesday.
Wish I could take photos of interesting people and fashion the way you do and write about them the way you do. Your style inspires me!
May 20, 2010 at 4:17 am
The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was "I want those pants". The second thought- "What a clever combo with the shoes!"
I like how she uses the light blue shoes and jean vest to break up the color monotony. In my opinion the shoes "make" the look. The lighter blue just adds dimension to the outfit that would be lacking with anything else. :)
May 20, 2010 at 8:34 am
What are the political implications of your typical post of a blond riding a bicycle in SOHO? Those posts have just as many implications in my opinion. I think this girl is chic and eclectic.
May 20, 2010 at 9:43 am
She looks like she feels like a million bucks.
May 20, 2010 at 10:11 am
Without the benefit of meeting this woman (and most of your subjects) your readers can only make comments on what they see. Of course you can guide the conversation toward a particular point of interest but by saying that you don't want to comment about her religious or political views you are doing exactly that. It's a disservice to this woman that you've dropped this hint. Why not just talk about the issue going on in France. This middle ground offers nothing to the discourse but rather irritates it a casual mention and then a head in the sand.
May 20, 2010 at 10:24 am
Maybe she's just having a bad hair day. Anyway, I like her yellow genie pants.
May 20, 2010 at 10:52 am
How truly lovely that you show our country in all its facets. I am proud to be Belgian and embrace our ever-evolving society where cultures blend. Hence, I am quite disappointed that Laguna Beach Trad, who seems to revel in a sense of superiority bordering on neo-colonialism, feels the need to post a comment expressing support for Vlaams Belang, a racist political party that thrives on inciting hatred.
May 20, 2010 at 10:57 am
Something riskee, something old and a beautiful smiling face. Seems you caught the best of several worlds and schools of thought. I want those shoes – those colours speak to her hearts interior.
May 20, 2010 at 11:59 am
very nice face, I would like her
May 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm
I love this woman's smile, it's so bright and her body language so natural. It is the kind of person that would make me stare at her.
May 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm
As an avid visitor and a Muslim Canadian chick, I remember when you posted a beautiful styling sister from Australia with her Hijab on last December and I did not read any negative or bigoted comments on here.
I think this woman fashion is eclectic and funky. She might be Muslim or Sikh, but it goes beyond her personal freedom to choice and practice her faith and more about the fascinating balance among these shades of colors she has on and those pants are killers.
Keep up the amazing talent and diversity you always present to us fashion lovers, since mainstream fashion industry is often boring and monotone.
May 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I think she is absolutely stunningly beautiful and stylish. If anyone criticizes this young lady for her cultural background well then, it's they're loss not to appreciate a beauty like that!xxx
May 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm
I find this look to be totally beautiful – two thumbs up from me. I can't see ANYONE in those mustard harem pants (and with denim on too!!!) but damn if she doesn't pull it off. The whole thing works for me.
And it goes without saying I would MUG someone for that jacket.
May 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm
Wow. She is stunning! Love her!
May 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm
she is lovely.
May 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm
O bollocks, why can't a woman wear a headscarf without people either starting to moralize her for being a suppressed victim of muslim patriarchs or reading in "messages" into her style that might not even be there! Whether her scarf has a religious message or not we can not say from the picture. And that shows the stupidity of the whole need of banning headscarves! Just shows the insanity of the whole European obsession of still prescribing womens' dressing codes- We are living the 21st century. Next thing is women are not allowed to wear high heels anymore because they subliminally become a sex-object.
May 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm
i agree with caille…i too didn't even notice the "religious and political issues" but rather an attractive woman well dressed.
May 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm
She has a unique style! Not for everyone but I love it!!! Keep up the great shots! I like her colorful and warm style!
Her whole style and smile give off a warm happy feeling! :)
May 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm
What really sets this woman's style off is her gorgeous smile. It lights up her eyes and sets the tone for her fun outfit.
May 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm
I'm just amazed at how her face glows despite the beautiful colors of her wardrobe! Her clothes don't wear her.
May 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm
Beautiful, friendly, tremendous colors. No issues came to mind.
May 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm
That coat – the seaming and cut – is sublime!
To everyone dissing the comment about religion/politics, please take some time to read up on world events such as Belgium's attempt to ban Muslim women from wearing traditional clothing, regardless of whether or not they want to dress traditionally. He doesn't bring it up because she's Muslim, he brings it up because she's Muslim in Belgium during this controversy. Read up!
May 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm
I absolutely LOVE her outfit – everything about it. The flowy style, the colours and most of all the individualism about it! Now I know what I had missed if you wouldn't have felt like taking a shot that day :o)
May 21, 2010 at 3:17 am
I love everything about how she is dressed the denim vest, the jacket the harem pants all goes perfectly together even her head scarf. Im sure she she is muslim many muslims do like to do their scarfs in many ways. We do have fashion for scarfs as well and it does get very interesting. I think it would be amazing if u took more photos of muslim girls lots do have a great fashion style!Amazing picture once again Thankyou!
May 21, 2010 at 4:23 am
Love the style – some interesting contrasts in fabric and design!
May 21, 2010 at 5:39 am
This young woman has such a lovely open smiling face. What a pity she has to cover her head and body completely, even though she manages it stylishly. The "religious and political issues" you refer to are sadly to do with shaming women for being women. I would love to see this young woman free to choose how she presents herself, not having to conform to such strictures.
May 21, 2010 at 9:00 am
I didn't notice the religious element of her clothing until I read your description.
I like her trousers.
May 21, 2010 at 9:18 am
I just noticed her stunning style, not any religious affilation. I can only wish to wear a scarf so well.
May 21, 2010 at 10:08 am
That coat. OH! That coat. We always see these amazing coats and wonder "Where did she get it???". I'm so inspired by this coat and how complete the outfit is. I think I have to go sew right now.
May 21, 2010 at 11:43 am
I love the pairing of all those rich earthy colors with that pop of denim, the mix of fabric kinds is great too. I also love the layers of this look and the tapered ends of her pants.
Love how she carries herself here! :)
May 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Her style suggest but does not scream.She is very chic.
May 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm
I would wear this outfit, and I'm not Muslim. The eastern outfits, which emphasize longer lines, and no fitting of the waist, hips and bottom, make so much sense. Bring back the tunic. LOVE the jacket.
May 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm
That woman looks really great.
I bet there are not many people wearing brown skivvies gracing this website.
May 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm
As a Muslim woman who loves your blog, I am even happier to see you depicting all fashionable people, regardless of their faith, race, or background.
I too, agree, that it is our differences that make us beautiful and unique :)
May 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm
She looks awesome. Very unique and lovely at the same time.
May 22, 2010 at 1:53 am
great pants and shoes, I think this woman has great style and a sense of freedom and fun I think religious/pv's don't really apply here
May 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm
I love to see that in spite of globalization there are still people who preserve the identity of their culture. I liked this mix of influences in the way she dressed. Contemporary without forgetting his roots. The use of the scarf should not be an obligation, but it is a right of every woman to choose to use or not.I love scarfs!!
Daiane FreitasBlog Acess
May 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm
Beautiful and Original. TY for sharing. =]
May 23, 2010 at 7:05 am
I see what you mean my religious and political issues (only because I'm doing some academic research on it at the moment). For the uninitiated, Belgium passed a ban on the full burka/niqab/face-veil last month. while obviously this stunning lady isn't wearing a face veil, you can imagine the sort of social/political tensions on the street, and what it signifies when a woman does decide to wear a veil in public.
I know some of you think this isn't the "right" way to wear a veil, you're too used to seeing veils as being all-encloaked in swathes of black. That's a cultural interpretation from certain parts of the Middle East. In fact, as you venture out (South east Asia, Africa etc) you'll see the more colourful the veil, the better! Her style of veiling is totally normal in some parts of the world.
I know it's a fashion/photography blog, but I think she gets more kudos for looking entirely suited to her environment.
May 23, 2010 at 11:37 am
I was raised Catholic (in the 50s and 60s) and modesty was stressed. I find expanses of skin kind of silly and alarming. What I noticed in this picture was the yellow pants.
May 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm
What I love about this picture is the fact that she's wearing sandals! I have never seen a photo of a women wearing shoes other than high heels on this blog…
May 24, 2010 at 4:46 am
I think the coat fabric is a linen which has been either pigment printed or pigment dyed. I remember selling alot of this type of fabric about 10 years ago and have noticed its making a comeback in some summer collections.Interesting fabric but difficult to produce
May 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm
I love this photo always appreciate the fashion diversity here. I also love how all the self-identified Muslims appreciate your post and photo while others are so indignant. Hilarious. Keep on pointing things out Sart.
May 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm
i love her jacket!
May 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm
She is lovely but not conservative or she would definitely not bare her feet like that. I just love her look and the proportions, which seem very South Asian. Great photo.
May 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Oh, I love her style! So pretty!
May 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm
Well, guess what – you did just "get into the religious and political issues of this woman."
May 25, 2010 at 9:42 am
As a Belgian girl I'm so happy to see someone appreciates the multicultural aspect of our capital. It's wonderful to know that there are still tolerant and open-minded people in the world, because at times it seems like difference is al people see… This girl brightens up the whole city with her lovely smile and honest expression. Her clothes might not have the biggest signification separately, they look great all combined. Especialy the summer-y note of the mustard coloured harem pants!
May 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm
I love her eclectic look, her smile, her colors. Here's the thing about all getting along, first impressions, etc…. I don't know what country she is in, nor her political affiliations, or whether her head covering is the result of her philosophy or her medical condition. I do know that for the millions of women around the world that experience hair loss from chemo or alopecia, many of us embrace that temporary or permanent state to redefine our style and aspects of our identity. It is humbling to be stripped of our crowning glory, and the independence of this lady's look absolutely inspires me. My hair has since grown back, but that experience redirected my mission in life to provide a source of colorful self-expression, no matter what they may face. I invite you to visit my blog at http://laurieslabors.blogspot.com/. Thank you for this wonderful image.
May 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm
FACT: Never noticed the political or religious issue until he pointed it out.
FACT: Regardless, she looks great and I applaud her sticking to her beliefs but still being fashionable and original about it.
FACT: The reason Sart pointed it out was not to cause controversy but to head it off… as a blogger myself, I know how the internet is a breeding ground for sad, negative people who can't wait to pounce on someone. By mentioning it, Sart was hoping to discourage negative comments. It's worked for the most part!
FACT: He also pointed it out because of the burka/headscarf issues in Europe.
FACT: I just wish countries wouldn't get involved in what people can wear or not. I get why they do it (women shouldn't be suppressed) but if THIS woman doesn't think she's suppressed, what gives a COUNTRY the right to tell her what to do? Makes me so mad how badly so many European countries want everyone to conform.
Be original, stick to your beliefs… and SMILE. This woman has this down.
May 26, 2010 at 3:11 am
im a muslim too, i think this really shows that style not really a one thing. it's universal… :)
May 26, 2010 at 10:56 am
She is beautiful. I'm sure the context of the religious/political nature would be more evident there in light of controversy that is failed upon us in the states.
May 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm
I'm pretty late in commenting, I know, but I came across this pic by link from another website and I needed to comment on how much I love this pic! As I like to think of myself as a hijabi-fashionista, its nice to see others other there doing their thing. Her outfit is awesome, the pic is awesome, and your blog is awesome! I will be returning! :)
May 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm
I guessed that she was probably muslim, and maybe I should be ashamed that I was glad that you confirmed that for me? but really I agree with ocean in between — I think it's a good thing to be able to see her religion in her clothing, if that's (one of) the statement(s) she wants to make through it. fashion is most powerful when it's a tool of communication in some form or another. and? I love her choice of head "scarf." what a neat hat.
May 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm
This yellow pants combined with the light gray/blue shoes look fantastic!
Soumia N. F.
May 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm
I think she's gorgeous and that smile is so lovely and confident. Love the photograph – thanks for sharing!
May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm
Hoi,hope u still can read this post,well i went in Rotterdam the Netherlands,and when i saw all ladies like her,i think of you,and the picture u made with a lady with a yeLlow scarf around the bag,than i payed attetion and try to find out,how they are so chic,all muslim lady,were dressing well,with good combination,and creative too,showing the dont need to show body for to be so elegant,and respecting religion too..was good experience to see:) nice picture,she is wonderful,she know how to mix,and kind of happiness in her safron pants!amazing pictures,and make missing the Nl….well done kiss from Brazil!
May 27, 2010 at 11:52 am
SHE HAS A LIGHT THAT SHINES REGARDLESS OF CLOTHING…
May 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm
Oh wow, amazing style!
What's wrong about "the religious and political issues of this woman"?
I see nothing wrong here, just great style, freedom of expression, beautiful confidence and beautiful lady.
May 31, 2010 at 10:33 am
Wow – talk about style! This woman has seamlessly melded her cultural "requirements" with a keen eye for classic (coat) and trendy (sandals) items — and the colors!
May 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Two things:1.This young woman has style! It's clear that whatever faith she happened to be, she would dress herself better than many. Ah to have that gift…
2. This post was so touching that it gives me yet another reason to love your work so much:>> Anonymous said…I love your posts because they are always interesting. I may not agree with one thing, then I'll adore another… the reason i look at your post often is because my life is harsh. Staring at beauty comforts me. Not because i covet an unaffordable pair of shoes, but because I like to think about WHY I like then.<<
Thank you Scott :D
May 31, 2010 at 9:06 pm
To anon from America who said most middle-eastern countries expect you to conform to their norms when you're visiting their country, so what's wrong with Belgium asking visitors to do the same thing in their country:
I cannot deny that i agree with you to an extent. But here's the thing: with a tit-for-tat attitude, we are probably worsening the divide. Where as, with an open attitude that lets everyone be as they please, perhaps there is some hope that in time, others will also follow suit. Someone has to make a start. Don't you think ? Maybe i am being naively hopeful.
June 1, 2010 at 10:32 am
its not a fashion statement; today the hijab is much more than a physical representation of ones religion– the hijab is politicized. so yes, while it would be nice to just say shes a woman dressed in clothes, its more complicated then that, especially in europe where there is so much controversy concerning the hijab/niqab/etc. i find her neither beautiful or stylish, but i thought the comments were interesting. i enjoy the variety of the blog, even if i dont agree with what the people are wearing, fashion-wise and sometimes in the political sense.
June 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm
Love, love, love her pants! Her head scarf and the way she chose to wrap it is the perfect counterpoint.
June 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm
I think this is one of your best posts ever. I mean, not only she has a great smile and natural elegance, but your comment is very inspiring and to the point. Well done!
June 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm
I like (:
June 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm
June 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Love the yellow paired with more woodsy colors…and her smile.
June 9, 2010 at 1:55 am
How lovely! A colorful assortment – also comfortable it seems – and a fantastic smile to go with. I don't know a thing about her politics, maybe that would be interesting as well.
June 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm
I. Want. Her. Jacket.
. . . also, she's so fabulously put together. I think if I saw this outfit in a magazine laid out together sans this woman, I'd think the editor was wacky. I think her skin tone and smile somehow causes this to work.
June 11, 2010 at 9:52 am
She's wearing a hat. I'm not Muslim, but every hijab I've seen covers the neck and goes under the chin.
June 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm
Hey! Thank you so much!You know, everything happens for a reason like when you get lost ;)
As usual, Outstanding pic!Explosive meli-melo/"fatras" of colors, shapes and materials contrasting with the greyish background and all this harmonized by a gentle and graceful smile. What else to ask?
The rest? who cares!it's her personal choice.
Please, get lost again! :)
June 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm
We can all get along as long as we don't focus on our differences…so let's stop pointing out issues and think about the beauty. I love how she has filled expression, color and beauty into her cultural dressing. The point of the burka etc. is to blend in and not attract men. She is making a very feminist statement with her choices and yet no one can say she is not covered up…bravo. On another note, she is beautiful.
June 21, 2010 at 3:19 am
would everyone who commented on scot's last paragraph give him a break ?! I'm just thankful for your posts scot, and wonderful pictures .. and like someone else pointed out i see the colors of her clothes in the background shops and doors ! amazing!
your blog is my daily dose of style.. and if i long for milan or paris all i have to do is click through here :D
Im a muslim and her style of dress is right, muslim dress code allow for feet,hands,face to show.
fashion allows is around to create a "wow" experience … and you deliver that daily on this blog xoxoxLaLa
June 26, 2010 at 11:16 am
Great look, GREAT photo.
The jacket is OMG. (and the denim thrown in that mix… no comments)The shoes, the colors the type of fabrics… Its gorgeous.
She sure owns her style, with or without religious boundaries.
July 2, 2010 at 4:35 am
Love her style….her harem pants…wow really gorgeous.But why you mention "religious and political issues of this woman" since I didnt see any issues (any kind of issues) of this picture…..
July 4, 2010 at 3:10 am
Your appreciation of fashion can be applauded. What I can NOT applaud, in this particular post, is the assumptive nature toward the subject's religious and political associations and your passive aggressive approach towards discussing them. Since most of your readers are here to critique fashion do us a favor and either keep to the mission at hand or be as bold and admirable as those yellow harem pants, her style and her smile and say what the fuck you want to say! Gracias.
July 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm
I'm a Muslim. This might seem surprising to you, but I know many such women who cover their hair and have an amazing sense of style that could parallel any fashionista in the world.
Like you said in another post, working within a certain framework/uniform and still letting your personality shine through takes real style.
July 11, 2010 at 9:21 am
this is the kind of post that keeps me coming back!thank you.
July 23, 2010 at 11:40 am
So funny that the fact that she is a muslim is commented on in this way.
I live in London, where you see plenty of women wearing proper hijabs and much more covered than this lady here, and looking really imaginative and stylish.
I wish the sartorialist would spend a bit of time in East or South London and see how some of these women dress, as it's really inspiring.
July 23, 2010 at 11:43 am
THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL ISSUE IS ALSO A SARTORIAL ONE BECAUSE THEY ARE BANNING RELIGIOUS HEADSCARVES IN FRANCE WHERE THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN.
July 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm
The textures are gorgeous
December 18, 2012 at 2:53 am