57 comments

  1. editor

    March 10, 2008 at 8:22 am

    such a great pairing – sensible-looking woman with silly (in a good way!) shoes. oh, and bag.
    she’s doing it all on her terms. an individualist.

  2. Darlene Sinclair

    March 10, 2008 at 8:24 am

    She’s looking great with one exception – those shoes must go.
    Love the classy look, the chunk of color around the neckline. The hairstyle is not a favorite, but works great for her. It’s just the shoes…not what I like to see with this.

    • Simone Fraser

      October 31, 2013 at 7:21 am

      I disagree with the above sartorialophiles: i think she looks fab and wouldn’t want her to change anything. I like the not-so-common combination of low-key colours.

  3. Kara

    March 10, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Those shoes are some kinda awesome. They grab my attention.

    I would think, though, with the heel extending beyond the sole of the shoe, that the pleasant sensation of rocking back on the heel of your shoes would be completely impossible.

    That aside, this shoe completely epitomizes the “wedge” look, which already has the effect of diminishing the length of the foot where it meets the ground. This takes that impact one step further.

  4. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Very classy, but those shoes let it down.

  5. misshoax

    March 10, 2008 at 8:57 am

    i saw this woman, at the marni outlet store on via tajani in milan this past september.

    she had such an awesome look about her and was buying up most of the store… it’s such a small world, to now see her here on sartorialist! so cool.

    great photo!

  6. Alice Olive

    March 10, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful. Subtle colours, which mix beautifully. Love her hair too.

  7. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Lovely lady and silk coat – what a pity that her shoes are so outrageously ugly.

  8. pretty kitty publishing

    March 10, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Doesn’t her coat look like a Klimt painting? The chunky heeled shoes with the tights are a superb and add a bit of grounding to this forward-thinking look. The addition of the fringy bag makes this look even more edgy. Her hair is perfect and that smile, genius.

  9. La Terpette

    March 10, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I love how she incorporated different textures. That jacket is amaaazing. And are the beads on her necklace wrapped in fabric? I can’t tell.

  10. Anna

    March 10, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Fashion don’t understand of aging.
    Besos

  11. Lucy

    March 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

    What a fabulous coat! Doesn’t she look GREAT?

    The shoes strike me as something a younger woman might wear – but this lady does a good job with them too

  12. katie

    March 10, 2008 at 10:43 am

    those shoes!

    unlike most of the other posters, they are the highlight of the look to me. at first, i couldn’t wrap my mind (eyes) around them–too many straps, i said. where’s her other ankle? &c…

    but them i enlarged the picture and stared at them for a few minutes and now i think i’m in love with them. they’re so bold and military and masculine–yet incredibly geisha-like and feminine. and paired with the matte black of the socks/stockings, they come off as even more dramatic.

    emphatically, i like.

  13. Carolina Lange

    March 10, 2008 at 10:51 am

    She looks great!
    Her coat is so beautiful!

  14. Sromeo

    March 10, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I have to disagree with the shoe comments–I actually think they nicely correspond to the quirk of the coat. Plus, I love those who dare to mix brown and black. That’s a rule I’ll never give in to. If there’s one piece of the outfit I don’t love, it’s the bag. But she pulls it off. And oh, what beautiful hair….

  15. Iheartfashion

    March 10, 2008 at 11:02 am

    What a wonderful mix of colors and textures. The coat resembles stained glass and the bag is fantastically spiky. And those earthy/clunky sandals: perfect combination!

  16. annirose

    March 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

    That coat was meant for her to wear…she just enhanced it with a round of great accessories.

    Also, she is dead on with dressing her age, but what makes her unique is her ability to keep it pleasant for eyes of all ages!

  17. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I love the shoes. And imagine if she was wearing shoes that “matched” her bag more closely? She would look so much less interesting. Her style is something I aim for on an everyday basis– interesting, but relaxed.

  18. trinity0207

    March 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    The jacket is gorgeous. I personally would never choose the purse or the shoes, but she pulls them off. I toyed with the idea that the jacket, bag and sandals compete for attention…but after imaging the outfit with changes–I think I prefer it the way it is.

  19. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I wonder what fabric her coat is made of. Some kind of rough silk?

    The clogs actually go quite well with her hair and bag.

  20. lynn

    March 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Those shoes bring back good memories!

  21. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    did anybody notice her beads?

  22. jessica

    March 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    again with thet lighting! you MUST be moving these ladies. they cannot possibly all be standing in such perfect places upon finding them!
    admit it! ;)

  23. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Beautiful, simply beautiful. Agree with prettykittypublishing re Klimt effect. This is the kind of look I’d like to have when I’m her age. Don’t have the guts to wear those shoes now, frankly ;)
    Love it.
    Kate

  24. Lavínea

    March 10, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Perfect look!!
    Hair, necklace, coat (!!!), purse, dress inside, shoes…
    Everything is just great!

  25. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    I want that coat! NOW…
    And her hair suits her so much. The only cut that suits greying hair (in my opinion)is a short, modern cut as this woman has. It looks fabulous !!

  26. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    i probably wouldn’t like the shoes on their own but it gives a whimsical touch to the whole ensemble – which i love!

  27. LaBelle

    March 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    great coat, though I don’t think anyone younger could pull it off. Love the hair and the young bag(who can argue with a furry bag that manages to look great?) she looks so confident and happy … so would I if I was wearing that!

  28. Anonymous

    March 11, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Without the hair this outfit is nothing!It’s so natural and real that she could wear anything and pull it off.

  29. Anonymous

    March 11, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I love this look. It is so real and very joyful.

  30. Edith

    March 11, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Most beautiful coat ever!!

    Though, still don’t like the brown shoes and black tights trend.

  31. puffin1

    March 11, 2008 at 1:41 am

    I am mesmerized by the deep navy in the coat, and those squares met with the circles of her necklace. Adding that bag is great fun.

  32. marie

    March 11, 2008 at 5:22 am

    This is how i imagine myself when i get older! perfect smile and Exclusive style!

  33. londondog

    March 11, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Lovely coat, lovely shoes, lovely hair.

    I’d lose the bag though!

  34. Anonymous

    March 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

    beautiful coat- i love the way it plays off the silver in her hair and the purple in the dress. the circles of the necklace go great with the squares in the coat.

  35. sherpawife

    March 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I love love love that jacket! I love the shininess of the fabric & the color combinations. I’ve seen many oversized bags pictured lately, they really impact the photos, this one works nicely. I love how fresh and happy and jazzed about life she looks. I love her gray hair – I Love her spirit.
    Thats one of the things I really enjoy here, you post wonderful pictures of fashionable men and women of every age, looking fabulous.

  36. María García Muriel

    March 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    How can she be able to wear that WONDERFULL COAT and those HORRIBLE SHOES at the same time? Is this Fashion?

  37. tracy

    March 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I love the shoes. What brand are they? Does anyone know?

  38. meg

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I love the combination of the shoes and the coat – so unexpected and interesting. Also, gotta love the hair!

  39. Anonymous

    March 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    She is a dead ringer for Suze Orman except for the dark hair of course.

  40. tomassocroccante

    March 12, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Great hair, elegant coat, inexplicably inappropriate shoes. In fact, there have been so many just plain ODD shoes on women in here on the Sartorialist the past month or so …

    So I ask: are otherwise stylish women buying into some trend toward shoes that seem to have fallen off a thrift shop pickup van? That is, though a student/artist/funky young mom etc may opt for (or be forced to settle for) cork-soled wedges or wooden platforms in late winter, what’s going on when a woman like this heads there? Because running shoes or Crocs would hardly look worse to me.

  41. Cheryl

    March 12, 2008 at 10:39 am

    At first, I loved the outfit and HATED the shoes! After looking at the shoes, I like them but I still don’t like them with this outfit. They’re totally funky and would be paired better with a classic pair of jeans. More casual. But then, I’m not a daring soul. Otherwise- love the bag and coat. Um, beads- maybe could do without. Would love to see what’s under the coat.

  42. cigalechanta

    March 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I think the coat is a Dries Van Noten.

  43. Anonymous

    March 13, 2008 at 7:11 am

    The shoes are Marni. I bought them last year and they are unbelievably comfortable. The heel is balanced in a clever way.

    I wish I had the courage to wear them like this!

  44. Anonymous

    March 13, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    love the playfullness of the jacket and shoes. . . that aside. . doesn’t she look EXACTLY like Suze Orman. . the financial advisor. Just saying.

  45. The Globalist

    March 14, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Love the sexy sassy short hair. I wish more women – especially urban-oriented – would embrace the minimalist haircut. Regardless of her age, she pulls it off with style and attitude.

  46. tracy

    March 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the shoes, anonymous!! I’m going to find them and wear them with dark tights. I absolutely love that look.

  47. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful. Great style without looking like those older women who dress too young for their age, but yet still classy.

  48. Joni

    March 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    the shoes gotta go, but the bag is awesome!

  49. pearlescent

    March 14, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Love her playful style, it’s such a nice picture with her smiling :)

  50. lorrwill

    March 15, 2008 at 12:51 am

    That is a seriously interesting coat. I would love to see close ups of it.

  51. Anonymous

    March 17, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Great face (I agree about the likeness to Suzie Orman, but this woman looks nicer and more natural), great hair, great playful coat. I don’t like the bag, but she pulls this look off… from her ankles up.
    The shoes are another story. It took me a while to get used to that dark pantyhose/heavy sandals/light airy dresses look that Chloe was promoting several seasons ago, but I finally was converted :-). But I don’t think I’ll could ever be convinced that these shoes have a place in this ensemble.

  52. Anonymous

    May 1, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I love the shoes! Very original (the curve!) and feminine in an interesting way. They just not working with this outfit. The coat is gorgeous!! I just hate the bag..too kitch.

  53. harbia

    March 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I think this all works so well because the blue/black/grey shiny hair picks up the navy blue/grey lustrous tones of the silk coat, and the inky sheen and texture of the bag both ties it in and contrasts with them at the same time. I think the clunky sandal grounds the whole look especially with the thick hosiery – it would be awful with bare or natural legs! Always been a fan of both Marni and thick tights with sandals {although its been a lot of years since I could pull it off like she does} She’s a bit of an inspiration in how to stay stylish and fashionable as you age.

  54. sharon

    April 13, 2012 at 5:41 am

    the shoes make this … gorgeous!

  55. julian

    October 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Love the hair, coat and smile

    She looks like she’d be a lot of fun to be around

    Nice picture

  56. carlo

    December 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    …my sister! …simply an amazing and incredible lovely woman… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! :-*

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