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March 20, 2013 at 9:01 am
omg the third look is perfect :)
RJH de la Haye On the Boulevards
March 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm
My favorite look too…she’s a star in doing monochromatic!
Such wonderful self-confidence…self-confidence is measured as accurately by a camera as the temprature is by a thermometer…if a person or model is akward and unsure of her/his self,these self-doubts will be evident in the finished picture.
March 21, 2013 at 8:13 am
i like under-stated :)
March 20, 2013 at 9:03 am
Could not agree more. Classy yet so simplistic.
March 20, 2013 at 9:04 am
She is brilliant, and her ability to stay fresh is amazing.
March 20, 2013 at 9:06 am
so stylish and classy :)
March 20, 2013 at 9:10 am
Understated, practical, and elegant. Refreshing to see street style that you can actually replicate in a professional environment!
March 20, 2013 at 10:43 am
can’t agree more. was she wearing the same dress in the both 2nd and 3rd pictures? simply great
March 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm
understated and elegant yes, but practical? with naked feet and legs in quite open pumps while it is snowing?
i feel we don’t quite agree about what might be “practical”.
March 22, 2013 at 6:27 am
everyone means the “practical” as they see fit
March 20, 2013 at 9:12 am
She has a great style indeed. So chic and authentic!
March 20, 2013 at 9:13 am
Bra is not in fashion anymore? Sorry, couldnt concentrate on anything else :-)
March 20, 2013 at 10:09 am
haha and that picture was right under ‘a great reference for young professional women’ – lol-ed in my head… but ya, I do agree with the gist of the post =)
March 20, 2013 at 10:55 am
Was wondering the exact same thing,
March 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm
I couldn’t agree more. The bra-less look hardly makes her a great reference for young professional women.
March 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm
But she does make a great reference for young professional women. So there you go. And it looks amazingly sexy.
March 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm
March 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Yeah, it’s a pity, but most of us young professional women do have to wear a bra. Much of fashion in my world is negotiable; that ain’t.
March 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm
No bra = tacky!
March 21, 2013 at 7:59 am
I new there would be comments like this, the moment I saw this picture :). I so want to wear clothes without bra, but not only in a professional environment it is impossible. Imagine taking my kids from kindergarten without it, or going to the supermarket / it’s on my street/, or to a friends house and her husband is there… sorry but without a bra you can only stroll in a fashionable neighborhood with your significant other by your side, or go to a bar.Still, it looks great.
March 22, 2013 at 8:37 am
maybe it’s something cultural… it’s not so uncommon here in Italy…take it easy guys…
March 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm
agree its distracting because its not attractive! TMI!
March 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm
I agree her boobs are so distracting in that dress. Part of having great style is wearing the proper undergarments. Not a good look at all, it totally took away from her amazing style. Just because you have small breast does not mean you can go braless
March 20, 2013 at 9:19 am
Such a stylish lady. Love her style
March 20, 2013 at 9:30 am
She has a very sophisticated sense of color.
I find her look very sensual, somehow, perhaps because she knows the forms that flatter her form, not bothering with “sexy’ which is totally besides the point anyhow.
For al this, she looks very modern and real and strong.
I love it.
March 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Ahh exactly my thoughts, but better put into words than I could :)
March 20, 2013 at 9:35 am
I love her style, every single piece in her wardrobe is so elegant and versatile! And i agree her hairstyle is amazing-great example when short hairstyle is sexy!
March 20, 2013 at 9:36 am
I like her outfits and that second is sooo nice. Very elegant.
Bonnie, Clyde + Marni
Love her style!!
…..yes, I like her “look” also and have noticed your photos of her.
March 20, 2013 at 9:39 am
March 20, 2013 at 9:42 am
i like the second look.
A simple dress combined with some details like the brown belt.
March 20, 2013 at 9:44 am
Super style. Really inspiring for workwear. A x
March 20, 2013 at 9:47 am
I love her style too. She seems so confident!
March 20, 2013 at 9:50 am
Love the gray coat!!!:)
March 20, 2013 at 9:51 am
couldn’t agree more with you. she looks stunning, and I like her silent understated style (without clear reference to the runway of this or that season)
thank you for your consistent focus on real style
March 20, 2013 at 11:09 am
I agree, ellen. Classic and timeless, an unbeatable combination. Those pictures could have been taken 20 years ago, or recently, it doesn’t matter. Always in good taste.
March 20, 2013 at 9:55 am
Oh yes! She catched my attention too lately. Love her style, the color combo in the first picture is genious!
March 20, 2013 at 10:06 am
great personal style!
xoxo from rome
THE STEL STYLE
March 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
I love her minimal style!!! it’s perfect and beautiful style, i love it!!!
March 20, 2013 at 10:16 am
Most young professionals (who are not fashion editors) have to wear bras.
March 20, 2013 at 10:17 am
It is classic and modern, sober and colorful with always the right accessories, perfect style, and perfect photos!
March 20, 2013 at 10:20 am
Great sense of style indeed.
Don’t want to sound prude-ish, but not wearing a bra (like in picture 2) tends to make professional life a little bit more difficult (guys and all…)
Gian Luca M
March 20, 2013 at 10:34 am
March 20, 2013 at 10:40 am
Please don’t tell young professional women to not wear bras at work.
March 20, 2013 at 10:46 am
Her style is lovely, but the missing bra is not very professional I think. It detracts from her otherwise chic look.
March 21, 2013 at 7:34 am
I totally agree. She might as well be wearing a transparent shirt. Very unprofessional.
I’m a skirt person myself, so love those photos and her cominations of colors, especially the last photo.
March 20, 2013 at 10:47 am
This woman has a great and consistent sense of style. She is not wearing anything outrageously expensive, so I can relate to her. She is refined and elegant and her hair cut gives a modern look to her outfits.
Cool, cool, cool! Plus….sophistication!
March 20, 2013 at 10:51 am
I am loving the photos of these low-key, yet super chic editors !
They look like they are actually attending the shows to WORK and not to just be seen and show off the most outlandish fashion combos imaginable.
Your photos show the flip side of what has turned into a narcissistic fashion circus – stylish women who choose not to be fashion victims, but who dress themselves in a manner that is polished, unique and full of personality, super ‘of the moment’ but not screaming ‘LOOK AT ME !’ They have perhaps even PURCHASED the clothes they are wearing ?
Very refreshing !
March 20, 2013 at 11:07 am
This photos mean the world to me! Here in the US, in my particular part of the country, it is all gaudy bangles and sparkles and polyester prints, ruffles and flounces and very ageist—either for size one young girls or overweight older ladies who have stopped caring. Think knit tee-shirts and elastic waist knit pants, with mandals and belly bags. For years and years, I have searched for this style, this simplistic, elegant way of wearing clothes, letting the cut of the clothes make the statement, and it has been impossible to find. These young women capture perfectly a style of dressing long-lost in my neck of the woods, especially for middle-aged ladies who are tired of looking like “mutton dressed as lamb” or mini-mes of their 80+ year-old moms because there is minimal-to-no choice in clothing selection. There is hope!
Please, can you do wonderful, classy shots like this, but in the summer, so we can have an understanding of how to dress in really hot weather? Believe me, your blog does more than inform the fashion world–it informs those of us who want to have style, too.
March 20, 2013 at 11:12 am
she’s so chic! almu
March 20, 2013 at 11:13 am
She´s got great style! xo, Alma
March 20, 2013 at 11:14 am
The power of women!♥
March 20, 2013 at 11:15 am
They are all so beautiful. But the second just really captures me.
March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am
She has impeccable taste and a subtle confidence about her.
March 20, 2013 at 11:38 am
She is Gianna Greco from Io Donna – Corriere della Sera. She is fashion editor.
March 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm
another star is born
March 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm
LEGEND! have been trying to figure out who she is for some time now! thank you!
March 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Hooray! Someone knows who she is! Love her every time you post her picture.
Petya K. Grady
March 20, 2013 at 11:49 am
Judging by the lack of face make-up (foundation, etc.), she is European. Scott, what is your take on that? As a European woman living in the States… I keep going back and forth!
March 20, 2013 at 11:51 am
Could not agree more – she is great! elegant! even if I would suggest wearing a bra for some of the outfits above…
Rafaella De Souza
March 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm
In Sao Paulo, you see sometimes such scenes, but very seldom indeed. This style is awesome on elegance basis…
March 20, 2013 at 11:52 am
But this is Gianna Greco aka Gina Wì(ntour) from IO Donna magazine in Milan!!!
March 20, 2013 at 11:58 am
I know her, it’s Gianna Greco Fashion Editor from Io donna magazine (www.iodonna.it)
March 20, 2013 at 11:59 am
Talk about put together!! Her looks are consistently pulled together but kind of edgy. Love it.
March 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm
LOVE her style!! Ans her hair..<3
March 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm
HI SCOTT SHE IS GIANNA GRECO!!!!!
March 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Wow, people! How many times does Mr Schuman have to say that these images are references to “what could be”, to use these ideas in your life in the most appropriate manner for you? Yes, wear a bra in the office.
March 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm
I really like the second outfit, the dress is beautiful, but I don’t particularly like the shoes. I don’t feel comfy without bra, I don’t know if I could dress like her.
March 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm
March 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm
She has great style. and i LOVE the fact that she doesnt have a bra. She does not have large breasts, I think she pulls it off nicely. She is not uncomfortable so why should you be?
March 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Well, in my case it is because most heterosexual men would find it to be too sexually exciting for comfort in a public or professional setting.
March 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm
I agree, she looks very good without a bra.
I don’t quite understand all this fuss about bras. There are so many sexualized ads everywhere, half to completely naked people in suggestive poses, and a guy will be disturbed by a braless woman in the office? what kind of world do we live in?
March 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm
It depends on which culture you are in. Continental European men are more used to young and old girls not wearing bras – if you live in France, Italy, etc. not wearing a bra will not get you extra attention from men; whereas American men are hyper-excited by such very ordinary behavior.
Solution? Men should get over it and get used to it.
Women don’t always feel like wearing a bra; men don’t always wear underwear – think Scottish Kilts. And just because a man is wearing a kilt doesn’t mean women should be sexually excited. That’s just the guy’s choice.
March 21, 2013 at 2:01 am
oh I see.
So I think I will be happy to stay in Europe, as I hate wearing bras. Which was never a problem, not in the office, not anywhere else, with a very few exceptions.
And it’s really not that men completely lose their head when working with me.
March 21, 2013 at 5:45 am
yes and yes ..also want to add she has small boobs so what is there even to support? to hold up? in italy women with small breasts dont always wear bras and its not a big deal!!! i would know
March 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm
yeah but also genitalia and boobs are totally different. it’s almost bizarre how sexualized boobs are when really they should be as normal to look at as a mans chest.
March 22, 2013 at 8:58 am
I happen to be European and living in Europe and never have I known that it was a good idea to not wear a bra once your over 14 years old. Seriously. I had a colleague at work and her nipples/breasts were always visible through her clothes and that was really all anyone had to say about her. Not that she was so competent, but that she had an eternal wardrobe malfunctioning.
March 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm
she’s so chic and cool!!!
Purses in the Kitchen!
March 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Wonderful portraits, but the no bra thing kind of bugs me too. Seems to take away from the look.
March 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm
oh yes! please cover up your human anatomy. men can’t concentrate, woman are dismayed,
the “office” ( and she works in fashion) will be destroyed!!!
come on people. this is a fashion blog. and, a damn good one.
i wish i could find ten people in my community that could even approach the kind of style and class this woman has…
and, by the way, put some panty hose on, i’m getting too frisky!
March 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm
March 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm
I find it difficult to compliment her braless style without betraying a lascivious undertone, still… her presentation works as is: The dress’ textures are so fine and smooth, they would distort over a bra.
…judging by the typo/misspelling, I was abashed by my own comment.
March 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm
a good (here: slim) body can sell almost any clothes
March 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm
She’s beautiful and classy.
I wonder if the bra conversation is largely an American issue. Would European women (or men) respond in kind? Would they also believe that her “bra-less-ness”somehow takes away from her look?
March 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm
She just has it down to a science–the colors, fit, and sense of comfort & professionalism. So simple and elegant yet so bold. Even men could pull a thing or two from her looks. I’d really love to know who she is, though.
Do visit: genteelflair.com (Grow forward)
I have to congratulate you on the amazing series of photos this week! It’s so antithetical to the ridiculous peacockery on some other sites. It’s cool, serious style that absolutely resonates so loudly right now: it’s consistent, it illustrates a number of looks using one ‘key’ item and it’s REAL. Dressing in a complete ‘straight off the runway’ different look every day has become tired. This is a great return to what street style, in my opinion, really is … Thank you for restoring my faith in that concept.
March 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm
I just love the third shot. The shapely tanned leg, A line of the jacket, elegant shoe, the side view of her lovely hair cut and the fabulous smiling red lips. It all comes together so beautifully in this photo.
March 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm
Thank you Scott for introducing me to my new fashion facination! So Chic.
March 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm
The second picture is EVERYTHING.
March 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm
I find the whole ‘women can’t go bra-less because men would be too overexcited’ argument that I keep seeing here a bit ridiculous. Sure, it might not be professional to go bra-less in most modern workplaces, but I personally wouldn’t stop wearing a bra even if it was acceptable! I love wearing lingerie and how sexy it makes me feel… no shift in social norms would stop me.
I think this entire post really just shows how personal taste and circumstance are so essential to shaping style. I think she looks amazing- incredible styling- I wouldn’t replicate parts of it myself but if she works in fashion and prefers to go bra-less, cool. Scott’s blog allows us to dream and see other people’s tastes and style, and I love this example.
March 22, 2013 at 9:42 am
You might find it ridiculous, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
March 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm
Her hair is amazing indeed.
March 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm
She has a very keen off-color sensibility. I love the palette of the last shot. Not many people can even start to compile so many tones and still maintain harmony.
I (and I may be outnumbered) don’t really care for her hair style. It’s very masculine. Maybe that’s why she feels compelled to flaunt her nipples – some sort of compensatory attempt at ‘feminizing’ her appearance.
March 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm
I remembered that when you published the second picture it was such a mind changer to me. Amazing woman.
March 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm
One of the best styles I’ve ever seen, she is too good.
March 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Always so chic!
March 21, 2013 at 1:34 am
Great clothes. Needs a bra. Not a question of professional or not, sexy or not, it’s simply that without a bra the lines of the sweater are ruined.
March 21, 2013 at 4:59 am
March 21, 2013 at 7:41 am
I don’t think that she needs to wear a bra so men won’t get excited – that is hardly the point. And yes, she has the figure to not need a bra for support.
I find that it is too revealing when nipples are the focus of an outfit – and here, they are. There are plenty of smooth bras that would be sufficient to provide a better look without ruining the line of the garment.
Just my opinion, of course.
March 21, 2013 at 8:29 am
I like the colors she combines in her outfits. And totally love her skirts.
March 21, 2013 at 9:39 am
Great pictures, great outfits. Her colorblocking and proportions are perfect.
And now for a comment on the comments:
I cannot believe that all people can see is the lack of a bra. The outfits are a great reference. Her breasts are not the only thing she’s wearing–why is that the only thing you can talk about? If you feel you need to, put a bra under it if you’re more comfortable that way. Will it ruin the lines, or the opposite–depends on the bra and your body, also on how you think the individual garment should be worn.
It’s only as distracting as the environment around it makes it, regardless of what country you’re in. Example: I am a college language teacher. Most of us manage to remain professional (and, I would say, normal) about people’s bodies. But a former colleague of mine (French! not ‘puritan’ American) felt the need to comment with great relish every time a student would come to class without a bra.
In ‘Let’s make love’ Marylin Monroe’s character says to Yves Montand something like: “I can tell you’re not from the theater because of how you look at girls in their rehearsal clothes. In the theater, a girl can walk around backstage with nothing on but her good will, and no one will look twice, but the same girl, fully clothed, walking down a row of desks in an office will have her backside pinched black and blue”. If you’re lucky enough to work in a milieu where people are looking for your style and not your sexuality, why feel constrained to wear anything you don’t personally need for comfort? (although of course in fashion one is commodified in a slightly different way).
Ashley in Nashville
March 21, 2013 at 10:05 am
I’m loving the length of her skirts – proof that sexiness isn’t always a mini.
March 21, 2013 at 10:13 am
Second outfit is absolutely perfect!!! *_*
xoxoxo Elisa My Fantabulous World
March 21, 2013 at 11:18 am
the shoes- where can one find those perfect pumps?
(and i didn’t even notice the nipples until i scrolled through the comments. definitely an american fixation.)
March 27, 2013 at 10:52 am
I also NEED those shoes! They’re classy but strong and seem perfect for walking. Someone tell me where to find/buy please.
And as a lady who cannot go braless, I love the the no bra look.
March 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm
I love her hair. I cut my hair like this when I was 21 and loved it. As I advanced in my career I felt pressure to grow it out and have caved. The cut still appeals to me though- maybe I will cut it again soon. I didn’t even notice the braless until I read the comments. Is this such a big deal? Could HR really complain about it? Why should coworkers be staring at your chest anyway?
March 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm
I like the fact that she is wearing the same coat in different photos and the same shoes. It makes her more like the rest of us who have one or two coats and one or two or three pairs of shoes.
March 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm
She has a great sense of color but I wouldnt want to be walking down a flight of stairs in front of her with the overly long pants in the first picture.
March 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm
The length of her slacks puzzles me: how can she walk? does she get to the office with the bottom of her slacks covered in mud?
March 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm
Will someone else agree that the 1st picture, on which no one has commented, looks like she borrowed them from her taller, bigger sister?
The rest are good. Enough about the bra-less look, to me the 1st picture looked almost dumpy, not in keeping with the others.
March 22, 2013 at 3:35 am
March 22, 2013 at 9:06 am
Agreed. I also love this kind of style. She is acting somewhat like a man, in not feeling like she needs to show too much skin or dress for sexiness, and that to me is an expression of confidence and personal power. Very In Control of Herself. Unconcerned about attracting attention, but still looks great and sexy in a refreshingly subtle way. Even the mannishly simple pieces and colorations come off as feminine, the way she is doing it. Brava. I am sick unto death of slutty, sloppy, tacky, tattooed, pierced weirdness.
March 22, 2013 at 9:13 am
I neglected to comment about the barbless photo. For Americans its a bit shocking, but I think Europeans don’t care as much. They are used to topless sunbathing and it isn’t as shocking over there. That said, this would be utterly unacceptable in an American office setting. So Euro women, take note. You will be thought shocking in the states if you dress like this for business, and you may sock American males into a state of mesmerized stupidity, and/or make any American women you interact with feel derision or disdain. When in Rome… OK. But when in Denver, No Do.
July 18, 2013 at 1:38 am
I live in Australia now. I used to live in the USA. Here in OZ, nobody cared about bras, or shot skirts or those with slits on them. They also did not care in Portland OR either. You saw women in similar clothing every day in “Bankers Square”. In any of the offices I worked in, the ladies in question were often my boss. I also grew up in the 60s-70s and there was far more skin on display then every day, than now. Something odd happened in the USA about 15-20 years ago. People became prigs and started assuming “they” had the right to mistreat others on the basis of how those other people were dressed (and what THEY assumed it meant). New for you – it means nothing at all.
March 22, 2013 at 10:22 am
I agree about the trousers, they are simply too big and the cut is awkward. Otherwise this woman is the embodiment of chic.
March 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm
She is always, always excellent. Solid colors and modern shapes. Love.
March 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm
too-long slacks are unforgivable! It’s a terrible look.
March 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm
Who made her dark blue coat?
March 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm
Can someone please tell me where her amazing black pumps are from?
March 24, 2013 at 6:31 am
Why those high heels; are they just for the photos? Must be hard to walk in those shoes.
March 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Love the bra-less look.. gives the look a bit more of an edge :)
March 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm
I LOVE her! Stylish, confident, individual and I’m in love with the fact that she’s NOT putting ridiculous stilletos with any of these outfits. Love your work Scott- You’re an inspiration!
March 27, 2013 at 11:20 am
where are those black shoes from!!
March 28, 2013 at 7:17 am
Loving these classic tailored looks
March 28, 2013 at 8:45 am
She really looks like a niece of mine :). Like two pearls of water.
March 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Wow, fab – where can I get those shoes in the second picture?? Anyone know who’s they are??
April 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm
Wow, she’s the Sofia Coppola of the fashion industry. So refreshing to see an editor dressing for herself, surrounded by sheep, and halloween costumes. Understated classics, quiet style, and short hair all on a great figure. More proof that less is more. The only thing that doesn’t fly is the lack of a bra. Not cool.
April 9, 2013 at 5:30 am
She looks great. Desperate for the beautiful shoes in the second picture-anyone got any idea where they are from????
May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm
She looks amazing! Was very happy to see, not only that she doesn’t wear a bra, but all the talk about it! I don’t wear a bra in the office (in North America). I don’t think it matters one way or the other because some men just stare a breasts no matter what. I don’t feel like I need to cover myself up just because they are attracted to breasts. I always thought it was their problem, not mine.