Van Noten is one of the few designers who manage to keep producing their collections without having to sell their names to the large fashion conglomerates, and therefore can afford to keep their original ideas and actually manufacture them. If you are going to push up your sleeves, I would rather see this cardigan/soft shirt combination than a more formal jacket- by nature more rigid. I am afraid I dont have much to say on the slacks, except, again, if you beat your own drum, you can put your ideas out there. I absolutely love the proportions of the shoes, and, having seen Van Noten’s shoes in stores (can’t afford them yet!) I know they are of impeccable construction and VERY soft suede. My birthday is coming up… Jorge from W Palm Beach
The proportions throughout here are perfect. I like the largish pants paired with the much more fitted top half. And the pants are just the right length–any longer, and they’d look sloppy.
I remember with great nostalgia how back in the 80′s more women dressed this way. I think now it takes some balls (for lack of a better term) to wear such a masculine look without adding heels or something else that is overtly feminine. Props to her!
Pretty face, the waist down is not flattering. This is the kind of thing that makes people hate fashion. It’s so arbitrary. If she were at your neighborhood garden center, people would think those pants were a disappointment compared the the polished look waist up. But in this context people like it? Come on.
I love the top half of the outfit! I could see the bottom half working maybe if she rolled the pant cuffs or something- and put on better shoes. I’m just not really a fan of that pant length- way too much like my high school marching band uniform. Actually, those pants look exactly like the bottom half of that thing- only in black polyester. (shudder)
Love the top half (would be great with a tight pencil skirt), but the entire bottom half is extremely unflattering. I would have loved to see a flowy cropped white cotton blouse with maybe high heeled sandals instead, but at the end of the day the pants are just too darn big.
This blog is like going on vacation for me. Although the city in which I live is a very wealthy one, it has a strong “Stedford Wives” atmosphere. So many women dress alike here that I hardly ever notice what anyone is wearing. Having stated that, I love this look because she is comfortable in it and it is not the “norm”. I find her to be an elegant women. I like the way that she has accesorized the outfit, the pinky ring, the necklace, the watch. I would not wear the pants, but I appriciate why she chose them! I mostly love her hair cut. It really shapes her face. I LOVE when a women expresses her individuality through her clothes, to me that is the whole point of fashion. Otherwise everyone should just walk around in a brown sack!
you don’t happen to live in Dallas, do you? I am not from here (from the east coast) but live here now…and there is most definitely a “Stepford Wives” feeling to the women…interesting that in some cities the women are very individual, and in other cities they seem quite homogenous…
i wonder why that is? some places embrace & celebrate “sameness,” while some celebrate individuality?
this is great , really ; however, i think it would be better with a different pair of shoes , flats or not i think her feet look too bulky , but otherwise; love the fitted top/ baggy bottom look, & normally i dont go for socks but i think after all this no sock business its time to bring them back
I’m sorry, but I am not loving this overall look. There is something just too ill-fitting and out of place about the pants. From the waist up, she looks fine. The pants and the sweater and peter-pan collared button down are just not the proper accoutrements to such pajama-y trousers. In the end, however, due to the clash, there is something quirkily likable about this woman.
and i *do* like those trousers. with the fitted top, they’re creating an asymmetry that i’m really enjoying.
as for all the people talking about how unflattering they are, think about other pieces deemed fashionable – sack-like dresses that make women look pregnant or figure-less, and gladiator sandals, which hide ankles and create stumpy legs everywhere. at least this woman looks unique!
It kinda bothers me that people are breaking her look in halves…but if I must, the top half would look like my first grade teacher if it was not for the bottom half, and the bottom half would look like a clown if it was not fot the top half. Result? Pulled together the ‘halves’ actually make an impecable look!!! Brilliant.
an outfit that does not leave a doubt, i would say…! i like her consequent androgynous look with the men’s signet ring, the men’s watch and last not least the cool hair cut. i guess it neither tries nor is intended to be elegant or feminine, but is just a very cool and self-assured look for a seemingly very cool woman.
Great, almost Yohji Yamamoto inspired. I had to first open the large version to figure out it was a woman, but precisely this ambiguity makes this look work. The pants are absolutely great. And NO, we DO NOT need heels here. I hate this pseudo-androgynous look of putting together something very stylish, mens-wear inspired, and the spoiling it by putting on ridiculous heels…. this is cool as it is. More women should dare to dress this way!
I'm a day late with this comment, but I just have to say: Try thinking inspiration, rather than criticism: it's more generous. And lateral, not literal: it's more fun! It's amusing to me that people want to divorce the top and bottom halves of this outfit because it's about the relationship between them: the fitted, classic, B&W, ladylike look above the waist is a counterpoint to the unstructured, risk-taking, subtly colored, androgynous look below the waist. If I consider the outfit as a composition I find lots of inspiration here.
I hated this from a distance (those pants!), but when I looked at the closer shot the details got the best of me. The pale pin striping, and beauty of her confidence in wearing a somewhat shocking look really sold me. While I still hate the look of the shoes with the rest of the outfit, I think that the entire look is so uncalculated, and such a strong statement of personal style, which is precisely what this blog is about!
Thank you, Sart, for your approval of this look! A woman who 1) is not a 20-yr old; 2) has short hair; 3) doesn’t feel the need to wear her trousers fitted in the common (in every sense of the word) way. A previous post got it dead right- there is a distinctly eastern flair to this look. I am biased, because I dress like this most days, but I find it a refreshing counter to the too-typically western look.
The combination of her woman-hips and the long rise of her man-pants in that color against her dark sweater make her upper half look off scale. She would have been better with slim white pants or maybe a jewel blue shade in a slim cut. Her head and slim arms don’t help this shot. Her back end must be voluminous in those things.