Her shorts are, perhaps not surprisingly, rather similar to the longer satin shorts Madonna has been sighted in, and for which she has received criticism. I think both ladies are up to something, trend-wise. I like that this is an easy look, and it looks comfortable without being frumpy. Love the Tom Fords, I think they’re some of the best shades around right now, and am thinking of shelling full-price if I find the right pair. Jorge from W Palm Beach
what’s wrong with AA?? never been one to diss it, quite on the contrary! love their tee’s and cardigans in every color possible. or is it a cultural thing as I happen to live in Europe? in my opinion it’s just how you choose to present them. such as this lovely lady here. stunningly good work gear I say.
I’m sure this lady was also photographed in Grazia magazine or maybe thelondonpaper? Exact same outfit near enough altho Sart’s photo is more whimsical. Maybe I dreamed the whole thing….I’d better go and look in the recycling.
I’m impressed this outfit looks so good! I like American Apparel for tee shirts. But some of their other clothes I find tacky. I think with this skirt you need a slim figure, small waist and hips. This lady pulled it off really nicely.
A beautiful woman, possessing a poised yet casual style until…..that godawful skirt.
This looks like the crazy around-the-house shorts I wear while primping for the day. The sort of thing you don’t mind getting creased or covered in pet hair because you would NEVER wear it out in public and your proper skirt is in the closet; safely, patiently waiting to be put on just before leaving the house.
Actually, my blue, paint splattered shorts fit much better. I do love the purple though.
You should probably have just posted a picture of the guy standing in the right of the photo. I feel that American Apparel has gotten even more overrated and ironically only goes to show America’s overwhelming need to consume.
She’s a very beautiful girl and I love that she’s got her own thing going. The simple necklace works well and I dig the shirt, and the pulled-back hair is lovely.
While I love the color of the skirt and the idea of it, this particular garment is sewn so badly and looks so cheap that it’s a little painful to my eyes. It doesn’t do her very elegant manner justice.
i like the shirt, but i am just not feeling that skirt or shorts, whatever they are. but i’m not all that into those elastic waistbands, either. but her expression is great, and overall she pulls it off.
I like AA. It can be too ironical sometimes, the new summer shirts, for example. But they sell high quality basics in a huge range of colors for an affordable price. For people (like me) on a budget, it’s a great resource. I especially like their polos.
I often feel like I’m the only one who is turned off by AA, and not only because Dov Charney is a massive creep. I think the clothes look ostentatiously trendy on even the chic-est of dressers. Very little of what they sell can be an accompanying piece – it seems to me they all vie for attention in such a boastful and irritating way that they distract and annoy, rather than complimenting.
I totally agree with the previous comments about the poor stitching at the hem. AA needs to look into this this. There are other affordable brands, like UNIQLO, that doesn’t compromise the quality of their workmanship.
On the positive side, I admire AA for their bold choice of colors.
AA is a good as a portion of a look, rather than good as the sum total of its components.
I’d always thought that meant using a few apparel pieces as staples, but pairing them with more interesting items whenever possible. This woman’s effortless and piquant air, though, is almost enough to convince me that (though I still believe a little goes a long way with AA) sometimes, all you need to pair it with is your own expressive nature.
this is exactly how every girl at my california college dresses. a little boring, i think. I would love to see what shoes she is wearing though. a good california girl would have on some strappy sandals and complete the look with a headband worn rambo-style.
"cheap" doesn't have to translate "horrible sewing"! seriously, the shorts are really bad. one could purchase a pair of cheap shorts from H&M that is at least sewn properly! AA's pieces just look really cheap!
In response the the person who wrote ‘AA has a “lacking colour palette”?? Are you serious?’:
The color palette is lacking in quality, not in volume. sure, they have lots of choices, but 90% of the colors look totally garish on anyone. The problem with AA is that ironic clothing expires after you turn 23 or so. I will admit that they have some t-shirts that really fit amazing and finding a decent 50/50 shirt anywhere else is impossible, but the place is so packed full of neon 80′s monstrosities I find myself clinging to the tiny heather grey/pastel rack wishing it were just a bit larger.
Listen, I don’t personally buy anything from AA, but I think it’s a wonderful idea if it’s all you can afford. I mean, if you can look this great, who cares if the clothes fall apart in a couple of months. This is, single handedly, the most beautiful female outfit I’ve seen on The Sartorialist. She got it ALL RIGHT. So impressive. I guess I need to start shopping at this place!
This girl looks lovely, although I do agree the skirt would look cheap on most people. That is my problem with AA- its like the poster-child for why outsourcing manufacturing isn’t always a bad thing (esp for those on a budget). Everything I’ve bought there has lasted less than 1 yr, very poor workmanship
I have AA shirts and dresses that fit just fine and are still intact after 2-3 years wearing them. Their 50/50 shirts are so comfortable. Though I must admit it seems their lines are starting to go down a little in the quality of their stitching.
This woman manages to make AA look devastatingly chic. I personally have nothing against AA, and I actually sort-of like that purposefully “cheap” look at times. It’s a nice contrast to flawless accessories.
I really admire anything who can put together a t-shirt, and shorts (of any type), and carry it off so elegantly. I think the pulled back hair, and sunglasses and the simple accessories work with this, and the colours are also very important. Good eye Sart, and I appreciate your ability to find style in the simplest choices.
i really do like this! mainly, probably, because i love wearing longsleeved and SIMPLE shirts with high waisted skirts! and the necklace is absolutely perfect with it, this girl certainly has style. :) mr sartorialist, you’re my favourite.
I love it. One thing that I really find interesting is how a grownup, sophisticated lady like this can wear such “young” clothing so perfectly, not in the least looking out of step with her age group or higher level of style.