i’ve noticed, reading the comments on various other images, that someone always mentions the fact that many of the subjects have that modelly pigeon-toed stance. What’s the friggin? story with that? my theory is that it makes women look young, shy and vulnerable (just what you need to do to offest fact that you’re carrying a $2000 bag) and that it makes the legs look thinner. any other theories out there? toes aside, this girl is ravishing. it’s lois lane meets patti smith, sexy rock n roll librarian kind of thing. digging it!
Here we are with that touch of marigold popping into play. Love it! Apart from the “bit too short” skirt and the hair which seems unthought of, she looks terrific. Love, love, love the shoes and glasses. And what a great shot!
I love everything about this outfit. The shrunken proportions make her legs look miles long. The tights make the outfit modest, while the short high-waisted skirt is totally young and modern. The yellow scarf is a great eye-catching piece and brings the highlights out from her hair. Well executed dress!
I dislike almost everything that she is wearing individually: the cross, the tights, the booties, the glasses, even the affected indiference…I’m over it. Yet, somehow, she is completely my new girl crush.
YES…this girl is amazing…i know people may say that we’ve seen this a thousand times this season: sky high heels, wool tights, short skirt, cropped jacket…which is a valid point. but this girl owns it better than i’ve seen. maybe it’s the scarf? i don’t know what it is…but i love it all. especially that lip colour: i feel like i saw that in the pics from the lanvin show for fall 08? or another? it’s beautiful…if i could be half as cool as her, i’d be a happy girl.
this is a beautiful shot. nice colours and use of perspective. i particularly like how this young lady went to effort of dying her hair to match her scarf. it must take a long time for her to get ready each day! I note a large proportion of girls in your shots, particularly in Europe are pigeon-toed, is this some some sort of slight genetic payback for being beautiful and born with an innate sense of style?
I live in Europe (Sweden, to be exact) and this is pretty much what every hipster girl looks like. From the haircut to the glasses to the opaque tights… boring, boring and more boring. Add that to the “I’m different from everyone else and take myself way too seriously” attitude, and it’s all just one big ‘yawn’.
An absolutely stunning picture, though I must agree that the outfit itself is somewhat standard. However, the hair and the scarf make the “look,” as they seem to meld into each other, creating a golden gradient against such a stark background.
Long legs… could it be that they are not THAT long but that the waist of the skirt is higher than most skirts out there? I just noticed there is a very short distance between the bottom of her breasts and the skirt waist. The fact that the skirt and the leggings are the same dark tone further elongates the legs. Just a thought for all girls out there that may want to try the look. As for the glasses, yes, I am very glad I kept my Ray-Bans from the 1980′s… I was such a queer little boy :) Jorge from West Palm Beach
God, who cares if someone’s toes are pointing in or their handbag is hanging off the crook of their arm? I pride myself on my posture but there are times I hunch over, walk pigeon-toed, am not photo-ready, etc. Get a life! The point is the inspiration of style, fashion, elegance and the details in these fabulous photos. And sometimes just the beauty of the photos themselves. And that is style, too. Sheesh!! This girl is beautiful; one could write a short story imagined around her. What an eye you have! I always look forward to logging on in the morning.
I’m going to have to agree with Anonymous at 2:48 – I don’t know about other parts of the world, but this look isn’t very innovative. She looks like every second skinny girl you see stalking around London’s Brick Lane. Let’s not confuse having beautiful, god-given attributes for individual/inventive style.
Not to beat a dead horse, but I have to add my voice to the chorus: the pigeon-toed stance is a disturbing turn off, in all that it implies : the self-consciousness, the little girl vulnerability. It just ruins this woman’s look for me.
When it comes to style, how one stands –which conveys one’s attitude–is a deal breaker.
I like the fringe of the hair fringe and the hair bottom rhyming with the scarf fringe.
But there’s no way to make an outfit look effortless with a stance so contrived (admittedly, the rosary looks a little over-trying too). It’s like a preteen trying to look glamorous. This blog has ample proof that legs can look absolutely beautiful when placed in a stance that one actually puts one’s feet in naturally, so if it is a convention that comes from a theory that it makes legs look better, it’s a fallacious belief. I imagine this stance is just a trendy thing in certain circles, but it’s such a poseur effect that I dearly hope it’ll go away soon. Perhaps to be replaced by a truly sophisticated presentation, like bunny ears.
i think this outfit is hideous. i hate shorts w. tights in the winter. her hair is a stringy mess and she is in need of a dye job. the glasses are ugly. her white shirt is too low-cut for this outfit. the only thing i like about this photo is the background.
People said it above and I say it again. That pigeon toe thing stands out like a sore thumb. That’s a constant feature in many of shots here, mostly of young girls. This is not a runway photo shoot, is it?!
A question of balance… When wearing high hills is hard to stand with feet parallel for long spetially when standing still because you feel going forward and sometimes backwards. The pigeon toe situates the body over a triangle that support the body in a much comfortable and balanced way, that is why children use it too!
Notice you will NEVER find pigeon toes among the flat shoe costumers. If you have any doubts jump immediately on to a pair of hills + platform and stay on them for a couple of ours, I guarantee you will pigeon soon.
I think perhaps people are focusing too much on what she’s wearing or how she’s wearing it and not enough on the way her hair rests on that scarf. This was luck…It’s not an inovative outfit, but the color reserved for around her head is really breathtaking. It’s a beautiful blended wash of color framing her face. And shoot, nevermind the girl, that photograph! The way the walk blends from green to toupe, the magnificent mansion in the background, that greyish white sky…One of my favorites, definitely.
I love this girl – I think you had her on before in an outfit with grey socks. She is a style – both in her slinky style and her fabulous Titian locks. So French looking as well – slender, chic and naturally glamorous. Fab Fab Fab!
Annon 5:29, I stand in heels all the time and I don’t end up pigeon toed. And I have seen pigeon toed poses in flats. I believe it is the way it positions your hips, it pulls your thighs appart and makes your legs appear thinner because heaven forbid your thighs should touch when you are on the Sartorialist. Even if it were an issue of balance, one could easily step out of it to pose for the picture. It is obviously a contrived position. Otherwise we would see an equal number of poses with feet turned out, which is also a triangle.
now about the outfit. I love the way a highwaist, short skirt can make legs look miles long (because in contradiction with most other here, I don’t think her legs are ridiculously long). I makes me think it is a look I could use to lengthen my 5’2″ frame.
I really don’t understand the reaction this girl is getting. I will attribute it all to the fact that she looks very trendy and therefore accessible – appeals to a very general audience! The girl in the shot and every one of her photos before, always looks ordinary. Her face especially – there is nothing remotely intriguing about it. I feel like I have seen this look/girl a million times, in a city as small as San Francisco no less. I don’t care where the photo was taken, nothing can enhance this impish character.
how interesting! the image has a fairytale quality to it. she looks like a semi-innocent girl who spends lots of time in the library but lands in a forest with a castle in the background. and she is chic!
This is such a poignant picture as she reminds me of a leggier version of the late Adrienne Shelley…
On an unrelated note, could you please give me some advice re: the Canon 5D. I was wondering if you purchased the extended warranty with the camera and if so, do you think it was worth the extra money?
i beg to differ with the majority here, unfortunately. at first look, the picture drew me to enlarge it. but after deciphering it, i have to say that there really is nothing very interesting goin on..the highwaisted skirt, raybans,oxfords,scarf, motorcycle jacket and leggings- these are whats “hot” now and putting them tgthr doesnt deem you a stylish person.furthermore, her skin tone with her hair colour and scarf just makes her look sullen and drab..not impressive at all
Hooray to Anonymous 5:29′s analysis. Though … it does it not seem that Japanese women commonly toe-in even in flats? Actually, my family is of Siberian descent, with wide, square hips and a low waist, and we ALL stand this way, even the men (think OJ Simpson), so do you think that one’s build/proportions might influence the aiming of toes? It is a true effort to stand with my feet out, and believe me, I have tried.
And while it is being called childlike, I think “feminine” is more to the point, that is, lacking in the testosterone that makes me naturally attempt to take up physical space. I mean, besides squaring up one’s shoulders, is this not one way a “drag king” can successfully impersonate a man? Toes out pushes the “bits” out into the world.
But I agree too that positioning the feet this way does give the most space between one’s thighs. BUT – if ever one is modeling jeans’ pockets, remember that it’s the opposite; toeing in will turn your fanny into a figure 8. [try it, you'll see] see!
Not an outfit we could call original, but she with that hair and body it takes little to make her spectacular. If she smiled ever, she’d be just too, TOO beautiful, and then I’d really have to hate her ; )
I think that between her chin and waist it IS a fantastic outfit, and it IS original. However, the bangs and glasses are definitely tired. I think it would have looked better middle parted with no bangs (and possibly a little bit flatter/lanker- but that’s probably not her hair’s texture so there’s nothing to be done).
It is true that she is using typical hipster clothing, but the combination of the rosary, the lipstick, and the lowness of the shirt makes it a little bit more dark, rock n roll, or whatever.
That said- her skirt is annoying me intensely. It looks great, okay, but it also looks crazily uncomfortable. It looks as if it would dig into your waist when you sat down and you’d have to worry about bending over. Maybe it’s just me, but when you see a component of an outfit that just looks difficult and high-maintenance like that, it stops me from enjoying the whole thing.
There is no question that this girl is striking. However, I was disappointed to notice that rosary upon expanding the image. As a Catholic, I would never think twice about wearing a rosary around my neck. Although, I understand that for someone who does not share my beliefs they are simply wearing a necklace. I still vey much enjoy this photograph, its just hard for me not to notice.
Uh. Ok, the picture is great, the girl looks nice (perhaps too nice) but really there’s something sooo boring about her outfit. Like some of you said, it’s so “cooler than thou”, so NOT natural, so “hot pieces put together”… And it’s emphasized by the pigeon-toe position: she’s a poseur. I mean, what I like with Scott’s blog is that he photographs elegant people, not people-trying-to-look-original.