First and foremost, cheekbones and hair! I love it!!! This is one of those outfits that does not look expensive or designer at all, great choices! One word of caution: we in South Florida wear these things out of necessity in this hot weather. This look may be totally too much elsewhere!!! Jorge from WPB
Since I live in Rio de Janeiro and beachwear is out business, I must say that even though she looks confortable and fresh, you don’t find many girls wearing that around Ipanema or so. Now a days we have many light white dresses or mini shorts + tshirts that together with fun acessories work just fine to look up to date. Best of luck next summer! :)
Anon. 11:00. “Over the top?” What is over the top here? I don’t get that at all.
And Ms. Rio (Anon 10:17), are you saying because she’s not dressed like the girl from Ipanema in a “white dress” or “mini shorts” she’s outdated? “Best of luck next summer?” Wow, aren’t you the little Brazilian fashion nazi. I don’t think everyone with good style is concerned with “fashion”, but it sounds to me like you don’t understand the difference.
I live at the beach too. I see all kinds of style here and I’m very happy that not everyone is wearing what’s “fashionable”…. how dull that would be.
I think this woman looks good. I especially like her fresh face. She reminds me of those pinup girls in the 50′s. While this outfit isn’t for me – I prefer string bikinis and light, loose cotton dresses over them – I like her in it.
The only thing I would change is the bag and the flip flops (which should be banned on both hemispheres IMO) but even flip flops can’t squash her beauty.
I live in Brazil and I can guaratee that nobody uses it anymore! Like somebody said before, in Rio, or any Brazilian beach, the best outfit is white dresses or mini shorts + tshirts. That’s look a little old fashion for beach wear ;P
Oh Christ, she’s gorgeous and I’m on my way over from Scotland! Don’t let her move an inch… I’m booking the tickets as we speak.. it’s effing freezing here, so she’s my summer date, hell, summer wife! I’m out the door… Hold on darlin’ ‘cos the wee fella will be there any minute now… I’ll even trade in the whisky for one of them drinks with an umbrella and a cherry in it… Wow!Now that’s a woman and a half… And I’m gettin’ hot under my kilt just lookin’ at her. Sart… you’ve made my day. Edinburgh airport here I come…
She’s not Brazilian!! Why are people comparing her to what Brazilians wear? It’s great to have your own individual style and not look like everyone else. How else do you stand out from the crowd if everyone is wearing the same thing??
This isn’t about the clothes, though it is about the colors. Where I am, winter blacks and blahs still rule, and the prospect of this is like water in the desert. The photo is terrific (the traffic barriers going down the left side of the photo almost repeat the orangey patch pattern of her bag and picks up the big orange flower on her sarong, and her pose is like some 1950 pinup girl). She is dressed for the beach, and that is just fine, but what makes her stand out are her youth, her lovely figure, pretty face and flowing curls. She could wear rags and look great.
i agree with catharine it’s ALL about the colours and hers work so well together. sarongs aren’t really a new thing though, but i’m a huge fan of the print and the yellow bikini. plus it doesn’t hurt that the photo just feels like summer. thanks for the change of pace sart!
what is it about the “flip flop phobia” i encounter on this site and in magazines? Glenn O’Brien abhors them in GQ as do half the readers of this blog… here in Australia we practically live in our “thongs” (and I dont mean the anal-floss underwear version) as they are the most comfortable and practical and, dare I say, stylish, thanks to Havaianas, footwear for a long hot summer! By the way, this woman is gorgeous either in South Beach, South Rio or South Wollongong!
I just love this. Your photography is marvelous, of course. Most of all this is great because this woman is just working with her own fresh beauty in a way that is perfectly natural for her. Must admit that I had to laugh at the notes from people who suggest that (in Brazil) one has to wear a “uniform” of sorts to be on the beach. How embarrassing, if true. Thank goodnes I live in a culture where women can be individuals and still considered beautiful and stylish…
shes very beautiful and has a great body, however I must say the wrap, bag, shoes and bathing suit don’t seem so special, I would say they look like ordinary beach wear…..i guess this one is more about the shot?
the photo is not about the sarong, it’s how the sarong was tied around her waist and how the little knot of the bikini top echoes it and then how your eye is pulled towards her midsection and the curve of her waist. the pose is great too and her contour sharp very sharp…and what do you know, it’s not at all contrived, far from it in fact.
i believe too that some people might be having some problems with the photo background not being in the usual color palette…anyway the more i look at the photo the more i enjoy it. how does the sartorialist go from miami to nyc to paris to london to milan within a week. are the photos published chronologically even?
What is with the boring beach outfits? Why is everyone gushing? She is wearing a bikini top and a pareo – what else is she supposed to wear to the beach? a duffle coat and jimmy choos? give me a break, this outfit is plain and casual. Nothing wrong with that, but does it merit the sartorialist?
This photo, in its own way, is timeless. A beautiful woman, with the glow of the sun on her cheeks, delightfully wearing the minimal amount of clothing because it is all that is necessary. The swimsuit and cover, bag and thongs, could have come from anywhere: the back of the closet from previous beach trips, a shop on the beach, borrowed from a friend. The colors and motifs reflect her surroundings. Sometimes a place can make you want to dress a certain way or not care about keeping up appearances like you might usually. She is dressed like a woman that can enjoy the beach without being a crabby fool.
She is lovely, but why is it that so many of the women you photograph are lovely mostly due to youth, whereas the men, such as Simone, below, are allowed to be a little craggy? Are there really no chic women over 40, or even younger but who are not in perfect physical shape?
Gorgeous lady, when you have such a face and body, who really cares what you wear ? As for the Brazilians, I think we are all a little envious, hence the stern reactions. All the girl or boy from Ipanema meant was: we can wear something else than bikinis and flip flops. Point taken.
Better if she wore heels? She’s just been to the beach. Who wears heels to the beach? Everyone wears “Jandals” here in New Zealand (aka flip flops/thongs etc). I think I’d get laughed at wearing heels with a bikini!! I think she looks beautiful.
Iâ€™m loving the clash of opinions from the various locations and climates. So in this spirit, where am I from?
I think this look is standard; I would hesitate to even refer to it as an outfit. I think the reason it looks effortless, is that it IS effortless: this is something she just threw on to go to the beach. Yeh, sheâ€™s pretty, and sheâ€™s posing like a pin-up and sheâ€™s got a nice glow (that can happen at the beach). Where I live, youâ€™ll see many with this â€śoutfitâ€ť on the beach today, just as you wouldâ€™ve last year, and the decade before that.
I really love this! She is gorgeous and as others have pointed out it all so carefree and ‘of the moment’, someone you just happened to see in passing. I mean, I can’t believe you would have really wanted all the roadworks in the background etc but that’s how the picture is. For me, this natural, happenstance approach is what street style photography should be all about, not going all out trying to contrive a Vogue Italia editorail-worthy shot.
Great to know not everyone thinks the same way. Thats what makes fashion really interesting, isnt it? When I first said that “ppl dont wear that in Brazil” I didnt mean to go nazy or anythng, its just that as we (at least some ppl) look to paris’ girls to go classy and to london’s to go cool, I know journalists around the world look to Brazil for beachwear. Great pic and even greater that she doesnt give a damn abt all this fashion circus, but this look seems inexpressive to me, as a carioca.
Bottom line: She is natural, sexy and confident. The Brazilians are just barking because their summer is over. Sometimes beauty trumps fashion…and is certainly true here. For all you pathetically insecure men out there think about this: is she or is she not extremely sexy and at the same time very approachable. That look is HARD to do for most women.
I don’t know why all of you are so impressed by this style. I saw it quite every day when I’ve been on holidays. Except for the fact that the European where able to find a matching bag to their clothe. She looks pretty and the colours are “hers” but finally this style is so yesterday…
I cant stop laughing at the negative comments about flipflops! I live on a small island, right on the beach and I dont have a pair of closed shoes here.. I leave all my heels/boots whatever in the city where they belong. It pretty funny watching some of the tourists trying to be overly “fashionable” while walking in the sand, in heels, or even wedges.. they suffer all day in then and for what.. its pretty silly. I get that to some people flipflops are a complete no-no.. if you live in Paris maybe, but here in the tropics (and that includes Miami), flipflops are what fashionable people wear when they refuse to be fashion victims!
The lady looks gorgeous, and it isnt about what she is wearing, its about her complete look.. and her confidence. Fabulous abs too. =)
Not of fan of this at all. She is beautiful, but the bikini, wrap, and bag would not catch my eye while walking down the street in South Beach. Just a thought, seems a little plain – but maybe that is the joy in it.
It’s a great look!! But I disagree with some comments about Brazilian’s beachwear style!! We use sarongs, tops and shorts with t-shirts! Ok, sarongs and tops are… huuummm… not used in Brazil!! Not very much!
I’ve been reading the comments from the folks from Brazil who remark that sarongs and flip flops aren’t in fashion any more. Who cares? I think it’s a silly and pretentious comment.
First of all, she’s not in Brazil. She’s in Miami and fashion is very regional, and thankfully, is not completely the same in every corner of the world. What works in Miami vs. Brazil is as different as NYC vs. Queens. What I love about fashion is that is represents people and culture, and our differences. So I say to the girl in the yellow bikini – you keep rocking it and keep representing your personal style. And screw the folks who say you’re not exactly du mode. Katie
This girl is gorgeous and the look is so retro; the hair, the sarong, it’s all so effortlessly glam-natural. This is not about whether she is on trend and following the stampeding herd. I love a beautiful sarong; it will never go out of style.
well…to be honest,this is not really great or gracefull. If you already visited Algarve, south of Portugal, you found there lots of this "summer style". But, and I have to say it, she look "fresh" and free.
The girl is gorgeous and exudes self confidence and style, but her beach outfit in itself seems pretty uninteresting to me. And maybe, that’s what makes this picture so interesting in the end, posted in the context of a style/fashion blog.