I read an interview with Mariuccia Mandelli today in Corriere della Sera in which she stated everyone should dress the way that makes them feel the best. This echos what I have read from Giorgio Armani. In a sense both scoff at traditional fashion worldview and say fashion is a form of personal expression so follow your intution and enjoy yourself.. In that spirit I would like to say that this young lady looks to have chosen exactly the look that she is comfortable in. Even the flip flops, which I generally would never think of wearing outside the beach, look just fine on her in the big city.
I like how simple and clean this looks. The tones on her are beautiful as well. It is also nice that it doesn’t look like something that would be unobtainable (price or body limitations). I also really like how the bag somehow fits in. I have trouble wearing my over the shoulder bags with dresses without looking off.
This is an interesting picture right after your last post. Completely simple and subtle versus bold and crazy. I think she looks pretty, but I’m not really all that excited about it. The white is beautiful on her skin. I kind of wish her hair was more interesting. Everything about this is soooo normal and pretty that I kind of wish there was something that made it interesting to me.
also I just don’t think the hair/face/glasses all work well together. But the white/cream mix on her skin is gorgeous and I like the wide strap on the bag
yikes. i’m first! is it really that warm in NYC? LA, this last week, was in the 90s and this would have been great, but i am finding it hard to believe it was warm where you are. is this wishful thinking on her part? did she have goosebumps?
regardless, the dress is very cute, i like the fullness of it, the suggestion of layers or a tissue thin fabric. i like that her purse, sunglasses and flip-flops are all in the same color range. the crack in the sidewalk – i thought it was a cane! until i looked at the bigger picture. nice shot. good to see a blue sky!
See, Sart, H&M again. You’ll be converted eventually, everyone is. I don’t know about NY branches but in the one opposite Harvey Nicks in London they have some better quality and cut jackets and suits – still at quite good prices.
i’d rather see flip flops than ill-proportioned boots over leggings all the time. not original. i’m glad she’s wearing flip flops, also it suits the outfit perfectly. she has a wonderful light, easy look about her.
I can’t believe that anyone would look at someone this chic and elegant and easy in her skin and go Oh but she is wearing flip flops! If you don’t know a perfect thing when you see it, well, you can fuss around with pocket squares for the rest of your life but you’ll never ever get it right.
Okay, being a college student, I like how this picture gives the message that good, clean, comfortable style is available to those with less cash in their pockets. HOWEVER, H&M might be a cheap road to fashion, but their clothes are of consistently shoddy quality. For the less wealthy, it would actually be much more cost-efficient to purchase clothes that are more expensive but last longer and are more timeless in style. H&M, though being accessible, is mass-produced and a cop-out of good, careful design.
Not too crazy about the dress. I’ve see this kind waaaay too often, and right now this style is flooding Forever 21 stores in an abundance of prints and colors. Ew! I wonder what her bag looks like though…
But on a happy note, I do sincerely adore the quality of this shot. Simply beautiful!
To all the people saying she looks like Naomi Campbell. Really? You know ONE black woman and you think everyone who is black and attractive looks like her? Really? Come on. It’s 2008 we can do better than that. Not all black people look alike.
Nice shot, Sart! That shows that you may look cool without spending so much money! The flip flops are not so fashionable specially because they are so worn out but they are so comfortable that are the ideal pair for long walks in hot weather… it would be ridiculous wearing that dress with sneakers…
what people seem to be missing here is what sartorialist captured in this photograph-i.e., sometimes the parts add up to a greater sum. what sart captured here is not what this woman is wearing, but her ability to project herself and be comfortable in her own skin-the greatest accessory. it is not about labels in this case, but charisma holding everything together; each element might not be commes des garcon, but she is the element that bring it all together and makes it work, which is the essence of style. even the flip flops: what they do is provide her legs to stretch uninterrupted, in a natural way. it wouldn’t necessarily work on everyone but she has the legs to pull it off.
She looks effortlessly beautiful. One thing I can’t understand is how almost every sundress has an empire-waist or is cut off at the bust. The dress would be so chic if it came in at the natural waist.
Dressing for the weather! Today in Boston it was sunny with a sea breeze. All the tourists in town for the Marathon on Monday were wearing what maybe is acceptable in Atlanta or Houston in April, but clearly freezing to death on a deceptively sunny day. My pet peeve: people who jump the gun and don’t dress for the weather. And the distressing fact that many shops have summer gear in February, right about when you need to recharge the winter wardrobe. Was it really warm enough for “Naomi ” to be so summery?
I’m afraid I’m joining the voices decrying the flipflops. Such a pity, as the rest of the composition of this beautiful girl is perfect. I believe I have not made any adverse comments to date, as I find so much that is inspirational, unique, and expressive in the clothing choices I view on these pages – but those things on anyone’s feet (anytime, anyplace) are grotesque.
I think she looks adorable. All the huff about the flip flops gives me a chuckle. Get used to it. Beach style has taken over casual wear. I live in Southern Califiornia and we wear flip flops to work on Fridays at times. Its not a statement..its comfort and she has managed to look comfortable and adorable at the same time. Not exciting but cute.
OMG! Enough with the beating up of the flipflops… As die hard New Yorker and a die hard Reef wearer I think flip flops just scream “nice weather” and make my feet happy. People don’t walk out of the house thinking “today I am going to pose for a photo” – they think of standing in the subways, uneven pavements, and a whole winter of being stuck in boots. You are all just jealous of the weather.
She doesn’t look like Naomi at all! And what’s all this about flip flops? As long as they go well with the clothing and the person feels comfy with’em, they’re just fine. Besides, this girl looks beautiful as is.
Why so many comments about the color of her skin? She is beautiful, hot, attractive and ridiculously stylish. See? Did i say what race she is? No. Do you mention other blond actresses/models when you see blonde women on this blog? No, you don’t. So why compare this woman to Naomi Campbell? Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Anonymous 8:59 I so agree. I don’t understand why everyone hates thongs (flip-flops). In the right place, with the right outfit (like in the photo) they’re fine. It’s making me miss our beautiful Australian summers…
Love the light in the picture and the attitude ! The outfit is simple and pretty. I’am jalous of the weather though, I am in Finland for a couple of months and I am afraid the flipflop will have to wait here …
Its not a look I would expect to see often in NYC especially in April but it was in the 70′s here yesterday (Cape Cod).
We are a beach area and so see flip flops with even dressier sun dresses here (the Cape is not known for its good fashion, thats for sure) but the only think I don’t really like about them is I can NOT imagine walking all over NYC in them, by the end of the day your feet would be filthy (and I need to keep my feet immaculate).
All in all its a simple look that is fantastic on here. I want to add I don’t think she looks anything like Naomi.
Like many people, on the first day the temperature climbs above 70 (fahrenheit) many New Yorkers pull out the shorts and tank tops – or as here, the sundress. We “rush the season”, and for a couple of days we could. (But be sure to have a sweater or jacket when the sun goes down.) Today (Sunday) we’re back at cloudy and 50, a reminder that April is, if not the crueles month, an unpredictable one.
I don’t see the Naomi Campbell comparison at all, other than skin color. She’s obviously pretty, and the photo is lovely, but I don’t see anything remarkable about her outfit. And I have to join the flip flop haters…why not just a simple flat sandal?
I love this picture. It’s very much like spring to me- leaning toward summer in fact. I love her relaxed expression, the simple white (cream?) bangle and the strap of her bag crossing her chest, even her relaxed flip flops. She looks effortlessly cool and 100% comfortable to me.
She does not look like Naomi Campbell. What’s wrong with flip-flops? I like this photo not because of the outfit (though the dress looks great on her), but because of the mood and sense of place that the shadows, sunlight, restaurant sign, delivery bicycle (is that what’s on her left?) and two green dots from the traffic lights convey. What a great New York feeling!
yes, it is a simple, yet beautiful look, to me, it looks like an Old Navy advertisment. the H&M bag is what people will remember in this picture, not the photograph. sorry, but this is not my favorite of yours.
Yeah, yeah, I have to join the chorus against the flip flops! I object to the flip flops not just in this outfit, but in a general way. They are gross. They are lazy dressing. They are dirty. And I don’t want to see your feet, even if they are nicely manicured. I can’t stand listening to sound of them flip flopping, either. I understand the general point that you were trying to make with this picture, but I would hope not to see people pictured wearing these yucky “shoes” as stylish people. Flip flops show an absence of style, exept in the pool shower.
the line of the sidewalk connects to the line of her arm and is really distracting for me. and makes her look like she’s holding a stick or a cane. which really threw me off guard when i first saw it haha.
So simple…yet so clever. The flip flops remind me that you don’t need to have kick ass blindingly shiny items to pull out a fashion statement. And did I mentioned how I just loooooove the way the hem of that dress is on her? BTW I am not a H&M fan but I’ll admit this is cool.
wow, i had no idea people hated flip flops so much! i love them, but do have to say i would think twice about wearing them in a city as dirty as new york. the bottom of your feet would be disgusting by the end of the day! she is certainly beautiful in a casual and lighthearted way… but does she look like naomi campbell? well she does have brown skin and long black hair, but so do millions of other black women out there. i am constantly being told that i look like macy gray only because I have an afro! do all skinny blonde white girls look like scarlett johanson? think about it.
the brilliance of this look is in the neutral color palette and the simple lines. also, her shades are quite unique- especially the details on the frames. sart, the lighting is outstanding. adds another layer of interesting shapes. well done.
Hey I love balenciaga, It happens all the time, though: “She looks like Madonna”, “She reminds me of Kirsten Dunst”, “Chanelling Marcello” etc, etc… Maybe, just maybe, you’re a bit too sensitive. Besides, this girl does look like a younger and sweeter version of Naomi Campbell (a compliment anyway): Same figure, same hairdo. Ignoring it for fear of offending someone would be reverse racism, I think.
ok, it was a little squicky to read so many people’s comments about how she looks like naomi. she doesn’t appear to actually look like her, and one might balk that people are choosing the one woman of color they can identify, with whom to compare her.
BUT.. naomi has a signature hairstyle and signature sunglasses style, and the girl’s basic facial proportions are relatively similar to naomi’s. i think we could all agree that if we saw a woman with a crisp, banged, honey-colored bob and large, face-obscuring sunglasses that people might also respond with knee-jerk comparisons to ms. wintour, even if the actual resembelance wasn’t particularly uncanny.
and to whomever said that shoes have to flatter one’s feet to be considered actual footwear, that’s a rather bizarre- and subjective- distinction to make. if that’s the benchmark, then i officially declare uggs as un-shoelike. super-pointy-toed shoes don’t particularly flatter feet (feet aren’t naturally shaped anything like a classic pump), but they’re flattering in that they make one’s legs look longer. and they certainly don’t flatter feet over years of wear. have you ever seen bunions? frightening.
would the flipflops be better if they had a suede sole and a braided leather strap? they’d still be flipflops. how about reexamining what’s considered attractive, and recognizing what’s natural. sure, i personally wear heels, but women aren’t built to walk on tiptoes constantly. i think flat sandals are plenty flattering on a nicely-pedicured foot.
“People don’t walk out of the house thinking “today I am going to pose for a photo” – they think of standing in the subways, uneven pavements, and a whole winter of being stuck in boots.”
Uhh, that’s exactly why I DO NOT wear flipflops. Leaving nothing but a slim piece of rubber between your foot and the filthy subway and brutal pavement below does not appeal to me. I cringe every time I see the nasty soles of flipflop wearers’ feet, particularly in the city. Sooo gross.
I normally hate the kind of dress this young woman is wearing but it looks sweet on her. I love the hem and the contrast against her skin. Would’ve looked a lot better with a nice sandal though. I also love the shadows in this picture.
if i wore that cream dress, i would be tempted to add lots of colorful accessories. but she did an amazing monochromatic look. i love it. sunglasses, pruse, bracelet, flip-flops, all beige. it’s perfect. and, for those folks who say flip flops are not for the city. honestly? i may have only lived in new york for five years, but summers were FILLED with flip flops – they make sense in the heat and humidity. and they are comfortable when you run down subway stairs.
she looks nice and all but.. how is it special or different or even worth reporting, but great shot the light, the colrs wonderful.
to an asian girl that said it’s very difficul for them to look good: i think its actually easier for you to look stylish, becuase of your body shape ( i mean most of you) and face features i think clothes look much more tasteful and interesting, it’s not the same thing to see an american girl in black jeans and an asian girl in them, for example. its just a matter of taste
The flipflop bashintg is ridiculous. What makes this look is the innocence and “ingenue” feel it generates. The purity of the white combined to the fact that she can probably count the number of clothing items on the fingers of one hand, and that’s including sunglasses, bags and bangle! I think she looks wonderfully fresh and sexy.
really? how are they not? it’s sad that just because you are in nyc you’re expected to wear boots all the time. also, i cannot see how they can be called grotesque, as they do show off the beauty of the foot rather than cover it up. also there is no rule to when are where you should wear certain shoes. i’m glad sartorialist shot this lady, because apparently wearing flip flops is unique in new york. also..imagine her in any other kind of shoes..it would almost be too much as her look is simple and minimal
Flip flops is iconic to Australia because of its beach culture. Beach wear is the staple in Singapore because of the hot climate. This works for me, and I like the way her sunglasses is sitting right underneath her fringe. Nothing wrong with flip flops in this context.
Of course there are rules about where to wear certain shoes. Some people actually even still care about them. Flip-flops are for the beach or the shower room. Certainly not for walking around downtown. Sandals would have been different. Unfortunately, many people do not follow rules anymore and hence never graduate into dressing like adults. I like the sunglasses – the “Jackie-Os” – but I can’t imagine Jackie walking around downtown in flip-flops.
Thank you for your comment. This is probably a difference in age, generations, etc. When I was growing up in the city, I remember going to the park with my father and he never wore flip-flops. My father might have worn Purcell’s and odd grey trousers with turn ups to the park, but flip-flops were reserved for the beach or the locker room at summer camp or the club. They are just not stylish or sartorial. They were probably never seen in the city on Grant, Cooper, Astaire, Agnelli or the Duke of W., all men who were living examples of Sartorialists.
Sand in your shoes does sound unpleasant. Hope that they weren’t benchmade. Cheers for the discussion.
What I love about this outfit is that it really plays up her beauty, and allows her best features to shine. The dress shows off her square shoulders and slender legs. The haircut and shades work with her angular face.
I have nothing against flip flops as an option – BUT running in them, anywhere, especially on a city street or up and down subway stairs, is a risky proposition. Strolling through the neighborhood or to the park? No big deal. A day traversing the city or out to dinner? Choose something with more support in the one case, something less basic in the other.
Feet do a tremendous amount of work – be good to them, or at about 50 yrs you’ll find that while the rest of you wants to keep kicking another 30 years, your poor trotters are going on strike.
Jeez! Flip-flops are the new makeover! People who hate flip-flops must be really unhappy because they’re everywhere and they’re probably here to stay. These people, had they lived in the decades they like to refer to (Jackie O? Please, the sixties are long gone), would probably have cried over women wearing paints or about the blue jeans on everyone. There’s a new century just starting, people, how about a new set of “rules”, should we need any. Even Ralph Lauren dresses his sales men in suits and flip-flops, and it looks really fresh and modern.
Fashion changes–that’s one of the phenomenal things about it. What may have used to be against “the rules” is not necessarily taboo any more. How do things become this way? Generally because people think outside the box, and wear things many people wouldn’t even consider.
THis is why I love new yorkers. All freaked out over a pair of flip flops. She looks gorgeousâ€”in a simple, a bit unexciting way, but beautiful nonetheless. Is it really that warm in NYC already? Sheesh. We’re still wearing scarves and coats in SF. Can’t wait till flip flop weather arrives.
The ubiquity of flip-flops is indeed the cause for tears, for it marks the general decline of, not only sartorial standards, but just plain good dressing habits. Just because many people wear them does not make them elegant, sartorially interesting or attractive. I am sure I will get taken to the woodshed for this, but Americans are consistently some of the the worst dressed people on the planet. The proof for this uncharitable assertion? One needs only to travel the world a bit to see it.
There is a difference between having fun with ‘the rules’ of fashion, bending them, even breaking them, and asserting that they are not needed at all. When they are no longer wanted, it will be a sign that the hordes are at the gate and we will enter the Dark Ages again. The collective memory of the past discarded. Flip-flips are only a small sign of this sad trend. Indeed, they are everywhere.
Women wearing trousers? Nothing wrong with that. The examples of Katherine Hepburn and Coco Chanel are famous. But they did it with taste and originality. Sloppiness only earns negative sartorial marks.
She is beautiful. Love the dress, love the purse, love the flip flops. (They’re her feet, frankly I don’t worry about whether or not she’s comfortable or might trip in the dirty subway, I leave it to her to figure that out for herself.) That said, she looks extremely comfortable, in her skin and the flip flops! Easy beauty, not trying too hard, doesn’t need to.
the classic white cotton baby-doll dress to mark the beginning of spring! but i have to agree with several other commenters about the flipflops, or what i like to call them: shower shoes. never classy.
In Australia everyone wears flip flops (Havaianas!)- and now I live in California – I still wear them a lot. I think flip flops look great, as long as they’re not worn out and old. Team them up with a pedicure and voila! This girl dresses very Australian – very northern beaches, Sydney. I think this colour suits her beautifully also.
hahaha. I couldn’t even get through all the comments, there’s just so many, but the freak-out about flip flops is just plain funny. I live in Australia, in an inland city, but we all wear them everywhere in summer – including on a day-long trample round the city. They’re comfy, laid back, and suit this girls outfit perfectly. Anyone who thinks that that flip flops cannot be stylish has a very narrow view of style – style is not the sum of what you wear, it’s also about the way you wear it.
Hurrah for early summer! Flip flops look great with this dress and the very summery sunglasses. Great photo Sart. The anti- flip flop gang should lighten up and have a chilly refreshing beverage. Probably too much hot coffee and caffine to ward off the winter chill has given them a bit of an atty-tude. Waiting for the appearance of linen, seersucker and madras. Keep up the great work.
I love the photo. Gorgeous lighting, with late afternoon sunlight casting slanted shadows on the pavement and on her skin. The background has lots of elements but isn’t too busy and really makes her stand out. I like her contemplative look. She has a great presence and the photo really captured that. But this photo as a fashion inspiration? Not so much. Her look is sweet, simple and clean. It’s attractive, flip flops and all, but it’s not really something I expected to appear on The Sartorialist…it’s almost – dare I say it – boring. Or have we become too accustomed to shots of people with more individualised style? Either way, I hope photos like these are replaced in favour of those that combine this girl’s poise and the usual out-of-the-ordinary fashion choices seen in other photos on this blog.
I think she looks great – very natural and a carefree, unfussy style for a warm gorgeous day spent in Manhattan.
People always talk abut how bad flip-flops are, but really, in NYC everybody isn’t always in heels b/c they walk everywhere. In summer this means sometimes you break out the flip-flops because they are COMFY and summery. Especially if you’re in a low-key mood. Style isn’t always about constrictive clothing.
My cousin moved to NYC a few years ago for her great job after living her whole life either in California or the South where flip-flops are ok attire. I met her for dinner after she got out of work one night and she was wearing an immaculate white tailored suit and when I complimented her on it she then pointed out her ‘commuter’ shoes – white flip-flops that she wore on the way to work and back! Stop being snobs, flip-flops have their place and it’s not just at the beach for a lot of people.
isn’t funny how we view individual-thrown-together style as fashion….when the majority of these “fashionistas” look like cardboard cutouts of eachother. They view these pictures to get inspiration. Inspiration on how to throw anything on and try to appear as thought they put no thought into it at all. So then, there she is, a girl in a simple white dress with dare I say… simple flip-flops…and some people get up in arms about how un-inspiring and how un-fashion she is. The lovely thing is…. Anything goes in FASHION. Individual style is what makes fashion so great. If you have the confidence to walk tall with what you throw on that day, that’s what matters. So, your a bit trendy, artsy, emo, rocker, punk, earthy…etc. What’s the deal? I would bet that if this young lady had striped knee socks on with her toes wrapped around the thong of the flip-flop everyone on this blog would probably think it was the most avantgard look. Heres a clue..go back to the top of this blog and re-read it!
I definitively love this blog… the pictures are very nice, congratulations…! This girl looks like a top model, very cute style, where do you find them?! From now on, I’ll try to keep my cam with me, maybe I’m lucky to find people any close to these…