There’s a specific moment in every young person’s life when their intellect doesn’t match their physical body. On the inside you’re a young adult, but on the outside you’re a large child, or vice versa. This photograph to me is a perfect example of that special moment in life. I love that this young lady is right on the verge of sophistication. An adorable haircut, well-appointed wardrobe and yet almost toy-like, mousey shoes. She is too close to the age of playing with toys for the shoes to be ironic, so you’re only left with sincerity.

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  1. Simbarashe

    October 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I like her! Simply chic and great skirt.
    http://lordashbury.com

  2. Mira

    October 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

    She looks adorable. The typical french chic. I love it.

    xx Mira

    http://www.glamdevils.com

  3. Annie

    October 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Love the color!
    Cute <3

  4. Charles

    October 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Simple, classy, and right. The flats make it infallible. (That she is otherwise gorgeous does not hurt.)

  5. Rachelle

    October 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    She looks so sweet, love this shot.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  6. JABT

    October 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

    My mother would have said “adorable”.

  7. kelsey

    October 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

    love the proportions!
    kw, ladies in navy

  8. Style-Squared by Z&M

    October 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    just awesome !!!! <3

    http://style-squared.blogspot.ca/

  9. Marion

    October 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Really perfect !

  10. Elisa

    October 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Pretty girl!

    With love,
    Elisa
    My Fantabulous World

  11. Barbara

    October 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I am touched by what you saw and how eloquently, tenderly and respectfully you wrote about it.
    I remember that phase in life as a very painful one, when adults around me laughed about my experiments with personal style.

    • berenger

      October 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Yes, what sensitive and thoughtful words. They and your photograph remind me of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. All is not quite the right fit just yet, but still wonderous, nevertheless.

    • une chatte grise

      October 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Well said, Barbara!

  12. Isabella

    October 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Your words moved me as my daughter is approaching this age.

  13. Monica

    October 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    It ‘magnificent, as adults, review the passage that we ourselves
    have had, but then there is not realize it so precisely. The sweet and
    bitter passage from adolescence to adulthood.

  14. almu

    October 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

    lovely girl and age!
    almu
    http://www.mavieenroseblog.com/

  15. Rizalenio

    October 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Cute, simple and chic! Pretty!

  16. LIZPR

    October 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I have to echo Barbara’s comments …. I am also touched by your observant comments.

    This young lady is well on her way …. and hopefully her experiences won’t be as painful as Barbara’s or anyone else’s.

    http://www.lizpr.com

  17. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}

    October 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love the description you have here. I feel like I can resonate with this well. I am at that age where I’m growing out of my youth to become a sophisticated young professional. Yet pieces of me still hold on to my prime.

    Love this symbolism.

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    • Sarah_H.

      October 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      That was not your prime, dear girl. If you think so, it proves you have not yet reached your true prime. The best things in my life came after 50, maybe even after 60. Enjoy the journey!

      • mo

        October 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Amen and amen. So many wonderful things are yet to come, even as you let go of cherished childhood.

  18. Lisa F

    October 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Very insightful and thoughtfully put. Nice post – refreshing. Thank you.

  19. Lauren

    October 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I second Barbara’s comment. While I like the photo, I appreciate your editorial below even more. I know sometimes you don’t want to give any commentary because you’d like us to develop our own relationship with the photo before us, but when you do write something, I appreciate it.

  20. Denisa

    October 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Interesting pic. Great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  21. lindy702

    October 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Beautiful narrative and lovely chic young woman..this is a perfection.

  22. Laura

    October 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

    She is so chic even if she seems so young! Beautiful photo!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  23. Cris

    October 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

    She’s adorable! I love her skirt and how she’s holding the camera!
    http://heelsandpeplum.wordpress.com/

  24. Fashion Snag

    October 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I totally agree with you!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  25. kingesquivel

    October 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Another one for your book ‘Beautiful Women Who Don’t Use Their Camera Straps.’

  26. Ashely

    October 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    She should be cast in Elegance of the Hedgehog!

  27. David C

    October 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    and echoes of August Sander

  28. Lydia

    October 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Great observation you have there, I’d never have thought it that way…

  29. Nico

    October 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Great description, love her look and its mood!

    lowbudget-lowcost-Fashion Blog

  30. Quyen

    October 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I don’t think a nautical striped shirt will EVER go out of fashion. It is a great neutral piece for everyday and traveling.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

  31. Mary

    October 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Innocence captured. Lovely!

  32. Aris

    October 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

    what a beautiful use of words!
    perfect description. adorable girl.

  33. dina louise

    October 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    and…. this is my favorite silhouette right now!

  34. Marie-Eve

    October 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Magnifique photographie; commentaire touchant et éloquent.

  35. Leesee

    October 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I can relate with your caption…

  36. sandy

    October 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    A woman skirt:) but still child shoes, like her style :)

    http://www.taimemode-fashionblog.com

    Bisous bisous!

  37. Gabrielle

    October 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, she’s adorable!

  38. Opposite Lipstick

    October 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  39. Katherine

    October 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I definitely agree with your intellect and body mismatching description. That is definitely captured in this photograph, however I feel that it is an exciting time in life, and she looks on the brim of something incredible. Beautiful photo.

    http://www.classicinchicago.blogspot.com

  40. d

    October 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    In France, where fashion is so prominent, I’ve noticed many young girls trying to mimic their older counterparts. Of course, as you’ve noticed, their lack of experience generates all kinds of clashes. Great description.

  41. James W

    October 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    She’s absolutely lovely. If only more people her age followed her example.

  42. Virginia L

    October 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I appreciate your text.

  43. Nailah Ali

    October 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The story you captured in this picture is amazing within itself but the caption absolutely brought it to life. As one who did not have the means to explore this side of myself as a child, I’m grateful for being able to do so now and it is really touching to see children like this young lady have that artistic explorative freedom. Lovely, lovely shot!

  44. CayCay

    October 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  45. Taj

    October 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I am also touched by the observation/insight you have here into a young adult’s life, and the focus on youth is a welcome change. I am reminded of my early years, and will not forget the important discoveries that innocence has privy to.

  46. ChamaFashion

    October 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful photo!
    XO CHAMAFASHION
    http://www.chamafashion.com/

  47. Roxana

    October 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Adorable, like it.

  48. Laura

    October 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I also found myself deeply moved by this post. Almost nostalgic, as if remembering a phase that only now I know I went through. I have to say that finding oneself (something that, at least for me, required finding my style) is a hard journey, but also one that can go unnoticed. As you grow, you realise that some things (clothes, artits, writers, friends, places, food, etc.) grow with you and have become part of your identity. And – at least for me – that happens when least expecting, realising that something “is” me. That is why young people often struggle with their identity – because you can’t make it all of a sudden, it has to grow with and on you.

    This young lady is beautiful. Thank you Scott for this, and for helping me know myself a little better.

  49. roxana

    October 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Love it.

  50. El Presidente

    October 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    what about those of us who are adults on the outside, but the child inside never really went away….

  51. Sunday Desire

    October 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    She’s adorable!
    Give a little girl a big camera and she’ll do wonders

    http://sundaydesire.blogspot.com

  52. K-K

    October 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I like how you’ve captured both innocence and wisdom of this young girl, and then your little note just sealed it…..somehow your photos always seem to capture a glimpse into each persons’ character.

  53. Vessel

    October 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This post is the reason why I am continually drawn to this website. Clearly there’s a thought behind every snap. Such meditation is all too rare, please don’t loose it.

  54. Erica

    October 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Great description & you are spot on. She’s adorable

    simplyonelove.com

  55. g

    October 8, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Honestly, I like what you’ve said but her outfit is super boring. It looks like a uniform. The skirt and large shirt are making her look enormous. This outfit looks like something my 90 year old grandmother would wear. WAY too conservative.

    • Svetlana

      October 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

      you probably have a very fashionable grandmother)

  56. Larry

    October 8, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Those mousey shoes are Marc by Marc Jacobs!

    http://pre-shop.co

  57. The Fashion Fraction

    October 8, 2013 at 3:26 am

  58. Vasilisa

    October 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Thank you very much for posting this picture of me and leaving such deep words on it. I am honored to meet you and to be on your blog. Your photographs are about bringing style a special life philosophy…
    Your commentary is true. I moved from a Russian city to Paris and now I am building my new life on my own here, studying and exploring the world of photography, fashion and arts. I am already dedicated to my work and future, but I haven’t forgotten that I am young. Through my style I express what I am living through right now in a certain degree.

    http://vasilisagg.blogspot.com

  59. Allison

    October 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Yours is the only blog I read because I appreciate that you let the photos speak for themselves and for that reason, when you do choose to comment it’s that much more interesting. I love your innate sense of detail and thoughts on what our outside selves/style suggests about our inner selves. It’s the mystery of whether our perspective of another matches who they really are. I share with you in the intrigue.

  60. Karine

    October 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Lovely picture of a great young lady, whom I happen to know – and she is not only on the verge of adulthood with her innocence all out, and her maturity already showing, but on the verge of a great career too – with the same mix of innocence and already great knowledge of her art.
    Thanks for her.

    • Vasilisa

      October 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Thank you! I am honored to be on this blog and I am happy to read such nice comments. As a foreign student in Paris I am learning to live on my own and I am truly dedicated to work, though I remember I am young… My style expresses what I am living to a certain degree.

  61. Gwendolyn

    October 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    What i like most is the way she looks at the camera, it’s subtle and direct without being flirty. That makes her unspoiled and super cool in a very cute way.

  62. Gloria

    October 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Scott. Loved what you had to say about this photo. I completely agree. I wore large ribbons in my hair with pony tails all through my undergraduate college years with cotton dresses. It was definitely that transitional period you’re talking about here.

  63. Mila

    October 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Love your description. And the skirt.

    http://www.misensefashion.co.uk

  64. alessia

    October 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

    love!!!!

    TheChicolat

  65. Urbanknit

    October 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    LOVE the shape of the skirt and how it folds. So elegant.

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