Meh, not so much. The whole look seems more effortless/sloppy than effortless/chic. I'd prefer a smaller tighter jacket or top with the skirt or a tailored trouser or jean with the shirt and jacket. And a hairbrush with both!
you know this is what I love your site for – cos anyone with a fab body/ face can channel a fashion editor in high heeled booties and a foxy jacket, but this takes real individual stye and real individual style spotting by sart!
As I type, I'm doing a little happy dance about the return of neo-monastic (does that make it neo-neo-monastic?), urchin, and grunge-rooted looks. Especially when approached through steampunk and/or alt-culture (tribal, burlesque, even genuine hipster) aesthetics, those styles tend to generate truly beautiful, flattering, expressive ensembles.
It's difficult to put together outfits that do comparable justice to the era they aspire from, and also aesthetically express a modern complexion as well. I'm of the opinion that it takes a very sharp and refined sense of personal style to do what she's done. No jeans, fitted jacket or whathaveyou required for 'effortless' looks like this. I'm with you on the elbow patches.
I don't mean to be critical, but, when are sandals appropriate w/such heavy clothes? Especially in a city where it is so easy to find hand-crafted boots in any and all styles. When is a skirt that is dirty on the hemline and in need of a hot iron attractive? Why detract from the beauty of a nicely tailored jacket with an untucked shirt-tail? She does have a lovely profile and fine hands – and she carries her purse appropriately for Milan – in front.
My first reaction was "no, don't like it, looks slobby" but read a few of the comments… now my reaction is "great personal style". Personal Style being key here. I love the look from the waist up, but for my own body, I would never be able to pull off the floor length skirt. Jacket and colour is TDF. Great pic.
Scott – I travel vicariously through your pictures. I don't know what is Milan from Rio to Sydney but I can imagine through the vivid portraits your photographs afford. In this picture I love the stone plaza and the spacing of the people in the background. They almost look placed like they've been staged ot choreographed somehow? The stark black of the arched window on the building in the back captured my eye as well. I like the fact that she seems to be more about where she is going, has been or what she needs to do than what she has on. I think many would kill for her posture given the fact that although immersed in attention to her phone she is not slouching.
Well, I've always liked brown being an earthy type but it can look dowdy–this does not, as the fawn elbow patches and blue shirt add a zest of colour–then again I have been known to wear all brown in different hues and love how it makes me feel in autumn/winter. I also love it for summer with a splash of white.
maximum comfort and utility. such a soft fabric for the jacket, loose cotton skirt and shirt, coverage as light as air, breeze on the toes. this would be a great outfit for hoboing – just roll up the jacket for a pillow. love it!
YES! elbow patches are a YES! i'll bet that outfit is soo comfortable. the look of her skirt gives me the sudden urge to reach into my computer, to be given the satisfaction of caressing the fabric. looks so soft and billowy-worthy.
i just wanna say the dirty hemline and crinkled skirt mean she's a real human being, been out all day instead of straight from runway! i like real shots like this more than those of clean fashionistas.
i never thought brown on brown or winter blazer with sandals would have worked but she she definitely made it. love the shot!
I'm coming to really love this rich shade of brown; I seem to be buying a lot of it lately, and it looks so great with tart greens, fuchsia, and all shades of teal, turquoise and blue.
Echoing the boho/prep mix comments — I can see how some might consider this to be sloppy, but with that simple, flowing skirt the untucked (thin denim/linen?) shirt seems just right to me. The jacket bumps up the style quotient of both pieces without getting too fussy, as I think a more tailored skirt and shirt/blouse would have done. The elbow patches are professorial, thus smart, and smart is sexy (at least in my book :)
Even the sandals are working for me because the rest of her is so covered up. Very subtly she's highlighting one of the body's most delightful erogenous zones, with nary a hammer toe-producing platform stiletto in sight. Brava!
It's always interesting to see how people negotiate the transition between seasons. She's got a very practical, understated look that nonetheless manages to stand out from everyone else (in the usual black) in the background. If that's not a successful expression of personal style, what is?