Thursday, October 28, 2010

On the Street….Charming, Milan

This is one of the cutest, most effortless looks that I saw in Milan. However, this look would just not the same without the elbow patches.


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  1. Blink London

    October 28, 2010 at 7:12 am

    very un-Italian. She looks more eclectic/ vintage than the usual Milanese crowd. Love it.

  2. alefashion

    October 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Very chic with a vintage vibe

    xx Ale

  3. Helena from BrooklynBlonde

    October 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

    the elbow patches certainly make the outfit! Either way, love it!

  4. Kristian

    October 28, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Probably IS a man's jacket. Rather ill-fitting to be frank. However, refreshingly different. And yes "effortless".
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  5. FH

    October 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Love her Zara jacket

  6. cejenesaisquoi

    October 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Love the elbow patches as well. Bring back the quirky teacher look!

  7. Artfully Awear

    October 28, 2010 at 7:40 am

    How very chic. She's obviously dressing for comfort, and I find that infinitely appealing.

  8. sabthaglam

    October 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

  9. Francesca

    October 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

    i love everything about this look. the shoulder pads, the skirt, the sandals. spectacular


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  10. Bell

    October 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

    ¿Charming! ¡¡Nooo!!

  11. Click on Styles

    October 28, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Thank you, you inspire me to start a design and street style blog…love your work.

  12. Petey

    October 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

    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!

    • Martine

      January 30, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Then she would look ordinary. This way she looks really interesting and cool.

  13. Dominika

    October 28, 2010 at 8:03 am


  14. Anja

    October 28, 2010 at 8:05 am

    For me it´s working because of the sandals…

  15. The Photodiarist

    October 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Not sure I would describe this as cute. Effortless – yes. It looks comfortable and monochromatic Maybe there's a detail or two in the front that I am missing that makes this more cute.

  16. Vantage Point Vintage

    October 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Great pic, I really love this look for fall! The brown is refreshing & the elbow patches definitely make the outfit.

    Jenny @vpv

  17. TheWingchairTraveller

    October 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

    love this look!

  18. The Sartorialist

    October 28, 2010 at 8:13 am

    What you are describing Petey is a totally different look. You're comparing apples to oranges.

  19. SabinePsynopsis

    October 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

    It's the hues and the flow that pulls it all together, no? It's charming indeed. (and a big YES for elbow patches!)

  20. Raquel Barbosa

    October 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Agree about the elbow patches,

  21. KcomeKarolina

    October 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

    charming indeed!!!


  22. Barbara

    October 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Petey, you took the words out of my mouth. Or my keyboard…….

  23. Karen in CT

    October 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

    … ooo Sat, I love it when you jump in … ah, not so loving it either .. something out of Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge

  24. iolanda bárria

    October 28, 2010 at 8:41 am

    too much brown…

  25. Laguna Beach Fogey

    October 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Nice find, Sart. She is very cute. Some women look charming without even trying.

  26. lu

    October 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    i like her style! and I love Milan :)

  27. Frozen Fashion

    October 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Agreed! From the side she reminds me of a younger Sarah Mclachlan.

  28. Rafael Franco

    October 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I didn't like this one

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  29. That's Not My Age

    October 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Effortlessly chic – and very inspirational.

  30. Queen of Mayhem

    October 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    What an autumn colour!

  31. E...

    October 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Amazing pic, this winter everyone has to revamp the brown…I love totally this color!

  32. NIna

    October 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Yes you are right, the patches makes the whole outfit which i think would be a bit dull without them.


  33. Lawn Party...

    October 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    obsessed with elbow patches right now!

  34. Bonnie

    October 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

    So. Beautiful. iloveitttttt.


  35. PrairieSunrise

    October 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I love this outfit, especially the sandals/skirt combination.

  36. Maryanne

    October 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

    something medieval about the look.
    perhaps the siena/burnt umber wash of the skirt and the sandals…especially against the old stone walkway.

    it's the contrast of centuries that makes this photo.

    top half is throughly modern, especially texting.

    bottom half is centuries old.

  37. cupcakesandwhiskey

    October 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    beautiful ensemble, and i love your blog as well!


  38. jimjims

    October 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    this look takes me to the woods.

    really dig it and the browns!

    elbow patches and all!

  39. Annushka

    October 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    This color is very good, tells unostentatious mood and a natural image that very much it is pleasant to me in this picture)))

  40. Vinda Sonata

    October 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    charming, classic, clean ,and classy.
    4Cs for her,:)
    love her style and the tone of her clothes.

  41. John Lemar

    October 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Elbow pads are so sweet this season.

  42. Dana

    October 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

    She looks great! I love the long skirt. I must have one!

  43. T.A.P.S.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I love the silhouette and the blue shirt peeking out does wonders.

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  44. LW

    October 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I'm more of a fan of the jacket than the skirt.

  45. spottedinflorence

    October 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    that jacket is so beautiful!
    i'm gonna buy one for sure:)

  46. mabelmabel

    October 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Love her eye.

    This monochromatic ensemble is sculptural, yet every fold a song to movement.

  47. Anonymous

    October 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    too brown.

  48. john benjamin pritchett

    October 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I'm normally not a fan of monochromatic brown but this is nice. Def a casual and comfy day for her!

  49. Clay Douglass

    October 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Great look. Unusual combination of colors. Works with the hair up.

    Clay Douglass

  50. C

    October 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    It draws such attention to her lovely skin. Never thought brown on brown could be anything but boring yet she looks's autumnal & classic!

  51. Angga

    October 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Cute combination of outfit
    Vintage-y like


  52. Gem at Cashmere Scarf

    October 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Classy, but too much browns..

  53. Rock'n Roll Ballerina

    October 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I so agree with you on the matter og the patches!
    For me this outfit looks like a mix of bohemian and preppy. Intersting. ;)

  54. Anonymous

    October 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Love the jacket, not crazy about the skirt.

  55. secret38

    October 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    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!

  56. Anonymous

    October 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    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.


    October 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I love the long skirt and elbow patches ROCK.

  58. MasonSharpe

    October 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    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.

  59. Olimpia Elide

    October 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Italian taste is always different.
    She's handsome!

  60. cuppycakeme

    October 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I think it's a gorgeous and effortless look. Would'nt be my kind of taste, but looks grea for her!

  61. Carrie

    October 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    love everything but the skirt, it looks too blah. maybe from the front it looks better?

  62. Michele

    October 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Ever been to Eugene, Oregon? You could easily spend a month on the locals here. :)

  63. elleandco

    October 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Love the colors !!

  64. Heidi

    October 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Wow, this is so charming. & timeless, but still so now (the camel & denim). Lovely.

  65. iamjustawoman

    October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Ugh. Brown, brown, brown. The top half looks like fall, the bottom half like summer. I guess I don't get "fashion."

  66. Adrian

    October 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Love the elbow patches, but it´s too much brown…

  67. Anonymous

    October 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Modest and relaxed. Just wonderful.

  68. tofuscloset

    October 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    absolutely in love with this! and yes the eelbow patches make it =)

  69. The Red Umbrella

    October 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I like this look!

  70. Jennifer in Kansas

    October 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I like it. What I find interesting is that this is seen in Milan. It's SO American! Are we starting to be emulated???

  71. Elena Vasilieva

    October 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    amazing snap, loving the maxi skirt


  72. CCatCat

    October 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    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.

  73. Julie

    October 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Again, such a good example of "the right outfit for the right person". I would look like a slob in this outfit, but she looks like her beautiful self.

    Thanks for pictures like these, that are not about the latest fashion, but about personal style.

  74. Stéphanie

    October 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm


  75. Anonymous

    October 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This inspires me to trust my likings. I have a brown velvet jacket due to get elbow patches soonest. And a raw silk skirt. But in my climate I will choose flat grey boots.

  76. J.Ro

    October 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Even the professors in Milan are hot!

  77. NVA

    October 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    trend color on this autum

  78. Anonymous

    October 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    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.

  79. Tristan

    October 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    She looks English.. reminds a bit of Lisa Hannigan

  80. jdit

    October 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    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.

  81. emily

    October 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    totally agree with the patches

  82. Ronisha

    October 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  83. fairytale

    October 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    i love elbow patches! it's my newest obsession!!

  84. Liz S

    October 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    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.

    Rather dandy/peasant in this photo and I love it!

  85. Juliana

    October 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm


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    October 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    love the patched sleeve design, very fashionable

  87. moonlight

    October 29, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Or the blue shirt peeking out.
    Or the bare toes doing the same.

  88. theworldismymarket

    October 29, 2010 at 1:20 am

    the jacket is awesome and it must look great from the front with the shirt, but i don't think this is the best skirt-shape that she could be wearing….

  89. Aasia

    October 29, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Enjoying the fact that how beautifully shes carrying off a jacket and a shirt with a long bohoesque skirt.

  90. Julia

    October 29, 2010 at 2:23 am

    I don't like so much brown colour, but yes, the elbow patches make the difference in the look

  91. christina

    October 29, 2010 at 3:02 am

    LOVE elbow patches. As in I love them so much it is an unhealthy addiction… xxx

  92. Charlotte K

    October 29, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I love this, but I keep thinking how cute it would be if the skirt were just below the knee, with the sandals. I'm not a fan of the very long skirt for day. It swallows up most figures.

  93. Middleseason

    October 29, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I don't like the skirt and the summer shoes: too much "gipsy"!

  94. Anonymous

    October 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

    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!

  95. kelli

    October 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

    The elbow patches do make the outfit!

  96. sanmiguelense

    October 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I agree about the Mayor of Casterbridge vibe going on! Bring it back!

  97. Profoundly Superficial

    October 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm


  98. Roychelle

    October 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    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.

  99. gina espo

    October 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    i have that skirt. i'll keep in mind elbow patches when wearing it next. |

  100. Anonymous

    October 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I cannot stop looking at this–the colors, the proportions, it is so perfectly wonderful.

  101. r

    October 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    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!

  102. Theobroma

    October 30, 2010 at 3:13 am

    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?

  103. shelly

    October 30, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I LOVE it. All of it. This is the inside "me".

  104. alohadurkin

    October 30, 2010 at 4:32 am

    The blue shirt looks sloppy hanging in the back. I love the sandals, because they are unexpected. Most people would have chosen boots with this cool weather outfit.

  105. vivx

    October 30, 2010 at 10:16 am

    you are soooo right, about the elbow thg

  106. vivx

    October 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

    you are sooo right,about the elbow

  107. Anonymous

    October 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hopefully comfort will become the next black.

  108. Katrin

    October 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    What a great jacket, but the kirt is definitely too long and oldfashioned…

  109. Anonymous

    October 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    All brown…interesting. Not something I'd go for.

  110. Jack Daniel

    October 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Am I really the only one in this world (again) that doesn't like elbow Patches? I like the clean look without any patches on any clothing piece…

  111. classiq

    November 1, 2010 at 4:01 am

    The elbow patched coat, I love this style!

  112. Holly Wood

    November 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Not fond of the long skirt. It's makes the outfit granny chic to me.

  113. Ms. Jones

    December 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This is me. I am for the effortless, comfort look, and would pay anything to get it! More looks like this, and BRING the long skirt back, MEN need an imagination again.


  114. Family Lawyers Melbourne

    March 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    She looks adorable.

  115. Martine

    October 25, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Love the shirt peeking out in the back, love the elbow patches, love the high pony tail. Love the brown and blue together. Very good look.

  116. la mode

    February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm


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