i adore her. everything she is wearing looks like it is first and foremost – practical. she looks like she got up and wore what made sense, with no desire for exhibition. looking amazing was an afterthought.
I love everything about her, but especially the bandana in her hair. It's a gesture toward the black women of earlier generations who had very few options other than working as domestics–it both honors the fierceness and hard work of those who came before and the ambitions and achievements of subsequent generations. I'm guessing she wasn't thinking about this when she put her hair up, but I went there when I saw it.
Looks like she has something important on her agenda. She is ready to do it and to do it well. I sense she is organinzed and pulled together but she has a little wild independent side to her that is all hers. She's self possessed in a good way.
Ahh! I love it when women wear monkstraps! Everything about her outfit screams 'little boy'; from the jacket, the cropped trousers, socks (they remind me of the ones I wore with my uniform) and yet there's still a hint of femininity with the peter-pan collared shirt that's peeking out. Lovely!
I have always been a tomboy (who occasional can sex it up in 6 inch stillettos) and so am loving the oxford shoes and the trench coat looks this season…also the biker look.
All of these I guess are a little masculine. This girl and I have similar frames. But I sometimes wear mine with some trepidation as I have always been nervous about not enough highlighting of what little 'curves' I have. But seeing this picture today encourages me to just rock out! Thanks Scott.
Like: color combo, navy & grey; those manly pants and shoes; the fit of her clothes; the long ribbed socks; the grey watchband; the headwrap; most of all her dignified expression. No fashion victim here but an individual with a strong sense of her own style. Love it.
Something about the sock/shoe combo is just sublime.
And thanks, Sart, for taking & posting photos like this one. It's lovely when women who dress for themselves, not to meet others' stereotypical expectations of what women "should" be and look like, are recognized and honored for their style and beauty.
Really beautiful. This is actually one of the few inspirational outfits I've seen on a style blog that looks downright COMFORTABLE and warm. I love the sleeves of the jacket and the pants material in particular. Functional and stunning.
That's a look from a big sister who just can't believe she's been asked to watch you for a while seconds before announcing she was on her way out…My mother had this look complete with the head-scarf almost 60 years ago. I love the utility style on top and the sensible shoes, grays and even the pose below.
Very similar look to the "Leopard and Blue" shot of the previous week, no? I thought that was what you meant by "cross inspirational" – a more utilitarian version of the same look – monk-strap shoes, skinny cropped pants, blue top…
I find it fascinating that whenever a woman is imaged on this blog who isn't showing lots of leg, boobs, high heels, and long flowing hair… comments like androgyny, tomboy, boyish, etc. start to appear. I find her look incredibly refreshing, chick, feminine, sophisticated, and quite sexyâ€”without falling prey to demeaning socially-constructed definitions for normative (or socially accepted) femininity. She looks comfortable, individualistic, and with a dignified intelligenceâ€”all without giving up any of her obvious beauty and sex appeal.
She is very beautiful and well dressed. I would so wear that outfit all fall. I love the simplicity of it all but yet it looks well put together and I love her facial expression. It shows a rebellious side of her which is beautiful too. Just absolutely gorgeous.
Ohh god–this is beautiful–thank you Scott. At long last we're getting some really fantastic individual, different, yet well put together looks. Whether she thought about it or not, this whole look flows… is easy yet invigorating on the eye…and even though unusual in style for a lady, is actually quite traditional and practical. Should be way more of it!
Judging by the so many VERY positive comments–I think this may be saying something, not least of all that many appreciate this style but may not feel comfortable wearing it.
And while I totally agree with anonymous at 6.50 I have to say we women often dress overtly feminine and sexy because it's the done and expected thing, to impress, to make things easier for ourselves in conversation or just to be part of the mainstream.
She exudes confidence but also a care and love of clothing for what it is, and can do for her. PS–I adore her (probably) mens shoes and all the colours she's chosen.
I love the look overall. This woman definitely has style. But I have to admit that the scarf rubs me the wrong way. It doesn't quite feel like an homage to the domestics (and black slaves) who wore these scarves in America. It looks rather "costume-y" to me, style for style's sake. And that rubs me the wrong way. I wouldn't make a style statement out of a piece that is associated with suffering and humiliation.
Maria at 9:41 — there is no relationship between a bandana worn in this manner and black domestics and slaves. That was a common 19th century style that crossed racial and economic lines. It's also a common style amongst current hipsters because it's an homage to 1940s-50s style, as well as to female strength, empowerment, and resilience (particularly during WWII). Her look is about female strength, intelligence, and individualityâ€”not an homage to slavery. If a white woman was sporting this look, I'm sure there would be no references to black misery.
Just because you've seen images of Aunt Jemima wearing a rag on her head, doesn't mean the look was limited to suffering black womenâ€”which, frankly, is a disingenuous claim in my book. But that's the power of visual culture… and why I love this blog.
Sorry, what outfit? I'm still so captivated by the way she's looking at the camera that I can't seem to get to the clothes. It's as if she's saying 'you'll be the first to look away, buster'. Sharon, Melbourne
To Anon at 1:58 who remarked on Maria at 9:41 who may have been piggybacking on my comment, re: the bandana evoking the journey of black domestics of the past. "there is no relationship between a bandana worn in this manner and black domestics and slaves." This statement is incorrect, however you are correct in the fact that the bandana was NOT worn exclusively by black women/slaves/domestics nor did I read anyone suggesting as much. Historically, the bandana was employed by cowboys, pirates, newsboys, factory workers like Rosie the Riveter, hippies in the 60s, gay men in the 80s, etc. In its early incarnation it was typically a utilitarian item and for that reason is loaded with historical references, which makes it a really interesting fashion piece. Each person is going to see something different in it, as the wearer might choose to evoke something different by the manner in which they style it. This woman is wearing it in a way that is very flattering to her face, hairstyle and outfit. The bandana, nevertheless, reaches back into the past and signifies something–if not the same something, to most people who have commented herein.
She looks lovely. I love how many neutrals she put together in this outfit. The textures make it so interesting. I've noticed everyone commenting on the beautiful shoes, but what about those heather cropped pants? They look so comfortable and flattering. I would like a pair of those.