There’s a lot going on in her outfit but it’s all so cohesive at the same time – the stripes on her dress echoing the stripes on the socks peeking out of her perfect patent brogues, the hugeness of her bow tie keeping the tuxedo references playful. I also love her lavender-grey sunglasses and somber makeup!
the (below) ankle socks over opaque tights is a great touch but I agree the bag doesn’t totally work with the whole look – fantastic effort though and I love the composition of the photograph and the way she is stood in a taxi rank – very english indeed!
Inspiring ideas. I don’t really like this dress, but the outfit works well. She has a great face and a beautiful haircut and the shoes, the jacket and the bowtie (it’s the bowtie, like Nadine comments above) make this really interesting and gracious.
She looks amazing. I love monochromatic ensembles and this girl is a gifted practitioner. I wouldn’t criticize the bag; it’s like a beautiful face, if it’s too perfect it isn’t memorable – something a little “off” is better.
I love everything but the bag. This is the best example I’ve seen of the retro-80s look. It references the 80s (haircut, leggings, dress) without looking like a bad Madonna costume. Very cute. (In fact this is closer to how I dressed in the 80s than the Madonna look. . .I’m too old for it now, though!)
What’s wrong with the bag?? I love it! Something in a block colour would have been far too matchy. But I think that’s London style all over – we’re not fans of anything that matches, we have to mess with it a little.
What would have happened without the tie and with the neckline open? She has a nice swan’s neck. Sometimes mixing metaphors is exciting, but waiter-meets-school girl weighs down the look. That saidâ€¦extra points for the lapel pins and patent leather footwear. A hard shot not to like.
I love this outfit. I disagree with those who commented that it looks very editorial. In London it’s SO not! I loved that about the place when I lived there. Just walking on the street you could see the most quirky and eclectic outfits being worn with perfect sang-froid by all kinds of people. They weren’t being showy or costumey – they were just ‘doing them’. Loves it!
Nice dress, but I’d rather see it with a simple white T-shirt and black cardigan and an interested red bag. Too much going on in the outfit otherwise…whole bunch of different themes crashing into one other.
I really don’t like the shape of the dress. It is so unflattering when paired with that pattern. It might work better if the dress were a solid but eh, I don’t know, I just don’t like it all that much.
Pretty girl though, her haircut suits her so well..not an easy hairstyle to pull off!
I really wanted to like this one, she is beautiful, but there are just enough things here that don’t fit together. I wish that dress had a bit better cut to it. For me it would be much more flattering of an outfit. Beautiful woman though.
So I am going to be the first naysayer am I. I just don’t find this look appealing. There is too much going on. It’s as if she was trying so hard to look perfectly stylish and unique that she put one to many things on. She could have benefited from Coco’s rule.
I thought English eccentricity was dying,but this only confirms that the spirit of Lord Berners,the Marquis of Bath et alll,shall never die…the patent shoes are sublime,so her face …and the bowtie… Magnifique!
Wow! She’s put everything together so well! I absoultley love how the dinner jacket and bow tie are such normally masuline things and yet her dress and tights are so feminine and they don’t look stupid together. I’m not sure how she pulls it off so well but she looks fab!
Her look is so well orchestrated and so perfectly suited to her that I was truly shocked to read critiques in the comments (I know, I should have expected that from the discerning eyes of your readership!).
It’s altogether lovely and almost too good to be real. I’d love to know who she is, what she does. Is it her job to look so awesome?
The colors in this outfit and picture are beautiful. They really tie each other together. Her pose and facial expression is tops also! But to the clothes: the patterning on the dress, the bow tie, and the socks are fabulously styled. I like the addition of the colorful bag to introduce a spirited break from the monochrome look. But the outfit is very playful that the blacks and greys do not look depressing in the slightest! Great picture, great style!
Wow, I’m almost speechless. That look is baaad. She looks like she’s wearing a dish towel. The bowtie looks Bozo the Clown goes to a funeral. The bag, dress, bowtie, tooooo much together. Just too much. However I do like the shoes, and dang she is wearing the heck out of that wonderfully short haircut – super cute, really. It looks like this look is getting lots of positive feedback, but I really must digress on this one.
I can see the artistry in this. But really I don’t know why anyone would want a girl this lovely to wear a bag? I really don’t understand the attraction of smocky dresses. I am tall but tiny and when I put these things on I feel breastless, hidden. This girl’s lovely face and haircut almost compensate, but still…someone explain to me the appeal of a raggedy-ann dress please?
She looks very nice but it looks like she tried very hard with this ensemble and very matchy matchy (minus the bag). The only effortlessly chic component is her wonderful face. Still beautiful nonetheless.
hm, the longer i look at this picture the more i think that the dress makes her head look too small… and i actually like the hair, but i’ve just seen it so often lately. anyway, great look. the shoes are amazing.
Sart – It’s imperative you go to East London – Around Bricklane, Spitalfields, Hoxton etc.. you’ll find that everyone has amazing style like this girl – You literally will want to shoot everyone – it’s insane, no other city can match it [As a N.Y'er I can admit it!] … Just try & stay away from the main tourist areas b/c you never see anything special b/c it’s all tourists! – You really need to hang in the areas that Londoners hang! If you want oldies in traditional tailoring then I guess around Piccadilly / St James’s / Mayfair etc … Are you shooting in London for anything specific?
She looks like she stepped out of a dark and sinister fairy-tale. I love this look. The hair, the sunglasses, the makeup, the pockets, the bowtie and the shoes….so whismical and sharp at the same time.
It’s a gorgeous look and unlike others here I really think that the bag is going perfectly with it. There’s need for a little colour and I think taking a simple cheap shopping bag is fine – the outfit is not too serious anyway. Beautiful girl!
amanda…I think this can be pulled off anywhere…if the wearer has confidence in self..no problem with where…might look exceptionally different from those around..but’s what that to matter..this is a gorgeous canvas…
i really think the cheerful bag is the perfect touch, otherwise the outfit would be too simple in its concept of monochrome. the colours themselves are slightly unexpected, not quite bold primaries, so it makes the whole outfit a bit more unexpected and quirky, less easy to pigeonhole.
The Guardian featured the exact same girl in the exact same outfit as part of its style profile series today, Monday. Interesting background info. Also shows how fabulous The Sartorialist’s pictorial background choices are. And that the “English Rose” is in fact a model from NY. A well… a really great, stimulating blog, though. Thank you!
Fabulous. Though it looks like it was something of a fashion shoot day for this girl/designer – she was featured yesterday in one of London’s evening freesheets (The London Paper), as one of their random ‘street fashion’ shots.
Possibly the only decent photo they have ever featured – somwhat spoiled by comparing her outfit to the ‘noise you get whent he TV goes wrong’.
BTW Sart I agree with the anonymous comment above – go to Spitalfields (particularly on a weekend). Much better than the dross that is central London!
thank you cslondon!!! i was scrolling down to see if anyone actually reads the guardian..i love the dress she made it herself but i think my fave part of the whole look is the shoes ive been trying to find some decent wingtips for months i wonder where hers are from?
Love the hair. I don’t think the dress works. If she lost it this whole look would be much better, I think, because I love the shirt, the bowtie, and the wonderful jacket. I just really don’t think the dress is working.