I love this blog, I am amazed by most of the pictures but 80% of the comments here are just plain boring. "I love it", "works great", "I love this, I love that". Sometimes I think, just because a person is up on Sartorialist most of the people don't dare to critisize. This woman sure does look like she is full of life and knows what she is wearing. But does it look that good? The dark jeans, the green jacket (maybe besides the wool lining) and the neon color works very well, but the scarf and the gloves immediately create associations of 40 year old mothers/housewives and kindergarteners to me. Come on people, be more critical. Sorry if anyone feels offended but that is just my oppinion (maybe it doesn't even get approved to be published).
Dan I totally agree with you. All these critic-less comments are boring, seems like people stop thinking and judging for themselves as soon as the Sartorialist publishes a picture. However: I do like this one. It is a real woman, with real-life clothes, full of energy. It is good to see that there are many ways of dressing up, even if this is not your own style. I like this better then all the fashion magazine/Victoria Beckham/Paris Hilton look-a-likes who seem to be only copying and buying all the new stuff from designers as D&G, Cavalli, Lauboutin etc.
I'm inclined to agree with Dan. There is very little real criticism of the people you photograph. But perhaps that's just because everyone truly and genuinely always loves all your photos………… For what it's worth, while this woman looks jolly, and bright, and like a breath of fresh air, she's really not bringing anything new or original to our style sensibilities.. or am I wrong…….?
I have to agree with Dan. All the comments you see (or at least 95% of them) are positive. Or rather super-hyper-positive.
I think that the negative comments just don't get published. If they do, they are very carefully written, and they almost don't sound like criticism.
Scott, I understand you don't want the subjects of your photographs read negative comments about themselves (cause otherwise they wouldn't be so open to be photographed). However, don't you think being all political correct is that good?
I think it wouldn't hurt to publish a few negative comments every now and then. The world is not only sweet and candy:).
My friend just called & told me to read Dan's post. OMG I am so happy someone finally said this. I am tired of reading only ALL positive feedback. Not the real world & I for one have often given my honest opinion …guess what ? Yes, never posted. Anyway, I am sure this will not be posted so am talking to myself…feels good though that Dan had his POSTED!!!!
Gloria Baum has such a well articulated personal style. I've seen her in person a couple times and she never fails to provide whimsy in any ensemble. I love that she is a prominent fashion editor and can still have fun with her look.
I have been checking this blog regularly for several years. Many of the images don't particularly engage me – about these, I say to myself "not my style" or "I'm evidently not the audience for this one." However, there are many that do pique my interest because of some idiosyncratic style, or personal vitality, or wonderfully individual take on quite commonplace clothing. I don't see any point in adverse criticism: in fact, I wonder what people who do niggle with particular posts are actually looking for. Not everyone reinvents fashion every day, thank goodness. And anyway, the Sartorialist has already made a discerning selection for us to consider – thank you, Mr Schumann!
I just posted a long comment on why this blog is too interesting to attract or provoke nitpicking criticism, but I forgot to say how lovely this image is, for all the reasons that about 74 of 79 other commentators have already mentioned!
I've been loving green and orange together for a year or so now, and am big on all kinds of brights in winter, usually anchored with a neutral base of black, gray or dark/warm brown.
Personally, I think she's rocking this look. She appears warm yet streamlined (a real skill in winter), stylish, approachable, and the choice of patterns (florals, abstract) and range of hues from strong (neon underlayer) to muted (gray long-sleeve shirt) shows an assured, sophisticated color sense laced with a touch of whimsy. She's got an eye for details. The white lining of her jacket picks up the off-white in her gloves. The black pants keep it urban and sleek, while the sportier elements add a relaxed practicality. She balances slick textures with softness. It's a great, casual running-around outfit, with one of the best uses of neon I've seen; it manages to be subtle and eye-catching at the same time. If I saw her on the street I would definitely notice her, and give her a big smile. She looks like she's dressing to please herself, but it's a look that also gives back to the viewer. (I do wish we could see her footwear, though I appreciate the intimacy of the shot.)
I think there's an art to negative criticism. Just slamming what you don't like is dull, and doesn't bring anything constructive or interesting to the conversation. Why don't you like it? How would you do it differently? I am curious about how others make their taste decisions, and simple "yeah, that's great" or "I hate this" responses makes me feel like I've missed an opportunity to learn something. If Scott thinks there's something to see here, I want to understand what that is. I've only really started paying serious attention to fashion in the past several years, so I'm educating my eye.
This particular look wouldn't work for me as is, but there are fantastic, fun ideas in it that I find delightful and will integrate into my own wardrobe.
(I'm also a scarf junkie. It's great she's not waiting for spring to bust that one out.)
She is fantastic, what a lively colorful picture. You have engaged her in motion and caught her personality at the same time, which often times is not easy to do. Well done! I am not one for these brighter colors, this doesn't mean I don't like them, just means I don't know how to wear them or I am not comfortable in them. I am interested in your banter with one of the other bloggers about this photograph. The comment you made about critiquing and not twisting the knife. Well said, and the truth. If we, your readers, don't like an image or an outfit there is usually something about the image that challenges us, deep inside. If asked, most people cannot really explain "without twisting the knife" why they don't like an image. Whether its one of yours, or a spread in a fashion magazine. What's really going on inside? This is what I say.
Blimey! Could it be … CYCLIST CHIC? A concept that is normally a contradiction in terms but, thanks to this awesome creature, no longer? The dashes of fluorescence against the workaday neutrals are brilliant (in both senses). And of course, she has the nice athletic bod to make it all work. Meanwhile, to all those tiresome folks who tut-tut about anyone aged 15-plus who dares to wear a flash of colour — put a sock in it, you boring conservative fogeys. The urban streetscape, with its endless grey cement and stone, is exactly where one should pop up with a bright orange scarf and a cute smile!
I personaly don't like this outfit, and as a response to "Beautiful nothing"'s post, I'am trying to analize why exactly I don't dig it. I think it's the texture and shape of the jacket. I like the colour but not the sporty texture and flare at the back. This is the sort of outfit I would imagine for a country walk, not in an urban setting.