Wednesday, May 3, 2006

On The Street…..Grate Girl, NYC

I never get off the subway to shoot someone’s photo but for this girl I did.

I love how polished this look is, the only thing that was slightly better when I first saw her was that her jacket was buttoned which gave slightly more shape at the waist – actually I first thought she was wearing a skirt -how the sturdy wool jacket balanced the fluid movement of the skirt was just brilliant.

As polished as this look is, the best part is that the dress is H&M and the jacket is vintage. As much as I love “designer quality” I don’t think any amount of French seaming or high-twist wool or $30 per yard fabric could have made this look seem any more refined than it already is. Sure you could change a design detail (nip in the jacket, add a pocket or take away a pocket) but you wouldn’t have to change the price point to do that.

Often magazines do “The Look for Less” stories which ,to me, has the effect of saying – if you can’t afford Marni then settle for this H&M knockoff but I know a lot of women that would love to look this well put-together at any price.


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  1. JA Firebrand

    May 3, 2006 at 10:39 am

    the dress is H&M? wow…bottom line couture NEVER looked hotter

  2. MissPinkKate

    May 3, 2006 at 11:04 am

    She DOES look grate! (yuk yuk yuk)

    Do the shoes have a heel or a wedge?

  3. Em Lo

    May 3, 2006 at 11:45 am

    I think the belt is the very best part of this outfit. Normally, I don’t like bubble hems done with such fluid material, but it doesn’t gather too much here, which really makes a difference.

  4. Anonymous

    May 3, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    Lovely in every aspect.

  5. fashmoda

    May 3, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    I love the bag. The dress looks to be a little bit too short. But: She looks fine.

  6. Meredith

    May 3, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    I’m really loving the bubble hem thing this spring. I need to get me one of those.

  7. Cocktail Jen

    May 3, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    Her hairstyle is fantastic. And she sure knows how to accessorize.

  8. Anonymous

    May 3, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    the details are great! the belt, the highlights!

  9. tee

    May 3, 2006 at 5:20 pm


  10. amelia

    May 3, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    I was just going to say what cocktail jen said. I think her off-beat hairstyle adds to the appeal of the outfit. This also immediately reminded me of an outfit of Kirsten Dunst’s that I keep seeing: First photo in the first row. I wonder if it was an inspiration?

  11. Anonymous

    May 3, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Sorry to be a spoil-sport(and to be such behind a cloak of anonymity) but i think it looks a little cheap. I think the culprit is the shapeless jacket (it’s possible that the hand in the pocket is distoring the shape). I would like the look so much more with a shorter, more structured jacket; something with a short sleeve.

  12. ngozi

    May 3, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    don’t knock h&m…if half of your label snobs would check out the stores the rest of us shop at, you’ll be delightedly surprised and see how marni’s just ripping you off.

    this outfit is great

  13. invisible girl

    May 3, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Did anyone notice how the tonality of her highlights seem to complement her handbag, her shoes, and even her belt?

  14. Quigley

    May 3, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    You were waiting for that ‘Marilyn Monroe’ moment, weren’t you?

  15. Lia

    May 3, 2006 at 10:50 pm

    Fashmoda, the dress does not look too short, Anything longer would’ve looked weird and shortened her calf.

    I love all the street style you post, but it’d be nice to see something crazier once in a while.

    More slutpunkeccentrics, but then I don’t know the age range of people visiting this site or if they’d be able to appreciate stuff like that.

  16. argos

    May 4, 2006 at 8:21 am

    Lia- slutpunkeccentric is soo easy to find on the net and, although you will find a sampling while searching the achives, I am not too sure what you admire about it could be considered discernably sartorial, in the sense of what the author is attempting to create here.

  17. NYCnative

    May 4, 2006 at 9:57 am

    “I love all the street style you post, but it’d be nice to see something crazier once in a while.

    More slutpunkeccentrics, but then I don’t know the age range of people visiting this site or if they’d be able to appreciate stuff like that.”

    borrring. post-modernism made obsolute all of new york’s “slutpunkeccentrics” worth taking pictures of. head over to or for a washed out version of what you’re looking for.

    the thing that makes this blog great is how purely classic and perfectly modern it is. as if eloise lived in the soho grand. don’t change a thing.

  18. seawallrunner

    May 4, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    her hair has the loudest streak of colour – and her neutral-coloured outfit supports the look.

    beautiful lines, beautiful shoes – and oh that necklace!

    very well put together.

  19. Odette

    May 6, 2006 at 1:06 am

    I think this is my favourite summer-dress look so far. Why? For the lack of leggings of course.

    I agree that the jacket could be a little more tailored, and though the colors wash her out a bit, the orange/gold thing makes up for it.

    My only beef with this outfit is the chest area. While she has fantastic milky skin and a great collar-bone, I think that cut and shape make her look like she has very small saggy breasts, and the necklace doesn’t do much to help the situation.

  20. argos

    May 8, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    I keep returning to this image sarto, it is one heck of a fine photograph. My favorite this month.

  21. e

    May 11, 2006 at 2:02 am

    so pretty. she looks like she should be a charcter frm a short story, a girl who looks shy and fragile, softly spoken, yet has dark passions running underneath!

  22. Karla

    May 11, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    The belt makes this, I think, and the necklace turns the otherwise bad neckline into a success. Great combination of elements.

  23. Nina

    June 8, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks so much for all the compliments, I was proud of that day’s outfit too.

    The necklace is from my line, VonKottwitz.

    This is a great website, its now in the “Daily” folder of my favorites.

  24. knittershins

    August 20, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    Three days later… May 6… “You know New York is cool when even the background people look great.” (tee-hee)

  25. Daniella

    November 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Very nice outfit!! Stylish accessories. Love the dress too.

  26. Martine

    March 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    She does look terrific. The belt and the necklace are so interesting and ornate.

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