Friday, September 12, 2008

On the Street…..Jessica, NYC

I am seeing a lot of these oversized jackets this fashion week.


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  1. Erin

    September 12, 2008 at 8:15 am

    good look.
    circa:early 90s
    i just pulled mine out to recycle into Fall wardrobe

  2. suzanne nelson

    September 12, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Interesting comment , Sart. I don’t think it’s an easy look to pull off but this lady does so with ease and elegance. I love her colour palette and the way her the jacket lining of the rolled up sleeves echoes her satin skirt. the flipped up collar pulls it all in. Really nice combination of textures and colours.

  3. ann

    September 12, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Hmm… took the jacket from my father.
    But she´s looking good.

  4. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 8:31 am

    this is the way I’d like to look when I get out of the house in the morning.sophisticated and simple not boring groovy kind of way.

  5. mickeytwin

    September 12, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Hideous, sloppy, and looks even worse the second time around.

  6. Conor and Siobhan

    September 12, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Wow. WOW. Effortless, chic, individual. What more could one ask for?

  7. metafemme

    September 12, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I never did care too much for oversized jackets – not my thing. Am not digging this too much. Still an unbeliever, sorry!

  8. Dan in Richmond

    September 12, 2008 at 8:50 am

    The rolled sleeves emphasize the fact that it looks too big, although it would probably look sillier with the sleeves down. I’m sure a lot of people will love it, but imagine the response to a man’s jacket shoulder seams hanging part-way down his arm. I KNOW, it’s an appropriated man’s style to begin with so it makes more visual sense that it’s oversized on a woman. That doesn’t mean it looks good. It’s not a trend I welcome, but to each (her) own

  9. katharine

    September 12, 2008 at 8:55 am

    not a very interesting jacket- I think this look won’t fly for most.

  10. Shaina

    September 12, 2008 at 8:55 am

    This look is pretty “empowering” and kinda “rock n roll” cool. I like the proportions of the over-sized jacket (reminds me of the pieces worn at Balenciaga’s fall 08 runway show), the Ray Ban shades, the high-waisted skirt, and the simple white shirt. Love the sandals and even her purse is flattering. spectacular shot, once again! ^^

  11. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Great look for this transitional weather. Simple enough so as not to be too fussy, but interesting enough to want to wear around fashion week! I like when people manage to pull off things that look good, and are reasonable for moving around the city at a fast pace.
    Hmm ok maybe the shoes don’t fit that as much :)

  12. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

    No, thank you. This is not a good look for women. Its bulky and unflattering. I’m all for mixing up silhouettes but, jackets are already an extra layer of fabric, and so I believe they need to be as trim and cinched as possible, or the shape of the human being underneath is lost.

    I think overall she looks sloppy.

  13. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I am not looking forward to the revival of oversize jackets. They are not good news for us petite women.

  14. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:31 am

    too cool

  15. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:35 am

    made me think of carrie


    September 12, 2008 at 9:37 am

    i think this look is nice, although i feel like the jacket is too much bulk and makes her looker bigger than what she is BUT her legs are long and thin so to me she justt pulled it off..

    winter Xo

  17. lustforlife

    September 12, 2008 at 9:48 am

    dear sartorialist-

    i’ve been looking at/reading your blog for a while but never left a comment. i usually have my own raw ideas about your pics but end up confused with what other people think.. confusion is good! images colours possible combinations and all that fill my mind and i find myself delving into my grandma’s closet:))i guess my taste is somehow developing. my approach to styles i used to mark as “no” is now more cautious, i look for details and if i dare, i do it now more consciously.

    in other words: your blog is visually stimulating and encouraging. in my own small way, i fell i want to dress for the sake of beauty.

    so thank you!

    oh and about todays second shot: i totally agree with anonymous_8:31. this is just the way i’d like to look as a woman. combined with the hair and the shades, it’s simple and great. love the jacket- maybe not the same lenght of the skirt (?)

  18. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I need to know: can I achieve this look by just borrowing my husband’s jacket? Or is something like this tailored to fit a woman, while *looking* like man’s a jacket??

  19. Hundrednorth

    September 12, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I’ve been trying to find a suitable one of these for myself, but the over large shoulders bother me a little. I think the softness of the fabric is key.

  20. *indie_queen*

    September 12, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I love the big blazer look. It’s casual but very chic

  21. michaeljosephowens

    September 12, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Great shoes!

  22. norawoah

    September 12, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I love it because its easy and still chic.
    She looks a little bit like SJP, no?

  23. ber

    September 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

    still in love with wayfarers. am i the only one??

  24. paige

    September 12, 2008 at 10:53 am

    This certainly looks great with the oversize blazer, but I’d personally like to see it with a fitted one in this color, perhaps with a bit of a princess sleeve. I think both could look great. And what a mane!

  25. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Fantastic! Elegant and still special. I think this picture can tell very much about how I think about fashion.

  26. Vintage Me New You

    September 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

    i like it:)my fav is the bag with that vintage touch and the eye glasses…all in all,the outfit is good and the jacket looks quite good and fits the look very ok…

  27. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 11:32 am

    love love the brown and black together.

  28. Old Housecoat

    September 12, 2008 at 11:36 am

    This is exactly how I don’t want to look in the morning. To me this looks anything but pulled together. Like so many other ensembles I see the individual pieces are better than the whole look together. The skirt seems ill-fitting and doesn’t work very well with the blouse. I really don’t think she gave this a lot of thought. It looks as if she was running late and not only didn’t she have time to pull together something fresh she didn’t bother to comb her hair. The clutch and sandal are wonderful and I love the delicate detail added with the lapel pin, but over all, I just don’t think she cuts it. Was it a slow day?

  29. cassaundra

    September 12, 2008 at 11:41 am

    oooo – love it. oversized jackets are so sexy.

  30. Missy's Got Fighting Blood

    September 12, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Bump the jacket! I’m loving that bag!

  31. vicki archer

    September 12, 2008 at 11:48 am

    The jacket works with her all over messy/I just threw myself together look. The glasses, fab long blonde hair and shoes with cute pose probably make it happen more than the jacket.

  32. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm


  33. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Not a good look, but it’s what’s happening with mens wear as well–the thom browne cut is giving way to a looser, fuller look. don’t like it at the moment but maybe our eye will get used to it.

  34. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    This is an adequate but hardly startling look – big jacket? black and white?

    For heaven’s sake where is the originality? She looks assured, intelligent and confident so we forgive her, but compare this to some of the Parisian photos from the last few months and a gaping chasm appears.

  35. Jack Daniel

    September 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    yeah, oversized is really a trend these days.

  36. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I love the proportions but I think she would look perfect if it weren’t for the sloppy color choices, caramel, black, dark just doesn’t work.

  37. jana

    September 12, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    It seems pretty early 90s to me, which means we are already turning back to the last decade for nostalgia! AH. Anyways, I think she looks pretty good. I feel like this idea is better in theory, though. I get the idea that women who does this will look back in a few years and wonder what they were thinking. Well-tailored (+timeless) jackets are a little different than this look, which can border on ironic. I wonder what kind of jacket that is, I’m almost positive it’s a man’s jacket. I wonder beacuse whenever I wear my fathers jacket’s the effect is quite strange…less effortlessly chic, more 5 year old girl drowning in Façonnable

  38. Benji

    September 12, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    You people make no sense, she is looking amazing! Her high-waist skirt compensates completely for the grandly executed jacket! (Catch the phrase eh?)

    The hair, the shoes, the bag, the jacket, the skirt. It WORKS.

    I do hate those sunglasses though, she looks like an individual even though the shades are boring and worn by everyone. Nothing new there.

  39. Anthea

    September 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Love it :) That jacket is amazing. Beautiful photo as always.

  40. funTimesMAgee

    September 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    This is a Carrie Bradshaw moment. That was my first thought. Incredible shoes.



    September 12, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    GORGEOUS hair.

    happy friday sart:)


  42. Karen

    September 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    GĂ©raldine at CafĂ© Mode also had a shot of her, describing her look as “preppy Californian.”

  43. S

    September 12, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    The clutch is wonderful, as is the oversized blazer of course.

  44. jayson

    September 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    too miami vice for me… where’s stubbs?!


    September 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Perfect and new.J’adore

  46. Anna Kronvall

    September 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    For some reason, this look feels very scandinavian.

  47. Laurence John

    September 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    this idea didn’t look good in the 80s and it doesn’t look good now.

  48. penelope

    September 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Love the way the sleeves are pushed back and I LOVE her platforms!! IF ONLY I’ve got that in nude~

  49. zincink

    September 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    First thing I noticed was the bag and the overdone ray bans (zzz) but I do like the fact that the jacket ends at the skirt.

    Would a skinny belt over this be appropriate? hmmm (puts finger to chin)

  50. The English Lady

    September 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    The oversized look works because she has the sleeves rolled up to display slim arms and wrists. Also she has a deep v-neck and a short skirt. It is a question of proportion, if you are going to wear something enormous you need everyone to still know you are skinny underneath. (Even MC Hammer showed his ankles, but let’s not go back there!)

  51. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    First the boyfriend’s shirt, now the boyfriend’s jacket? A serious trend forming?

  52. Cheryl

    September 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    yuck! keep it in the closet! or in the 90′s. no. no. no!


  53. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Truly odd angles of her legs and arms are distracting me from the jacket.

  54. miss sophie

    September 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    a very versatile look – a nice twist on the ‘professional’ look that so often veers into the uniform and boring.

    what looks like a lapel pin is an interesting accent. she looks comfortable and chic!

  55. anne

    September 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I think it’s great, especially with those colours and the bag. But I agree with zincink, a skinny belt would maybe make it even better.

  56. just me

    September 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t get this one, I’m afraid. The jacket is bulky and the shape is unflattering. Also, the skirt doesn’t seem to fit that well.

  57. R.F.T.H

    September 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    go jess…..part of the archive now!

  58. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Cicra Chloe Sevigny…..

  59. Asis Cortes

    September 12, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    muy muy muy bueno, jajaja
    muy fashion,
    saludos a todos, los espero por mi blog

  60. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I am not feeling the buttons on the front of this skirt, she could have found a skirt without buttons, would have worked better. She parashoots off those shoes at the end of the day…whoa! What a tall heel. She should have worn a different blouse or even a t-shirt with a logo, the white blouse is boring!Love that long hair, though–HB

  61. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    this looking is BORING. there are better examples of the oversized jacket. i just wish we could move on… it’s been done for a while now.

  62. irinaindira

    September 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t like…

  63. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    What a versatile look! There is much to admire: the pared-down accessories, the black/brown combinations, rolled-up sleeves echoing the fabric of the skirt, zawl neck – and the white and the sandals perfect for the season. We can imagine her adapting this outfit for Fall and winter, with boots, roll-necked jerseys, wonderful stockings, contrasting colours, an overcoat. She clearly knows how to dress effortlessly and imaginatively. Her simplicity is an inspiration. Thank you for posting this one.

  64. BaronArtz

    September 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I am sorry to say, but I don’t like that pidgeon-toe pose. It makes her legs looked crooked. Compare this to the confident pose of the Paris pic of Sept 02 … quelle difference !

  65. fringe

    September 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I just found out about this amazing site and must say I am completely smitten.

    I am quite certain I will be up many a night looking through all these wonderful, inspirational segments.

    Thank you for being you, and for creating this scandalously fabulous blog.

  66. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    You have a good eye, Baronartz! I agree about the pose – and the comparison is exemplary. The truly self-confident stand as naturally as the 2 September beauty; others seem to think that twisted poses are elegant. They are not. And yet, both women are beautifully dressed in clothes that, despite many objectors, are distinctive and, on them, flattering. Both can pull off slight unconventionality or fashions that on others would look old hat or feel awkward.

  67. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Clothes lovely, pose unfortunate.

  68. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Definetly not a flattering look for a petit woman like me…but she pull it off and I love the shoes.

  69. Botany's Desire

    September 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Funny thing is she looks nice herself, but I hated the long jackets in the 90′s and I hate them now. I am not quite getting why this look is coming back.

  70. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

    ummm is this Carrie Bradshaw? I could have sworn it was…. This outfit wouldnt work on everyone but this girl pulls it off very well

  71. zuccotto

    September 13, 2008 at 12:30 am

    WEll, it the Thom Browne look is morphing to a bulky jacket, I suppose next we’ll have the pigeon toes flip into a duck walk.

  72. Wax

    September 13, 2008 at 12:44 am

    She looks amazing. I love her pouch.

  73. les-kee

    September 13, 2008 at 3:45 am

    I notice the recent trend including fashion shows,
    That is the absence of belts.
    I’ve seen both women and male in it.
    It look very casual and chic with the shirt tucked in.
    Gucci has the obvious style.

  74. the swede

    September 13, 2008 at 4:37 am

    i getting tired of it, those jackets has already been seen on the streets of stockholm for over a year now….

  75. Huuricane

    September 13, 2008 at 5:17 am

    It make me think of Carrie Bradshaw.
    I love this look.
    Oversize and quite Vintage. (L)

  76. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Takes time to get used to a “new” silhouette.
    Sooner or later we all do and start wearing what seemed to be downright ugly.
    Except ,of course, truly stylish men and women who always wear what suits them regardless of trends.

  77. Bright Light Warrior Nika Marie

    September 13, 2008 at 9:24 am

    the jacket is drowning her and it takes away from her lovely apperance.

  78. Little Miss Dress Up

    September 13, 2008 at 10:15 am

    i think she looks great!

  79. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Boo. Are we that strapped for inspiration these days? Dirty hair, overused 80s glasses, 90s oversized jacket.

    Moving on.

  80. girlygirl

    September 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

    after the first picture I can’t even be bothered this outfit.

  81. mickey

    September 13, 2008 at 11:40 am

    i love it.

    she reminds me a bit og chloe sevigny….
    i like this style.

  82. seditionaire

    September 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    She really pulls it off…but seeing ovesized jackets with pushed up sleeves…the next step is over-sized shoulder pads? AAAAAAARGH…run away run away!!!

  83. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    FYI…the jacket is from the s/s 08 Isabel Marant collection and the glasses are from an LA-based eyewear line called Benjamin, which was recently featured in the Times Style section. Classic, cool and chic.

  84. PhilM

    September 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    oh no! it’s like the late ’80s, early ’90s jackets, minus the shoulder pads. please, please don’t let this tasteless come back.

  85. Got_Temper

    September 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    In a way this seems to be a continuation of your previous posting “just for Italians”? Looks like we are going to see big emphasis on sholders soon, if not the whole “Adrian look” comeback.

    Speaking of Adrian, are you noticing how much his Fashion show from the movie, The Women (1938)reflects in the todays’ Runway? Or is it only me?

  86. studiolo2

    September 13, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    When I was in a Patti Smith phase back in the 80s, I used to wear big men’s jackets. (Strangely, her face reminds me a little of PS) But I never looked so good. Nay, nay, not then, not now, not ever in this life.

  87. Crack Whore

    September 13, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve been looking for a jacket like this, preferably with more shape to it (a blazer, peacoat hybrid) and I can’t say I’m a big fan of rummaging though vintage/thrift stores for one (old/used clothes kind of scare me).
    Any ideas where I can find one?

  88. Kitschen Pink

    September 13, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Sometimes I think it’s less about the clothes and more about the people you find! She’s so beautiful and self-assured – does it matter what the jacket is doing? t.x

  89. Anonymous

    September 14, 2008 at 1:12 am

    yes, very carrie bradshaw

  90. Katy

    September 14, 2008 at 1:44 am

    My first thought? The Olsens.



  91. velvetelvis

    September 14, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Love the Benjamin’s
    Sunglasses by Benjamin Eyewear “Nicole”

  92. monique

    September 14, 2008 at 3:05 am

    She’s gorgeous! That face, that hair, that body! She’s a 10…. The outfit….more like a 5. (Rolled-up sleeves? Ich.) But who cares when you’re this beautiful?

  93. Anonymous

    September 14, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Don’t think this oversize jacket works on her so well…


  94. Lord Brummel

    September 14, 2008 at 9:13 am

    … nice shoes.

  95. Anonymous

    September 14, 2008 at 11:18 am

    this looks fantastic. great look. so, like, non. but in the best way. a fun picture – love than hand in the pocket!

  96. kaĹ›

    September 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I think this looks great. If it was a fitted jacket it would be a boring look, and this way it’s a touch of retro, casual, and sophisticated. It might bring up back memories of bad outfits, but this this one is done right by keeping everything else streamlined and geometric.

    I wonder how the jacket fits from behind. I hope it doesn’t billow out too much.

  97. Nola

    September 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm


  98. Eddie in the corner

    September 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    The colors, and the Amount of each color (including hers and her hair) feel just right.
    I’d thought as anon 4:48 did “first the boyfriends shirt..”
    Whatever the references to the past may be, she just looks comfortable, functional, confident and good. The RayBans restate and balance the deep color up where it wouldn’t otherwise be; and i think Are classic.

  99. Anonymous

    September 14, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Circa “Princess Bride,” aka Robin Wright Penn.

  100. hhanoson

    September 14, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    who are the shoes?

  101. Dingo Baby

    September 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I see pain in that stance! Otherwise – it’s a really great combination on which she can ring the changes as Summer moves into Fall and Fall to Winter. She will replace white and sandals by boots and contrasting strong colours. She will always look good and some people will always nitpick.

  102. Aaron

    September 15, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Um, so not a fan. It’s all a bit (bad) 80s and rather sloppy looking, in my humble opinion. It’s not rare for me to see something on here that seems a bit out there, but I can almost always appreciate the look AND the fact that the person is working it well. She’s certainly working the look, I just don’t like it.

  103. ellastica

    September 15, 2008 at 2:44 am

    an uptown non-shredded erin wasson.

  104. Olviya

    September 15, 2008 at 8:10 am

    mmm, lovely oversized jackets.
    the 80-th are coming back… does it meen we have to be again more mature, less feminine…
    or we can find the gold middle – mixing those jackets with ruffled dresses and skirts?

    anyway, I’ve alredy bought some in vintage stores… :)

  105. y.f. dubble

    September 15, 2008 at 8:25 am

    so 90s. i’m loving the texture/wear on the leather bag she’s rockin, definitely working women sexy.

  106. K

    September 15, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    i love the length…but i wish it were a Little more streamlined. v. cool bag, though.

  107. M

    September 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Jessica – you mean Sarah Jessica? Couldn’t agree more.

  108. Anonymous

    September 15, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    A pretty picture. Only flattering because of the girl's beauty & confidence. Most couldn't pull this off.

  109. cigalechanta

    September 16, 2008 at 12:44 am

    I notice GAP adsfeaturing the rolled up pushed up sleeves. The skirt doesn;t go well with the jacket,it makes the outfit bulky

  110. kmk

    September 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I like the proportions of this (highwaisted skirt, low neckline, large jacket) but I think it would look better with her hair more “done” maybe back in a french twist or chignon or maybe down but more finished.

  111. Anonymous

    September 20, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Carrie Bradshaw

  112. luxirare

    October 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    this jacket is amazing. i bought one in Paris at the Isabel Marant store in Marais. She look fabulous and it works on small bitches as long as you wear sky high platforms.

    anyone who thinks this jacket isnt cute is a weirdo

  113. Anonymous

    January 8, 2010 at 3:39 am

    this woman looks like sarah jessica parker, the style and all . Maybe its the hair… Love the oversized jacket with the dress. It gives the look a boyish side.

  114. s.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    She's Jessica de Ruiter, non? The Torontonian stylist based in LA?

  115. Dora

    August 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Little star Fan , forehead , do not tell me this is business attire .

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