This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Scott, you have this ability to grab and/or move me everytime. I am a writer and artist and fashion blogger and what I find on your blog is constantly surprising and consistently inspiring. Merci, simplement. http://quicksaidthebird.wordpress.com/
I am a MAJOR Lynn Yeager fan. Lynn Yeager totally shows that clothes are a joy, and the more the merrier. I always feel as though she loves her body, too. She seems admirably free of the notion that one must dress to flatter the body or to improve upon the body. Yeager's outfits always say to me, "Oh, lighten up about your body! It's strong, it makes a good hanger–what's not to love?"
One of the great ladies of fashion! Interestingly enough, if you put them in a line-up, you will see they all have discovered what works for them in terms of hair, makeup, and silhouette- and they stick to that regardless of what is fashionable at the moment. And THAT is style instead of, or maybe in addition to, fashion. Great shot, and I love that it is in black and white. Jorge from WPB
To the Anon posters: I think your snarky posts are hilarious! Why so angry? Ms Yeager's ensemble is her own whether she's famous, infamous. If you need to interpret her motives or her sanity that's too bad. If you would be "appalled" to see this on a woman walking down the street, wow. Too bad for you. As for myself I simply enjoy the whimsy and unique-ness. A true joy IMHO. I say bravo. Love from VT
I just want to say thank you for this blog, and for the new perspective to fashion and lifestyle that it gave me. I came back from Paris yesterday (that was my first time in that fantastic city), and during my trip I realized that I know – at least a little bit – how French people's urban-style is today. Thanks to this blog. And also because I check on The Sartorialist every day I've started unintentionally to search for stylish persons "on the street" who would be a good subjects for you:)
WOW! She's amazing and scary in equal measure – and no, I'm not just saying that because of who she is (thank you, Anonymous) because I have never seen her before. Now that I have seen her, however, I wonder how I never have before – she's wonderful! Love the eyes on the bag.
To those of you who say we'd hate her for her oddness if we didn't know who she was, well, I guess if you're in Mall Land, that would be the case. In New York, she doesn't look odd or weird at all. One reason why is that her look is well thought out and very well done. Her clothes and person are clean, and her make up meticulously done. Her look is obviously not the result of a disheveled mind. AND I've seen little kids in NYC beam when they see her, which probably isn't the case for you crankies.
All right.. I like her coat and the fur, I like the four eyes, the hair cut… yes why not, quite interesting. BUT I think the shoes, tights and dress (?) are completely wrong, and the lipstick makes her look like a rabbit. Yet she seems to be an interesting person.
To those "anonymous" commenters who say we love her only because we've seen her around and we know who she is: Many of us, myself included, have been reading her for years. I was reading her long before I had any idea what she looked like or how she likes to dress. She's a writer first and foremost — a terrific one — and if she doesn't fit your mold of what a style icon ought to be, that's perfectly legitimate. But don't waste your time, energy and meager brainwaves lecturing those of us who respond to her look about why we -shouldn't- be responding.
THIS is style. she is always so comfortable being HER. i had a negative comment about the leopard print with yellow rain coat lady a few days ago . . . that is not style; that is putting trendy pieces together and hoping for the best. but lynn. LYNN!!! she is a true icon. i love her.
She's like Kazuo Ohno or Tilda Swinton or Jackie Kennedy, she just vibrates at a higher visual frequency than most and I think the haters can't stand that she's just so over the top delightful and positive. I see stories and genius here. And a visual feast and for god's sake she's not THAT old is she? People are living to 110+ quite regularly these days, she's still a kid!
I absolutely love that fur scarf that she dons in all of her photos. I almost envy her, it's as if there's some sort of sentimental value to it. Everyone has an accessory or garment that they absolutely cherish, and she wears her fur with such devotion. That's what the world needs more of; people who wear their clothes with devotion.
A person isn't a "hater" simply because their opinion is the opposite of yours. My reaction is the same: if I knew her as a local, I would probably think she was a charming character. If it was my mother who showed up at Easter service looking like that, I'd probably expire from embarrassment.
As someone said previously, this photo evokes Brassai. But what an awesome work of art this woman is. To be interesting from the top of your head to the soles of your feet is an achievement few can pull off. Perfect.
You made the very point you claim to protest: "Many of us, myself included, have been reading her for years. I was reading her long before I had any idea what she looked like or how she likes to dress." So you already admired her for her fine work — the quality of which no one is disputing — thus were predisposed to look at her style favorably.
Your further comment: "…if she doesn't fit your mold of what a style icon ought to be, that's perfectly legitimate. But don't waste your time, energy and meager brainwaves lecturing those of us who respond to her look about why we -shouldn't- be responding." You seem to be terribly sensitive if you think a few critical comments are "lecturing." You're also rather rude to assume that anyone who doesn't agree with your point of view has "meager brainwaves."
No one attacked Ms. Yeager's character and, for heaven's sake, it's just fashion we're discussing, not nuclear war. Volatile personalities like yours are why many of us prefer to remain anonymous!
My first, honest-to-God thought was "How overdressed."
It's true; I thought all the layers and everything that's going on made her look like a hobo at first. But closer inspection revealed the Clara Bow lips and the ballet pumps and all the little – and big – things thrown in and I decided to love this woman's style.
It may also have helped that the picture is in black and white. I have a feeling that that greatly flattered her dressing.
For many years, I used to see Lynn on the street. (She worked near where I live). I had no idea who she was but I was always enthralled by her way of dressing, very unique. When I finally realized she was "Lynn Yeager" I was floored! In a way, it was a disappointment, because now her look made sense, whereas before she was just a fascinating mystery. For those of you who think Lynn's look would not be admired if "you didn't know who she was", I say: phooey! You must not live in New York City. WE live for people who dress with this much style, famous or not.
wonderful style. thank you for posting. how can i be a writer and have never heard of HER? i just read an article saying she was laid off from The Village Voice after 30 years. it seems to be their loss…great bag!
You said, " if you saw those costumes on a woman walking down the street, you would be appalled. What hypocrisy".
It was precisely her look that originally drew me to her and prompted me to think "Who is this woman? I must find out more!" If I had had the privilege of seeing her walking down the street, I would have thought, "I'd love to hang out with her."
I suggest you read the piece she wrote 5 years ago for the NY Times Magazine, "Doll Face" for a better understanding of why many people would be drawn to Lynn Yaeger or an individual who would dress with the zest and flair of someone like Lynn.
I agree with you completely. The person who wrote that is likely jaded by the troll-like nature of so many commenters around the web, and cannot believe so many people appreciate this woman for who she is: herself. And yet we do!
One thing I love about The Sartorialist is the absence of cattiness, of nastiness and of JUDGEMENT! People who post here love fashion as an expression of personal style. They understand that if someone's outfit does not match their own personal style that doesn't mean they need to trash it. I sincerely appreciate coming here and reading so much enthusiasm for STYLE over labels. The so-called fashion police is a bore.
I have been to NYC only twice, BOTH times I have seen her. Once in the Comme Des Garcon store and once on the street under High Line park (just last week!) She's pretty awesome. I wish my hair were straight because she's wearing my haircut.
I,m in need of a formal outfit next weekend. I so much would just want to find Lynn Yaeger’s pear shaped dress and fancy flats somewhere. It would be totally me too, we are the same type, mutual taste, she’s just much more IT !!! You’re COOL Lynn.