i'd say this is too much.. the polka dot, the pink, the hair, the tights and the lace, the shoes… i think it's not romantic any more!! The dress seems to be very very interesting but it's gone… and why did she put this huge 'thing' on top of everything?? i like the hair (very much) and the red lips (even more).. but the crossed pearls..hm.. maybe ten years ago.. (or did she wear it that way for an asymmetry result between right crossed pearls and the left crossed little pink jacket??)
I like the essence of this outfit, if that makes sense. I love the colors and the style, but that horrendous, severely oversized cardigan/jacket/thing doesn't add anything or inspire me at all. The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was "Where are her hands?" Love the shoes!
It looks like she's trying too hard, but then again I like style that is more relaxed, albeit tailored. With the hair and the lipstick and the shoes and the dowdy tights and the cardigan and the print, it's way too much vintage, except for the awesome coat. Love the coat.
I don't agree with those who would view this look as costumey. There's clearly inspiration from the 40's and 50's but this look couldn't have been created or worn in any time but the present. It's SO now. This young lady knows what she's doing.
Chic from HEAD to TOE, she reminds me of the flapper girls from the 1920's with her hairstyle and she has such a fresh face that the clothes look a bit too mature for her, overall the red lips and blue bow heels are a nice touch.
Whoa! I can't quite explain why, but this struck me as one of the craziest outfits you've ever posted. Maybe it's the dichotomy of the classic pre-war style blown completely–and Yamamoto-like–out of proportion. The essentials of a vintage look are perfectly there–lace stockings, polka dots, pearls and demure hemline, satchel and finger-waved hair–but she's playing on all these elements with the oversized cardigan, shrunken bag and heels, asymetrical blouse. It's playful and intriguing and incredibly dissonant at the same time. Wow.
I agree with Celia completely. This is someone who knows her favorite style-era well enough to play with it–in fact, the look on her face says it all. This is a woman who has fun with her clothes, and I can relate to that. I'm bummed that so many comments see this as 50s–way off there–or shrug it off as merely "vintage." My only question about the ensemble is: what's up with the pulling/crinkling in around the middle of the dress?
to die for. if the proportions were conventional it would be such a lovely classic 50s outfit anyway; her crazy abstraction of them makes it fascinating and modern. and the facial expression just makes it both mysterious and cute.
Look at her closely, people. She is neither vintage nor costume-y. Asymetrical cardigan, the rouching on the middle front of her dress, and the jacket (linen?) are all contemporary. She knows something we dont! And those shoes? I am sorry but back then shoes did not look that good. Mr. Sart, how much more do we know of her? Intrigued here. Jorge from WPB
Yes, Adjyg, too literal for me, too. A little costume-y, even. Maybe if she just removed the flapper-length pearls? Or wore a lip color more complimentary to her peach dress? Having picked that nit, I love her verve and respect for the past–she certainly has more style than 99.9% of the populace.
I wonder if that collar is attached to the dress or if she found a dickey or a shirt to wear under that matches. I agree that the lace tights are a bit much. Without them and the funny pulling the dress is doing in the middle, I think it would be much less busy.
Wow, there is so much going on here that is truly artistic. Your photograph for starters, perfect blend and contrast of background and foreground. As for the young lady, she has stolen my heart and taken me back some thirty years when the first Vintage trend hit in the mid-70's well into the 80's. She has really pulled off a stunning look with her mixture of what appears to be vintage and new. Her hair is to die for. Heddi Lamar? Beautifully done!
she pulls this off really well. the jacket might be a little overwhelming? but when it's chilly, it's chilly. the shoes are my absolute favorite though. and i love what someone else already said, about how the colors of her outfit are echoed perfectly in the background. what a great coincidence!
as for the rest…the layers aren't working, the dress doesn't fit her right, the horrible heavyweight cotton of that coat is fighting w/ the rest of the fabrics. The bag and the shoes clash in a bad way. This is like Lucille Ball gone awry.
LOVE HER EYE. This is my favorite shot in weeks, maybe months, is what I hope for when I check this site each day.
This woman revels in style, has chosen fabrics and lines to echo the 1930s and 40s, but with a contemporary twist (i.e. looseness of silhouette, heavy leather bag). The coat is actually not vintage, but contemporary in a good "vintage" fabric, linen.
Is this, as my mother would say, "a bit much"? You bet! Again, LOVE HER EYE. Let's all dress "a bit much" today, ok?
I think Celia nailed it with her comment. I absolutely love how crazy the proportions are. And the smirk on the woman's face clearly shows: "I know what I've got here and it's making you pause and think a little bit, isn't it? Good."
I don't really like this very much, agree with the above comments about the oversized jacket/sweater which just ruins it for me. I'm not sure about the other sweater overtop the dress. What's wrong with the dress that she didn't just wear it as is?
Absolutely gorgeous! Love the earth color scheme, it creates a very desaturated monotone picture of the old school yet the lush vibrant red lips and rich skin tones just give life to this image and to that face! Love You Alice
this is too much. face, hair, shoes are perfect. but the outfit is too overwhelming. would be presque parfait sans the sweater, coat, pearls and tights. i feel like the vintage makeup and hair needs to be balanced out with something more modern. c'est 2k10 y'all.
There are so many critics and "fashion experts" offering so many different opinions. Some love it, some dont! What it comes down to, is that this works. If this were in a magazine, the designers' stock would be going up. She sells the outfit! I dont know anything about fashion trends or clothing eras, but I do know when something looks good and causes me to want to give that second glance. This one rates a third glance.
Bah! I own those shoes, and I have been dying to wear them but am ashamed to admit that I have little to no imagination when it comes to pairing uncommon color schemes. What to wear with lavendar? PINK! Thank you, Sart.