Tuesday, January 15, 2008

On the Street….Milanese Woman


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  1. 'The Rock Inc'

    January 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I guess I can use the word ‘adorable’ on this old lady.
    She’s got style man!

  2. PC

    January 15, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    This is wonderful. Following The Sartorialist for a year, this is the first time I am compelled to comment. Great portrait.

  3. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I’m sorry, but seriously, what’s the point with this photo? I’m sure there’s a ton of nice outfits to shoot at Pitti Uomo, no?

  4. Cipher

    January 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I can see where Miuccia Prada gets her inspiration.

  5. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I love people like this. You get the impression that she did not spend an hour in front of the mirror picking out her outfit. Instead, style is just a part of her character. What a fashionable lady

  6. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Go Granny go. Nice picture.

  7. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    This photo perfectly sums up why this blog is so popular. The photo captures everything that is great about fashion. First and foremost, fashion is for everyone as underlined by this classic Milanese signora. Who else would show off a pensionata, yet ironically it’s the pensionata who looks most beautiful to me and many others!!


  8. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Beautiful individual style — at any age! That’s one hip elderly lady.

  9. Deja Pseu

    January 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Look at the care she’s taken with her scarf. I want to sit down at a cafe with her and hear about her life.

    • Tina30

      January 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Me too

  10. AnonymousJK

    January 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Now this lady is styling! Love the coat and especially love the handbag – I say handbag, because that’s exactly what she’s carrying. No over the top IT bag for her!

  11. desertwind

    January 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Sart, do you know anything about this wonderful woman? She must be the matriarch of a business family (it is Milan, after all.) but, what kind of business?

  12. Jamie Watson

    January 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for including one of our elders. It helps to click on the picture to enlarge it, so you can see the details of her hat, scarf, earrings & gloves. Lovely.

  13. belleballerina

    January 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm


  14. Alice Olive

    January 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Accessories. So important. Always.

  15. Mervis

    January 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    beautiful palette of colors and textures. and i don’t even hate her shoes!

  16. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I bet she has worn some great shoes in the past!
    Still in style, but comfortable, a joy of old age.

  17. wyldegirl

    January 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    she (and everything about her) is the perfect size and shape. . . and her mouth is the focal point of this photo for me. . . commanding and stoic but with a comfortable in her own skin sort of ease as well, it matches her stance.

  18. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    My guess is that this lady would have been very flattered to get photographed but nonetheless, like a true Milano lady, she gave the photographer a nice dose of nonchalance. Love it!!!

    she looks good too!

  19. aggy

    January 15, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Wonderful picture of an older woman who takes the time to put herself together. I see many women like her on the upper west side of manhattan going about their daily errands and I always think “I hope I have the (mental and physical) energy when I am older to continue caring about my personal style”. She looks great!

  20. modediktator

    January 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    My renter is the same – a 94 old lady which is still in perfect style – every single day! Make Up, accessoiries, white/black dotted outfits and a turban which has been seen on PRADA fashion show 07.
    I wish I will be that stylish and chic when I’ll be at her age!!

  21. saray

    January 15, 2008 at 5:23 pm


  22. Topham Beauclerk

    January 15, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    This really is a great picture of a woman who knows what she’s about. But “joy of old age,” and “adorable”? I think not . . . She’s not someone to mess with in the slightest!

  23. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    @cipher: you couldn’t be more right than this.
    Prada style finds its roots into old milan-fashion-style.
    For ‘old milan style’ I mean up to the 50′s and the 60′s.
    More than italian, Prada is ‘milanese’, and this wonderful granny has two typical old milan-style things: the short fur and the round furry-hat.
    So lovely.. she seems my granny, wearing the same way.

  24. Anne Corrons

    January 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Italien women are always so chic!

  25. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    12:29 PM. Ahem, my sincerest apologies, but lighten up.

    This elegant woman would add gravitas to Pitti. From whence do you think “fashionable” people receive their sense of fashion? If that sense is truly and deeply rooted in their inner being, then perhaps from parents and grandparents who took great care in their public appearance.

    Her sense of a subdued color palette is extraordinary. Browns, black, dark green and blue. The u-tip suede derbys, brown handbag, nummy warm-looking marrone gloves and ivory tights are a playful combination. Her black watch kilt/skirt matches so well with the shoes and accessories (tasteful scarf and lovely earrings). One only wonders what kind of top she was wearing under her coat (ivory or tan cashmere perhaps)? The kilt picks up the black and dark blue hues of the coat. The fur coat and matching hat are stunning in their combined sense of casual-about-town, while still remaining formal (I don’t really have a prob with fur. Sorry). The sterling handle on her walking stick is sartorial brilliance. This is a matriarch among woman who takes great care in her public appearance. Good eye Scott. Brilliant photo. I wonder if she was off to Peck to shop for dinner. Cheers, Tim in Tokyo

  26. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    i guess i could forgive the fur in this case…vintage all round. kekekeke

    seriously great pic, i and a legion of others will see the point of this inclusion. pity anon 12.29 doesnt. their loss however (sartorial (adjective): of or pertaining to clothing or style or manner of dress: sartorial splendor.)

  27. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    As a whole, she looks very elegant but the pleated plaid skirt/white tights combo has a definite schoolgirl connotation – very odd to see on an elderly lady.

  28. madeline from norfolk, uk

    January 15, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    It’s great to see so many older women in your blog recently and I notice how many comments they receive, mostly so respectful and admiring. It’s very empowering for us in our 60s, so thank you everyone!

  29. pauline

    January 15, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I especially like the earrings.

  30. Mr. Thouq

    January 15, 2008 at 9:49 pm


  31. Kanani

    January 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    The shoes.
    I love the shoes. They show grounding and that she knows who she is, and that she doesn’t really care what anyone thinks. This is style, confidence and grace. And of course, there is much more to love and it’s already been pointed out.

    What I’m tired of is the aging process being dismissed as a curse in the way of botox, nips and tucks. I’m tired of mothers trying to out do their young daughters in looks and silhouette and of bought cleavage being seen as an accessory.

    With all that time spent on dealing with such things, how is someone ever to sort through those introspective moments that will help them age with grace such as this woman?

  32. seriously...

    January 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    to anon 12:29pm,

    Take a ‘drop-dead’ pill.

    It’s called a portrait; in this particular case of dignity in age.

    That’s the ‘style factor’ here.

    We should all only hope to live so long, with nearly as much.

    Not everything has to be about fashion worship… ogling the latest import wearing ‘short-pants’ with stripped socks and a fucking ascot.

  33. Ginny

    January 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    This is a perfect example of the value of this blog. This little old lady, seen on the street, would be ignored by most of us. She is old, she is dressed apropriately, she is neither outrageous nor in style. But The Sartorialist sees something we don’t see, and asks us to slow down and look– seriously–and examine her as an individual, rather than as a familiar type. When look for beauty we find it.

  34. Marilyn

    January 15, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    SUmmer clothes are about attitude and physical body, while the building of layers shows the creative personality in building a shape.
    I love and appreciate your photos as you see the person who wears the clothes as being the artist who creates the overall look.


  35. christina

    January 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I was in Venice during the holidays, and practically every woman over 60 was wearing this outfit. EXACTLY the same outfit. Fur coat, Hermes Kelly or Louis Vuitton bag, simple tights and shoes, and optional cane. I’d like to say that it became an annoying sight, but it was rather charming until the very end. I especially like seeing four or five of these luxurious ladies within the same vaporetto.

  36. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Sart: Are you sure she understood why and where her picture would end ?

  37. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 4:09 am

    She looks so much like my grandmother than I lost this fall. That expression and the furs. And just like in the picture, she knew how to wear it well, perhaps without even knowing it.

  38. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    i love the small details in her style. the scarf is beautiful, and the detailing even on the handle of her cane is elegant.
    this is a solid outfit i can only hope to put together when i am her age!

  39. cornelia

    January 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I wear white tights every morning I decide to make it a special day. I think she is preparing for a special day. Yet, what makes her more remarkable than me, or by extension the twenty-and-something year old girl, is the fact that, at her age, she is still preparing for special days.

  40. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    She IS adorable!

  41. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    This is what it means to be inspired by someone’s personal style. I saw this picture, and although this woman is probably 50 years older than I am, I immediately started planning an outfit for tomorrow that, hopefully, will capture the same spirit as this woman’s coat/scarf combination. Beautiful photo.

  42. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 7:29 pm


  43. Kat Walks

    January 16, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    she’s my style guru

  44. joy

    January 16, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    What I love about this photo is that if you look at it from only the waist up, she looks very dignified, regal, strong and proud, almost intimidating…but then when you scroll down and see this kilt and tiiiny little legs in white tights, and realize how small she must be under that large fur coat…it adds a sense of vulnerability and just makes me go awwwww and miss my grandmother.

  45. claire

    January 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Love that even at her age, she still pulls out the stylin’ looks.

  46. Anonymous

    January 17, 2008 at 12:06 am

    OK, so she’s wearing a scarf with fur and a somewhat funny looking hat… is it me or do I not get it? I think the white leggings are jarring and frankly, there’s not a lot of interest to this look. Sorry, granny!

  47. deborah

    January 17, 2008 at 6:22 am

    She’s cute! I like the pleated skirt and white stockings, she definitely pulls that off nicely.

  48. discothequechic

    January 18, 2008 at 7:20 am

    And this is how I shall look at her age.

  49. Anonymous

    January 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    the first time I have commented. this picture is wonderful. this lady looks so stylish and dignified, and really quite terrifying! hats off to Sart – what a great eye.

  50. Ms. Serious

    January 19, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    If I can be half that stylish when I’m older, I’ll be a happy girl.

  51. Anonymous

    January 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I like the fact that she is older and not wearing pastels,sweatshirts with kitties or white sneakers!

  52. Anonymous

    January 28, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Put this lady on the runway. She’s all about true style!

  53. Anonymous

    January 30, 2008 at 7:38 am

    FABULOUS outfit! at any age.

  54. mjaneb

    January 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I hope I am this rockin and beautiful one day.

  55. angrepmill

    March 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    If a dose of practicality (shoes & stockings) allows you to feel elegant (rich feeling fur), carpe diem.

  56. Megan

    April 14, 2009 at 6:24 am

    for too many of us old mean decrepit. I hope when I’m this age, like this lady, I can look into a wardrobe it’s taken a life to amass and feel more stylish than I’ve ever felt. x

  57. Aya

    September 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Very individual character.

  58. annie

    December 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

    love this old lady > <

  59. ursula cremona

    December 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    refined and cultivated

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