oooh, la la. such a lovely photo. the girl, the little girl, and the background. the colors, the focus, the expressions, amazing shot.
overall, the girl and the little lady’s outfit are very interesting. the boots, however look a bit awkward, but it still goes with the whole look. it’s odd to me that the pea-coat is only buttoned up on one sideâ€¦ anyway, great photograph!
My wife sat next to this little girl on the subway today. Her mother was standing, and told her daughter not to touch the dirty hand rail and then play with gum in her mouth. They’re both beautiful. I believe the mother was wearing the same pants/boots. They were speaking a foreign language; we guessed they were eastern European?
Mom looks like a model, or at least she’s studied the toes-in model posing techniques. The little girl is wearing her own style. It’s just age appropriate. It looks like she dressed herself in her brightly-colored skirt and neglected to completely fasten her own shoes, as my own girls would have. Plus, it all looks so warm and comfortable.
You know, I have been following your blog all the way from India. This is how my day begins. I take my cup of coffee, walk into the study (I work from home), log on, and come straight to the blog.
And the day there is a new picture, I am happy. Very happy. So Mr. Sartorialist, did you know that you make the lives of people across the world a little better. That’s a big thing, you know. your blog is no longer about fashion. It has become a case study.
Request, please. Would you tell us more about these ladies and why you shot them. Does she have an eastern euroepean accent? I find the picture very captivating. To me the woman exerts effortless style, which is evident in non-self-conscious way she dressed her daughter.
Looks more like her older sister. I like her coat, her facial expression and her shoes. But her stance (her left leg inwards thing) is a bit weird. The little girl is adorablea and with any luck will go on to inherit her momma’s style and looks.
how cute! I love how the other gives off that dark vibe as though motherhood is rough but she’s still able to pull off a chic look. def strong as a mother. The daughter looks like she’s going to grow into her mother too…
Wow, that mother looks very conscious of her appearance – her pose and face are kind of ridiculous. the child hopefully chose her own clothing to explain why she looks a bit … well a different level of style from momma fashionplate. And is every woman in nyc pigeon-toed? This is the most asinine stance i have ever seen.
I love to see the pictures in the larger form, but when I clicked today it downloaded to my desktop. I sometimes do grab bloggers pictures for my own desktop/screen saver use, but it never downloads automatically. I wondered if it was my mac or a blogger setting?
I’m staring at the NY sidewalk picture while enjoying our first large snowfall in NH ……
Both girls look sweet. But I canÂ´t help being disturbed that the mother hasnÂ´t spend effort,time and money on her own outfit. The little girl should also have had a bit more consideration on her outfit. Now the only cool thing she has is this charming `hatÂ´.
When I clicked on the photo, I had to open it with Windows Picture and Fax viewer, but the photo was much larger than usual! I could see many more of all the little details I’ve always wanted to see. Please continue with the larger photo sizes!
They’re both so cute. Almost like two little girls (the crooked feet!). I love how youthful the mom looks. It’s inspirational to me, especially because today I look like a congresswoman from the 1980s. Not sure how that happened, but it’s not a good thing.
Now that is one hip Momma! These two have the same dramatic eyes and pretty skin–good things to run in a family, indeed.
I always wonder to what extent children choose and enjoy their own clothes. My memory is foggy, but I seem to recall feeling very pretty a hot pink dress with a full, tiered skirt waaaaaaay back in the early 70′s.
To earlier an comment: this woman can’t spend effort, time, or money on her outfit. She’s a mother! Maybe what makes this duo beautiful is that they have managed to look messily flawless without these 3 things, of which too many people think are key to style.
I must agree whole-heartedly with the reader from India, although I am not quite as far away (Vancouver, Canada) – I came across your blog a few months ago and it is now part of my daily ritual to let myself me surprised by your lovely pictures, and to read everyone’s comments! So thank you! As for the picture, it is a lovely pair,although the child seems more adult (in spirit) than the mother. And I’d also like to say that while the Sartorialist is particular about jacket sleeve length for men, I am surprised that he, or no one else has commented on her unusual sleeve length (personally, I’d prefer them longer).
They are both, uh, cute – in the pleasant sense that they have lovely faces, and, to me, in the negative sense, that at least the elder one poses for cute and the young one attempts that. A grown woman doing the toe-in thing is great body language? Spare us. (I don’t care what fashion empresses pose that way.)
i like the sweater showing under the cropped arm on the jacket. it never gets old. something charming about a mother sporting an outfit that looks just as thrown together as her daughters. messy and beautiful. i love it.
I find the woman and little girl both naturally striking (such beautiful faces), but their dress seems less than inspired. That woman’s boots seem huge (not to mention the pigeon toe..). Usually I think your shots capture thought and style so well, but sweet as this pair is, is their dress really sartorial?
Amazing. I love the hot mom thing & hope I am one, so I give kudos to her. And bravo to all moms & dads who let their kids dress themselves and wear wacky/silly/old/ratty/mismatched/whatever kind of stuff. My son wore leggings with holes in the knees as a five year old, so I am all about letting them be. Within reason anyway.
Wow.. She’s a very elegant mommy.. I love her 3/4 coat.. Her strap matches her peeking sweater, and her boots are to die for! Her daughter is too cute to be true, I like her outfit, very colorful and free-spirited
My daughter has a leopard printed hat she herself bargain at the 26th St flee market for $1 and wears it to school every day. It is very important to let children be themselves. Choosing clothes is primordial decision making practice. This little girl is her own stylist that is clear. The young mom is obviously straggling with time that is also clear jet she manages to come together as a cute and brave, high hills and children is a hard combo. Being a mom myself I credit her creativity and beauty. The entry from India is so true… me loves Sart the Wizard of Globalization, bringing people together in the name of beauty and communication.
Ok. Someone knew that this is a picture of two sisters. It now makes sence that the older one has fixed her outfit to perfection and the little girl has just been dragged along.And little girls at some age just love to put on a pretty dress.I remember when my younger daughter used to say that she had to have a flowery dress and a pair of sandals-even though it was winter!
Enough comments about the pigeon-toed thing. When you pose for your own pictures, you can stand however you want. It looks great in this photo, and communicates something about the subject. It also works to balance the subject. And although she’s not my type, I have to admit that she looks amazing.
Pratishtha’s comment is spot on. This makes my day better. I’m wondering if the foot thing of the mother and child is a side-effect of a hurried pose: the mother is gathering in the child with her left arm, they haven’t reset their outside feet, so the inside feet displace. I don’t have a small child to try it out on but I did try with a chair in front of a mirror and I could get something of the foot-turning-in effect. I love the contrast between the instability of the pose and the sureness of the eyecontact.
I love the fact that the little girl looks lovely and colourful but still every inch a little girl – not tarted up in mini Prada or Juicy sweats. A crucial lesson to mothers everywhere: let your children be children, for crying out loud.
There is such thing as Young Cute Mothers, my sister was one, I was one, my mother was one!!! you don’t have to be the the stereotype mom in sneakers. For the incredulous ones I bet my pinky Carine Roitfeld was a YCM . Blonde is sexy and has a fun shoes, why not… she is a young mom in her twenties with some style, so what! Little blonde looks like a very independent child who picks her own clothes like mommy, bravo!
I am sure you asked them whether or not they were mother and daughter, but I get mistaken as a mother when wandering around with my sister sometimes. :D I love the older girl’s purple/grey cardigan peeking out of her coat, it definitely adds a colour depth to the outfit along with her bag’s chain. I like that her mock-schoolgirl side ponytail actually looks… kind of cool, instead of gimmicky or kitsch. Probably because it’s further back on her head?
And of course I adore the younger girl, I love that they both have very sure gazes and that they are their feet are so awkward. Her huge purple jacket is also kickass – if only I had dressed like that as a kid!
what a beautiful russian mother and daughter! with all respect to her background. it’s a copy of me with my oldest daughter (5): I do look youngish and cool (sometimes) and she does her best choosing the colour combinations…, which sometimes make me lough (from inside, I never let her notice that). I love to give her the opportunity to make her own choices in choosing clothes, clolours….
I’m almost uncomfortable with how childish the mother comes across. I think she’s beautiful, but there’s a lack of assertiveness in her stance that makes me wonder. As for the outfits, I think the mother’s coat and books are stunning and I love the little girl’s mismatched look. It’s right.
this is my homegirl lindsay and her daughter bella. lindsay does look rather eastern euro in this shot, face wise, however she’s from good ol utah. bella gives herself haircuts and then lindsay copiers her. bella makes up songs and then lindsays sings them to us. this photo is surely the perfect representation of the two mystical people behind it. i’m obessed.
Such a gorgeous shot. Someone commented that the mother looks childish & lacks an assertive stance. Isn’t it possible that she is a young mother & why should all mothers have an assertive stance just because one happens to prefer it? Our judgements reflect our mindsets.
i had seen a woman & child like them in macau..the woman woar a skinny jeans n she’s hair–gold too, they aren’t macau people..i though they was born in cannada or other… very funny when i saw them~ AHHA.
Ahhh… I am lucky enough to be friends with both of these beautifull women. They are infact mother and daughter. I spent yesterday sleeping at their apartment where the little girl tried unsuccessfully to wake me up. What a strange thing to run into your friends online.
A grown woman doing the toe-in thing is great body language? Spare us.
Oh, shut it. Some people stand that way naturally. I’m twenty-seven, and I stand that way all the time. I just do. It’s not on purpose, it’s not affected, it’s not because I saw it in a magazine, it’s not because I want to look like a broken doll. My feet just naturally turn that way, especially if I’ve been walking a distance and my feet hurt or if I feel self-conscious because someone’s turned a camera on me. Stop telling other people what grown women ought to be and what they ought not to be just because you’re jealous of a woman in a picture for getting more attention than you.
a powerful picture. Who the child is and what she will become, what the woman was and can never be again. Similar expressions. Luminous innocence, colour, print, awkward feet. Mother, subtle colour, perfect collar. She has awkward feet too.
Love this picture, except for the pigeon-toed stance. Maybe it is just her natural posture but I’m pretty tired of seeing models in general positioned this way to look awkward-on-purpose. this is a great sight, very inspiring fashion-ways!
Another pic that should go straight to best pics! this is perfect, there is no doubt in my mind that the young woman has not had any model training of some sort, if not she should really think of taking up modelling. i love the contrast of her quite fashionable and edgy look with the little girls gaudy outfit. it’s almost like an oxymoron but with people!