My favorite look too…she’s a star in doing monochromatic!
Such wonderful self-confidence…self-confidence is measured as accurately by a camera as the temprature is by a thermometer…if a person or model is akward and unsure of her/his self,these self-doubts will be evident in the finished picture.
I new there would be comments like this, the moment I saw this picture :). I so want to wear clothes without bra, but not only in a professional environment it is impossible. Imagine taking my kids from kindergarten without it, or going to the supermarket / it’s on my street/, or to a friends house and her husband is there… sorry but without a bra you can only stroll in a fashionable neighborhood with your significant other by your side, or go to a bar.Still, it looks great.
I agree her boobs are so distracting in that dress. Part of having great style is wearing the proper undergarments. Not a good look at all, it totally took away from her amazing style. Just because you have small breast does not mean you can go braless
She has a very sophisticated sense of color.
I find her look very sensual, somehow, perhaps because she knows the forms that flatter her form, not bothering with “sexy’ which is totally besides the point anyhow.
For al this, she looks very modern and real and strong.
I love it.
This woman has a great and consistent sense of style. She is not wearing anything outrageously expensive, so I can relate to her. She is refined and elegant and her hair cut gives a modern look to her outfits.
I am loving the photos of these low-key, yet super chic editors !
They look like they are actually attending the shows to WORK and not to just be seen and show off the most outlandish fashion combos imaginable.
Your photos show the flip side of what has turned into a narcissistic fashion circus – stylish women who choose not to be fashion victims, but who dress themselves in a manner that is polished, unique and full of personality, super ‘of the moment’ but not screaming ‘LOOK AT ME !’ They have perhaps even PURCHASED the clothes they are wearing ?
Very refreshing !
This photos mean the world to me! Here in the US, in my particular part of the country, it is all gaudy bangles and sparkles and polyester prints, ruffles and flounces and very ageist—either for size one young girls or overweight older ladies who have stopped caring. Think knit tee-shirts and elastic waist knit pants, with mandals and belly bags. For years and years, I have searched for this style, this simplistic, elegant way of wearing clothes, letting the cut of the clothes make the statement, and it has been impossible to find. These young women capture perfectly a style of dressing long-lost in my neck of the woods, especially for middle-aged ladies who are tired of looking like “mutton dressed as lamb” or mini-mes of their 80+ year-old moms because there is minimal-to-no choice in clothing selection. There is hope!
Please, can you do wonderful, classy shots like this, but in the summer, so we can have an understanding of how to dress in really hot weather? Believe me, your blog does more than inform the fashion world–it informs those of us who want to have style, too.
Wow, people! How many times does Mr Schuman have to say that these images are references to “what could be”, to use these ideas in your life in the most appropriate manner for you? Yes, wear a bra in the office.
I don’t quite understand all this fuss about bras. There are so many sexualized ads everywhere, half to completely naked people in suggestive poses, and a guy will be disturbed by a braless woman in the office? what kind of world do we live in?
It depends on which culture you are in. Continental European men are more used to young and old girls not wearing bras – if you live in France, Italy, etc. not wearing a bra will not get you extra attention from men; whereas American men are hyper-excited by such very ordinary behavior.
Solution? Men should get over it and get used to it.
Women don’t always feel like wearing a bra; men don’t always wear underwear – think Scottish Kilts. And just because a man is wearing a kilt doesn’t mean women should be sexually excited. That’s just the guy’s choice.
I happen to be European and living in Europe and never have I known that it was a good idea to not wear a bra once your over 14 years old. Seriously. I had a colleague at work and her nipples/breasts were always visible through her clothes and that was really all anyone had to say about her. Not that she was so competent, but that she had an eternal wardrobe malfunctioning.
I find it difficult to compliment her braless style without betraying a lascivious undertone, still… her presentation works as is: The dress’ textures are so fine and smooth, they would distort over a bra.
She just has it down to a science–the colors, fit, and sense of comfort & professionalism. So simple and elegant yet so bold. Even men could pull a thing or two from her looks. I’d really love to know who she is, though.
Do visit: genteelflair.com (Grow forward)
I have to congratulate you on the amazing series of photos this week! It’s so antithetical to the ridiculous peacockery on some other sites. It’s cool, serious style that absolutely resonates so loudly right now: it’s consistent, it illustrates a number of looks using one ‘key’ item and it’s REAL. Dressing in a complete ‘straight off the runway’ different look every day has become tired. This is a great return to what street style, in my opinion, really is … Thank you for restoring my faith in that concept.
I just love the third shot. The shapely tanned leg, A line of the jacket, elegant shoe, the side view of her lovely hair cut and the fabulous smiling red lips. It all comes together so beautifully in this photo.
I find the whole ‘women can’t go bra-less because men would be too overexcited’ argument that I keep seeing here a bit ridiculous. Sure, it might not be professional to go bra-less in most modern workplaces, but I personally wouldn’t stop wearing a bra even if it was acceptable! I love wearing lingerie and how sexy it makes me feel… no shift in social norms would stop me.
I think this entire post really just shows how personal taste and circumstance are so essential to shaping style. I think she looks amazing- incredible styling- I wouldn’t replicate parts of it myself but if she works in fashion and prefers to go bra-less, cool. Scott’s blog allows us to dream and see other people’s tastes and style, and I love this example.
She has a very keen off-color sensibility. I love the palette of the last shot. Not many people can even start to compile so many tones and still maintain harmony.
I (and I may be outnumbered) don’t really care for her hair style. It’s very masculine. Maybe that’s why she feels compelled to flaunt her nipples – some sort of compensatory attempt at ‘feminizing’ her appearance.
I don’t think that she needs to wear a bra so men won’t get excited – that is hardly the point. And yes, she has the figure to not need a bra for support.
I find that it is too revealing when nipples are the focus of an outfit – and here, they are. There are plenty of smooth bras that would be sufficient to provide a better look without ruining the line of the garment.
Great pictures, great outfits. Her colorblocking and proportions are perfect.
And now for a comment on the comments:
I cannot believe that all people can see is the lack of a bra. The outfits are a great reference. Her breasts are not the only thing she’s wearing–why is that the only thing you can talk about? If you feel you need to, put a bra under it if you’re more comfortable that way. Will it ruin the lines, or the opposite–depends on the bra and your body, also on how you think the individual garment should be worn.
It’s only as distracting as the environment around it makes it, regardless of what country you’re in. Example: I am a college language teacher. Most of us manage to remain professional (and, I would say, normal) about people’s bodies. But a former colleague of mine (French! not ‘puritan’ American) felt the need to comment with great relish every time a student would come to class without a bra.
In ‘Let’s make love’ Marylin Monroe’s character says to Yves Montand something like: “I can tell you’re not from the theater because of how you look at girls in their rehearsal clothes. In the theater, a girl can walk around backstage with nothing on but her good will, and no one will look twice, but the same girl, fully clothed, walking down a row of desks in an office will have her backside pinched black and blue”. If you’re lucky enough to work in a milieu where people are looking for your style and not your sexuality, why feel constrained to wear anything you don’t personally need for comfort? (although of course in fashion one is commodified in a slightly different way).
I love her hair. I cut my hair like this when I was 21 and loved it. As I advanced in my career I felt pressure to grow it out and have caved. The cut still appeals to me though- maybe I will cut it again soon. I didn’t even notice the braless until I read the comments. Is this such a big deal? Could HR really complain about it? Why should coworkers be staring at your chest anyway?
Will someone else agree that the 1st picture, on which no one has commented, looks like she borrowed them from her taller, bigger sister?
The rest are good. Enough about the bra-less look, to me the 1st picture looked almost dumpy, not in keeping with the others.
Agreed. I also love this kind of style. She is acting somewhat like a man, in not feeling like she needs to show too much skin or dress for sexiness, and that to me is an expression of confidence and personal power. Very In Control of Herself. Unconcerned about attracting attention, but still looks great and sexy in a refreshingly subtle way. Even the mannishly simple pieces and colorations come off as feminine, the way she is doing it. Brava. I am sick unto death of slutty, sloppy, tacky, tattooed, pierced weirdness.
I neglected to comment about the barbless photo. For Americans its a bit shocking, but I think Europeans don’t care as much. They are used to topless sunbathing and it isn’t as shocking over there. That said, this would be utterly unacceptable in an American office setting. So Euro women, take note. You will be thought shocking in the states if you dress like this for business, and you may sock American males into a state of mesmerized stupidity, and/or make any American women you interact with feel derision or disdain. When in Rome… OK. But when in Denver, No Do.
Wow, she’s the Sofia Coppola of the fashion industry. So refreshing to see an editor dressing for herself, surrounded by sheep, and halloween costumes. Understated classics, quiet style, and short hair all on a great figure. More proof that less is more. The only thing that doesn’t fly is the lack of a bra. Not cool.
She looks amazing! Was very happy to see, not only that she doesn’t wear a bra, but all the talk about it! I don’t wear a bra in the office (in North America). I don’t think it matters one way or the other because some men just stare a breasts no matter what. I don’t feel like I need to cover myself up just because they are attracted to breasts. I always thought it was their problem, not mine.