Love these natty older folks in Europe â€” ladies in lovely dresses and pearls and men in well-fitting trousers, cotton shirts and sport coats. Her American equivalent would be in a pink sweat shit and white sneakers â€” this look so much nicer and more comfortable, too. Even her sensible shoes are attractive and good for cobblestones. She’s a lovely lady and a breath of fresh air! (And maybe she has another pretty dress inside the bag.)
Her pose is the best part of this photo. She’s proud and confident; she stands tall and strong. Many women seem to shrink into themselves as they get older, and I don’t mean physical bone loss–they seem almost to be trying to disappear, to apologize for not fitting the dominant standard of youthful media-Barbie “beauty.” This woman’s still owning it. I envision her having posed this way all her life, and I honor her knowing that she’s still that woman.
This beautiful lady gives me the hope that I can age as gracefully as she has. I love her confident pose and her outfit is spot on !
I agree with of comment that says she is not shrinking in the background but she is proud of who she is.
Thank you for this photo.
Great photo. She is wearing a fun colorful dress, but her pose is really the best part. She is proud and confident. Good for her.
Thank you for showing us people beyond 50 who are stylish. Really: Thank you.
I love this image!
I think it is as important for a fashion blogger to feature photos of (ordinary) seniors as of swanky young people. The former could be an inspiration to the young on how to age gracefully and fashionably. After all the seniors of today may be trendsetters in their yesteryears. We may learn a thing or two from pictures like this.
Just wanted to add that I see some older American women who dress divinely. More casually, perhaps, but thats not the point. We don’t live in a cookie cutter world, thankfully.
Also; This lady does have amazing posture. its funny how people forget good posture, but if you don’t have that, you don’t have anything.
Thank you for taking photos of everyone. I love her pose (as others have said) and the fact that her clothes fit. This is the number one quality I noticed in all the older women I saw when I first went to Spain–that older women wore clothes the right size–not too big, not too small. Whether they were 4 feet 10 inches tall or nearly six feet tall and round all over, their clothes were just the right size and they carried themselves with such grace. It was such an epiphany. Your portraits surprise us all the time… how I do love photos of the old ladies. My all-time favorite is the monochromatic lady wearing, what was it, a fur coat? I’ll have to find her in the sartorialist archives. Joy awaits!
!!! This is absolutely amazing! I was waiting for this king of picture! Im from East Europe and i see a lot in our streets old elegant or funny looking old women, wich makes me want to start blog about them …
As an American woman, I find it extremely helpful to embrace a more European attitude toward aging. When I feel the shove of our culture to deny that it’s happening, or that in fact, it is both natural and beautiful, I will think of this photograph. Thank you.
This is a great photo.
I love the pose. She looks so proud and strong.
In a way, this photo made me smile.
This is basically my mum’ summer uniform and she would never consider herself classy, or elegant, or interesting in any way wearing such an outfit and she would never go to Milan wearing that because she wouldn’t consider it good enough for the city (she is from a small Italian town). I’m sure if you had asked my mum to take a picture of her she would have thought it was a joke.
I would really like to know if you had to spend a lot of time trying to persuade this woman to take this picture.
More senior people, please!!! Most times senior people are so classy, but when you piont it out they look at you like if they didn’t know what you’re talking about.
So wonderful to see an older woman featured. Ever think that she may be much more than a “grandma?” Maybe she owns a business, maybe she is an academic . . . . images change and photographers help change them.
Glad to see Saba’s comment – I was getting a little tired of all this ‘cute grandma’ stuff. As a 62-year old myself, I hate the assumption that all individuality, all accomplishments can be disregarded after a certain age. She’s a mature woman who, to judge by your photo, is confident and with a strong sense of style. Nothing wrong with being a grandmother, but none of your readers would think of describing a 30-year old as simply a wife or mother – please grant older women the same respect.
Thank you Scott for posting this picture. You made my dad. She is simply lovely and reminds me of my grandmother. Older women should be celebrated in this way more often – I know you agree. :))
You’re the best!!
i feel like this picture tells you all about her. she’s a sweet yet fashionable italian woman, living it up in milan….with linguini cooking in her cozy kitchen….and fresh veggies that she just picked up from the market.
I am also a bit annoyed with all these “cute grand ma” stuff. MAybe she is not a grand mam at all, maybe not even a mum?! Maybe she is an stylish italian lady with a very rich life, or maybe she is a tourist on a roundtrip to Italy? ( not German anyway, that you can tell ) but she could be Italian or even Danish. She is graceful and stylish and she looks very good and stylish. My grandma used to dress like that, dye her hair black, and she was much much more than a mum and a grand mum!
This photo is a relief. I love to see all the beautiful , young men and women everyone takes photos of, and yet there is an older generation, with great style and beauty and a sense of self that lives and breaths that is largely ignored. It s nice to see that someone is paying attention. Your photograph is a nod to maturity and grace.
If you put the same clothing and accessories on Giovanna Battaglia, Viviana Volpicella or even Hanneli Mustaparta you’d have the same result. Something chic, lively and current. I like the bright print with the neutral shoes.
wonderful picture with the explosion of colour in a more subdued background. I also like it because this is the first I see with a “normal” person in it, not the very slim, very young, waifish character, so close to the runway ideal.
This is so cool! My boyfriend is Italian and his beautiful mum is one of the most stylish women I’ve ever seen…at the age of 82!! I love the colours and the pearls that this lady is wearing, and as others have said, she has a tender, approachable face. Just great!
So many comments use the word “cute,” but that’s the last word I would use. She looks proud, resilient, strong, experienced, tough, and handsome to me, as the word is sometimes used for women. Love this!
Nice that you’ve chosen this lady – after all, you do see charmingly dressed older people like this quite regularly across Italy – but I think you ought to do this more often to avoid this being seen as merely tokenistic. The non-fashion people have now virtually disappeared from your blog.
My dear, late, grandma never left the house unless immaculately groomed. She taught me well. This lovely lady shows me, as well, why you should DRESS LIKE YOU MEAN IT. She has respect for herself and those around her. What a wonderful example of manners and grace. Thank you for sharing.
This instantly reminded me of my nonna in Italy. Due to the distance between us unfortunately I don’t get to see her often, but when I do she never seems to be lacking in floral dresses, pearls and curls.
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This, to me, captures the true essence of the term ‘street style’. This lady isn’t a model, or a high-end fashionista – she’s just a well dressed woman with a lovely sense of personal style. Thanks, Scott.x
Nothing like Italians, young or old, to show style and grace. The expression on her face is lovely. Did everybody realize that this lady received more comments than anybody else lately? And…. all favourable!
She looks like she’s going to size you up in a few moments, tell you you’re too skinny, then try to feed you. If you decline she will shake her head sadly and sigh. Then try to feed you again. Then you will feel guilty, and even though you’re not really hungry, you’ll eat something just to make her happy. Okay, maybe that’s confusing her with my grandma, but you just know she’s probably the same.
I love this photo! Not that your others are bad, but finally someone who is not in their 20′s-30′s, rail thin, and connected to the fashion industry in some form. Yay!!! A true street sartorialist photo!
Simply amazing. In one second, I was transcended to her youth. I saw exactly who she was and reflectively, still is. She’s got a spunky personality that I’m sure was ever so present in her younger years. Render me speechless. This is ranking near the top of my favourites of yours, list.