She looks good but her ankle strap sandal? Simply not recommended for woman with big legs. But the sandal could have look better on her if the front sole is 2cm thicker/higher, which I’m sure it will balance her legs.
I have to agree with the sartorialist. I have “big legs” and love wearing ankle strap sandals with skirts of that length. In my experience, the combination yields much positive feedback from the opposite gender.
I love the background in the photo… the door. Somehow I could see this photo in black and white too. Sort of old world charm. I like the way she is holding the shopping bag and the expression on her face.
I love this. I love the white cotton (is it eyelet?), the empire waist, and it’s overall simplicity. The wedges really seem to ground the ethereal nature of the dress and balance the silhouette nicely.
Her legs look great, I wouldn’t describe them as thick! It is nice to see a woman on this site who isn’t super skinny. There are lots of pics of old men with bellies, but almost all of the women are stick thin and 8 feet tall!
She is strikingly beautiful and I love how her expression is both maternal/feminine and strong. Thank you Sartorialist for finding her! She demonstrates perfectly that skinnyness is not a prerequisite to beauty.
I love it. Its simplicity in a woman that has a classic beauty that predates Kate Moss. And I praise those of you who get into it because you should! The wedges define a wonderfully shapely figure. And I agree, the lighting and composition of the setting are amazing.
she looks fabulous and relaxed – she can handle braless just fine (anyone can, actually, big deal). i would have liked to see a lower heel – look at the not so relaxed arch of her feet-, but the shoe looks good, as do her strong woman’s legs. great catch.
Sart is spot on. The shoes are perfect for her. I also like her choice to go without a bra. It gives her ensemble a wee bit of naughty zing, without being vulgar. Without seeing the back of the dress we’ll never know if this was a practical necessity. Another great photo BTW.
i think people should wear whatever they want. and i think the ankle strap is about the thickness of the ankle – not the leg. she’s got gorgeous, delicate ankles and strong, well toned legs.
i would, however, rethink the upper half of her dress. this looks like one of those max azria dresses where the neckline is adjusted by tightening or loosening the shoulder straps. if she’s going to go braless – i’d like to see a more relaxed bodice; something more roman goddess… as she wears it, the dress draws attention to her upper arms and away from that gorgeous neck.
She looks lovely, however, I find it troubling that everyone is focusing on her body type. Comments along the lines of “it’s great to see a larger woman!” really just highlight and reinforce mainstream beauty standards and bring attention to the fact that her body does not conform to the “desired” type. Why not just agree that she is a beautiful woman and leave it at that?
something people outside of the city forget is most New Yorkers don’t have cars. That is why you see people carrying two bags or shopping bags a lot more. We have to carry our stuff from place to place – maybe that is why we stay thin – people in other cities just stuff ALL their stuff in the car. Please don’t get me started on the city dumps that i see in stuffed into cars when I travel around the country.
She is lovely! As for the “big” comments: take away the huge wedge shoe and she looks like she might be about 5’2″ or 3″ and *maaaaybe* a size 8 or small 10. If one keeps in mind that the door behind her is pretty narrow, you’ll notice that, proportionally, she really isn’t that big at all. I could understand no straps for someone really fat with cankles, but aside from an overly tall wedge I think they look great on her and really pull the outfit together. Me, I’m Big. I’m 5’6″ and 215 and I’d wear that outfit in a heartbeat if that dress came in a size 18. Braless to boot! :p ~Miss B
Anon 12:59: are you saying that I should suppress expressing my happiness that a non-skinny woman is being celebrated, because by pointing this out, I’ve somehow contributed to the only-skinny is beautiful myth?
Furthermore, there is a fine and important line between “highlighting” (i.e., pointing out) and “reinforcing” (i.e., advocating). And comments about how great she looks even though she doesn’t fall into the thin mold certainly “highlight” but definitely do not “reinforce” the skinny stereotype.
maybe she is carrying a pair of flip-flops in that bloomie’s bag. when I was working in manhattan, that’s what I used to do, carry comfy shoes for commuting, and painful but cute ones for work/dinner etc. I doubt she is a size 10, more like a 6-8. Yes, there are lots of size 2-4′s on this site, but believe me, NY has a diverse range of beautiful and stylish women.
re: 6:06 pm’s comment about nyc’ers carrying paper bags everywhere: have you ever heard the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”?
re: her shoes: i think i’m probably the only one around here who feels this way but… as much as i love a wedge heel i think she would look even more fabulous in a flat of some sort. just seeing the arch of her foot puts me in pain.
I’m the bag commenter, and I was criticizing the *style* of the bag (that’s what this site’s about, no?) not its utility or it contents.
I live in NYC, I’ve only owned a car for all of 1 year of my life, and have commuted by bike for most of the rest. I put *everything* in bags and tote it with me. Including extra bags, so that I don’t accumulate new paper/plastic ones. Shopping bags are wasteful, and I like logo bags about as much as I like logo tees.
Reduce, reuse, recycle: I agree completely. Carry your own (attractive) bag, and you don’t need the ugly brown paper ones in the first place.