Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….Pattern Mixing to Beat the Heat, NYC


It’s hot as New York in August here in New York in August. Nobody feels like getting dressed up, or even dressed for that matter. The city is awash in tiny solid color Summer dresses or tees and jean shorts.

However, there are occasional glimmers of inspiration. For example, this young lady without adding any extra layers was able to skillfully mix florals, dots, geometrics and lace into one chic but subtle summer look.

To me this shot isn’t about if this look is perfect, but about the inspiration of doing a lot with a little. Actually I look at this and think about color mixing. If you kept the shape of all these pieces but each was a different color, or even shades of the same color – with or without the patterns.

Looks like this remind me that in Summer, even though we are working with fewer layers, we can still have fun playing with pattern.

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  1. ...love Maegan

    August 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I like the lace bra. my favorite detail

  2. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    She lost me at T-back, and it is a shame because she is wearing a lovely bra. I have always been of the opinion that if you mean your underwear to be visible, the lines of it must match (or at least echo) the lines of your clothes. Jorge from WPB

  3. STYLE SCANNER

    August 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Is that a scrunchie in her hair???

  4. beba,

    August 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

    That bag wins, is beautiful, and skirt is really nice too.

    Peace and love!

  5. miss sophie

    August 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

    the lacey bra peeking out from her tank is cute. she looks comfy and sexy!

  6. Nandi

    August 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

    *WOW! Love this, def. my style has a cute african influence. too gorgeous :)*

  7. The Glamorous Housewife

    August 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I am not loving the bra showing. I just think it looks tawdry. Personally, I think the outfit would look much sexier if she wore support that didn't show because the lines created by the T-back would accentuate her lovely figure. But the shoes are cute!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  8. Angeles Almuna Design

    August 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

    It's relax for a nice summer afternoon and all the different patterns are really working in one ensemble :), love it!

  9. Laura Taylor

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I love her style! x

  10. meraldia

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I like the patterns on her dress!

  11. Lauren

    August 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I don't know how I feel about showing off undergarments. Looks like her bra is too small.

  12. Gibron

    August 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

    The bra is From American Apparel

  13. Sondra

    August 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Jorge from W Palm Beach: I was thinking about your remark (about the lines of visible underwear) and I decided that I feel quite the opposite! I think that conventional rules always say no-no to exposed underwear. So if the lines match, it looks as if the person tried (and failed) to keep it under the clothes. The girl in the photo is openly violating these rules, making an in-your-face, provocative statement. I like it. I also love the subtle patterns of the skirt. For some reason, the bag doesn't do much for me.

  14. Anissa

    August 27, 2009 at 11:00 am

    refreshing and beautiful. very cool. i like it when people aren't afraid to mix black, brown, navy, &c.

  15. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:03 am

    a decent pair of legs really helped this outfit too…

  16. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:06 am

    i agree with jorge, only i don't think undergarments should show at all, i think its always tacky, never stylish.

  17. Dream Sequins

    August 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

    The print on her skirt is quite lovely. Personally, I dig on floaty sundresses when it's this hot.

  18. UNordinarychic

    August 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

    one day, i'm going to log on to your blog and see a picture of myself chillin on the streets of nyc for everyone to see. :)

    anyhow, you have a great eye!

    Best,
    Chelsea

    UNordinarychic.blogspot.com

  19. Well Done

    August 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

    good mix. ditch the bra.

  20. Allison

    August 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    With my friends in Milan we call this kind of tank top "cabrio" canotta!

  21. Fashion By He

    August 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    great shot, i have similar ones on my site, No Bra, look…

    the debate continues…get a guys view

    fashionbyhe.blogspot.com

  22. hi-d

    August 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Nicely stated!

  23. a. grey

    August 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    The bra is pretty, so I would be fine with it except for the fact that it's riding up so far as to be useless for support.

  24. Marie

    August 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I really like the fact that now you write a few lines as well as you post pictures.
    it's always very interesting to read you.

    (sorry, my English sucks..
    it's a well known fact that we French can't speak anything but French !^^)

  25. Pearl Westwood

    August 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Its nice to know what you were thinking here. I find it interesting how you pick up on details like that. Usually I hate visible underwear, but here I think the bra makes the outfit, adding a real statement. I like the pattern of the lace against the tribal print skirt.
    http://fashionpearlsofwisdom.blogspot.com/

  26. Lauren

    August 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I actually like the lacey detail of the bra showing, I do think it's nice. Although I don't know how I feel about that tank.

    For anyone who is interested, I have the same skirt and I purchased it in December of 2008 from Urban Outfitters. I believe it was part of their Urban Renewal line :).

  27. PaintTheCityNeon

    August 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    love this! i love your blog!

  28. Stella

    August 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Love it, it really is quite chic and original. Bra exposure is usually a no-no for me but I found that the lace details actually enhanced the overall look.

  29. Peter

    August 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I agree with Jorge. The bra and the skirt are good together but the beauty of a racerback is gone because of the bra. The girl seems to lack the guts to wear it braless.
    Very nice skirt though.

  30. auxpaysdesmerveilles

    August 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I love the lace bra peeking out. Very subtle and sexy at the same time.

  31. charlene

    August 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    i loved the whole outfit, the lace added just that extra perfect detail to the outfit. so inspirational, especially when here in singapore, its hot all year round…

  32. FADDIST FACTION

    August 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    nice

  33. shoe york city

    August 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Nice to see EnviroSax featured! You can get this exact model for $8.50 (I don't work there). http://store.envirosax.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MK.B4

  34. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    If the bra fit a little better, it would be divine. love the skirt!

  35. STEFANIE

    August 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    The pattern mixing is indeed perfect! Love the bra too!

  36. Noelle + Kendall

    August 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    We love her skirt,
    it's so pretty on her!

    -N + K
    http://www.fanseapants.blogspot.com

  37. Tristan

    August 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    That bra is quite something.

    This is also quite the look in London at the moment.

  38. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I absolutely abhor the exposed lace bra. Sorry. I don't mind if a bit is peeking out, but when you don't even try to match it to the lines of your top… I HATE IT! Had she been wearing racer back bra and a bit peeked out, that would have been one thing, but she's not even trying, I have been seeing a lot of this in NYC this summer and it just looks LAZY. Like they have given up. Argh. The exposed bra looked horrible on Madaonna and SJP and worse on the average person. Make it stop and please don't commend it.

    On a positive note…her skirt is adorable.

  39. Noémie K

    August 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    nice style, nice print mix and the lace bra gives a special touch to her outfit***°°°***

  40. Blau von T

    August 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    i love the peek-a-boo allure of the lace bra

  41. funkyou

    August 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    this is great
    !!!
    http://www.thefunkyou.com

  42. Antonio Barros

    August 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I like the skirt, the tank…. but the bra should not be there.

    the singular

  43. die Blume

    August 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I personally love when bras peek out a bit, when done well. They can be such beautiful garments.
    I also love how everyone will have such different opinions on letting it show!

  44. Sabrina

    August 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    lovely!but what does she has in her hair?and what about her necklace?is she wearing it in the "wrong" way?or…new trend?mmmm

  45. mickeytwin

    August 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Messy and unremarkable in my opinion.

  46. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Usually visible underwear is a sign of sloppiness for me. However, the fact that she picked the right color and a pretty bra offset it for me. Plus, hey, at least she's wearing one. I don't know why so many young ladies think gravity it their friend when frankly, we know it's not.

    I like the proportions of the whole outfit too. How the skirt and top seem just long enough for each other.

  47. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    this is the classic image of a bra too small– the band should not creep up like that. It's hard to look beyond that, but it's an interesting skirt I guess…

  48. Little Red

    August 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Love her mixing of patterns. She looks so effortless and casual. I like that her lace bra is visible. It gives this outfit a whole different look.

  49. Ljubica

    August 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    it's so true how much more interesting you can make an outfit with mixing of patterns

  50. Heather

    August 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I spent several years coaching high school students… This said, visible undergarments immediately make me think of immature, bratty, posturing adolescents. Entirely unappealing.

    She may be a lovely girl, but I could never take her seriously in this ensemble.

  51. Marie El.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    cool , confident and stylish.. wonder though how she looks upfront?

  52. SteFon

    August 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    LOoooooolll Its so funny cause i feeel exactly the same in Paris for now !! No inspiration, and too hot to be cool loooll so let's just be fresh…
    But it happens that sometimes…

    http://fashioneptunes.blogspot.com

    Bon courage from Paris ;-)

    By the way when Paris will receive your book ??

  53. CW

    August 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Madonna-esque, c. 1984.

  54. a. grey

    August 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Anon. 3:31, actually I would guess the bra band is too big – that's why it's sliding up to where her ribcage is larger.

  55. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I hate, hate, HATE when girls show their bras. I feel like it shows that they didn't think about the outfit enough. Especially since hers clearly doesn't fit- it's way too high up in the back.

  56. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    schruncy…schruncy…I can't breathe. I will just look at the bottom 2/3 of the photo then! that is chic.

  57. Berry

    August 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Ooh I love this! Her dress is fantastic!

  58. travelbug

    August 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I HAVE THAT TOTE!!!

    I feel like a part of me got on The Sartorialist!

    It's really light-weight, rolls up really tiny and fits in any purse. I don't take store's bags anymore. Living green works! I get lots of compliments on it. It comes in many different colors and prints.

    Envirosax makes it:

    http://store.envirosax.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MK.B4.D

    The rest of what she's wearing is great.

  59. CHICMUSE

    August 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    LOVIN THAT LIGHTENESS . GORGEOUS LOOK. ( WHAT A NICE BRA!)

    XX
    CHICMUSE
    http://thechicmuse.blogspot.com

  60. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    they call it underwear for a reason. otherwise, sweet.

  61. Fashion4Life

    August 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    yes…it really is a very beautiful shot. and all your points are correct, of course!

    http://www.getobsessed.blogspot.com

  62. Rafe New York

    August 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I love people who aren't afraid to mix prints and patterns. This photo works on so many levels but also because each prints has black in them, the black acts as the common denominator, the unifying element.

  63. ki

    August 28, 2009 at 3:02 am

    lovely legs, bra and scrunchy…UGH.

  64. Hawa

    August 28, 2009 at 3:07 am

    i know you said this is really about perfection but i really hate how she has worn such a lovely bra….its riding soooo high up, but the prints truly are lovely!

  65. Alex Dom

    August 28, 2009 at 6:50 am

    love the look!

  66. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Absolutely against showing off your bra "Ă  la Carrie Bradshow"

  67. paletadesonhos

    August 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

    a simple , kind girl … in a hot day
    ;)

  68. Dion

    August 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Gorgeous Bra

  69. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Sure, as a young gentleman with ambition I'll gladly accept a peek from a woman that's taking her bra for a walk however from a sartorial point of view the scene is somewhat sloppy. Had she not worn the bra it would have been mo' better.

    It also seems she chose a bodybuilder's singlet. Surely with the veritable treasure of vintage and second-hand stores peppering NY, if on a budget, one could do mo' better.

    -Pietro

  70. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I see this a lot in town these days – girls in strappy tops with their usual bras straps just showing.

    Granted, this girl is wearing a pretty, lacy bra. But mostly people are just wearing their normal bras -as long as the color matches or coordinates.

    Maybe I'm old school, but it just looks tacky to me.

  71. Specialward

    August 28, 2009 at 11:41 am

    To the ordinary guy, this outfit works because she has a cute figure and great legs. lace bra schmace bra, no one cares.

  72. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I love this shot, bra-agreement or no. My favourites are always the regular-person-with-great-style shots and it's especially refresing to not have to look at the agressive, platformed 5" heels that have been on every style blog for the last year (the shoe version of a Hummer SUV and getting stale, if you ask me.)

  73. dot

    August 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I agree. We've been seeing a lot of the 'underwear as outerwear' look in London this season, too (I've been posting about it the past few months). I got so inspired, I pulled out a never worn half slip (tan with lace trim) and wore it as a skirt for a week.

    Like anyone with an innate sense of good style, I'm sure she didn't fuss about it too much. To me, this just works: the patterns of the lace and the skirt and her bag just feel compatible, and she looks comfortable. It's not all matchy matchy and trying too hard. And I love the way the rest of the shot is so bleached out. It really conveys hot summer in the city: it could almost be Cuba.

    And so what if it's a scrunchie! Bring back scrunchies, I say!

  74. Ashley

    August 28, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Beautiful…you have such a great eye for impeccable, small details.

    http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com

  75. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    She's desperately seeking Susan…

  76. heath

    August 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    nice catch; her bra looks pretty, as do her legs. did you get a shot from the front?

  77. margo

    August 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I agree about patterns – actually I like really big patterns and prints in the summer, but her mix of patterns doesn't suit me. I love to wear a really loud pattern, preferably a floaty dress, and then no other accessories.
    The bra is pretty but not street wear in my opinion.

  78. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I think the bag looks like something cheap from Walmart.

    I like the mixing of patterns, I think it's a really fresh and simple look that works for the Summer. But to me, the bag looks out of place.

    And the bra works for her…but may not work for a lot of other people.

  79. tofuscloset

    August 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    that bag is cute!

  80. Laura94

    August 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    That bag is beautiful, and Her dress is fantastic!…wonder though how she looks upfront?

    http://detodounpoco-laura94.blogspot.com/

  81. pixie

    August 29, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Sart made it clear the "look" wasn't perfect but wanted to talk about doing a lot with a little. she did that very well.

    I rarely do this but would like too… I just don't think I possess the fashion taste to do it correctly. To me mixing various patterns is very difficult and every time I try I feel I come up short.

    She did a good job with the colors and the patterns.

    Susan
    http://www.undergroundcapecod.com
    http://www.capecodairfield.com

  82. Betsy

    August 29, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Great post.. love it!

  83. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Sorry but showing the bra make this whole outfit looks awful. Mum always told me that anyhting from the underwear must be shown.

  84. highglossblue.blogspot

    August 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I have that bag- its the best shopping bag ever! These bags from envirosax.com roll up teeny tiny so u can keep them in your purse and never be without. Plus, they're super cute!

  85. Jack Daniel

    August 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    " Nobody feels like getting dressed up, or even dressed for that matter."

    Yes, that's what I've been saying all the time.

    Summer is the downside periode of fashion. In winter, you can find loads of people wearing 8 layer outfits..very beautiful.

  86. thefashiontheory

    August 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    i like it :)

    nice blog!

  87. C.

    August 29, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I agree – i love the skirt, love the shoes, love the singlet – but she could have gone without the bra – I think she can pull it off, but would have been bettwe if she went without.

    http://c-style-trial.blogspot.com/

  88. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    she really needs proper bra-fitting :/ I really don't know why women neglect this part of wardrobe so much, they wouldn't wear too small or too big shoes!

  89. Helen of Joy

    August 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I think the comfortable New York attitude is showing.It's not working much for me but it sure works for her. A bit unkempt to look at yet deliciously liberated with her choice.Great legs though….

  90. Golden Girl Olive

    August 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I can't believe the bra is so controversial, it so obviously works in this look! A visible bra can be a tricky thing, as is remaining stylish in the sweltering heat, but this young lady looks great on both accounts.

    Olive

    http://www.VisforOlive.blogspot.com

  91. Anonymous

    August 31, 2009 at 10:51 am

    if this "outfit" was seen in any european city, tomatoes would start dropping from the sky….

    Oh my god!!!

  92. Anonymous

    August 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    It's a nice mix of patterns and muted colors. However, I don't think the bra fits. It turns what could have been a more fluid look into something slightly contrived. I'm curious if her outfit looks better from the front.

  93. Life with Kaishon

    September 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I guess I am a loser because I don't like seeing bras in public. I was never very fashion cool. Thanks for letting me look at your blog any way : )

  94. Anonymous

    September 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Beautiful light – looks like such nice weather just to wander 'round in.

  95. Anonymous

    September 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Strange and unconventional outfit…So Pretty!
    I have that bag (found it at: wearunique.com )

  96. Anonymous

    September 10, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Love the fact that Americans are becoming more French in their use of underwear as outerwear.

    The bra is a perfect addition to the overall texture of the ensemble-keeping it contemporary amidst all those retro and ethnic prints.

  97. Caroline

    September 19, 2009 at 6:47 am

    the bra is sexy and lovely. she looks great. are you bra haters just prudes?

  98. Anonymous

    October 7, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Scott, I love that you blow the Glamour "Do's and Don'ts" list out of the water. To me, style isn't about what any magazine has to say. Its about what feels good and right at the time and I think you show that quite well in your blog. Thanks!

  99. Abigail

    July 23, 2013 at 2:34 am

    sexy black outfit

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