Tuesday, April 1, 2008

On the Street….. Pleats Please, Paris


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  1. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Don’t try this at home!

  2. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 8:25 am

    nice colors, but I didn’t even care for that silhouette the first time around…

  3. Karyn

    April 1, 2008 at 8:43 am

    LOVE this.

  4. Diana

    April 1, 2008 at 9:19 am

    reminds me of Lisa Plenske in the german version of Ugly Betty (Verliebt in Berlin).

  5. simonweston

    April 1, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Or, “How To Take A Page From The Diane Keaton Book of Style.”

  6. amy c

    April 1, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I agree. Don’t try this at home! Jacket is great. The pleated pants are not easy to pull off! I could never wear them. Wish we could see her shoes. And what type of bag has she got. I find that the “nerd” glasses are getting old quick. I’m already sick to death of them.

  7. Karmander

    April 1, 2008 at 10:45 am

    ah, darling. One of my favorites.

  8. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Really? My mother wore this is 1985. It wasn’t a good look then or now! I admire fashion forward thinking, but this is fashion in reverse in the worst way.

  9. kmccormi

    April 1, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I like geek-chic in single doses. EITHER the glasses OR the pleated “mom” pants OR the plaid jacket. But not all three at the same time.

  10. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Pleated pants rarely look good on anyone. Cute jacket though.

  11. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Cute! Love the jacket – fabric looks fabulous – with the striped shirt. What I can see of the bag I really like, too. The belt and glasses give the whole look fun and freshness. I am not a big fan of so many pleats, but the girl is adorable and carries this off well.

    ~ Miss Mary

  12. ddafeng

    April 1, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Love her jacket and pants, and the little detail on the belt. Love the whole outfit!

  13. ddafeng

    April 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Love her jacket and pants, and the little detail on the belt. Love the whole outfit!

  14. Beth

    April 1, 2008 at 11:19 am

    cute girl, hideous pants–somehow the retro-trendy glasses play off the pants to make them look worse

  15. Yaz

    April 1, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Love this look, the jacket really keeps it feminine

  16. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 11:44 am

    It’s all about the red pants on the monk to the right.

  17. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Reminds me of how horrible front pleats can be on trousers…very unflattering!

  18. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Please tell me why you would add to a tummy bulge with pleats and then showcase it with gold chains? I don’t think this is stylish at all, at least not in a good way.

  19. night owl

    April 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    hello annie hall!

  20. Carolina Lange

    April 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Very nice jacket!

  21. Milena

    April 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I love the jacket, but these pants and chain/belt are awful

  22. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I love this too! It’s so unusual, yet also strikes Diane Keaton and equestrian chords. Look at that belt! So well done! Love the glasses too and the natural face. Feminine makeup would have ruined it, no? The way her jacket and pants work together is genius! It’s preppy/academic elegance with a wink. Killer!

  23. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Don’tknow about this one. She looks very frumpy.

  24. Foodie415

    April 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    A 21st century Annie Hall! I like the look on her. Do you have a full length shot? I’d love to see the rest of the bag, pant length and shoes.

  25. ouroboric adolescence

    April 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    is it wrong that i want to marry this woman?

  26. jessica

    April 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    oh no!! i think its’ too literal, too annie hall…
    too much glasses! too much belt! too much volume. i want the jacket to be more fitted, at least…

  27. Gina Marie

    April 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I have to say, for me, the haircut and glasses in combination with everything else just makes it look like the 1980s. I mean, I think somewhere there’s a picture of my mother in almost this exact outfit (sans chain belt.

  28. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Not only did I not look good in those pants in the 80s, I didn’t look good in those glasses, either.

  29. Jerome O'Brien

    April 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Um, honey….NO!!!! Imagine everything being the same (love the big glasses!), but with some tight dark jeans….A ZILLION TIME BETTER. This is actually upsetting to look at.

  30. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hope the chain holds her pants up.

  31. amyw

    April 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    EXACTLY like Annie Hall. I’d love to be one of those people who can pull off this type of look.

  32. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    again another annie hall look, very similar to the irina post.

    do you see this as a trend?

  33. ama

    April 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Nice colour palette. And pleats? Yes, as for me – I’ve always liked them.

  34. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Like the man tailoring, and the jacket, but I’ll never ever do baggy pants again, and this shows why very well. No one can look good in them.

  35. La Terpette

    April 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    saw this in une fille comme moi, love the belt!

  36. Charlotte

    April 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    please please, don’t facilitate the return of pleats.

    lovely pattern on the jacket though.

  37. sarah

    April 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    She seems one yellow coat-of-arms patch away from 1983… The glasses, pleating, gold chain and cropped silhouette feel like a costume, not an inventive re-adaptation of 20 years ago. I can’t help but wonder why you chose to highlight her… did she have something that just didn’t translate in the still picture?

  38. Mary

    April 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    this is hideous.
    i hate pleats.
    her glasses are square (and not in a good way), though they seem to be in style in paris at the moment.
    she needs a new “do”.
    the bag does not go w. the outfit.
    belt doesn’t make sense.
    it does look like she tried, though, so give her A for effort.

  39. when everything else is au fait.

    April 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    i love her spectacles.

  40. Paul Pincus

    April 1, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    She’s a little Diane Keaton in that it seems all so wrong…but I like deliberate and this is deliberate. Tremendous confidence is needed here to pull this off and she does!…I’m guessing, of course, but I bet she’s fascinating to know.

  41. Theo

    April 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    pleats, always wrong. excellent example of why.

  42. cigalechanta

    April 1, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I think I saw this photo on style.com? The cropped jacket makes it work. Like that belt!

  43. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    The line between love & hate is…

    I just can’t wear something my grade 6 teacher wore. I just can’t. It’s too soon!

  44. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Yes, yes! this is fantastic! I love the glasses, the blazer, trousers and belt. She is gorgeous! – i wish i could look that good.

  45. phyllis

    April 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Can anyone tell me who made her chain belt? I love it.

  46. Heather

    April 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I challenge most of us broads to pull this off without looking like we’re wearing Mom Khakis.

  47. Margo Channing

    April 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    A little Annie Hall-esque, no? It works for her, but it’s not something I really LOVE.
    I don’t care for those glasses… :/

  48. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Very Annie Hall, don’t you think?

  49. amy korngiebel

    April 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    i’m smitten. very annie hall. love love love.

  50. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm


    adil sg

  51. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Frumpy! Also the Chanel-style braided-chain belt seems too formal for pleated khakis.

  52. Amelia

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    I don’t really like the pleated pants, but the coat and glasses are fabulous. The belt is sort of interesting, too. I really like the red pants in the background.

  53. Anonymous

    April 2, 2008 at 12:42 am

    She is working it but generally not a flattering look from the front. It emphasizes pear shape especially if pants are tapered.

  54. Anonymous

    April 2, 2008 at 1:04 am

    a woman after my own heart. love her.

  55. Tina Frey Designs

    April 2, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Oh please Please PLEASE don’t let those awful baggy pleated front pants that taper in the legs from the 80′s come back in style again!!! They remind me of MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice.

    If the pants have flared legs, then I approve of the look…however, I can’t tell that from this picture.

    Otherwise, from the waist up, she looks great! I love the jacket!

  56. Anonymous

    April 2, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Loving it. But it is unfair not to be able to see the rest of the outfit. Think it depends greatly on the cut of the pants (which seem baggy) and the shoes she’d be wearing. But it looks good thus far.


  57. ks

    April 2, 2008 at 3:56 am

    some things are better left in the past where they belong. baggy pleated pants are one of them.

  58. FireBrand

    April 2, 2008 at 5:22 am

    I’m not sure why, but I love this. Those glasses make it even better.

  59. habitual

    April 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I’m confused. Is this Paris 2008 or 1988? Is it a movie set? Because whoever did the costuming got it spot on! (Except the phone, I don’t think we had such tiny phones in the 80′s). ;)

  60. Anonymous

    April 2, 2008 at 9:33 am

    It was such a relief to read the comments about this outfit. I was so apprehensive that everyone was going to swoon, as usual, and once again I would be off in the corner by myself shouting “No, you can’t be serious!” P.S. I think I had those pants when I was in high school , as well as the striped shirt and the glasses. Probably wore it all with an Etienne Aigner belt.

  61. SAM

    April 2, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I can almost live with the glasses, but the pants have to go. Nice jacket though.

  62. Anonymous

    April 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Nice jacket..but the rest is trying too hard. I find that taking a retro look too literally can become too costume-like

  63. BenzW124

    April 2, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    This is exactly the silhouette/look that Louis Vuitton just pegged for the Fall 08/09 season…

  64. Anonymous

    April 3, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Diane Keaton immediately springs to mind when I see this lady. Not sure about the trouser and belt combination but I like the jacket and specs.

  65. Anonymous

    April 3, 2008 at 5:20 am

  66. Anonymous

    April 3, 2008 at 10:53 am

    She looks exactly Jan smithers. Actress on TeeVee’s WKRP in Cincinnati—seriously—google it!

  67. playing fashion

    April 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    goood. new volume, new trend

  68. jana

    April 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    not that i like the pants but the person seems interesting and funny

  69. Weremonkey

    April 4, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Looks very 80′s to me.

    And WOW! That looks like me in the photo – but it’s not me.

  70. Anonymous

    April 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    As a fellow glasses wearer and due to the fact that she is at some fashion event – she could benefit from more makeup.

    Also she needs to perk up her hair colour a bit.

    The bag reminds me of the tennis bag Annie Hall used in the movie.

  71. Anonymous

    April 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    mmmm at least she doesnt look like everyone else and tries to imitate what she sees on other people. fashion does and don’ts next year pleats will be in and the next they wont so how bout stop criticizing someone for being and dressing how they want

  72. Lisa

    April 6, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Ugh. It didn’t look good in 1985 either.

  73. Anonymous

    April 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Love it. This girls style has personality and imagination and it looks like she is doing it for herself. All the people hating on this are no doubt your usual overly preened fashion sheep. Shes got it. You haven’t…ha!

  74. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    she looks like a girl morrissey.

  75. leigh

    April 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    what an incredible blog you have here. the way you capture not just fashion but the heart, the personality of the person…it’s incredible. i fashion inspiration for decades now!

  76. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I don´t know…. I like it, I don´t like it , I like it again…mmmmmm

  77. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Bring on the pleats! I love that classical 1940s look. I never completely gave them up. To those who think they’re ugly, consider how great Dietrich looked, Katie Hepburn, and Grace Kelly. I am well-proportioned and not a plus size, so I’m going for it. If you refuse, that’s your choice. The advantage of these pants are comfort without lycra and the ability to wear any panties you want without VPL! Remember that VPL became an issue again when tight-fitting, flat-front low rise pants came back in style from the 1970s.

  78. pearlescent

    April 13, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Love how the belt adds a lot to this outfit..

  79. Anonymous

    April 16, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    She seems very refreshing to me – a non-snob.

  80. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 5:46 am

    i like her jacket :)

  81. Gabriele Coughlin

    August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Ohh great post love it!

  82. Jorge

    July 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, a lot of thumbs down.

    O really liked this.

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