Monday, December 18, 2017

On the Street…Proportion Play, Paris



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  1. Lazy

    December 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Well preserved cuteness

    Sent from Sartorial List for iPhone

    • andreea

      December 19, 2017 at 5:41 am

      when you’re old and you don’t give a shit about being decorative to get society’s acceptance. she’s winning! :)

      • Maria

        December 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

        I would have to say she looks very decorative, and her outfit is adorable. I like everything from the scarf, to the oversized andro jacket. One hundred percent disagreement that she is “old and doesn’t give a crap” In any way at all. Maybe that is how it feels to you, but I think your mind reading skills are failing. Love the color scheme especially.

    • lindsey

      December 28, 2017 at 2:53 am

      pure elegance!

    • Djh

      July 14, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Hello fron Tokyo

  2. RJH de la Haye

    December 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    What a charming lady…top half delightful…bottom half dreadful!

    • phyl

      December 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      There is something very endearing about this woman: a little elf just in time for Xmas?

  3. Mireia

    December 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  4. CW

    December 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This older woman should not be in a man’s jacket, and perhaps not in a man’s sweater. These make her look older and heavier. Nice palette, though.

    • RJH de la Haye

      December 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm older men should not be in a woman’s jacket and perhaps not in a woman’s sweater either…as they make them look older and heavier…hmm…younger women or men can?!

    • Boston Guy

      December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Be kind. Not everyone dresses to look younger and thinner. Should not! Says who?

    • Bob

      December 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      CW, Older and heavier than what? Your preference? Perhaps she is comfortable and happy as she is.

    • Maria

      December 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      There is no “should not” and She doesn’t look heavy in any way. She looks tiny. No one in their right mind would see her and think she looks fat, big, or even a half pound overweight. Also, there are more polite ways of expressing that thought. You certainly don’t have to like what other people wear, but they did not dress up that morning to be subjected to criticism. They are doing us all a favor by even allowing their picture to be shown . So be appreciative. Or if you feel so free to judge, at least provide a picture of yourself for comparison.

      • Topol

        January 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        “There is no “should not”” except for Maria’s.
        “Or if you feel so free to judge, at least provide a picture of yourself for comparison.” because it’s OK for Maria to judge.

        Please, every comment, positive or negative, is a form of judgement. The lady looks like a cute pixie. If I were she, I would have gone with a shorter sweater to show more leg.

  5. Laurie

    December 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I like this. She is daring.

    • CW

      December 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

      That woman is not daring. That woman dressed like a slob.

      • Marion C.

        December 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm

        It’s you that is behaving like a slob here! As mentioned above, be kind.

      • GG

        December 23, 2017 at 3:27 pm

        CW, this is a real person, wearing real clothes and looking very nice. She has a nice expression, and is dressed in such a way as to be ageless and look bright and engaging. She looks like someone who would have interesting things to say. She is full of life. She is not hung up on appearance, as you obviously are. Relax, you too will get there someday.

        • CW

          December 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm

          I made no pronouncements about her happiness or about anything other than her appearance, because this website is all about appearance, fashion, and style (and the three are not synonymous). I have no idea whether this appearance is typical of her style.

  6. steve

    December 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    How lovely…she looks so happy to be photographed. I rather like her outfit. She wears it well.
    Vêtements confortables.

  7. Jeremy

    December 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Those shoes!

  8. Belle

    December 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Gorgeous shades of earthy colors; and a lovely, natural model.

  9. Garry

    December 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Proportion play?…..she loses .

    Sorry I am all for trying things . I do not believe in rules . But this does not work .

  10. coco

    December 19, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Do you think she’s doing a Balenciaga?

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    Love it! She is daring

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  13. Charikleia

    December 19, 2017 at 4:22 am

    She has a very interesting face and in her younger days must have been super cute.

    But this is not proportion play, it is just sloppy. It is great for going to the supermarket or the farmers’ market or to run errands, but I do not understand why one should elevate this look to mean something stylistically.

    • Name*Sable Figbar

      December 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Perhaps she didn’t expect an international style photographer to approach her on her way to the supermarket or as she ran errands that day. Certainly she was not considering the effect her outfit would have on the delicate sensitivities of fastidious fashionables who would be judging her by stringent standards of what is and is not acceptable to them. And how important that is in today’s world.

      • Charikleia

        December 21, 2017 at 3:32 am

        I am with you 100%. The fact that she chose to dress like this, to go anywhere she wanted and to do whatever she liked is up to her and none of our business. I am not judging, you got me wrong. What strikes me as a bit odd is the choice to post this photo as “proportion play” and thus as something worth considering style-wise, while, in my view it is not. I do not consider myself as fashionable or worthy of judging anyone, I am just stating my opinion on a blog post.

        • coco

          December 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

          Don’t underestimate Parisians

        • carole

          December 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

          Not everyone is into fashion. Some people, like this woman probably just put on their clothes as a function, not fashion. Personally, I don’t like the way she looks, but that’s my opinion.

  14. Bella

    December 19, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Elf-like. I think the top is too long for her height.

  15. Rebecca

    December 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I think it looks like she is shrinking…or melting.

  16. Peppermint Dolly

    December 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

    She’s so cute!


  17. D.

    December 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Love her hair and mix of colors, but she appears to me like a petite woman who struggles with finding clothes that “fit well”.

  18. Sneaker

    December 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I am about her age. She looks like she has her husband’s jacket on. Maybe even an old sweater of his. Maybe he has passed and these provide her some comfort and warmth. Her pants are a cheery color and cover her legs, provide warmth as well. Her shoes just keep her feet warm, that’s important. Her scarf is tied nicely. And most importantly she is out, perhaps going for a walk. She is not sitting inside, hiding from the world, being alone, forgotten, unimportant. She exists and might even smile at a child later. Good for her! She is beautiful to me.

    • carl

      December 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

      thank you for your comment that standards for christmas time ..not everything has to be shrill and uptodate to be good and true . this lady seems to be both nevertheless

    • JV

      December 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Beautifully expressed.

    • une chatte grise

      December 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you for your kindness and compassion, Sneaker.

      She is lovely, isn’t she? :)

    • RJH de la Haye

      December 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Sneaker for all you know her husband could be alive and kicking…maybe she even runs the Paris marathon!

    • jaj

      December 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      @Sneaker… Good comment… I agree.

    • jen

      December 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you for your comment; lovely. Merry Christmas!

    • Daniela Fontes

      January 6, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Sneaker, I thought the same, or maybe he’s alive and she always liked wearing his clothes cause it’s comfy.
      Love your comment!
      Have a great 2018!

    • Stephanie

      January 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Sneaker, That is exactly what I thought! My partner is far away and I often wear his sweaters. :) I think this works on her as the colours are soft and harmonious. Her loose, full hair suits the look. I far prefer this to the slim, short pants look and ridiculous overstyling of many from the fashion set these days!

    • angel_M

      August 3, 2018 at 8:15 am

      This photo made me smile, she looks like a pixie. Love the palette, love the wind swept hair and the cheeks. She looks comfy and ready to go for a nice walk. And this comment made me tear a little. Compassion perfectly expressed. You are as beautiful as her, Sneaker! *claps*

  19. Threading

    December 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    It seems to be open season on older people. Not just here, but all over the internet. Did it even occur to you that older folks are looking at you and chuckling at how silly (or trashy) your outfits are? What happened to constructive criticism. Don’t ding her for being older. With a little luck, you will be too, one day.

    • Annie

      December 26, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Couldn’t agree more, as someone who has had the unfortunate experience of having young people pass on, it is my firm belief that old age (despite the inconveniences) is a privilege. We should celebrate our age and the wisdom that comes with it. I find ( I am 60 ) that I am beyond caring what people think of what I wear. I love fashion but now I really do dress to please myself. So you go girl.

  20. Joh

    December 20, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I admire her spirit but find the proportions to be in a crisis state. Because make-up and scarf show normal cognitive function, one must assume her snowman-melting-in-the-snow look is intentional. But to what purpose?

  21. aft

    December 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

    The essence of style is presence. This gorgeous lady has remarkable presence. And the hair! Love the hair- fabulous.

  22. nexvan

    December 20, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This older woman should not be in a man’s jacket, and perhaps not in a man’s sweater.

    • Linda

      December 23, 2017 at 2:43 am

      You are right !

  23. JV

    December 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Lovely woman, I bet she would be fun to talk to. Some have mentioned her oversized jacket and sweater as a bit slovenly. It could be, but she pulls it off with the deliberateness of her hair and that complicated scarf knot. She looks like she’s out for a winter walk. I’d take a stroll with her any day.

  24. Sable Figbar

    December 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    The photographer replied once to comments that there are few older women seen on these pages. He said he approaches them, but they don’t want to be photographed. And the ever-so-clever observations and comments here attest to why older women don’t want to be photographed. As one ages, there is often a softening of the need to be seen as flawless.

    • Garry

      December 20, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      I always assume that the people featured on here are lovely, interesting , humorous.
      But also it’s a style site , and by consenting to be photographed you are entering into conversation about style.
      I have gone on record above saying i find no style merit. Many comments above also reflect that . Yes there are a few references to age but I think most of them are in relation to style.
      There are also a few comments where she is seemingly getting a break because she is older.
      I loved it when there is someone featured who is older, since I am also older, but they still have to be saying something In relation to style.
      I am sure she is lovely ….but her words on style are a whisper at best.

      • RJH de la Haye

        December 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

        I’m totally with Charikleia and Garry…this is after all a style blog and everyone is entitled to their opinion…it’s the blog moderator that sets the mood and lets comments through…Sable Figbar are you a fashion shrink?. ..Have a great holiday,everyone…I’m taking a little break from the blog and will be back in 2018!

        • Charikleia

          December 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

          Miss you already RJH! Have fun!
          And, Garry, I really appreciate your eloquence, you put in words what I was thinking in a far more elegant way.

    • l.

      December 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      I have asked about why there are few older women here and now I too understand. You will be shredded. But you could ask many questions. Where are all the different body types? If this woman were tall and thin she would look charmingly disheveled. I love this page for the quirky and creative fashions but it still adheres to the old snobbery of acceptable body images that are not honestly representative of all of humanity

  25. Harold

    December 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    She is true to herself. Running an errand, going for a coffee or perhaps plotting a coup d’état with the girls. Incognito she is the most interesting woman strolling along the trottoir lol.

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  27. Hera

    December 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I am not sure what to think about this outfit and photo, what I like though is to see something totally different. She looks confident , comfortable and makes me want to know her more.

  28. Jim

    December 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    She’ll get some awesome honeycomb fades by stacking her denim like that, and she’s adorable.

  29. Monsieur Marcel

    December 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    There’s proportion play–in shape, texture and tone. And her posture is perfect.

    • une chatte grise

      December 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      You’re right! Head up, shoulders back–her posture makes the jacket work beautifully.

  30. Anthony

    December 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Sure, the proportions are flat wrong and they stay that way and she also looks adorable.

  31. Zyx

    December 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    love the color choices — like the color of striated rock formations in the Southwest (New Mexico, etc.), and her wonderful, beloved sweater. I have a sweater like this — not this color or style, just old and showing it, like me, and I love my sweater so much I’m happy to keep right on wearing it. It’s not new, it’s not ‘fashionable’, it’s comfy and loved and definitely lived in. This shot also reminds me of that Italian sartorialist who wore his father’s or grandfather’s mustard colored linen 3 piece suit, even though it was so old it was fraying at the cuffs. What’s that line — love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds. So some of us grow old with the things we love.

  32. Fllocj

    December 23, 2017 at 3:48 am

    No. Nothing interesting there. Clothing does not fit. Miss.

  33. Natalie

    December 23, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I love her.

  34. bonnie

    December 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Wow, she drew a lot of comments. I also remember that The Sartorialist say most older people don’t want to have their picture taken. That comment says a lot about how older people feel they are viewed by society. I give her credit for “saying” that this is me at this moment in time – go ahead and take my picture. I see that she has carefully done her make-up with eye shadow and rouge and lipstick. I think she picked her outfit with care, as do most people showed on this site. She’s a contrast to the ripped jeans, the tattoos, the tight, ill-fitting suits, and many other carefully constructed looks of the day. But she misses the mark, just like many others. However, go lady do your thing, you look happy and that’s what counts in the end.

  35. Underemployed1

    December 24, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I wanna party with HER!

  36. LW

    December 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    She’s not smoking. She’s not vaping. She doesn’t have an iPhone in her hand.

    A nice smile and a willingness to have her photo taken.

    I’m all in. Good on her.

  37. notagardenguru

    December 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I don’t care what she is wearing… she looks nice; I would probably like having coffee with her.

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  40. Cee

    December 28, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    She’s lovely – look at her beautiful face – those eyes. And as to the jacket – damn woman – nicely done!

  41. carl

    December 31, 2017 at 3:09 am

    all images posted here seem to be produced to study sculptural and proportional rules around the globe,
    no ordinary style advisory intended .
    thank you for this and hope for much inspirations in the next year.

  42. JM

    December 31, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I think she was attending an event and unexpectedly went home with someone who lent her clothes the next day. I don’t think these are her clothes, that sweater wouldn’t wrinkle that way on her, and I’m wondering if they are even her shoes.

    I think that’s why he took the photograph. She’s adorable, but there’s a story there. It’s an androgynous look which is timely, but there’s some “the morning after” intrigue.

  43. SJP

    December 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Nice lady but this is an example of exactly how not to dress. The coat could have played off of well fitting and better suited clothing!

  44. Steph

    January 1, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Such a beautiful lady and her style is amazing! What an amazing capture xx

  45. Koemsiely

    January 3, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Paris is the best place, I want to visit someday.

  46. Daniela Fontes

    January 6, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I love everything in this pic! She’s lovely (love her makeup and hair and jacket and the way she combine the colours!).

  47. Isabelita

    January 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Quizá ha elegido sacar al marido por la ventana y quedarse con su ropa!!!

  48. Johanna

    January 7, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Love it !!!!
    So beautiful, so elegant, so…Paris <3

    Bisous & happy new year :)

    Johanna, french blogger in literature/culture and everything in "ure" haha;)

  49. Bill

    January 11, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Kinda of a whoopsie…bad look

  50. Pamela

    January 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

    This lovely lady’s outfit and the comments about it are very interesting to me. I just turned 60 and realized recently (when I caught a glimpse of myself in a store mirror) that I still dress in the casual bohemian style I always did — throw on whatever is comfortable and strikes my fancy. I’m lucky to be tall and thin, but the effect is definitely different now that I’m older. Age creeps up on you so slowly you hardly notice, and yes it is a privilege — a profound privilege — to age. But I was a little startled by what I saw in that mirror. What looked breezy and effortless when I was younger now just made me look untended and a bit sloppy. The answer is different for every woman — and the woman in this picture is adorable, I’m not talking about her but about what this photo and the comments makes me think about my own style. In my case, I’m feeling the need to rethink my style, streamline it, and go for edge and elegance. May every young person who posted here be blessed to grow old enough to have this dilemma!

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