Interesting to see the two, inverted approaches to early spring–bare legs with heavy black shoes, or opaque black legs with girly pink shoes. Of the two I prefer the former look, and will try it tomorrow in NYC!
The girl in the lower picture looks fabulous! it looks like she woke up on a beautiful sunny day and grabbed her favourite things and put them on. For me her outfit has a very spontaneous, carefree feel and looks so pretty and joyful – what spring should be all about and those have to be the best spring shoes ever!
I’m glad that you put these two together; I think they say so much more together than apart.
The first one is such an inspiration to me in terms of fit of the jacket; various neutrals plus a bright color located in a beautiful skirt; and the idea that I might try bare legs with my black booties as a transitional look (something I had been intimidated to try, but I have a frame like hers so I should at least give it a go.)
The second one reminds me to be more daring, to take more risks, and to care less what others might think.
I disagree with the poster who said that the 2nd person would have a richer imagination. I wouldn’t be able to wear that outfit in my daily life even if I wanted to, but I could wear the first one to work. People that work in environments where they are expected to be conservative have, in my opinion, a much more difficult job being creative and imaginative and still towing the line.
Both pics have an element of sweet and tough that I like. I especially like the stripe skirt in the top pic, just sweet enough to add some spring magic.
The girl in the bottom pic is so adorable in her transition from geeky duckling to swan. She’s combined that sweet/tough element expertly here. I’d like to see her grow. Hope you cross paths with her again in the future.
I also wanted to add: that your blog has helped me overhaul my wardrobe and has changed my attitude to many items of clothing and various combinations. So when I look at the fit of the trench in the first photo, I think to myself that I want a similar cut and double breasted buttons; and I won’t buy until that comes along.
I was browsing through your archives, remembering very well the first time I had seen the older images and where I was when I did, and was amazed to realize that I have acquired so many of the looks/items that I first discovered on here. This is likely why I am so happy with my wardrobe at the moment! Thank you for that.
Both outfits are cute and interesting, each of them in its own special way. I just donâ€™t like the black accessories. This colour disturbs the spring softness and harmony that both outfits are supposed to express. If you are going to play the sugar candy look, thereâ€™s not much place for black, and you need to go all the way, perhap light grey, beige or blue accessories would help?
The second photo is incredible – almost like two different girls photoshopped together! The calm and cool glasses, black tights, jacket and bag break free into some crazy spring flower of pink and purple ruffled flowery love – spring emerging from winter. The lime green and brown chairs add to the garden-y feel of it all. Grand, Sart!
Please tell me these were just girls on the street and not a fashion shoot — I’d love to think people actually wear such fun outfits as the second picture!! I often see things like this in magazines, but would love if this were acceptable to wear in “the real world.” Maybe I’ve just been in DC too long — too much gray, navy, and black!
I’m enjoying comparing these two and asking myself why I think the first photo is so chic and the second is not. It’s mostly about streamlining: the trench fits her perfectly, the skirt is flared but not poufy, and the boots are sleek. The second photo is just one hot mess. Ruffles upon ruffles, and the shoes are too childish (they must be Marc Jacobs?). The bag is utilitarian doesn’t complement the outfit.
Also, in the first photo, note the angles, of her bangs,of the unbuttoned trench-jacket, of her skirt, and her right arm/hand. Very artistic. Still can’t warm up to the barelegged look with short boots.
These looks are working for me with the exception of the tights on the second woman. I wish she had chosen a tonal color which matched the colors in her skirt and shoes. Still, I like the idea of her look, right up to the ‘nerdy glasses.
If my four-year-old daughter were a fashion designer, these are the kinds of looks she would create. Especially the second one, with its flounces and those shoes that look like big pink lips on her toes. I totally approve. We would all smile much more if pink were the dominant color, rather than black.
i want to put on my chicest outfit and prance around the tuileries and see if i get my picture taken.
love love the jacket… it just goes to show that fit and proportion make a trench something magical and not just an old navy breakfast at tiffany’s knockoff.
but please, the girl on the bottom should SMILE! she looks so unhappy, which is so odd, considering her outfit. it sounds corny, but when the contributors here smile it makes their outfits 100 times better.
Outrageously refreshing! Such a lovely color scheme and the shoes are terribly fantastic. Almost costume-like, the touch of the blazer and accessories translate sophistication and genuine style. So wonderful to see such a bright and bold look.
I absolutely love the color in this outfit! I completely agree with most of the comments–the outfit is so fun, colorful, and whimsical. I used to not like mixing “weird” colors, but it definitely works for her! I like blogging about fashion shows, and this is Ungaro Fall 2009 inspired. I can completely imagine this girl wearing this outfit (http://content.coutorture.com/2900973?page=0,0,10) come fall!
oh wow, i loove the first one so much… feeling so inspired now! the second annoys me. anyone who has the money can buy almost a whole look off the runway. however not anyone could manage to make such a fantastic Luella outfit NOT work. i am very disappointed; i absolutely adore the collection it is from.
I would have loved this outfit when I was about 8 years old. When did women stop wanting to look grown-up, elegant, and start wanting to look like little girls from Disneyland. Sart, please post the odd shot of models from the late ’50s, early ’60s next to one like this. It would be instructive, if not amazing (still seeing that word, ad nauseum).
The first girl is simple and effortless elegance. The bottom one is almost wonderful. I hate that skirt. It looks like something a blind grandma made from her old aprons. I do love the colors though and her shoes are lovely.
It’s amazing how you can be not only one of the most talented photographers in the fashion industry with an indestructible way with creativity but also be ridiculously in tune with fashion. Your blog fascinates me, I know I have bothered you in the past with my humble 14 year old musings but as always, Bravo!