Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On the Street….Thea, New York

Isn’t it so refreshing to see a sixteen year-old dressed like this?

I didn’t immediately know if I wanted to take this shot. While I was deciding I thought about my own daughters and realized it would be nice for them to see a young lady ,that is obviously very cool, dressed like this instead of the constant media parade of Britneys and Lindsays. This is the anti-”Jersey Shore” (I mean the show not the actual place)

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  1. Stacy

    July 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Yes, classy! Oh to be 16 again…

  2. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Great to see someone young swimming against the tide of conformity. Margaret Howell with painted toe nails. GB

  3. Cecylia

    July 28, 2010 at 9:03 am

    So clean and fresh!

  4. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

    love it, totally agree with you, so refreshing, reminds me of a world past which I now realize I miss.

  5. Tanya

    July 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

    She looks so adorable! The look is so in my style – so, Scott, tnx a lot for the shot!

  6. Ashes

    July 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Definatly, she looks lovely. Her colour choices are amazing and that shirt with the cute buttons is simply charming.

    http://www.ashleigh-chapman.blogspot.com

  7. Lady M

    July 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Chic styling.
    And I can feel fresh summer.

  8. James Taylor

    July 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

    She's sixteen? She looks about eleven!

  9. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

    so beautiful! thanks for posting this its quite refreshing!

  10. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

    So cute ^^ Young and with style

  11. sevendialsgirl

    July 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

    She looks lovely – young, fresh. It's an outfit that is appropriate for her age, but could equally be worn on a fashionable 40 something too.

  12. Rachel

    July 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Adorable! It is so refreshing to see a well-dressed young lady. Very classy and mature. Also, she dresses better than me…I need to step my game up to her level!

    lonerandrebel.wordpress.com

  13. Claud

    July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Love it! And, OMG, she's 16?! Wow.

  14. Lee Oliveira

    July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    WOW… loving her style and her simplicity
    LOx

  15. Blah Blah Becky

    July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Wow – wish I'd looked like this. I cringe when I see photos from when I was 16!

    http://www.blahblahbecky.co.uk

  16. Jungsu Kim

    July 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    so cute!

  17. Jungsu Kim

    July 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    wow she's so cute!

  18. Eden

    July 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

    So cute:))

  19. Patricia

    July 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    she's dressed perfectly and has such a calm air about her!

    http://www.pinkpeonieswithlove.blogspot.com

  20. The Photodiarist

    July 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I love it. Why didn't you want to take the shot initially? SHe looks fantastic.

  21. mixedtapediaries

    July 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Sparse.

  22. Román Iglesias

    July 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I'm envious to be like her in New York this time …

    http://coolneeded.blogspot.com/

  23. Nityalila

    July 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    classic!

  24. a Broad

    July 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Adorable.. look at those long legs ! I totally agree with your choice and your words.

  25. CeeCee

    July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Great outfit.
    A 16 yr old who knows herself and is willing to step away from the crowd. That is brave. I salute her!
    So different to almost every 16 yr old in the UK right now who is wearing leggings and floral bodies (yeuch)

  26. Susan

    July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

    wow, it is great that you took this photo- and I totally agree with you on the comment!
    keep up the great work.

  27. Luna :

    July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

    if only to be sixteen again with this girls fashion sense!! how life might have been different ;-)

  28. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

    THANK YOU. AGREE COMPLETELY.

  29. Katie

    July 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

    she looks very nice! but how did you get from milano to new york in 1 day and still be able to take these shots? or do you take many photos and post them all later? thanks! :-)

  30. The Voguette

    July 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I wish I was that well-dressed when I was 16…

  31. Annika

    July 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I'm sixteen and it really is refreshing to see girls dress like this at my age. I try to look classy and put together so thank you for the extra inspiration!

  32. Doug

    July 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Classy and refreshing. Much better than the omnipresent neo-trashy look.

  33. Lauren

    July 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

    She looks fantastic. I'd love to see you photograph her in 5 years – she already possesses a quiet confidence of someone twice her age.

    Hand drawn:
    myclosetinsketches.com

  34. Gary MAEL

    July 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Ah, this is impressive ! So young and already a person of good taste ! Who are her parents ?

  35. Ainara

    July 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Lovely style!! so cute!!
    You are invited to visit my blog (from spain)
    Ainara white!!!

  36. Nansosi

    July 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Wow, Scott! I would have gone right past her without taking notice of how remarkable it is for a 16 year old to be dressed this way. Yes, it's very refreshing. And the way she holds herself — a young lady with a very strong sense of self. Absolutely lovely.

  37. needle+thread

    July 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

    isn't she fresh? good style choices at a young age… rare, but she looks lovely and somehow age appropriate. as always, you capture a range. love that.

  38. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Simple, elegant, classic, and totally adorable. You've got great taste Thea! Love it!

  39. small woman .

    July 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Very simple ;) Oh, i like it! ;)

    http://waronclothes.blogspot.com/

  40. Liz S

    July 28, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Very cute and simply stylish. Love that refined tomboy look she has going on. The scrunched toes are the best part for me, hinting at her youth and the fact she still has to grow into her full security and confidence.
    And it is hard to believe she is 16–definitely looks younger–although she may not want to hear this!

  41. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Yes.

  42. Moi

    July 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

    You should post this picture all over the U.S. as a public service announcement.

  43. Marie b

    July 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

    You did well! I think the outfit (the shirt in fact) is a bit to sober for teenager.

    A bit of fun don't hurt.

  44. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    The way I dressed when I was growing up. Lovely and nice to see her carrying it off so well.

  45. Sarah J

    July 28, 2010 at 9:58 am

    She's stunning. I love the shirt, its just so elegant!

  46. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Looking at Thea takes me back to 1968, when Pappagallo and Villager, and that haircut, were giving way to tank tops and hip hugger jeans. Thea, you look adorable. Thank you Scott, once again.

  47. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Very sweet. Agree completely.

  48. Б.Баясгалан

    July 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

    to be sixteen again.

  49. ABEGAIL BARRIOS

    July 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    This gives me hope. Seriously!
    SOOOOOOO classy young lady!

    -ABBY-

    http://www.abegailbarriosdesigns.blogspot.com

  50. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Amen to that. Thank you, Scott. Take note, Scott's daughters!

  51. franca maisha

    July 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    true. a very stylish kid indeed!!

  52. Christina

    July 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    What's interesting is that most teens are trying to look older and by dressing like Britney they are actually making themselves look younger. They look no different than any other teen their age. This look sets her apart and makes her look unique and mature for her age. I love it.

  53. Gwen

    July 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    She's actually embracing her age! Refreshing to see a true beauty who's just herself!

  54. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I love this outfit! I am wondering if anyone knows where the shirt came from? I would love to have it!

  55. Best of Beehive

    July 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    So much class to be only 16. I love the sandals. They make the outfit for me.

  56. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

    and good to see a teen not fall for the crimes against fashion being pandered by American Apparel et al.

  57. Lisa Marie diary

    July 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    So fresh

    Lisa marie Diary
    http://fr.lisamariediary.com/

  58. hukurou

    July 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    YES YES exactly what is happening over here (UK) too. Come on young generation, stop watching that box and reading the wrong things.

  59. FASHION SNAG

    July 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

    She looks so classic and yes, refreshing in that oufit. Great shot.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  60. john benjamin pritchett

    July 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

    There is still a glimmer of hope for teenagers! Wonderful and refreshing. I agree the whole"Jersey Shore" and droopy basketball shorts with butt showing is atrocious. She's to be applauded.

  61. nicolecprevost

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I've got the 9-year-old equivalent of this. May seem not-the-same to some, but if you saw that most of her 4th grade classmates dress the same as most of the 16-year-olds out there… You'd better believer I'm encouraging her choices of dresses on a daily basis!

  62. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    A very mature young lady…and I mean that in the best way possible.

  63. Karoline Kalvø

    July 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I love the blog. It's so inspiring. Love it. Always.

    Check out my blog:
    http://karoline-secondhandnews.blogspot.com/

  64. Caddy

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    She looks clean, fresh and casual. A great outfit for summer in the city.

  65. Chas

    July 28, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Lovely outfit, so classy!

    http://fromdenimtodessert.blogspot.com/

  66. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

    While I agree that the outfit is pleasant, this girl looks much younger than 16. As I was scrolling down her picture on my computer I saw her face before I saw her outfit and I thought she was about 12. If she had a more mature face I wonder if she would pick the outfit.
    k8b8

  67. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Being from Jersey this is actually anti-Jersey shore the place too for the most part! sadly.

    http://www.fpnson.tumblr.com/

  68. tash

    July 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Oh I just love!!! That's certainly not what I think of when I see a 16 year old girl, especially from NYC… J'adore!

    xo tash

    http://www.thechirpyladybird.blogspot.com

  69. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I love that blue shirt!!! You can see that kind of looks everywhere in Korea though…..

  70. CK Dexter Haven

    July 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Very 'Betsy Draper.' The style, not the character.

    Stay elegant, young lady. Don't fall into the pack.

  71. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    European style in USA :D nice :D

  72. sk

    July 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Just gorgeous!! So clean and fresh. I love it! Good for her for breaking out of the mold.

    I'm so glad you chose to photograph this young woman. It's very refreshing.

  73. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    i was kinda disappointed that you thought that it was so refreshing, because i am 15 and me and a lot of my friends dress very similar to that beautiful girl's style. you should come to Germany soon, if you want to see young people ;)

    But i simply love the girl's outfit!

  74. sarah

    July 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

    lovely!

  75. katpski

    July 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

    i have faith in the young once more!

  76. sexyetsy

    July 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    love the 'preppy' look, & especially the boyish haircut!

  77. SallyO

    July 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

    She is indeed the exception, and she is exceptional!

  78. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

    This young lady looks like she is going to, in the words of my late grandmother, "amount to something in this world." Congratulations on poise, reserve, and taste, young Miss.

  79. jenny

    July 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    She is way ahead of her game, but still looks age appropriate. I like it when girls don't need to accessorize.

  80. Curro

    July 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Its so easy to be dressed nicely!!!

  81. marianne

    July 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

    She's darling and it's so refreshing to see a young teen looking so chic and tastefully dressed–I think she's a rarity from this generation! MM

  82. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:33 am

    cute

  83. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    So many people have commented that they have faith in the young but is it because she's dressed as if she is older? There is nothing wrong with a sixteen year-old dressing like everyone else. Sooner or later they will embrace their own style but it's part of growing up and finding yourself. You go through the bad to get to the good. Too many parents and kids are focused too much on growing up too quickly. It would be a shame if she looked back on this period and wish that she had dressed a little crazier.

  84. Lia

    July 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Dear Miss Thea,
    I showed my two girls (ages 5 and 8) your picture and we talked about what a classy, stylish young lady you are. They would like to look like you. Thank you for the breath of fresh air.
    Lia

  85. RouseCat

    July 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

    She looks fresh, sweet, and stylish. She makes me feel hopeful :o)

  86. Kelsique

    July 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Definitely refreshing!

  87. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Hallelujah, Sart! Thank you for encouraging appropriate dress among teenage girls. This young lady is SO much cooler and stylish than any Lindsay or Britney will ever be!

  88. Min

    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I love picturing her getting up in the morning and ironing the shirt she wants to wear that day. While eating a toaster strudel!

  89. proletarian Great Gatsby

    July 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Taste has no age…And she has youth and good taste.Oh my God…Thanks!

  90. choppie

    July 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I agree with you 100%! Adorable!
    By the way, I am addicted to this blog. Have a nice day, Scot.

  91. megan

    July 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Your photography has always made me happy. This is no exception.

  92. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

    She looks confident, and classic.
    I thought this shot was taken in France. It is not an american look.

  93. Fashion Monstre

    July 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

    i love it! it makes me happy to see someone in their teens not dressing like a hoochi mama!

  94. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    wow what a pic…

  95. eli

    July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Wonderful pic…She's so clean and chic, and her pose, little smile and toes remind me of her young age!

    eli
    http://www.eli-a-porter.blogspot.com

  96. Erin

    July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    She looks lovely. I find it ironic that there is an American Apparel advertisement featuring a young woman wearing only a thong under a sheer skirt next to this classy post.

  97. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    ooh what a pic…

  98. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    She looks darling and so put together.

  99. Valentine

    July 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    This is one very stylish girl… I wish more would dress as such…

    Refreshing picture

    http://valentineavoh.blogspot.com/
    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  100. ctstyle

    July 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    So modest, lovely and age appropriate.

  101. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    July 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I'm glad you did take this picture in the end – very refreshing to see a 16 year old dressed like that indeed!

  102. Two Girls One Closet

    July 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    very refreshing! im 16 myself, and i rarely see outfits on the streets like this. i absolutely love your blog, so inspiring!

    ps. check out http://www.twogirlsonecloset.blogspot.com, we're new and open to linking :)

  103. Sofie Marie

    July 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I find it kind of dissapointing that people don't have much faith in teens. There are many of us that dress in our own way,and do not just follow crowds-This girl is an example of many of us(though I'll admit it's a minority group)
    Please have some faith in us!
    Sofie
    onetoomanywishes.blogspot.com

  104. jimjims

    July 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    fresh…!

    great to see our youth changing it up…

    http://jimjims.net

  105. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    She is a pure example of class and she will be for the rest of her life!

  106. Lisa Petrarca

    July 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    You're so right Scott…good choice! She looks sweet, innocent & refreshing!

    http://lisapetrarca.blogspot.com

  107. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    She is a pure example of class and will be for the rest of her life!

  108. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Meh, this outfit is so American Apparel. And being young is a time for experimenting with style and having fun!

  109. Lizzy

    July 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    So glad you posted this. She's great!

    http://www.citizette.com

  110. indigo warrior

    July 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I raised teenaged boys. It was tough. Our issues were the sag and bag. The girls though? In eighth grade they looked like working girls, and you know what I mean. It's must be tough as a parent to fight the good fight with regard to girls and the skank culture.

    Good for Thea. (c: She must have parents who've taught her to value herself.

  111. Mai

    July 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    lovely! so good to see the next generation of stylish folk might have other options than the fast fashion of h&m and f21.

  112. marimbo

    July 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Seeing this I realise I look forward to a time when 'fashionable' will not rhime with 'bitchy' anymore.

  113. Happenstance

    July 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Yay and good for you for taking this photo! You hit it right on the head, I want my daughter to see that there are cool, stylish, classy girls out there to be inspired by too. Please do more of this! I think it's absolutely refreshing.

  114. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I love her! The fact she has her feet together, and her hands in her pockets make her look younger. She's also got no make-up on…

    I wish she was my friend, she's got a great face.

    K, 26, England.

  115. Sophie

    July 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Oh she's beautiful! I'm glad you took this shot. It's never too early to start being classy.

  116. Jo

    July 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I asked my 7 yr old daughter what she thought of this photo – she said, 'she looks like a college girl' :)

  117. Dana

    July 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    She is absolutely lovely. She has confidence to cover up and look great. She will be a fine woman as well.

  118. akari, miss egotist

    July 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    You could wear it at any age! And it would look as great both if you are sixteen or sixty

    kisses :)

  119. aaryn b.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    God, this is both hopeful and a relief for the parent of a 5-year-old girl. This young woman is darling and has an inner confidence that doesn't require her to seek it through revealing clothes. So glad you took this pic.

  120. Morn

    July 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I have a daughter of my own, so yes I know what you mean. I love this photo:)

  121. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    when the page opened and I could only see the upper half of the photo I firt thought it's an 11 year old boy!

    …but I agree the look is nice and clean.

  122. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    absolutely lovely!

  123. Ro

    July 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    smart girl, classy and lovely!

  124. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    lovely!!!
    :)

  125. nickythekid

    July 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  126. hanna brooks olsen

    July 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Perfect. I love it.

  127. Maria

    July 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    though I secretly love Jersey Shore….

    She seems like such a nice & well-dressed girl!

  128. Cloud of Secrets

    July 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Why didn't you want to take the shot? The simplicity of the look? Thanks for posting it though — perhaps there will be a butterfly effect, sending subtle winds of modesty, restraint, and class to that age group!

    I do like how the black sandals and indigo toenails add fun edge to the ensemble. Shows she's not prim, just choosing a crisp, classic look.

  129. IS THIS IT? models review

    July 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    This is simply a breath of pure fresh air! Lovely…. and enchanting.

    http://www.isthisitmodelsreview.com/

  130. 82Brute

    July 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I'm really glad you took this shot. She's lovely, self possessed and confident. This young lady is going places.

  131. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    "Anonymous said…
    European style in USA :D nice :D

    11:02 AM"

    European? Not at all.

  132. Linda

    July 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Her style is so clean. I love it!

  133. Alexandra G.

    July 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Upon first glance of the picture, I didn't even register that she was younger. I just through "what a cool, classic, chic outfit". That a 16 year old is wearing it and with such a confident attitude is awesome. Definitely would agree that this is a refreshing thing to see on someone so young.

    http://tovogueorbust.blogspot.com/

  134. The Styleograph

    July 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    lovely style! better than Britney! :D

    Shots of lovely people on the street

  135. Laurent

    July 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    125 comments already! NY teenagers: sophisticated and confident. Commentor above remembered 60s and Papagallo! The first thing I thought was in the 60s she'd be wearing Bernardo sandals.(classic P.Beach, S'hampton look) Beautiful, confident girl who will grow to be stunning. How about the women in background in black? Get a Pic? Please? NY is wonderful.

  136. Richie Designs

    July 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    thank gawd for this

    {the 16 yr old trash is so unappealing}

  137. Niamh

    July 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    This is great! This is what we need to see more of. She looks so cute and chic, and most importantly she looks her age. She also looks so self-assured for a sixteen year-old too.

  138. Voon

    July 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I could totally see her strolling on a beach boardwalk too…such an effortless and crisp summer look

    well done young lady!

  139. Laurent

    July 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    My wife called me at work after seeing this, said it should be a Ralph/Tommy H/Gap 50 foot board in times square. Cool everyone down and make them smile. Does she have an agent?

  140. clarice

    July 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Oh she's classy! Wish I was like that when I was 16…

  141. linda riva

    July 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Ah, bellissima.

  142. paristempslibre

    July 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    wow wished my pupils dressed like this and i could photograph them!!!
    xo

  143. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    eww

  144. Ela Merve

    July 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for taking inspirational shots for EveRyone! .. including your youngest group of fans and those adults who are already in or those who will step into parenthood!
    I love this anti-jersey shore theme you have officially begun with this photograph.
    ~Greetings from Istanbul, Turkey

  145. The Little Dust Princess

    July 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, 16! Very refreshing!!

  146. Katherine

    July 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I couldn't agree more!

  147. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I have struggled all my life with what to wear. I remember my teens being the worst time. Your site is pure inspiration to dare… and this picture in particular brings so much peace to my mind. I was indeed lost in the multitude. Her freedom is very inspiring and comes right on time!

  148. Jess GLG

    July 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Wonderful! Couldn't agree with you more!

  149. Karin

    July 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    The commenter who said "Meh, this looks like an American Apparel ad" does not know what they're talking about. American Apparel would never be this tasteful. I love this girl! Beautiful and with a wonderful youthful elegance.

  150. Christina

    July 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Bravo Thea! She's ahead of the curve.

    fridayswithcilantro.blogspot.com

  151. Angel

    July 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I love white clothing in the summer… nothing could look more clean and easy

  152. Karin

    July 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Also, to the person who wrote "And being young is a time for experimenting with style and having fun!"

    Why do you assume she's not having fun? And she IS experimenting with style if she is dressing nothing like most American girls her age. It's daring to be yourself.

  153. ღ The angel of leopards ღ

    July 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://theangelofleopards.blogspot.com/

  154. Fashionlass

    July 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    This totally reminds me of myself at around 15 (two years ago, haha), minus the glasses and other such awkward early teen things…
    And I agree. I'm really tired of seeing all of the tight, revealing, monogrammed clothing girls this age are wearing now.
    Classic and fresh is beautiful.

  155. Rhofy Evaldez

    July 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Adorable. Nothing like being young.

  156. Pineapple

    July 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    love her, she look a little bit younger but shes adorable
    http://pineplanet.blogspot.com/

  157. dbwick

    July 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    she looks lovely. a great style role model for teens.

    is this a good time to pick a bone with you about accepting ads from american apparel? i really dislike the 70s porn-star aesthetic they push at teens…

  158. kukla

    July 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    If only more adult ladies aspired to be Thea. THANK YOU SARTORIALIST!!! Thank you THEA!!!

  159. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    To an other Anonymous, this shirt comes from the A.P.C. s/s 2010 collection, but in my opinion it's sold out in a lot of shops !

  160. Q

    July 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    This girl is really classic and crisp! but i was kinda dissapointed to see how people keep saying "how refreshing to see a teen with style!" there are alot of us with style out there! I find it very stereotypical to say that the magority of teens dress like britney spears, cause that's really not true! If you want to see what i mean, visit my blog. Im a teen, and im pretty sure i don't dress like britney.

  161. Veronica

    July 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    This is so cute and innocent! it's a bout time a child acts her age!

  162. Well Done

    July 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I'm in total agreement. You only get to look young and fresh once. In addition, the slutty, milf look is a nightmare. There is nothing sexier than elegance.

  163. Fashion Cappuccino

    July 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I'm horrified at how young teenage girls dress these days and I hope there are more girls like her!! xxoxoxoxoo

  164. Jonathan Garcon

    July 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I actually love this photo. It's so pure. And you are very right.

  165. Elizabeth

    July 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Its is so refreshing!!! Plain and simple. Two thumbs up!

  166. Elizabeth

    July 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Its is so refreshing!!! Plain and simple. Two thumbs up!

  167. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    She is so cute! BTW, her shirt is an APC shirt of this S/S10 collection, reference "chemise 70's" or something… I have the same ;)

  168. kelli

    July 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I'm so glad you took this shot- beautiful on so many levels!

  169. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I wonder if her mum told her to put those clothes on because she´s on her way to see someone who wouldn´t approve of a normal 16 year olds style??!! :))) but she looks gorgeous!

  170. Maria

    July 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    adorable and so chic! LOVE IT.

  171. Jennie Freeburg

    July 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Yes, refreshing! Thank you!

    And I agree with MOI on the public service announcement : )

  172. justine a.

    July 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    yes, brava chica! after going to uni in egypt with 16 year-olds wearing gucci bling, this is so nice to see… plus in america teenagers dress even worse… she has her parisienne chic going on and isn't apologizing for it – brava 16!

  173. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    THIS IS MY SISTER. ;)

  174. julia wheeler

    July 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    SO refreshing… a 16 year old with style to envy. i love! there's hope for my future children!

  175. Lit

    July 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Wow, I'm really glad you chose to take this photo!

  176. Wedding Cakes Pictures

    July 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    simple and refreshing!

  177. Cristina

    July 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    The blue toe nails make all the difference. Super cute. and totally updated.

  178. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    What a fabulous young woman. She is DEFINITELY going to amount to something. Not only is her outfit balanced and stylish, she is bursting with poise. Reminds me just a little bit of Ellen Page. Hope my 3 year old looks like this when she grows up. Congrats to Thea and her parents!

  179. mimi

    July 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    i love this look. elegant but youthful!

    i dont understand the references to "omg at least she's not dressing like britney or lindsay" – such comments are kind of irrelevant given the fact thatboth britney and lindsay are adults. britney is not exactly at the forefront of teen pop culture like she was ten years ago, and no one cares what lindsay is wearing but moreso how she handles al her arrests! lets get some more relevant pop culture references (i appreciate that you're horrified by jersey shore aesthetic scott!)

    if anything, im glad she's not dressing like TAYLOR MOMSEN, who is also her age but dresses like a hooker. for real.

  180. Friend in Fashion

    July 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    agree – a very clasic look!

    - Friend in Fashion
    http://www.friendinfashion.blogspot.com

  181. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    It sure is a anti Jersey Shore ( the show). Those people have a hella tacky style. They define tacky. This girls is so cute.

  182. Helen

    July 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    16 is such a fleeting moment, how lovely to celebrate it rather than run full tilt into adulthood only to wish later in life, that you had treasured and valued that time more. Once gone, never to be recaptured. She looks very beautiful and I am happy to see a teenager who appears happy to be just that.

  183. mabelmabel

    July 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Love her. So young to convey such confidence, an air of carrying herself as if she knows that identity comes from the inside, not the outside….

  184. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Lovely and yes so refreshing.

  185. Anonymous

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I think she looks lovely, but I have issues with how some of you think about teenage style and style in general.

    I am 17. I have funky style and experiment, but I am modest. My friends tell me that I am the most modestly dressed person they know. In addition, I am a wee bit more developed than the girl pictured here.

    Therefore, if I wore her outfit no one would be calling me a breath of fresh air because it would be much more difficult for me to get this outfit to fit correctly on me, because I don't have a stick-straight figure; with that said, I know some adults have stick-straight figures naturally, and some who do not.

    I just wish there were more curvy people out there classing things up a 'smidge because it's definitely more difficult to find clothes that fit right and aren't slutty if you are curvy! It's not always our fault if we look not as classy! (but then again, the Taylor Momsen look is an obvious faux-pas)

    *And for the record, when I say curvy I only mean curvy, not Va-Va Voom. I am a size 2-4, I am 5'2" and I have boobs. Not small boobs, not huge boobs. But they are there, and they certainly affect what I choose to wear.

  186. Doremy Diatta

    July 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    and so beautifully anti-hannah montana. shes super perfect

    theballonrouge

  187. Taylor

    July 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    She is so crisp.

  188. elizabeth

    July 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    how beautiful and refreshing. she looks lady-like, sophisticated, but still her age! absolutely darling.

    thecoffeeexperiment.blogspot.com

  189. ren

    July 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    definitely refreshing! can't agree with you more sart!

    thanks for the great work!

  190. ren

    July 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    why do teenagers like to dress like britney anyway? don't they know she's always on top of the worst dressed list :)

  191. Holly

    July 29, 2010 at 1:05 am

    i also dress like this in wekend.. but i am 25…. love the sweet 16!

  192. Holly

    July 29, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Ooo… did she painted her toes in dark blue/ black? Love this too!

  193. kukla

    July 29, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I THOUGHT GIRLS LIKE THIS HAVE DIED OUT. WHERE DID YOU FIND ONE? SAVE HER, BREED HER!!!

  194. Sofi

    July 29, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I'm fifteen, and I love that this shot of a young girl is on the sartorialist. I think we can have a sartorial expression no matter what our age. Love this!

    And her skirt (shorts?) is lovely.

    Thanks!

  195. Laurence John

    July 29, 2010 at 2:06 am

    she looks far more confident than the kids who desperately want to look 'cool'.

  196. Jamie Saunders

    July 29, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I love everything! Indeed when can you see teenagers wearing a beauty like this? Sooo classy!

    Sugarchilli
    Swimwear Australia

  197. B.

    July 29, 2010 at 4:44 am

    And seriously i don't understand why "jersey shore" is so successuful…i mean that's trush.

    Aout the picture,very cool.i wish when i was 16 i had that taste.seriously

  198. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 5:07 am

    You can't buy class.. This picture shows that some people are just born with it, and some will never get it right as hard as they might try. Love it!

  199. Jane See

    July 29, 2010 at 6:06 am

    I'd love to see more sixteen year-olds dressing more like this. She looks so clean and fresh, and I love her skirt. :)

    http://www.themadjungle.blogspot.com

  200. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I hope to see my own daughter like that someday (she´s one now!) instead of following the Lindsay-of-then trend. This is so much more original precisely because you don´t see many girls dress like than anymore. Superb!

  201. Purses Pastries Etc...

    July 29, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Thea is completely refreshing and totally stylish — I love her style! Well done, girl!! :)

  202. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

    she looks nice, but what is not so 'refreshing' is members of the 'parent generation' disapproving of what teenagers generally wear, and judging that only those who dress in accordance with their preferred styles will amount to anything. Did our parents not think the same of our choices?

    I also dislike some of the styles the younger generation seems to be encouraged to buy… but I find the 'slut'shaming of young girls over perhaps questionable clothing choices absolutely appalling.

  203. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

    This is one of my faves to date!

  204. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Is this really a refreshing look? A lot of 16 year-olds I see in the streets of Europe, especially in Milan, dress like this. Maybe the US will take a little longer to make this the norm.

  205. The Clever Pup

    July 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I agree wholeheartedly.

  206. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Classic and beautiful…she must have a great role model! Thanks …..L

  207. deryik

    July 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

    does she play tennis? it'd suit her well.

  208. ✄ Fabric U ✄

    July 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I think she looks very 1930s. With a curly bob and white sneakers, she'd look like she was an extra in a Gingers Rogers movie. It's refreshing to see a teen dressed this way.

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  209. Amelia

    July 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

    CUTE!!!!!!!! So fresh!

  210. The Artisann

    July 29, 2010 at 10:15 am

    she is darling..from her head to her little blue toes.

    maybe i'm ok with having daughters..only if they follow Thea's lead.

  211. Joanna Roman

    July 29, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Very true! :)

    Congrats for this lovely very young lady!

    It's very promising that starting from this point of her age with such a "maturity" in terms of what's cool and chic – she will become a Master very soon!

  212. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 10:28 am

    You go girl! Hope remains.
    Scott, I can feel your influence on fashion. Keep up the great work!

  213. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

    For me this look is not European but very American (even though APC is french) She looks like she wandered right out of a J D Salinger novel.

    Marianne

  214. Amy

    July 29, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Lovely….

  215. Kathleen

    July 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Now this is what I love to see. This young lady is set for life. She already knows, with (I'm sure) some guidance from mom or dad or both, who she is as far as her style. She will go on to be a real fashion icon unto herself. This is so very refreshing to see. Real simplicity, class, and self confidence in such a young person. She is a looker, in the real sense of the word.

  216. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 11:03 am

    what a breath of fresh air.

  217. Yoli

    July 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    She looks adorable.

  218. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

    To Karen – I didn't say she looked like an American Apparel add, I said this exact outfit could be bought at american apparel. Which it can.

    All these commenters seem to be implying that all teenage girls dress like trashy sluts and have no sense of taste! No teenage girls look up to britney or lindsay with regards to what they wear. Some people have such outdated opinions.

  219. paper crane

    July 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

    So classy for such a young lady!! 16 looks so young these days. Brava!

  220. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Lots of these approving comments are from parents desperate for their little girls not to grow up, wishing they could still tell their teenage daughters how to dress.

  221. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

    So chic! She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday." She stands out by not standing out; by refuting the cookie-cutter Lindsays and the Paris Hiltons of the world, her understated, modest look is really quite rebellious and she makes those two look quite dated and old-fashioned. My only quibble is that I cannot stand dark blue or black nail polish–to me it looks like the wearer stubbed her toe or, gulp, has an Ebola-grade nail fungus.

  222. Barbara

    July 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I really like her outfit!
    I'm sixteen as well and I like to dress somewhat like she does (I own a skirt pretty similar to the one she's wearing), but with a little more casualty (and by that I mean looking a little bit more adjusted to age 16).
    I know it sounds a little weird the way I expressed it and I hope it's understandable what I'm trying to say here.
    I agree with Anonymous (third Anonymous above my entry) that this looks adorable, but that not everybody could dress exactly that way.
    Anyway, now I'm confused myself and better stop commenting here :D

  223. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    This is one of my favorite shots I've seen on this blog in a long time. This is hugely inspiring to me. Even at age 33, it is easy to fall into trends. This reminds me to go through my closet and pull out those simple classic pieces I haven't worn in a while. I suddenly feel its time to refresh my own style.

  224. Laurent

    July 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Incredible, 215 comments elicited by a simple chic outfit. Is this a Sartorialist record? I hope this beautiful girl read everyone of them,(her friends as well). I saw a group of lovely and adventurous teens out last night in pressed linen shorts, tennis skirts, rolled-up jeans,colorful T's, with funky shoes, crazy color sandals and sneakers. I asked them to a send a photo in. Very chic and fun.

  225. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why many girls don't dress in a simple and elegant way like this teen (why they dress like old woman)? because we let them believe that the way you look is more important than the way you're…
    This Sartorialist's post shows that he's an intelligent men (and father)!

  226. Simone

    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    she is adorable!

  227. Ninita

    July 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    The look really nice and refreshing, I remmember my mother she´s always would like to see me in this super-classy look.

    It's also brave, this girl is aganst the waive, and it is great.

  228. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I'll pay all my money if my 16 years old niece dress like this charming girl!!!
    My niece use to looks like a mixture of grunge fan and a gothic one…. Terrible mix!!! But when I looks the girl in this pic, I really think she's very proud of the style she's wearing. Pure personality at that age. Congrats!!!

  229. Star

    July 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Perfect style and suitability choices. She looks sweet.

  230. Maya J

    July 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    If you're amazed by this girl you should see the kids at my school.

  231. Aylin

    July 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    It's a very fresh look, very simple. Simplicity is so often forgotten.
    I do have a problem with an above comment though. Someone said she's definitely going to amount to something. Oh if only amounting to something is this simple to attain!

  232. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    She is adorable and real and refreshing and looks like a PERSON, not an accumulation of trends and insecurities. There is nothing quite as stunning of the look of intelligence and self-possession in the face of people so young. I have a 13 year-old son who exudes this same quality and it knocks people out. I take no credit. These kids are awesome and inspiring and completely their own. Bravo.

  233. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    So refreshing to see a teenage girl embracing her natural beauty in such a modestly fashionable manner.

  234. derek nguyen

    July 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    omg this girl is so precious! She most definitely has good taste! Her look is classy and innocent I love it.
    Girls these days could learn a million lessons from her.

  235. aant94

    July 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    simply love it

  236. Izzen

    July 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

  237. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    clean and beautiful and HIP!!! yes, take note skanky teenagers out there! you know the ones that feel the need to reveal everything and tatoo everything!
    she's a beauty!!!

  238. kerri@TresChiclifestyle

    July 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for clarifying that you meant "the show" and not the actual "place"….we have a summer place in Avalon and this is actually how the "kids" dress….I love this photo ….. and all of your photos for that matter..

  239. Jesslyn

    July 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    BRAVO!! This fabulous, still-innocent girl should be on a billboard in Times Square!!

  240. What everyone's fighting for.

    July 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I think she looks adorable, well put together and much older than 16. I just hope she doesn't always dress like that. This outfit aged her by at least ten years

    The teens are supposed to be a time to go wild and experiment. Ask any fashionista what they wore in High School. I'm sure it will shock or surprise you.

  241. Celina (Brasil)

    July 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    She's well dressed but still so cool! Love the blue enamel on her toes!

  242. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Lovely girl. I believe she must be younger than sixteen, however. I hope she hangs on to her dignity.

    But I remember my youth and the need to wear black and be somewhat bohemian. (It was done rather more modestly than now and my mother even helped me by sewing some wonderful things.) Possibly because I was in a convent school and no makeup spelled nun to me.

    I was watching some red-carpet music awards show and could not get over how ALL the young women looked very trashy, at least to me.

  243. DANA

    July 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Preety and cool!!

  244. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    She radiates poise, and has dressed here in way that suits her body and (I suspect) her personality (though I could see her choosing other looks on other days).

    To me, what this style says is she is a female who knows that she is not simply her physical assets while at the same time is not afraid of her figure.

    Granted Anonymous 10:29 PM brings up the point that this balance is harder to convey for females with curvier figures.

  245. Anonymous

    July 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    She looks beautiful, fresh and stylish. I hope my own daughters will go with looks like this in the years to come. Love this pic, many thanks.

  246. Austin

    July 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I'm a sixteen year old boy. Why can't girls look like this at my school!??

  247. stacey kelly

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    this is a seriously amazing picture! she looks class and fabulous. i wish i had dressed like this when I was 16! i would have looked better.

    xx

    youareashootingstar.blogspot.com

  248. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I'm 16 and I LOVE YOUR BLOG. so I'm glad you've made a tribute on behalf of the style of my fellow youth.

  249. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 1:25 am

    You go girl! Thanks for representing the well-dressed fraction of 16-year-olds ;)

  250. j3ssicas

    July 30, 2010 at 1:37 am

    This is so refreshing. Such a clean, simple and classic look. Thanks for always posting amazing photos!

  251. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 1:47 am

    While I agree that the look is lovely and classic, I also agree that it looks like everything which came out this past season in teen stores. Perhaps not all over the country, but in stores such as American Apparel (where one step inside you are bombarded with girls in similar button-downs and actually appropriate length skirts) and Zara are producing very very similar looks.

    But great job, Thea! You pull it off so well.

  252. My Peace And Love Jewelry

    July 30, 2010 at 4:01 am

    She looks amazing. Love this girl! She probably doesn't know it yet but she is timeless…

  253. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 4:03 am

    It's a breath of fresh air to see a 16-yr dress without a hint of Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears. Young and sophisticated, elegant yet simple. What's not to love! She's perfect!

  254. Z

    July 30, 2010 at 5:34 am

    transcendent.

  255. July 30, 2010 at 6:12 am

    "A view to a kill" by Duran Duran started playing on the radio when I decided to comment this picture! It actually took me back to my teens when this kind of simple dressing was my style! The majority of the teen girls then had simple style, no or light make up,hair in the natural colour…Things have changed since then. How has it come that most young ladies dress up in a cheap, mainstream sexy way? Being different is a synonymon to look sexy? naked? kitch? Why do they choose to look like this while they have an innocent,fresh, beautiful face? I am a firm believer that even in fashion and style every age has its do and don't! This little sweet heart of the picture is a perfect example of what I am saying! Charming, bright, confident but at the same time tender, shy and lovely!

  256. M O Z A

    July 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Pretty !

  257. Chris Abraham

    July 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Amazing. Lovely. Charming. And she actually looks like a girl. Like an old child rather than a young adult. Sometimes it is easy to forget that 16 is very much a girl and this is, as you said, a very elegant and refreshing look.

  258. The Young Traveller

    July 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I love her outfit (especially the shirt).. I completely agree with you on the point that more girls need to be dressing like this. It really lets the person shine through rather than sparkly rhinestones and graffiti print.

    http://www.theyoungtraveller.blogspot.com

  259. pinky

    July 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    adorable, sweet and charming.
    An individualist!

  260. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Im 13 and I dress like this.

  261. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    This looks like Holden Caulfield's little sister Phoebe.

  262. ag.

    July 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    SIXTEEN! I wish I dressed like that NOW (10 years later…) let along when I was 16…so cool.

  263. Thea

    July 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    hey my name is thea too! :) it is a really cute yet simple outfit… love the shoes!!

  264. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I'm 17 and this is exactly what I am going for on the first day of school. classy and clean.

  265. Ariel

    July 30, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I do love this outfit as this is something I would wear myself. It's simple and classy and just my style.

    But that's the thing. This is not everyone's style.

    The problem I have with some of the comments here is that you judge too harshly on the general youth without knowing them. Saying that other teens are trashy or unimaginative for wearing American Apparel or other familiar brands is simply stereotyping. It's like calling yourself a feminist, but hating on those women who wear pink and ruffles – assuming that by doing so they are playing into the typical female stereotypes. Perhaps they just like pink and ruffles. These teens wear what they want to wear because they want to wear it. Perhaps they were inspired by celebrity – but aren't we all? What's the difference between being inspired by Diane von Furstenburg or Snookie? That is the beauty of fashion, is it not? – to be able to take clothes and own them in whatever way you choose. Whether or not you like it is your opinion, but do not judge those who choose to have a different style than your own.

  266. Anonymous

    July 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    This is one stylish young lady. So nice to see a young girl who can actually dress well – great !

  267. Nicole

    July 31, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I am 16 and it's actually almost a pressure to be dressed in shorts so shorts you can see the pockets. So I applaud one of my peers to break through that. What an inspiration,just so refreshing. I am totally dressing like this in summer. (It's winter here in Australia.)

  268. Miss Oliver

    July 31, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Post more pictures of classy, fashionable youngsters like this gal! Let's fight this Hannah Montana-Britney-Lindsay tidal wave head on!!!!

  269. Anonymous

    July 31, 2010 at 9:55 am

    This is adorable.

  270. Anonymous

    July 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Thea's style is fresh & pretty. Kudos to her parents! I happen to like classic clothes myself, but if my 7-yr old doesn't ever emulate that look I hope our talks about modesty & self-respect now will make the teenage years a bit easier.

  271. Anonymous

    July 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I love this… I'm seventeen, and a lot of girls at my school, myself included, do dress like this! It's nice to know that it's noticed :)

  272. Anonymous

    July 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    she's looks younger, but nothing wrong with that…she is absolutely adorable & i aggree: totally anti-britney etc., very stylish yet very classy, thanks for showing that a young girl can look that way and hopefully a lot of girls her age will take her for an inspiration.

  273. terka

    July 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    it´s really fresh and nice look to see! she has obviously great sence of style

  274. J.Ro

    July 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    She's giving Carey Mulligan an education.

    http://www.jasonromaine.com

  275. Anonymous

    July 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I love this!! But I still do love jersey shore

  276. Anonymous

    July 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I hope to see my own daughter dress like this. Oh, to swim against the tide of conformity helps embrace change not fear it!

    - Vanessa
    http://theweeklyyogi.wordpress.com

  277. cee

    July 31, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    elegant and classy; age does not matter in the world of fashion.

    http://chaoticdesolation.blogspot.com

  278. Crystal

    August 1, 2010 at 3:16 am

    This is the kind of outfit many of her age can wear but may feel it looks "older". She looks so classy in that picture, and her thong sandals makes it more modern. She looks absolutely stunning! I'll try an outfit like that maybe.

    crystalstophat.blogspot.com

  279. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 4:48 am

    she looks like a young gertrude stein.

  280. xShesgonebattyx

    August 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    It's so refreshing to be able to see someone of my age dressed so fresh and chic. I try to be stylish but it only shows how new I am to the whole scene when I find pictures like this.

    Thanks so much for the shot!

    -K

  281. lucia

    August 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Who is she?
    She looks wonderful, classy and elegant, born with the style. I thought she was younger, 12 maybe, before I saw the age. But she is so lovely.

  282. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    It's wonderful to see a teenager making her own way stylisticly instead of letting Holister, Abercrombie and Hot Topic decide for her. She's miles ahead of her peers!

  283. Isabela

    August 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Hi, I love your work!

    I'm 16 too, and I love this style. It's really classy and cute. A good example for another girls in these times.

  284. Tina S

    August 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I also thought she looked twelve. To me, this is a very juvenile look. I think it is important for women to become comfortable and happy with their developing shapes and sexuality. I agree that mini-skirts and tube-tops are vulgar, but certainly it's understandable that young women are excited about their new bodies and want to show them off?

    Sixteen year old are not children, and shouldn't dress like them. They are also not forty-year-olds, and shouldn't dress like them.

    I also agree with Anonymous above that anyone who was a more developed young woman at sixteen wouldn't look quite right in this outfit.

  285. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    It is wonderful to a young women so comfortable in her own skin. Yes, this is good.

  286. It's 60 Degree and Sunny

    August 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I am so glad that
    at least some teens know how to dress themselves !!

  287. Raquel

    August 2, 2010 at 3:24 am

    wow. she's inspiring, Im 16 and I'm going to get a new style tomorrow!

  288. Daphné

    August 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Absolutely lovely! She looks so classy!

  289. monica

    August 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Not only remind us a past time, I'd like to think in a very next future in which we recover the style and good taste wearing, and so chic. Great!

  290. ólöf

    August 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    this is a very nice outfit:) and she looks really sweet:) a good outfit-role model;)

    I love your blog and your view on the people on the street:)

  291. Couture

    August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! I truly hope my daughters will dress like this when they get to 16.

  292. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Lovely… her toes show she is a bit uncomfortable, though.

  293. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    This is refreshing and inspirational. She's individual, classy and cute with a touch of 16yr old attitude with the toenails, sandals and haircut. I'm so over girls and women dressing like stereotypical prostitutes or parodies of cross-dressers. I hope she continues to dress for herself and not for the expectations of others. Bravo for showing us this pic. Ciao, LB.

  294. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:27 am

    what a babe

  295. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 4:53 am

    sorry, can't believe she's 16

  296. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

    After a couple of yrs. lurking I have to come out and say, I'm tearing up. I have 5 teen nieces and none of them posses even a hint of what Thea radiates. They aren't awful girls, they're just so generic in style.

  297. Uncle Richard

    August 3, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Very proud of my great niece.

  298. Raven

    August 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    When I was 16, my mom stopped me on my way out the door to meet my boyfriend. It was August, I was wearing a grey cotton shirtdress. Mom told me I looked like a librarian, and recommended something skimpier.

  299. T

    August 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    beautiful, fresh and crisp. Very refreshing.

  300. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Yes, it's nice to see such a girl. But I think this pure look is not the only way of being stylish at 16 (I am 16 now too). I like to experiment and it's not a bad thing, in fact, this is what helps me to find my own, unique style. People usually say that I have a very elegant style, but if I'm just not in that mood (or I'm not going to work to a design company where I used to be in the summer), then why should I dress like that?

  301. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    This appears to be the retro, preppy look that American Apparel is pushing for right now. This may actually be what "the kids" are wearing these days!

  302. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Love it.

  303. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    heck yes, adorable outfit, love every bit of it.

  304. Neen

    August 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

    she's got it all figured out at 16 – clever girl. refreshing indeed.

    Neen

  305. Canadian Political Economix

    August 5, 2010 at 10:14 am

    There is no way this girl is sixteen. She looks about 12.

  306. Shlom.Bom.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I totally agree. Except, I see teens in sweat pants and sweat shirts. After I experience a glance at that outfit…I don't feel so well. I also love her sandals. Great photos!

  307. youniform

    August 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

    if I think abt Italian teenagers…. I am really happy to see that a girl like that still exists… =)

  308. Lima

    August 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    A young woman with a mind of her own – Would be interesting to catch up with her at 26 and 36 and 46 and see how her style evolves, it's so mature and refined now, I can only imagine what she'll lean towards as she gets older (and earns her own income lol). Funnily enough, I have a pair of white shorts and a pale blue shirt that I purchased this summer and it's been my favourite summer outfit, even for work. All hail minimalism!

    Wonderful Blog – congrats on the top spot for "50 Awesome Fashion Design Blogs"

    L.

    http://www.justmeor.wordpress.com

  309. tom connolly

    August 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    it's so nice to see a 16 year old girl that looks 16, and not like a 21-28 year old floozy.

  310. stace g.

    August 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    16?? She looks like a baby! But she is dressed very cute and appropriate. And it doesn't seemed forced. She seems very comfortable.

  311. TheStylist LA

    August 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    This is AMAZING! this girl looks so great.

    http://thestylistla.blogspot.com

  312. Yuri Rose

    August 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    absolutely agree with you, beautiful photo, beautiful girl.

  313. Anonymous

    August 12, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Thea is a few years below me at school. She's actually from London, to those who are wondering. And she always dresses incredibly, even for someone at Camden School for Girls – a place renowned for it's fashion prowess (alumni include Anna Wintour and Lily Donaldson). Well done Thea!

  314. Anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Regardless of what she's wearing, she looks maybe 11 or 12.

  315. aimee

    August 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    stunning. her styling choices are impecable for someone her age.

  316. Marta

    August 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Brava! St.tropez meets schoolgirl. love the sandals.

  317. mlpdm.com

    August 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    exactly the tipic soho-greenwich girly style .. Simply love she looks

  318. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 3:29 am

    she is Phoebe, Holden Caulfield's little sister…

  319. Rachimus

    August 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

    lovely shot :)

  320. heny

    August 21, 2010 at 5:22 am

    how Lovely~!:)

  321. Anonymous

    August 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I LOVE YOU (& HER)!

  322. Anonymous

    September 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Young girl dressed like a young girl, thank God!!
    Perfect, fresh, so nice…

  323. Anonymous

    September 28, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Dear Lord, she is gorgeous!! What a mature young thing. Wonder what she will look like in 10 years if she is this stylish already!!

  324. Genesis Mendez

    September 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Although, I was just as aware of not being like the other girls at that age, I DID NOT have her fashion sense. She's so cute.

  325. Anonymous

    October 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I'm 18, but I wish I dressed like her. Such a sweetheart. :)

  326. keeiff

    November 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    the parents of this young man should be very proud.

  327. amy

    July 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

    so confident. love it!

  328. Sydney

    October 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I love her understated beauty and confidence. She looks so put together.

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