I’ve been reading your blog for ages and love it (who needs glossies – your take is infinitely more pleasing!), and this is the first time I’ve commented – because your shot of this lady stopped me in my tracks. She looks really incredible – truly beautiful and stylish. Great shot.
I am so jealous of her legs…they seem to go on and on…This is really the most beautiful dress EVER ! Found a similar looking ‘tunique’ at COS a few weeks ago… Great to see how I could wear it in a different way !! I’ll start looking for killer heels like hers !!
I like the beige accessories to keep her from being all in black, and which go with her hair. She also looks very comfortable, not fussy at all. That is true chic. She makes me want to go work out–those great legs!
Ah! The Ralph Lauren Ricky! One of my weaknesses. If I were to age in any way, I’d want to age like this wonderfully chic lady right here. Everything works so simplistically well, from the shoes to the hairstyle. Jealousy and awe don’t even begin to describe. I’m smitten!
Hmm… i’m torn. Obviously, as previously stated dozens of times, incredible legs- and what a fantastic, expensive looking tan! I also like the bag, and love the way she has tied her scarf around it. And her white hair is stunning- it is just as attractive and fifty times as elegant as the pale blonde numbers commonly sported on women her age. But, a) Am I the only person who thinks that such heels are simply too blingy for daytime? They strike me as evening heels, and not ones which can bring one from daytime to nighttime either. But, I do understand how the coloring of them ties in nicely with the beige of her bag and contrasts with the black of her dress. Still, I think it lacks elegance to wear such shoes in daytime. b) undeniably, it’s a stunning dress, but I think the cut is unflattering on her. She is obviously a svelte woman and has an incredible figure, but it is hidden and enlarged by the draping around her hips. I’m undecided as to weather showing off a wonderful figure is a worthy sacrifice of a fashionable cut. Overall, though, I do think it’s wonderful shot- lovely setting, Sart, the angle at which you’ve taken the shot at makes the perspective on the cobbles look super cool, and the building behind her is lovely.
Ps. I noticed some pictures of you in Paris on The Cobrasnake and adored your jacket, Sart. I know you don’t do it very often, but you should post a few pictures of your own outfits!
Not sure I love this one, but I do like it. Shape of the dress is a little awkward but with her figure she can pull it of. Nice combination of accessories, definate co-ordination but not too matchy matchy. However in all honesty I think its her expression that makes the picture (:
I will never understand how women can wear stilettos to walk on cobbles. For all you who think this is cool I say it is a sick idea, kind of like foot binding. Maybe she has shoes that are actually wearable in that big bag! She is blessed with good genes which give her the legs, etc. That is not something you can put together. But I do like her choices for pashmina, shoe, and bag colors. Her panache makes the bag look sexy instead of stodgy.
WOW! this woman is beautiful…I’d like to see her with the glasses on though…I bet she looks smart! oh goodness, she knows how to take care of herself!!!! Love the outfit…and the bag and shoes are beautiful!!!!
If only this kind of simple chic looked good on short people like me! Sart, apart from the gorgeous Delhi girl in the black ruffled dress, how many of your subjects are under 5′ 8″, do you think? I’d love a round-up of petite women to see the possibilities.
Hey Emma, I think this woman looks WONDERFUL but also thought about some of the issues you brought up.
The luxury she has with her figure is to conceal it if she wishes. Not everyone could look the way she does in that dress obviously. But the great part about it is having the confidence that you know you have the body, and don’t have to play it up all the time.
As someone who’s also skinny (but curvy) it’s often very tough to find affordable clothing that’s comfortable or draped, but not overtly sexy or skintight. It’s a revelation when you find something that makes you feel attractive yet not too revealing. I think her choice is great.
I think there’s enough structure to the bottom of the dress that it highlights her form, coupled with her great legs.
Interesting comments. Love the grace of this. Love the colour palette. I don’t know how she is walking on those cobbles though without ruining the heels. I scuffed a few pairs of heels when in Florence recently, simply by catching them in cracks between stones! Very inconvenient! :) Am loving the silver hair, especially. Classy.
She is my hero! She obviously is in great shape but she has class and just gives a peek of her body; she truly looks fantastic. Apparently I should add Italians to my list of cultures whose women know that beauty doesn’t have to fade with age.
Among all the accolades there have been several notes of dissent or doubt. I will add two: the combination of those shoes and that bag is incredibly unharmonious (country race circuit meets evening wear); and the boat neckline is the most unflattering ever invented. Even on a figure as glorious as this, it doesn’t work; the neck looks thick because the straight line of the dress beneath it cuts it off quite unnaturally.
I am sorry, but I desagree : Too much tan, too much blonde, too much, the way she WANTS too make people notice that legs. Thats not elegance for me, I prefer De la Fressange style..much moore aristocratico ! & Much moore graceful ( to my opinion).
Pachmina is nice and also the bag !
And always nice to see "mature women" in that blog !
I covet that bag, but I think I’d need to sell my car to afford it. I understand why people spend a lot of money on quality, but I do wonder what the point is when there’s such a fuss about seasons and what’s in fashion. How long until that bag is no longer trendy?
thank you, thank you, thank you! i am sending you many kisses. i was about to give up. i am a woman of a certain age, and thought, what difference does it make how i look? this world is youth obsessed and older women are invisible. several weeks back, you posted a picture of a wild-haired young body beautiful in a startlingly formfitting red dress. i was in despair. now you’ve done this – bless you! i can breathe again. i have printed out this picture to inspire me to be the best i can be. vivre la femme d’un certain age!
To Anonymous 7:49, I think this woman has long seen 35 and it doesn’t matter- she’s gorgeous.To anonymous 7:40 she isn’t blonde but grey and is dressed very naturally- her legs can’t help but call attention to themselves. As for the comments about her body, you can’t really tell exactly what her body is like from this photo, can you? Relatively thin is about all you can say- simply accept that she looks fabulous and leave it at that.
Forget about looking like her in 20 years. She looks better than most 30 year olds I see around. (And realistically: if you don’t look like her when she was 30, you won’t look like her when you’re her age.)
Bella donna indeed! I disagree with unfavourable comments. Shoes lend pizazz and probably she was on her way to somewhere where the shoes will look just right. There is no way this lady doesn’t know what to wear when. Was this shot taken early evening Sart?
my goodness, i hope i look like that when i will be of her age! is it just me, or do italians generally dress better as they get older? in the same way wines tastes better with the years… i only seem to see this with Italians & Mediterreanan ppl in general… and sometimes the French too. And also before I forget, I love the glasses hanging on her neck- something also about Italians and glasses… they always look good in glasses, whether they are wearing them or hanging them off a shirt pocket or around their neck or whatever!