Please, oh, please…someone tell me where can I get that gray dress??? It’s me, all day long! I love these elegant, feminine, cool looks, but they do look a bit like they called each other in the morning!
the dress in the second photo is absolutely perfect: the soft pleats at the shoulders compliment the lightness of the fabric; the stitch details and the pockets are fantastic. what also seems perfect is the soft tie around the waist and the length of the dress.
I like those Bottega dresses so much more than the ones they sent celebrities out in at the beginning of the season. It’s weird that a design house kept some of its more appealing and flattering designs for the non-famous.
OK, who can afford Bottega Veneta? I think the craftsmanship and the execution help make a gorgeous image, but the idea of the comment is finding the silhouette that works for you and sticking to it. I think long legs are always a plus, and these girls work theirs to the max, without showing too much. The movement of a slit on a dress or skirt always keeps guys watching. I would like to see some comments from girls with non-fashion jobs- I will venture that someone wearing such a soft dress would not portray much authority or power, but maybe this is sexist pig me talking. What do you say, women? Would you wear this to the office, or to a party? Jorge from W Palm Beach
The second picture of the girl in the pink is STUNNING. She looks so graceful with her long neck and long legs. Her hair is gorgeous too. There is something strong and punky about her head: her face, earrings and hair and it contrasts sooo greatly with her outfit.
Both the silhouettes complement her figure very well, especially with her slightly drooped shoulders. It makes her all the more feminine – a real delicate beauty.
I am so glad that you focussed on silhouette because, while your subjects all have great sense of personal style, there has not been many instances where the clothes worn truly flatter and showcase the best of the wearer’s body and individuality.
Each of those dresses is beautiful, and enviable, and flattering. But I wouldn’t say they have the same silhouette. Tonal quality, level of detail, shoes, all similar. But the shape of those dresses is *vastly* different. The first, with it’s close-tailored waist and slightly 50′s reminiscent pleated skirt is very constructed, and would work well on any woman who likes her waist more than her legs. The second, which gives the impression of being deconstructed through the waist, would be great on someone with decent legs/shoulders but a shorter torso or larger chest.
This woman, lucky thing, looks great in both. But I know very few people who could carry both of those silhouettes and make it work. Perhaps her true genius lies in the fact that she can wear disparate things and make them all look like they are her own style. . .
All 3 ladies demonstrate a measure of restraint that defines nonchalant elegance. This is hard in the summer when there are so many over-the-top fashiony items that can destroy a look. Angela from Hong Kong
I love all three dresses and all three women look wonderfull. I especially like the wedge shoes of the first picture. This really makes me want to go home and change from pants to a dress. This is making me feel very frumpy. I must buy more dresses…
that dress is really hot. i absolutely luv it. i wonder where we can get it? if you know please post it! I just saw something kinda like it at bleuclothing but it wasnt exactly the same, although they did have some really hot shit though. i bought a cardigan sweater by Mason in this crazy cool fuschia color, very hot but its summer so i dont even know why i bought it….haha. it was just SUCH a must have
I think Jorge is right, the pink dress is lovely but if you wore something like that where I live while just roaming the streets you would look a little too vulnerable for your own good. It’s a beautiful look, and she’s a beautiful girl, but I would be hesitant to wear something like that when not on my way to a party or to a night out with friends or clubbing or something like that.
Really loving these chic, monochromatic, conservative looks. Ideal for a luncheon or, with a little blazer or cardi, the office. It’s quite classy to show a bit less skin but still stay cool in the summer.
No patch on the subjects, but I would like to congratulate you on the trees in the second (pink-dress) picture. They look so beautiful and pointillist, especially the trunks on the right side (above the scooters). As I am currently living in the desert, I really appreciate a nice foliage picture. Thank you! Your pictures always show such thoughtful attention to the backgrounds as well as the foregrounds.
A great concept, finding a personal silhouette. She looks sophisticated, elegant, ladylike without being stuffy, and radiant. A wonderful combination. This doesn’t have to be anyone’s personal taste – she looks universally tasteful. Thank you Sartorialist.
Hm. These are nice dresses of the same style indeed. However, I hate to say, but they look like both fresh off Bottega Veneta. Now, buying ones clothes at one design store is of course going to give a thread to your wardrobe. It’s just not totally original.
M and Jorge bring up interesting points. I must admit, M, that unless I’m with my man I don’t feel comfortable showing skin. I always feel vulnerable and leered at and I’m not talking about wearing trampy clothes, just showing my legs and my noncleavage.
The gorgeous woman on the bottom is much more bold than I and it’s not that I don’t feel I look good in something like this (in fact it suits me just fine) it’s just that I don’t feel safe. Having once been attacked by a group of guys when I was walking from my car into a party one night while wearing a sexy dress has left its mental scars. I got away and one of my attackers may be blind in one eye from a jab from my car key but since then when I see girls wearing revealing clothes (not that the pink dress is so revealing) I worry about them.
I love wearing hats and well-fitting men’s-style jackets and feeling invisible, but when I put on a dress and heels (which I only do with my man or if I’m going to an event) and my hair is out (a real attention getter – biracial, sun bleached and curly) I sometimes feel like I’m in a bright spotlight that says “guys, check me out”. I’m great at exuding confidence so I look perfectly comfortable but inside I can’t wait to get home and change into my “real” clothes.
It’s such a gray area. You want men to look at you but you want the RIGHT men to look. You want to show off your beautiful, toned body but you don’t want guys to think you’re sending them a personal invitation to touch it. You want to be sexy but you want to be safe and that takes confidence not just in your body but in the self-control of men whom you don’t know.
….So very mental am I.
If there are other women out there who share my weirdness I would love to know.
I love all these dresses and the elegance of the women. As a non-fashion person I would not wear them to the office, I love wearing dresses to work, however feel they need to have a small sleeve and court shoes to be professional enough for the boardroom. The quality of these shine through though.
to Jorge: I would definitely wear the second dress to office. The first dress is though beautiful, but you are right, for me, as a non fashion working girl, it would be too princess-like for the office and too snobish to a party. Anyway, I wonder, how this dress would look like on someone with a little tummy and bigger breasts.
that girl must either be working for Bottega Veneta or she's just really in to the brand. she & her identical fashion twin do look good in the 1st pic, however in the 2nd photo…all pink, really? a little too nouveau riche/euro-paris hilton for me.
I love the dresses, especially the pink one, but I agree with Jorge from Palm Beach; I wouldn’t/couldn’t wear this too work. Maybe if I added a blazer or cardigan to the beige dress. I don’t like her shoes in either pic though, the beige ones are TOO SMALL! Half her heel is sticking out. As for the pink shoes in the second pic, IMHO ankle straps visually shorten legs. That’s my opinion, and then again this girl has long legs so she doesn’t really need to worry. Once again, love these simple (yet not) ladylike shapes, without too many accesories. Would wear this on a Saturday afternoon, to meet friends or a date.
the dresses are beautiful, the women are beautiful. hate to say it, but the wedges in pic 1 ruin the thing a bit to me. i know they’re ever so fashionable – but there are things which are just not flattering, no matter how fashionable they are. and wedges just make a woman’s walk look clunky, less elegant, less graceful.
“It’s such a gray area. You want men to look at you but you want the RIGHT men to look. You want to show off your beautiful, toned body but you don’t want guys to think you’re sending them a personal invitation to touch it. You want to be sexy but you want to be safe and that takes confidence not just in your body but in the self-control of men whom you don’t know.”
Monique, I must admit the first reason why I read your post is that we share the same name..but as I continued to read I realized we share the same sentiments. I couldn’t have said it any better. It’s like you spoke the words in my head.
It’s such a predicament that I still haven’t found a suitable (for me) solution to…
While the girls and their dresses are lovely, I have to say, something about the fact that the two women are wearing the same exact shoes in two different colors, just like your July 1st post, where the “two for fashion” girls in Milan are wearing the same sandals in two different colors, really turns me off. Its too matchy matchy, couldn’t you just imagine that conversation “what are WE going to wear today?”
I find the comments left here about the dresses very interesting. I’m an economist in a national finance ministry and I would totally wear the first dress (pinky beige one) to the office. It’s long enough that the sleeveless bit in the summer is totally fine (although I would have a cardigan handy in an air-conditioned office). It doesn’t look in the least bit risque. I absolutely detest stiff suits or dowdy dresses and court shoes. This is not a provocative look at all – more sweetly demure – and the power is all in one’s demeanor and in what one has to say, anyhow. The wedges work for me for summer, too, though I typically wear covered toes when I work. The second dress would work less well for a traditional office, in my opinion, even buttoned up, as the details make it look more sporty. The fabric is also quite pink and a bit slinky. I love the dress a whole lot – wish I could afford it or find something similar (seriously, I’m drooling) – but to me it’s more of a summer date dress than one for work. Just my two cents. :) OH and before I forget: What caught me about the post is that I appreciate the idea of sticking to a silhouette. I think it’s key to know what works for your body and it’s fun to play with texture and accessories and so on to veer without veering away. :)
Jorge from Palm Beach, I would wear any of those dresses to work IN A TRICE but would cut the femininity with non-girly accessories. I work in the arts so if I’m comfortable with my look so is everyone else. Also, the beautiful girl wearing the pink dress looks very stylish in the picture but the dress is actually unbuttoned very low and slit very high, so I would adjust both. For me a dress sends enough female messages out on its own without flashing both leg and breast that much.
Both women are strikingly beautiful and look as if they are straight out of the 50s, especially the first. Every element of her outfit comes together. Everything matches. Pure classicism at it’s best. Many women don’t carry this polish and sophistication anymore.
i love that these really lengthy women are wearing such tall heels and also wearing clothing that accents their height, making them look taller. alot of tall women don’t do that. and they should! they should embrace their height! it’s beautiful. these women look just beautiful (along with their dresses) because they have the confidence to do that.
Everyone in these pics are dressed head to toe Bottega Veneta. Including shoes, belts and bags. She must work for the brand. I was just in a BV shop and everything from this collection is half off. If you want a pretty, classic dress this is the time to scoop it up. Of course, it will still cost an arm and a leg but you can’t beat the quality.
I think it’s shocking that anyone finds these dresses inappropriate to the point where they would worry about being leered at or touched by men. Yes, the second dress is made of a soft, touchable looking fabric, but it sits away from her body and reveals nothing more than toned arms, a little bit of collar bone, and leg below the knee.
It just makes me sad, that in this day and age a woman would worry that even a demure outfit is an “invitation” to lewd behavior. There are no invitations in clothes other than the invitation to introduce oneself politely and perhaps compliment one’s shoes!
Monique #1, I’m so sorry for what happened to you, but you need to know in your heart that what happened to you had nothing to do with you revealing any part of yourself. Your body belongs to you, on a look-don’t-touch basis, no matter what you wear. It breaks my heart that anyone would feel the need to subdue their beauty because of a few horrible human beings.
Thank you so much for your commentary. I recently saw a picture of myself from the early 90s–the only picture I’ve liked in years, and I realized this was only because the silhouette is one that worked and still works on me. Was thinking about this yesterday when I ended up shopping unexpectedly–bought three very different skirts that ultimately would end up creating a similar silhouette as the one in that photo.
the silhouette sentiment is so true… i am drawn to oversized, short dresses with sleeves, from cotton to silk and neutrals to colours, layered or alone. maybe stemming back to when i was abt 7 and used to scout around at ‘pink elephant’ school sales for crazy ‘mum tshirts’ to wear as dresses.
thanks for validating my repetitive shape habit.
i think defining your style is kind of like defining a word, you learn what it is by what it isn’t. mine isnt long and wedges but these girls look adorable, i like that they match, well for photo purposes anyway.
the girl in the second picture looks like she was taken straight out of a children’s book about “the sophisticated woman”. Her hair off to the side, her look a biit haughty, the color of her dress and the way she carries herself is unbelieveable. She is absolutely gorgeous!!