Friday, June 8, 2007

Women Have It So Easy Right Now

Throw on a great dress and a good sandal and you’re done – I guess the trick is finding those few “right dresses” of the season but still.

Do guys ever look as “put-together” in shorts and a shirt as women do in a little summer dress?….sometimes, maybe, rarely…but not nearly as often and as easily as women.


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  1. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Sartorialist, are you fantasizing about donning a pink muumuu gown in a tropical flower print? be honest now!

  2. The Sartorialist

    June 8, 2007 at 10:27 am

    no way

    I would look like Flip Wilson in that

    if you are under 25 ask your parents about that reference

  3. Carlene

    June 8, 2007 at 10:28 am

    This is a great look (and I love her puppy, too). I’ll bet the guys on this board don’t like this “easy” look, though…too mumu, no leg or waist.

    My husband is a huge fan of drawstring linen trousers for summer, and wears them instead of shorts, with just a nice t-shirt (untucked, and not too long). He always looks cool and put together, if I do say so myself.

  4. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Very relaxed and chic. Any idea where the dress is from?

  5. AnonymousJK

    June 8, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Even the dog looks stunning! Double Sigh!

  6. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 10:32 am

    But the always beautiful basenji dog has it even easier. B****! ;)

  7. londondog

    June 8, 2007 at 10:39 am

    She looks sooo this season – so fresh and summery. Love the dress (fab sandals too) but I’d cinch it in the waist with a big tan leather belt to take the ‘oriental nightie’ edge off it.

    But the most important element is of course the dog – he/she utterly gorgeous – v. foxy and certainly knows how to pose.

  8. The Sporting Life Society

    June 8, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful light…myfavorite time of day. Men can get close with jeans and a linen shirt.

  9. The Sporting Life Society

    June 8, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Great light! Men can get close with some jeans and a linen shirt…

  10. william d. anderson

    June 8, 2007 at 10:48 am

    that is so true. i’ve been thinking about men’s fashion a lot lately, and i honestly believe in some ways its much harder for men to look great. its easy to look okay, but to do it well. its really tough. and their’s not a lot of help out there either.

    on the flip side, i’m so glad that women wear such beautiful summer dresses…i wouldn’t begrudge them that.

  11. Cut of cloth

    June 8, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Unfortunately I’m not under 25
    But am from the Uk so Flip Wilson is lost on me
    However The frock is great
    I think some men could get away with the look if they desired…
    The dog is rather sweet too

  12. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Her skin is so peachy. Nice compliment to the mumu…

  13. olivia

    June 8, 2007 at 11:10 am

    this shot makes me wish that it’s summer here in australia :( alas, it’s still the beginning of winter over here…

  14. Carla

    June 8, 2007 at 11:30 am

    That is Keren Craig, 1/2 of Marchesa….right?

  15. kate

    June 8, 2007 at 11:32 am

    love love love that dog!

  16. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Easy, breezy, summery, maybe – but flattering? This would look like one hot nightgown of a mess on most of the women I know.

  17. Cory

    June 8, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Exactly. Not only is it a simple and chic look, but it’s so comfortable. The equivalent for guys would be cotton shorts and a wife-beater tank. The antithesis of simple and chic.

  18. Opulent CerriLynn

    June 8, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Men can do it. I witness the finesse of my husband dressing in the morning. He slips on a suede summer loafer (fratelli rossetti)…a linen shirt and jeans. All in about five minutes. I find his simple style…just that….simple…but, style.

  19. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 11:59 am

    She is gorgeous and I love the dress. Not sure if its vintage (probably not and was absurdly costly) but if it was vintage and it was me I would have hemmed it to above the knee to give it a younger, lighter feel.

  20. Heather Outside Boston

    June 8, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    It’s one of the best things about being a woman — even a shortwaisted one with a few extra pounds — I can throw on a dress, I’m comfortable, I only have to co-ordinate shoes and jewelry, I don’t come untucked, and everyone thinks I’m dressing up. I’m happy to see you (and your readers) appreciate the ease and elegance. (I even wear dresses in the winter with boots.)

  21. FitzroyDavis

    June 8, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I disagree – men can definitely look put together in warmer climates. A bright polo with a pair of khaki shorts and Sperry Topsiders is an American classic. Or, pair them with matching or contrasting rubber flipflops. There is so much versatility in these simple pieces – from tucking or untucking, to wearing a great ribbon belt, chino shorts with a white polo, to colored Sperrys, wearing shorter length shorts or bright madras (with a polo to pick up on its colors), even nuances like leaving the polo unbuttoned or popping the collar can create a look that is simple, clean, and epitomizes the American summer. I think polos always look best when are a little higher on the arm and are closer to the body, and aren’t paired with cargo shorts of any kind. Let fit, proportion, and balance be the mantra.

  22. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    She reminds me of Uli and her aesthetic from Project Runway.

  23. Alice Olive

    June 8, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Have to admit that was my approach to summer this year. I deliberately targeted a number of dresses for both work and play, as opposed to tops and bottoms.

    It is as you say, just throw on the dress, pair with fabulous shoes and you’re set!

  24. Kristina

    June 8, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I think it is deeply important to have a basenji pup in all his sleekness nearby to balance the fullness of the dress. I must remember this technique in the future.

  25. shoe lover

    June 8, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    We never have it easy, Sart. The right dress sure helps, though, that’s true. This picture really says “summer.” I can’t wait for more!

  26. TeMo

    June 8, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    I think if men did some nice tunics /longer tops influenced by North African and Indian styles + linen pants, great sandals, and then yep just as easy.

  27. Mathias from Denmark

    June 8, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    you are so right: girls have got an easy time, with nice shoes and a nice little dress, and boom! they look amazing. I’ve been spotting people for my street-style-blog today, and it’s much harder to find a well-dressed guy, when everyone is wearing shorts and a polo. It can be nice, but it will never get the same level of simple sophistication as the girls achieve.

  28. Claire

    June 8, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    It helps that it’s a good dress season. Other times it’s more about the skirt or cropped pants.

    How cute is the dog. Is it an Ibizan?

  29. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    No thanks…she’s lovely but this formless dress makes her look 40 years older than she is.

  30. Laura

    June 8, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Hmmm… can’t say I’m really digging the dress, but I love that you showed a woman who doesn’t have on heels!!

  31. Asian Models Blogger

    June 8, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Sart, she looks great because she’s young, tall, slim and beautiful. The outfit looks good on her.

    On the same token, a handsome young man (say Jake Gyllenhal) will look great in short, t-shirt and sandals too.

  32. jeff

    June 8, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    I’m just getting a very “Mrs. Roper” vibe from this ensemble. Just add the oversized jewelry and she’s good to go.

  33. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    your grandma called, she wants her dress back.

    I think this looks works well for her, but only because she’s so easy on the eyes.

  34. Carolina Lange

    June 8, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    She looks great! Love her look!

  35. Alexandra

    June 8, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    ha ha ha
    Leave it to a guy to say dressing is easier for women than men. I can’t believe more women aren’t laughing out loud at this one.
    IMHO, shorts and a shirt are in NO WAY equivalent to a dress and sandals. We live in a time that women can and do wear shorts – and have the same problems as men doing it elegantly, particularly in the city. Dresses are quite simply one or more steps up from shorts.

  36. lewehrman

    June 8, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    I wrote a paper about Flip Wilson, my junior year in high school. Yikes what does that say about me!

    I don’t think you would look like Flip but stay away none the less.

    Loving the maxi dress for the summer. The length is great, not dusting the ground.

    She looks fab! Very Peggy Guggenheim!

  37. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    i dont like the dress, and must agree it is hard to find the dresses that make it easy…but once you find them, then sure, ill agree it is so easy.

  38. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    What a funny thing to read — as a young woman I’m always envious of men who can just throw on a pair of slim dark jeans and white tee and still look so fresh! Plus they can wear those jeans day after day….

  39. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Ha! I get the Flip Wilson reference. Maybe post should read: Thin Women Have It So Easy Right Now. No one else can rock the muu-muu.

  40. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    This poor woman is wearing my Aunt Bertha’s duvet cover!

  41. platinum blonde

    June 8, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    she is fabulous as is her pup.

  42. David

    June 8, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    She is stunningly beautiful.

  43. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    so easy… pedicures, waxing,plucking, scrubbing, self-tanning, make-up, weight watching, thongs riding up our butts, and underwire bras cutting into our skin!

    Oh, what fun it is to simply throw on a dress and go!

  44. Candid Cool

    June 8, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Beautiful dress, and cute pup. I also like the jeweled sandals, so much better than rubber flip flops.

  45. Heather

    June 8, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    I too think this dress looks muumuu-esque. At least with the tent minidresses you get to see some leg. And I’m saying this as a straight woman.

    Would love to see more examples of men looking stylish in the summer. I’m trying to help my boyfriend find a summer look that’s comfortable, sporty and relaxed but more refined than cargo shorts and boxy striped polos. I feel like stylish summer clothes for men are the Holy Grail of fashion.

  46. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    someone help me out! i have a funeral to go to and i have no idea what to wear. assuming i have nothing but a pair of brown leather shoes and an H&M budget. what does one wear to a long island funeral?

  47. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    That’s Keren Craig from Marchesa

  48. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    this might just be the best post ever.

    i l.o.v.e. the dress, her skin, her DOG!, everything about it.
    the color of this dress is strikingly attractive and with her blonde hair and tan skin she can’t go wrong.

    with our lovely woman here, it seems as though she’s pulled off brilliantly the “effortless” look without actually putting effort into this at all. what could be better than that?
    unfortunately for men, it doesn’t seem to work quite as easy.


    June 8, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Is that a real dog?!

    I want one.

    A real one.

  50. Anonymous

    June 8, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Isn’t that Keren Craig from Marchesa?


    June 8, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Her dog is the best accessory because he looks like a fox. That is, a real fox folks.

  52. Wintermute

    June 8, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Great dress? No way. That, kids, is a muu muu. No way around it.

    My neighbor Heloise has one very similar. I imagine the lady in the pic smells better, but Heloise always smells like cigarettes and plastic, presumably from the covers on her couch.

  53. Christi

    June 8, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I’m sorry, but I don’t get it. She is beautiful, fresh, and healthy looking. A real woman. But that dress… Has anyone seen Goodfellas? That dress reminds of the mistress’ apartment.

  54. Iheartfashion

    June 8, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    What a great look! Pretty, tropical, and extremely easy to wear.

  55. Jennine

    June 8, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    yes, this is very welcome…. actually i was watching old episodes of seinfeld (yes) and noticing how elaine wore much more lose fitting clothing than what we have been accustomed to. It dawned on me that in the past 10 years ultra-fitted clothing has pretty much been the norm. i’m glad to see this shift, but even more glad to see the shift in consciousness that’s coming along with it.

  56. whyioughtta

    June 8, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Ooo…I adore every element of this, all the way down to the adorable pup. I love that she left her dress loose…very “60s hostess attire” in a good way.

  57. sofie king

    June 8, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    r.e. anonymous at 3.38:
    I think it’s ridiculous to assume that all women must go through “pedicures, waxing,plucking, scrubbing, self-tanning, make-up, weight watching, thongs riding up our butts, and underwire bras cutting into our skin” in order to be stylish and appear well put together. Many women featured on this lovely blog are pale, makeup-less, and/or over a size 2. I don’t venture to speculate on the state of their underwear. I believe that it is laughably restrictive and narrow-minded to define beauty with such a prescription; while some women do these things look amazing, many who do just some or even none of them are also beautiful and stylish ladies.

  58. IASSART.

    June 8, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    I love that little dog.She looks nice and fresh also.

  59. Deja Pseu

    June 8, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    She’s lovely, but that dress would wear me rather than the other way aroung.

  60. fawn

    June 8, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    even the leash matches! now that is glamor. not tasteful (when is a muumuu ever tasteful?) but definitely talitha getty-fabulous.

  61. Jennifer Jeffrey

    June 8, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Enough with the mumu comments!

    You, like me, wish you: a) could find a dress like that and b) looked as good in it as she does.


  62. Anonymous

    June 9, 2007 at 4:20 am

    The dog is adorable

  63. Nameless4Now

    June 9, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Wonderful, even the leash fits into her colour scheme, but maybe the pup should have been blue?

  64. Anonymous

    June 9, 2007 at 7:21 am

    That´s the girl from Marchesa, and she is wearing sandals from Zara!

  65. Belinda

    June 9, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Isn’t she lovely! So cool, fresh, relaxed, colourful and comfortable – enough to brighten anyone’s day should they be lucky enough to encounter her ;o)

  66. Kat

    June 9, 2007 at 10:14 am

    The other day in Spain I saw a man wearing white linen pants, sandals, and a fitted black t-shirt. Same effect, and he looked amazing. Provided, you have to be in decent shape. But then that’s just another part of the “so easy” that women have it. ;)

  67. L.

    June 9, 2007 at 10:41 am

    She is gorgeous and eye-catching, no doubt about that, but the muu muu comments stem from what she’s wearing: a muu muu.

  68. the little bird

    June 9, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    i loooove dresses. the best article of clothing, ever. so easy and comfortable. i justify all my dress expenditures by splurging on beautiful ones that can be worn all year ’round, though – with stockings and knee socks and sweaters in the winter, with bare legs and lip gloss in the summer. hooray for being a girl!

  69. hazel

    June 9, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    i’m sorry sart i love your eye for fashion but the only thing that makes this outfit work is the dog, and the fact that the woman is tall blonde and skinny. the dress screams dowdy nightgown. but maybe that’s what style is about…being able to pull something off that would otherwise look dowdy…but then that means as long as your tall blonde and skinny anything would look good.

  70. Anonymous

    June 9, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Sorry, that’s not style.
    It’s a mumu.
    Like my Nana wears around the house.

  71. Carla

    June 9, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Looks like my grandmothers nightgown. And I don’t agree, I have rarely seen a woman here over a size 2.

  72. Acris

    June 9, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Awww a Basenjii! (the dog)

  73. gila

    June 9, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    she is so very pretty. (but her toes are quite crooked) :)

    and, yes, it’s true. and there are so many lovely dresses of this type floating about NYC these days.

  74. NQ

    June 10, 2007 at 4:46 am

    The matching leash makes it for me, but also makes me wonder if this woman planned her entire outfit around walking the dog.

  75. Anonymous

    June 11, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Fabulous! I like the carefree summery looseness of it. Light and flowy enough to suggest the body without revealing it. I wouldn’t blame men if they were envious.
    (BTW: love the shout-out to Flip Wilson … haven’t thought of him in years!)

  76. Carol Diehl

    June 11, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I’m not sure who has it easier in the summer–I mean yes, the right dress and sandals, for sure, but FINDING the right dress and sandals is another thing. As for men, I’m a sucker for guys in crisp white shirts and jeans that fit.

  77. Anonymous

    June 11, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    yes, that is Karen from Marchesa. I think very few women can pull that look off (if you are a bit on the plus side, you will appear bigger; if you petite/thin, you can get swallowed up in it). Karen pulls it off perfectly! i do agree, the tan skin, blonde hair pulled and the dog add to it.

    i am sure she is just running errands and walking the dog. i don’t think this kind of dress would be appropriate for work, etc.

  78. Anonymous

    June 12, 2007 at 1:03 am

    carlene said…
    I’ll bet the guys on this board don’t like this “easy” look, though…too mumu, no leg or waist.

    You have to be kidding?
    This woman is gorgeous!

    I love her style and the way she is clearly very comfortable with who she is!
    I would rather look at her than a skin tight, low rider wearing, stomach exposed woman half her age any day.

    Another oldie reference,

    I’d sell the farm for her!

  79. AnastasiaC

    June 12, 2007 at 9:04 am

    she looks relaxed and laid back but super chic at the same time
    the coral colours suit her SO much!

  80. Anonymous

    June 12, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    the dress is very grandma-ish. but i love the fact that Rover is posing for the pic. ;-)

  81. Anonymous

    June 13, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    This look works because the dog’s leash cuts across that muu muu and makes it look like a belt. That is a lot of fabric. She carries if off okay but on the wrong type it would like like a couch walking towards you!!!

  82. Ané

    June 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    the print is really lovely and very summery

  83. whitney Kelt

    June 15, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Here’s another reference to the 70′s….can you say “Mrs. Roper”? I’m probably one of the few who actually liked her mumus. By the way I love your site. I’m going to Paris in July wishing you’d be there to snap my picture. ;)

  84. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    yes that’s keren craig from marchesa….VERY cool….LOVE all their clothes……….

  85. Tricia Garrett

    June 24, 2007 at 9:08 am

    I haven’t visited here for ages. My first comment I think……
    and it was the dog that did it for me.
    As for the frock…..great colour with the tan.

  86. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    So funny you should say this because I always think that MEN have it so easy when I look at all the great guys you find! Of course, many of the people you photograph make it look so easy. That seems to be part of the charm, like the have captured the moment perfectly with their clothes.

  87. Keri

    October 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    everything from head to toe and the dog look gorgeous!

  88. dcinDC

    June 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned this, but I think what keeps it from looking dowdy, etc. is the fact that the proportions are absolutely perfect – just like in men’s tailored garments. The amount of fabric, sleeve and hem length are exactly right. An inch or two difference in either direction would have ruined it. And, yeah, it doesn’t hurt that she’s tall and gorgeous. Good bearing, simple hair and accessories – just right!

    Scott asks: Do guys ever look as “put-together” in shorts and a shirt… Rarely. There have been a few on here that have come close, but I see shorts and shirt too often taken as the easy way out. It’s just hard to pull a look together that really says anything other than – it’s summer and I’m going to wear as little as possible to be comfortable – to hell with fashion.

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