Thursday, March 8, 2012

Would You Still Wear This?

Garance and I were looking at this photo the other day and both thought she still looked really cool, even though the shot is over four years old.


This shot is not about “style” but truly about modern fashion however we keep hearing how fast fashion and trends are evolving in the digital age.  Do you really believe that though?


I think this shot is proof that fashion is not moving any faster than before, it’s just the availability of new, cheaper product is faster and stores want us to want newness faster.  If anything, I think the digital space is allowing us to use the search function in a way to pull ideas that may be four, or five, or (someday) ten to twenty years old to help us create a look we want to wear that day.


Can you imagine the pain of searching through a stack of magazines ten years old trying to find inspiration and yet, in seconds, you can search seven years of visuals on my blog alone?


Maybe we will find the digital age is not speeding things up, but making it easier for us to hold onto the visuals and stories that inspire us even more easily than we ever thought possible.


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  1. Tinacious.Me

    March 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Such a gorgeous tweed coat!

  2. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    March 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Good point! She could totally wear it today.

  3. monkeyshines

    March 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    statement coat, love it!


  4. irene

    March 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  5. Tabitha

    March 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    She looks completely of the moment, I really do despise the buy, buy, buy every week/month mentality.

  6. Aurélie & Angelo

    March 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Definitely agree! Can’t believe this photo is four years old! Thought it was an image you took in the recent fashion month! Proof if ever it were needed that fashion and trends aren’t moving at an accelerated pace, but that the digital age merely allows us to search for information, inspiration and ideas much more quickly! Great article, food for thought indeed! :-)

  7. Al

    March 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I agree with you indeed.
    At home I still have Elle and Vogue issues from the late 90s (yeah… fashion fixation started when I was like 6… You can imagine how happy my mom was…) and I still actually look at them. I also kept the most interesting issues from every year so I have a collection of selected old magazine and I noticed that very often I find more inspiration there than in the new print/online publications.

    Because it’s not about the it bag, or the newest shoe… Fashion, or better style, is something deeper (in time at least). By looking at those issues I really have a feel of what I can buy and wear forever, or on the contrary, I immediately recognize the trends that I don’t want to follow because I sense that will end soon (it comes to my mind the extreme color blocking trend of last year for example)

    I think that the secret of having a true personal style is also taking it slow. If you go fast like fashion nowadays would like you to go you’ll just be a trend follower (oh how many you see of them on street-style blogs…) and never have a truly formed and critic taste/style.

    Great post. And great picture, that really shows what you meant: she looks really “in” even if it’s a photo of 4 years ago


    -The Red Dot-

  8. Izela Cadena M.D.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Totally agree! happens all time in my business too, ideas come and go, from past to present to bring new ideas alive!!

  9. Natasha Fatah

    March 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I agree with you, I don’t think technology is necessarily speeding things up, it’s making things a lot easier. In fact, it’s made fashion and style so much more liberating. If I could only rely on Vogue to know what’s “in” my definition of style would be so narrow but with blogs like yours, we all feel so liberated to express ourselves and our individuality. Priceless and timeless.


  10. helena

    March 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Scott, couldnt agree more. My mother has that coat from a couple years and I STILL steal it sometimes from her. This is one of those looks that just don’t go ‘stale’. You get me, right?


  11. Rachel

    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The ability to curate one’s personal style has become so much easier over the past several years. The instant gratification of digitally archived style blogs, rags, etc definitely enables us to reach new levels of inspiration. I personally have felt more emboldened in my sartorial choices as a result.

  12. Elena

    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Absolutely! Lovely style!

  13. Eva

    March 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    She looks absolutely fantastic!

  14. Flaviana

    March 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  15. Mallory

    March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I really like this post. Yes, she looks great and no, I would not have guessed that you took this photo four years ago. It’s so easy to get caught up in the supertrends, which do change often, when the real {for lack of a better term} “fashionista/os” focus on cultivating and maintaining a polished style. When we ohh and ahh over vintage photos and the subjects’ lovely ensembles, it’s rarely something trendy the person is wearing. Again, I really like this post!

  16. Renske

    March 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I would still wear this. Amazing look

  17. Giorgia

    March 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I think that although fashion trends evolve quite fast in the last years as a consequence they also repeat very often. I’m quite young to tell the truth but already in my life I remember when I was a little kid flare and high waist jeans were fashionable and after a few years this trend repeated, and we have plenty of these examples.

    In any case the web makes everything faster, can you think of something we can’t do with our computers nowadays?? I can’t

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    xxx Giorgia

  18. Martine

    March 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I would definitely wear this. especially the coat. I love coats like that. Only thing I don’t do anymore is belt sweaters.

  19. Natalie

    March 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I think fashion has actually slowed down & is no longer evolving as rapidly- take the ballet pump as an example. But perhaps this feeling is because fashion inspiration is far more accessible now & so ideas or trends don’t just suddenly become apparent… You hear about and see them everywhere- blogs, magazines, high street stores & then the street… The fashion world has become bigger as a result of the digital age. I also think inspiration past decades are now inspiring us all so where can fashion go now?


  20. stylefootprints

    March 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    The belt is very popular right now. A fan of the tights and absolutely LOVE THEM SHOES. Thumbs up I think.

    Check out my newest look if you get a chance.

  21. Cheryl

    March 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I totally agree!
    Last night, I wore a leather skirt that I bought 12 years ago with a sweater from a sample sale purchased a week ago!
    With so many shows, so many looks, so many suggestions, all one can really do is collect, re-mix, recombine, try to surprise oneself while creating a look that feels like a exploration and expression of one’s temperament. It’s not about speed but the journey.

  22. Lydia

    March 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This look is completely relevant right now. It looks like what people are wearing and what design houses are showing today! Not to mention, she looks amazing. I never follow trends– you should always just wear what you like.

  23. Laura

    March 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    If you didn’t tell that photo was four years old, I wouldn’t have guessed! She is very stylish!

  24. claudia

    March 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    completely agree about fashion! I would wear it if I was that stylish! not an easy look and still great on her

  25. Anna

    March 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    of course I’d wear this! I don’t think everything moves that fast… for me what is really moving fast is some sort of excentric and exagerated trends (i.e. Miu Miu fall 12 shoes, we’re not going to see them after fall 12 -or at least this is what I hope!).
    When it comes to basics -good ones, I mean, ‘investment’ basics- and amazing pieces of clothes I’m pretty sure that you can use them for years without any problem!

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    March 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

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  27. Nini Piccola

    March 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Absolutely works today!

  28. laura

    March 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    yep, i would so totally wear this outfit- it’s timeless and sophisticated- i love the proportion of the chunky sleeves. Too, i really appreciate your points Scott about how we choose to live in this digital age. ‘They’ might want us to speed up, but we can maneuver and choose to go at our own pace.

  29. KRH

    March 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Truer words could not have been written. I often search your blog for pictures for inspiration especially from Pitti Uomo as these pics are more influential for men today than what is on the runway. Keep up those Pitti pics.

  30. Danielle Mardesich

    March 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I absolutely do not agree that fashion must be motivated by trends. Although trends never sieze to influence people, I think fashion-style is created my inner creativity. In my mind, no piece of clothing is out of the question. I am not restricted to wearing solely trendy fashion pieces. A trend is just a small piece of the fashion puzzle, personal creativity is what you do with those trends, whether you choose to acknowledge them or not.

  31. Michael

    March 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    But isn’t less more? The internet and social media are just too much. It’s now becoming really difficult to find the good stuff. Everybody is tweeting and blogging ad nauseum. saturation point. The medium has become the message. Give me the pile of magazines any day. All fashion is derivative anyway . . .

  32. Reptilia

    March 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    LOVE that coat! I want it!!

    Amazing photo, as always!


  33. Dee

    March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I love the look. You can totally wear it in the now. The coat is my fav!

  34. fashionablecollections

    March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    wow I can’t believe this is five years old, looks like she stepped off the street right now. I would definitely wear that today. I’m actually wearing a similar outfit right now hhaha

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  35. maca

    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  36. Serdane

    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I agree with you Scott. Fashion is diverse and we need this diversity to create our own style and vision about it.

  37. Amaliath

    March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    she looks awesome and this photo doesnt look like 4 years.Its a style that i could see it nowadays.As concern the digital age my opinion is that is a revolution of information and more,as we can be informed and learn about everything and not only for fashion.I dont have so many magazines,so it would be impossible to look again the previous trends.

  38. Johnny

    March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    100% with you on this!

  39. Delilah

    March 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    LOVE the coat and the shoes

  40. vasilieva

    March 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    i’d still wear everything, the look is totally contemporary

  41. Ann

    March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    It would be fun to see what she thinks of herself in that outfit and if she still owns/wears the clothing. She looks very current to me!

  42. Edward

    March 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    well i wouldn’t wear this anyway considering i generally stick to men’s clothes. i would agree with you both in saying that this outfit would not look out of place today but, i wouldn’t say it has a newness about it.

  43. chocolatecookiesandcandies

    March 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    If you didn’t mention that the photo was taken 4 years ago, I would’ve never known. Her style and clothes would still work now. I love her personal style. I couldn’t agree more with your statement. It’s all about buy buy buy these days.

  44. Christina

    March 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Beauty can wear anything. She looks stylish and chic merely because she is natural, sexy, young and model like. If she were sloppy, the clothes would look “homeless chic”….

    I agree that the digital age has moved the cycles of inspiration so fast that the circles are closing in on one another. Reminds me of Sci Fi when space ships move beyond the speed of light, travel millions of years in the future yet in only ten seconds they are back where they started. Maybe it is just a great illusion that the digital age has made everything more efficient…just maybe we are going so fast that we are moving no faster that we used to…just not enjoying it as much.

    It is important that looks and style feel new and fresh even if they are reflective or reminiscent…..otherwise we are in the proverbial RUT.

  45. Meredith

    March 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I would wear that in a heartbeat!

  46. DaniBP

    March 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Interesting to think that instead of being terrorized into warp-speed by our technology it might actually give us a rich layer to draw upon. I like it. I can see it too, and in the “cloud”of sameness perhaps it will be easier for us to express our individuality.
    xo to you and Garance!

  47. Madara

    March 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    There are some trends that comes and goes… but style stays and you can see it here that even 4 years later she looks gorgeous!

  48. Jane Alisa

    March 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    What an interesting post and I agree that her outfit and style is still so relevant and wearable for today.

  49. Sabrina

    March 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

  50. Ezgi

    March 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Waooow ! It looks like a picture from today !

  51. victoria

    March 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Fast fashion is for people without style.

  52. Name*

    March 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    If you want proof that fashion is tied to the moment. look at the way people respond to the high waisted straight leg jeans posted here on the 6th; They talk about them exactly how people in 2001 talked about skinny jeans. ” Its just like in the 80s” ” I wore them when I was in school, and can’t wear them again” Before that people said the same thing about bell bottoms, I suppose. Now everyone has been wearing skinny jeans for twenty years and are used to the low waist, low crotch look. Moms in the midwest do not wear high rise jeans that fit properly in the rise. They wear boyfriend jeans to be “hip” and “comfortable”. So now these “mom jeans of 2001″ are the new go to comfortable attractive jean that hasn’t been seen for a while, and people are complaining. Again. Isn’t that proof that people act as a heard? Everyone always says that they just wear what they like. They never pay attention to trends. But almost everyone simply likes what they have been taught to like. Thats why so few people embrace something different that comes along until they have seen it for five years on someone else. Thats why some of us like this fashion in that photo. Because its something we have seen a million times and we are used to it.

  53. Sue

    March 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I heartily agree that new technology helps us to differentiate more clearly between style and fashion.

    I remember buying a suit about 20 years ago that was considered moderne at the time, but the cut was somewhat…mmm…avant garde. Within a short time, the cut felt out of date, and the suit went to Goodwill. If I bought that same suit last year, I am positive it’s longevity would be greatly increased because there is no sole arbiter (magazines) to be dictating the shoulder, the hem, the waistline. I would feel completely comfortable mixing and matching the pieces to MY heart’s content with whatever I felt to be au courant, and inspired by the creativity I find at my fingertips.

    Where I do feel the wind whistling in my ears, is the speed really with which this new reality has taken hold!

    Thank you for articulating another beautiful point. Power to the people!


  54. Anastasia

    March 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    This is my favourite post of yours ever. I agree that this is what new media is for – to show us there is nothing new under the sun, and that what we need to do is take inspiration from any time, any place, and make it our own. In this age of ever-accelerating disposable fashion culture, we must hold on to the idea that it is personal style which makes us ourselves, and that wearing a wardrobe that we’ve built over time and that we can slowly and thoughtfully add to is what will make us feel good and beautiful and most importantly keep down landfill!!!

  55. erin

    March 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    i agree with michael. oversatuation dulls my creative impulses. blogs, mags online, tumblr, pinterest, twitter, google…. full of ‘meh’. and if its not ‘meh’ then the image is litarally everywhere. i prefer to dress in the real world from real inspiration- not digital gloop.

  56. Bettina

    March 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you on this one. The capabilities of search and discovery have allowed us the opportunities we only dreamed of before. I used to save magazines and think I’d get back to looking through them for inspiration, but there they still sit in my bookcase, almost like a comfort blanket. But, with the ability to catalogue inspirational images I can access anytime online and with the ability to search endless blogs for inspiration, I find myself experimenting with styles, colors and patterns I don’t think I would have utilized before. The accessibility of visuals and the rise of individual influencers, like bloggers, is changing the game for fashion. In a sense I feel the thought, detail and quality has become even more important. We consume visually at a faster rate, but in the end we’re paying even more attention to detail and styling because of all the visual queues we have access to.

  57. Shawna

    March 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Good point. I think you are right. I love her look and would wear it myself except I cannot do heels like that.

  58. LaBella Luxe

    March 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Love the coat! Would definitely wear it!

  59. Hotcelebration

    March 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I want that bag..

  60. CBC

    March 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Classically modern….timeless hair…..

  61. Yasamin

    March 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    It’s that elegance that comes, in some way, from feeling truly comfortable in the clothes that you are wearing. A perfect outfit because it covers a lot of ground.

  62. canvasofculture

    March 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    She could definitely still wear this today. People are wearing clothes from every time period now and there’s nothing wrong with it!

  63. Flavia

    March 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    One of my favorite shots from you. I think that the skirt length is not something we are seeing at the stores right now, which is not to say that it is not a beautiful and wearable skirt. In other words, not sure an editor would wear this to fashion week, but I certainly would.

  64. grim

    March 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The other difference is that shots such as those taken by the satorialist, being of real people wearing self-styled fashion in the street don’t suffer from the extremes of over-manipulated fashion magazine shoots. For the fashion shoot style and composition is often what most dates the clothes. in effect, what the satorialist has done is given fashion back to the people, given a liberation to dress to a style and not to a fashion shoot

  65. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    March 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I am inclined to agree with you on this one. I have access to my grandmothers’ vintage photos, and photos all over the internet. Time is passing quickly but I still find myself loving images I saved several years ago. I still get excited about the same silhouettes and looks.


  66. AMM

    March 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    But here is a question…does she still wear that outfit? I think it is a great look and have it flagged in your book. Great post. Good questions and interesting conversation. I am not a fan of disposable fashion. It breaks my heart to see what the big chains are doing to design, labour, the environment and consumer attitudes. If she still wears these pieces it is because they have good style and are very well-made. And there is something kind of awesome about having a well made bag, coat, cardigan, or shoes that you wear often, become attached to and last.

  67. Caroline

    March 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Ha! I first saw this photo on the ChicFeed app on my phone, without the explanation and my reaction was “Damn, she’s already got the new boxy coat thing from the fall runways going. And I love how she paired something new and almost ahead of trend with those Marni shoes from forever ago.” So, basically, my reaction totally validated your point ;-)

  68. Bea

    March 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I feel the same way with my vintage clothing… Some of it I bought 8 years ago and still wear today!

  69. sanntiago

    March 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    after change comes humanization, or should come. it really is important to understand current times are not a superflous matter, and really, i dont think or hope it is the point of this having the need of always looking back, wich is not bad at all but is time to evolve. Look back and umderstand, loook currentcy understand aswell but also own and proppose. Is not how current a picture looks like, its more being revealed as looking at the image.

  70. Lu

    March 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    The best fashion is that that is timeless. The kind that you fall in love with and remain in love with forever.
    And its always great to see something fresh and reminiscent (ah, how contradictory our world is…)

  71. ruby

    March 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    soooo, we’re applauding the fact that this shot is 4-5 years old, but it still looks ‘current’?…as in, the fashion establishment hasn’t offered anything too far off from what this young lady is wearing since that shot?…as in this is the ideal?…to be looking like the past so that we can feel comfort in the same ideas as the past so that we feel comfort in the present…which looks like the past…? you get my point…

    I don’t bemoan the overwhelming accessibility of the ‘What Was’…as offered by the digital age/ media, but I also don’t bemoan the labor that is required to mine the the print version of our history either. I can’t help but be convinced that all great fashion/ style moments of history were born by the simple fact that there just wasn’t as much to reference and to compare and to reference and to compare and to look at and to look at…right at the end of our collective digital fingertips. Great ideas were always, by and large born out of creativity. And creativity of thoughts. And by being (in large part) alone with thoughts. Sure, digital media offers alot of stuff to look at – and fast, but all of that stuff is just derivative of all the Great Ideas that were born before digital media was even a term. I think we should take care not to pit digital against print – and whatever bigger ideas those 2 words represent…this is not a contest.

  72. Natasha L. Turner

    March 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Thank goodness for this post! I now no longer feel like a hoarder for having all of the issues of Elle, Bazaar, Marie Claire and Vogue for the past few years. My plans to digitize the the looks that I like are in the works for summer…I think :/

  73. Urbanfashionartist

    March 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Lovig the cobalt blue cardigan she layered under. It emphasize her entire outfit. Great look
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  74. olena

    March 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

    wow, for the picture that is 4 years old she is damn fashionable

  75. Michelle

    March 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

    It is this sort of personal, insightful and honest commentary that sets you apart from many of the popular fashion bloggers. Well said.

  76. Bernadette

    March 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Dear Scott & Garance, that jacket could have almost walked off the runways this show season (Vuitton shape, especially), the tights and high solid shoe, long twice wrapped belt; yes, so “now”. I wonder if that girl is still wearing that/the look you photographed her in 4 yrs ago? Perhaps she is a natural forecaster? I really do think designers get a much better hold on trending shapes, etc with the net and obviously the kind of real folk you and Garance shoot and publish – definitely a daily supply of food for thought for the thousands of us designing every day around the globe.
    Such a fan and have really been loving Garance’s Pardon my French videos – what a natural in front of the camera! B

  77. Joyce in St. Paul

    March 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Mr. Sartorialist, I love your thoughtful comments. The internet lets us become time travelers of style. Nearly any garment from any time can be styled creatively and well. If you don’t know what to do with some piece of clothing, there is probably a post somewhere of someone making it work beautifully. Trends can be thrilling, but few of us have the means to be consistently trendy. For the ordinary person out here trying to make the best of what they have access to, technology delivers inspiration, education, and enjoyment.

  78. Vintage Lace

    March 9, 2012 at 12:38 am

    On the other hand though, many younger wish to be able to emulate the style that they see glamourous celebrties or fashionistas, and don’t really have other options. I was always a thrifting junkie, but some people hate that idea, and I remember when I was younger, we never had “trendy” on season pieces, it would always be way later, so at least people have a way to follow trends they desire.

  79. ErikaC

    March 9, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I’m pretty sure there was a statement, either your blog or your book, that was along the lines of, “Men’s favorite clothes are the oldest thing he owns. Women’s favorite clothes are the newest thing she owns.” Here is a good example that us ladies can take a note from men’s style.

  80. ash

    March 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

    i love her sense of style…also would like to mention on my first comment on your blog although i have been reading it for some time now that it is such a breathe of fresh cool and easy going with a very breezy feeling to it..thank you

  81. Veronique Geiger

    March 9, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Interesting thoughts… I hope your right! Her outfit is fantastic. I am surprised it was 4 years ago already. Veronique Xo

  82. Gigi

    March 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I think this is all about the classics. You’re not looking at a photo of someone who consumes cheap ‘trend’ clothing but rather I feel she chooses her style. Women who dress like this will never look dated, the highest level of style, and that why we can look at her for hours.

    The last few years I’ve found I have thrown out or donated very few clothes as I’ve come to recognise my own style and buy classic, yet modern, and quality pieces. Hopefully one day I’ll get to where she is, seamless transitions…

  83. B.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Yes it still looks good, great coat. Not a big fan of the socks in sandals, but that is still very popular today
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  84. nastya said

    March 9, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I think the main issue here is not fashion but style as the ability of combining textures and colours

  85. une chatte grise

    March 9, 2012 at 2:39 am

    A person wearing flattering pieces that s/he truly loves and that are combined in a way that reflects the wearer’s sense of self & aesthetics is usually going to look terrific, no matter what fashion era the pieces are from. So if I saw her on the street today, I’d think this woman looked smashing. And I agree that increased access to images of style across time may help some people develop their own style vocabularies earlier or feel more confident in them. (I actually used to tear pages out of magazines and keep them in folders when I was figuring out my own core style a good 20+ years ago–I still have a bunch of my favorites, and I still find inspiration in them!)

  86. Elvia

    March 9, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I completely agree with everything you wrote and well said, indeed! I think the classic elements of fashion and personal style are timeless :)

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  87. Lydia Hope Samson

    March 9, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I love these thoughts. You make it sound as though fashion can really be genuine and authentic – not about the most current item or trend, but about the person, the choices, the style that is innate.

  88. May

    March 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I really like the idea you’ve put across in this post. Nice to hear some positives rather than the constant “everything’s moving too fast” refrain! Cheers

  89. bonnie, clyde and marni

    March 9, 2012 at 4:13 am

  90. Giada's Carnival

    March 9, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Oversize coats are the trend of the next fall winter season…so, what can we say?! Style never goes out of fashion!
    (The pattern of the coat is really lovely, so much… Chanel!)


  91. The slow pace

    March 9, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Maybe the colors change faster than the cuts…

  92. Malia

    March 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

    The pic looks like it was taken today and your comments are on the spot. The only thing that changes in terms of fashion is the season and colors, the rest is repeated year after year. That’s why its essential to have some good quality cloths (not necessarily designer) that will last you years.

  93. Nicola

    March 9, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I think it is not so much that fashion is not moving forward or the availablity of cheap clothes, it is more that people now seem to have developed a confidence in their own style and are also confident in what suits them so they dont need to keep changing so much. People now just maybe update the odd item but feel comfortable in their style choices.
    My basic wardrobe has been the same over the last 10 years but the changes have tended to come through tweeks here and there. my look is stil current becaus other people are doing the same thing. Style is about using fashion to compliment your look.

  94. Nicola

    March 9, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I dont think it is that fashion is not moving forward as fast but more that people have now developed a confidence in their own personal style. We are using fashion as it should be used as a compliment to our own developed style rather than wearing every new trend that we may or may not be comfortable in. We live in an age where different styles are admired, whilst we may not like one person’s style for ourself we like the idea that somebody is comfortable and happy in what they are wearing and that makea a person stylish.

  95. Elise Monnier

    March 9, 2012 at 6:02 am

    love it! before the fashion, the own taste and love of game.

  96. Nonplussed

    March 9, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I think trends and styles are just more immediately available to those who would not previously been part of the savvy charmed circle. The editorial control and the exclusivity have gone. The bottom has been elevated, the elite remains where it has always been. Greater democracy if you will.

  97. Voza

    March 9, 2012 at 7:07 am

    The whole industry is based on disposable trends because only selling new stuff will bring more money although I truly believe that following trends like a serial shopper or to impress others can kill style. Lately I have seen many fashion bloggers jumping into trends and sadly erasing their own style and therefore diluting their personalities. When clothes are part of what you really are or what you really do, they can never be dated. Frida Kahlo is a proof that you don’t need to follow trends to be fabulous, unique and stylish.

  98. Carrie

    March 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I adore this image. It is one of my all time favourites from your blog. She looks fabulous and part of me wants to be her! It’s very timeless but still looks very cool to me.

    I have a folder in iPhoto called ‘looks’ I save my favourite digital clothing imagery to remind me of styles I would like to emulate. It works really well for me and of course… this photo is in there x

  99. Sally

    March 9, 2012 at 7:36 am

    The digital age and blogs like yours, Garance’s, and others have no doubt paved a clean path to tracking down inspiration — and, lo — not inspiration from models and celebrities (some models, yes), but inspiration chiefly from some of the most interesting and interestingly dressed/groomed fashion and style citizens. It has been great to look through old Vogue issues for particular Nostalgia/UpFront pieces I loved (and sure, the occasional Index piece or older Coddington-ledspread), but here I constantly am looking for the visuals. *Though, to be clear, I can’t get enough of your prompts like the one in this post, as well as your thoughts on vintage as a photo taken (as opposed to style of which we were and circle back to be fond). Thanks for this!

  100. B.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

    i love this look. it is truly timeless.

  101. FashionCherry

    March 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

  102. Lindy702

    March 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

    When you have ‘style’, there is no limit on ‘time’ in terms of what you can wear or not wear or feel like wearing.

    Creativity surrounds this photo, a tribute to continuing individuality in our fashion arena! Thanks Sart.

  103. Alan Hug

    March 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Love this coat!!

  104. Sylvia

    March 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Actually, I would NEVER wear (have worn) this. It looks heavy. Heavy bag, heavy shoes, heavy coat, heavy limp hair. It just seems like she’s piled on trendy items without much discernment. Looks like a bag lady with a very expensive bag. We see it a lot right now (so you are right, fashion doesn’t seem to be moving all that fast — it reminds me of this article: women dressing like they’ve raided their granny’s closet. To me, it looks like they are trying to pile on too many fashion statements all at once. It seldom works. It looks like they’re trying way too hard. It’s too fussy (the way the skirt – or dress – is cut in the back, coming from under that coat, I don’t know…).

    The most interesting part: that fabric against the brickwork.

    I am curious: do you have to like an outfit to post it on your blog, or are your motives elsewhere?

    Love your blog. You make us look at things more carefully. In a way, it trains they eye.

    Thank you!

  105. 34chic

    March 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I totally agree !! Great post

    xoxo from Spain

  106. Vanessa @ Project Zen

    March 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    She can and I would.

  107. Ace

    March 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This photo only proves the most important part about good fashion and style: it stands eternal. When you try to walk with the trends, you’ll always get trampled. You have to buy nice pieces and just keep true to yourself. You know you did that if you can still wear them years after you bought them.

    To actually address the question at hand, I don’t think that fashion’s moving that fast anymore. I think there’s more fashion out there, but those that know what they are doing are slowing down and making defining their style more important than following the trends.

  108. CayceP

    March 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I think the word trend is too vagues and covers too many different things.

    There are really short, small trends that are limited to a small number of people (e.g., silver shoes).

    There are broader trends that last for years (e.g., skinny leg pant silhouette). Are skinny leg jeans considered a trend?

    Also, some people feel we have more diversity of styles now than in the past. You can buy skinny, straight, and flare leg jeans all in stores right now. Or chunky shoes being popular at the same time delicate shoes are popular. Pointy toed, skinny heeled shoes have come back, but lots of the fall runways still have huge chunky platforms. So even though stilettoes are in, it doesn’t mean wedges are out…

  109. Colleen

    March 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Scott spoke a little while back about a laundress or someone whose job it was to take care of clothing to keep it looking good. There is no point to that if people buy clothing they will only wear a few times. I think there is nothing more chic than a woman who is wearing an item of clothing that she treasures. An item she wants to pass down to her daughter someday. I’m glad we are seeing Kate Middleton repeating outfits.

  110. proletarian Great Gatsby

    March 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Of course.That coat will be still gorgeous in 10 years….and in 20 …vintage.

  111. koolphoto

    March 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

    She looks really amazing!… Intemporal.

  112. Nita

    March 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Have you seen this trailer from an upcoming film “Advanced Style”? About the extremely fashionable Super Senior women of New York!

  113. Erik

    March 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I would refuse!

  114. MywallStStyle

    March 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! trends may come and go but now aday its all about how you put things together and the confidence with which you wear it. Also you could argue that trends changing so fast that we are back to trends from 4 years ago in digital age a year is like 5 years back in the day!

  115. Linda Spencer

    March 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    This lady has style which is different to fashion. She has chosen interesting pieces and it’s the way she puts the items together which makes her stand out. That’s why her look has lasted, it was never “fashion” in the 1st place. She looks fab x

  116. karen

    March 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I think when you took this picture, it was near the beginning of women wearing stockings/tights/socks with open-toed shoes. It was also near the beginning of women wearing belted cardigans. Now those two looks, especially the belted cardigan, wouldn’t catch our eye.

    You’re right that people’s perception of trends moving quickly is distorted, and that’s probably due in part to the reality of people’s lives and finances. Most of us do not have the time or money to delve into a completely new style with any frequency. Instead, we adapt to new styles and trends and they become simply “what we wear” — the norm.

  117. Jamie

    March 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    The realities of living in a small NYC space prevents me from keeping archives of my favorite magazines. I agree that the internet makes things easier in certain respects. To have at hand such a wealth of inspirational material is fabulous. It can, however, be overwhelming given the sheer number of amazing blogs and websites out there. The image of the woman you posted is a “modern classic”. elements of her outfit, like the cocoon coat or the tights with sandals have, in my opinion, become staples of the modern wardrobe. New classics that will always be considered stylish. Thus keeping the entire look fresh as it was 4 years ago.

  118. Haidee

    March 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    `Love her combination of layers and colours beautiful :)

  119. Jay

    March 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I think she looks great! I would challenge your comment that “it’s not really about style…” I think it is and that’s why this outfit still works today. Fashion is trend, here today and gone tomorrow. Style endures.

  120. Jane Freestone

    March 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    No no no no no!!!!! Yes, the coat, shoes, are good quality, but woolen tights with sandals? The woman is slender and gorgeous, but you must be both to pull this off. Imagine someone short and fat, or homely with a bad haircut and an overbite, or old, or round shouldered, or crab toed….I thought the s Sartorialist was a realist?

  121. Nicole

    March 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I think that that is a refreshing take on fashion and technology. I also think that technology has made fashion more democratic in a way–not only because of the availability of cheap clothing but because blogs like yours allow those of us who don’t live in fashion meccas (but love fashion) to be connected to places like NYC where creative dressers are more abundant. I used to joke that the Midwest was 2 years behind the coasts in terms of fashion, but I think that is much less true now. There is less of a lag.

  122. Lisa

    March 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I totally agree with your post. However, this picture is not unique in this regard. I often find myself looking at your old – even more than 4 years old – photos and feeling inspired. So many of your images are timeless, and that’s your vision and your genius, Mr. S.

  123. Mica

    March 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Would never have guessed the photo was 4 years old if you hadn’t said so! She looks very stylish today, just as she did 4 years ago.

  124. L

    March 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    agreed. because i still search for those exact marni’s she’s wearing online to this day.

  125. A New Bike

    March 10, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I think good design must be timeless, so great fashion must too.

  126. linawings

    March 10, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I admire so much your attitude toward fashion/ style. From a fashion blogger one would expect to promote latest fashion trends and seasons’ hottest brands. Instead you take a mature position of promoting STYLE and not spending our money to buy trends but to buy identity. I respect that with your influence over millions of people all over the world you preach that fashion is the long path of finding and expressing one’s identity, which is so difficult to find and define anyway.

    Thank you for this!


  127. Lina

    March 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Where is that coat from?

  128. izzit

    March 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    A year ago I was looking at a Harpers Bazaar that someone left out… admiring the new cleaner layout, very modern minimalist… that stockings were making a comeback, in a fun optional way… and dressing soberly… but with a barefaced look… and it also featured some of the classic models like Evangelista & Turlington, looking mature but very natural…
    After an hour, I realized it was a 90′s issue edited by the late Liz Tiberis (sic?).

  129. Mezzanine

    March 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous! If you put the initial investment into your wardrobe, you can look outstanding for years to come in the same look from years ago. The proof is in the picture!!

  130. Alessandra Frega

    March 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I love her outfit!! This style mixing is perfect!!

  131. stinevincent

    March 11, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Your conclusion, that someone could get more from searching on your blog than perusing magazines, demands that any given consumer
    A. enjoy what you enjoy. One blog put out by one photographer narrows the field of perhaps twenty to fifty creative heads-models, photographers, stylists, creative director, etc-who inevitably have their hands in several shoots within one issue of one magazine, to one aesthetic, one eye, one mind. And B. be able to think like you enough to detect and then copy your verbal shorthand, i.e. find pictures they like with the search engine that can only search your words-your tags, your descriptions. I for one pity a world so blase as that, and I think if you really thought it through, you would as well.

  132. Trish

    March 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Amen. I share this thought and have thought it for a long time, too.

  133. Cuttellfish

    March 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

    It is all about inspiration. I was showing a 14 year old girl your blog the other day. She was people watching out my storefront office window and commenting that she wished she had stylish clothes like some of the woman walking by. Agricola Street in Halifax is the home of hip and style in this town—mostly based on inspiration, not fast fashion. I told her she probably has all kinds of gems in her wardrobe, it was just about putting them together in a new way. I know that is what you blog inspires me to do. Thanks.

  134. Frederick

    March 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    She looks wonderful: attractive, comfortable, natural, and has her own very special flair based on her choices of what to wear. I’ve been a photographer and graphic designer since the 1970s and have had a long appreciation for beauty and fashion. Each of us have the same opportunity to define our own unique and self defining appearance.

  135. Katy E. Halvorsen

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Totally agree with what you write here and I LOVE WHAT THE GIRL IS WEARING. I actually -at first glance- thought that this photo was taken “now.” LOVE THE SHOES!

  136. Katarina

    March 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

    That is real fashion!!

  137. Sarah

    March 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    She looks wonderful. That coat is gorgeous and always will be. How she or anyone else, continues to put it together is “style”. Fashion is something different and something more “marketed”. Her shoes are perfect too!

  138. Carola

    March 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Such an interesting & inspiring post!

  139. Annette

    March 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I totally agree with your comments. I have an “Inspiration” folder I’ve created with images from your site and from across the net. Many of these images are years old but I would and do still reference them when looking for a ‘new’ way to wear things. I have items in my closet that are more than 10yrs old – they’re not second hand either but new when I bought them 10 yrs ago. I still receive compliments on these items when I wear them. The point is style is a never ‘out of date’. A beautiful skirt or coat will always be just that and it’s up to the wearer to modernise them and make current – it’s about pulling things together in a new way. Love your blog for this reason.

  140. Ingrid // Pretty Harbor

    March 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    My point of view: i love this look but without her coat! // Jewellery

  141. Pekka

    March 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

    The best fashion is timeless. It’s as simple as that.

  142. Cecilia

    March 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I really agree with You. This is exactly my philpsophy about fashion. Thank You for beeing such a source of inspiration!

  143. Taipei Style

    March 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    The dress and the shoes for sure! Your blog is like an endless source of fashion, thank you!

  144. antique engagement rings

    March 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I love the blue!

  145. Mike E

    March 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I absolutely love it. Staying power for sure!

  146. modacadisi

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Totally yes! I love this way fashion has taken, more stylish than trendy!

  147. steffi

    March 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    this photo is incredible. I love the mixture of materials and this reduced but consciously used color blob. This aquamarine detail is incredible and shows so much understatement. a perfect combination!

  148. Kelly

    March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

    This is still one of my favorites!! I have this one saved!

  149. Allyson

    May 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Yes, I would still wear this! In fact, this was one of my favorite images when you first started your blog (I guess, 4 years ago now!) I always remember it. I love the hint of blue peeking out from all the neutrals – a great example of laying done right.

  150. Ron

    May 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    No doubt . Its a classic

  151. Jennifer

    June 24, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Bravo for your perspective. I agree. I feel like your site is a treasure trove of m0stly accessible ideas. I return again and again to be inspired by the past:-)
    Thanks, always.

  152. Martine

    February 7, 2018 at 11:53 am

    2018 now, and not in the least dated. You could wear this perfectly today.

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