1. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 2:18 am

    both compliment eachother..spot on

  2. Wrinkled Linen

    September 23, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Handsome people, wonderful feeling, lovely shot. Nice dynamic in her face. Helps me to count off the next 19 days until Rome, 32 until Milan. Viva Italia!

  3. john benjamin pritchett

    September 23, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Wow! Great looking couple! I’m very envious of you being in Milan. I guess I’ve overlooked shoes with cork this season…

  4. Sarah

    September 23, 2008 at 3:06 am

    is that a scarf she’s wearing beneath her belt?

  5. Mr. Thouq

    September 23, 2008 at 3:08 am

    cool milanese couple!

  6. unstoppable

    September 23, 2008 at 3:28 am

    I love the way the belt gives the outerwear a nicer form, I might be able to use that trick this winter. Is that a big scarf, and the belt is from the coat?

    They are both *gorgeous*

  7. suzanne nelson

    September 23, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Beautiful – her coat, his jacket, his shoes, her wonderful smile and i love her hair – is everyone in Milan this great looking?

  8. juhu

    September 23, 2008 at 3:44 am

    love the guys jacket

  9. interior-primera

    September 23, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Very nice couple, really stylish.

  10. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 4:14 am


  11. Bright Light Warrior Nika Marie

    September 23, 2008 at 4:17 am

    I love the balance energy going on with them

  12. lista erorilor

    September 23, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Both of them look great, except maybe her sandals.

  13. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 4:38 am

    They look great. I love her coat. Her feet remind of Chinese bandaged feet, a very unusual look. I like the fact that he rolled his pants.

  14. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Is it cold already in Milan? Everyone is still wearing summer white in the south of France.
    These pictures are gorgeous.
    Notice how the women, even in the background of the pic below, have simple hair, pulled back smoothly. Nothing fussy, no high-maintenance cuts. No hairstyle regrets when they see pictures of themselves 15 years from now. Very classic.

  15. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 6:22 am

    the lighting is phenomenal here. composition, expression, and color and background – exquisite! his come hither look is mesmerizing. her knee socks (slight demarcation below knee under leggings) put me off a touch….

  16. Valentina

    September 23, 2008 at 6:35 am

    I don’t like her shoes…but they’re so cute!
    Hoping see you in Milan;)

  17. jen

    September 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

    sitting, obsessing about my relationship break up with the bitter commentary running through my mind… ‘i didn’t want him anyway’… and then you hit me with this one. this is who i wanted us to be. what a beautiful couple and a stunning shot. i love her smile contrasting with his measured gaze. their clothes hit just the right note between classic and edgy. so many details mirror each other: the egg shaped silhouettes, the glimpses of necklace, the monochromatic clothes with stand out shoes, the white helmet and her bag, even the vertical folds of her dress and weave to his jacket. thank you sart.

  18. Olviya

    September 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

    i like the combination of shoes and tights. it looks really cool!
    also, the shape of her dress is very good.

  19. Darlene Sinclair

    September 23, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Love the weight of her overlayer — the chunky-ness of those gathers. Love the leggings for the same reasons. Where did she get them? Not so crazy about the shoes. Still, she looks great!

    Not sure I understand his rolled up pants. But his casual comfy look works for me.

  20. Shang

    September 23, 2008 at 7:38 am

    another testament to the fact that black is timeless and elegant. i love how she wears the outfit with those particular shoes, unexpected but nice.

  21. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    September 23, 2008 at 7:41 am

    I am one of those guys that has a pile of plain black (CK underwear) T shirts, but I have always been reluctant to pair them with a sports jacket; here is an excellent example of a good combination, although the fabric and the cut of this jacket is superb! Looks like the chinos are pleated but (thankfully) we can’t see it here! I also like the way she mixed her dress and scarf under her belt, and the all black outfit, can’t say the same about her shoes, though. Is there a picture of the blue leather tote at the very left of this pic? Jorge from W Palm Beach

  22. Caro Fernandez

    September 23, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Beautiful couple in true Italian style.

  23. Dan in Richmond

    September 23, 2008 at 8:21 am

    He’s perfect and she’s pretty good. Love his jacket and shoes and, yes, socks (thank God). I assume the roll of his pants is for scooter riding rather than fashion’s sake, but he looks great either way. Her shoes may make her cringe ten years from now, even now they stand out among the two outfits as the one item that jars a bit and doesn’t look as comfortable and natural as the rest, but they’re probably fun for her in their trendiness and that’s okay. I’m not sure about whatever that is under her tights on her left leg. I like her coat/dress, and the little flash from each of their necklaces. Fabulous couple all in all.

  24. Pandora

    September 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I want to be them. Look how gorgeous they are!

  25. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

    they are adorable. so stylish. sooooo stylish without looking contrived. love the flow and hem of her dress with the leggings? tights? his rolled up pant with the soft jacket. incredible. great shot, too by the way.

  26. whyioughtta

    September 23, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Her coat is gorgeous. And the necklace peeking out looks beautiful too. He has a great face and a perfectly fitted jacket. I wonder if his pants were just rolled up for the scooter ride?

  27. Barbara

    September 23, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I’m not sure why, but I’m not digging the guy’s rolled up jeans. He would look much more polished if they were down. This might work if he didn’t have socks on.

  28. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 8:52 am

    A beautifully styled pair

  29. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 9:15 am

    i love the little white of the bag peeking out! plus i like the way she kinda tucked the scarf in and turned the whole ensemble into a dress? or isit a dress? ahhh… she looks happy though!

  30. Caterina

    September 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Oh I love you both!
    You have charisma.

    Lady: As far as I can see, — and I don´t see that much- you pull your leggings over your stockings.
    Right? I am doing that pretty often when it gets cold, and I dont like tights that much.
    I lik it how you keep on wearing your summer wedges.
    And I really like the voluminous black scarf you hold togehther with that belt. The caterial-coatet buckle is perfect.
    How long is your jacket underneath?
    Or is it a coat? Do you hide your hands in pockets?

    One more thing: Your hair is beautiful.
    On the whole, a look that I would like to copy!
    Tanti saluti!

  31. jessica

    September 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

    perfection! love love love!!

  32. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 9:35 am


    Molto bello. Una coppia perfecta


  33. enric

    September 23, 2008 at 9:40 am


    “Una bella coppia”

    Enric from Barcelona

  34. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 9:56 am

    I love this! :)

  35. XAVS

    September 23, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Beautiful couple!
    Love her shoes and coat, with the pashmina and the belt…great! And the guy…he looks pretty cool with the lighter jacket …however, I’m not into fishing -style suit pants.


  36. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Man…that is what you call a smoldering gaze!

  37. Dr. Jean Grey

    September 23, 2008 at 10:22 am

    omg her dress is HOT!!! Who what where, i need details, I must have!

    I must say, though, I’m not a big fan of these particular open toed shoes with tights, though I don’t mind this particular trend.

  38. norawoah

    September 23, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I know cuffed pants are somewhat of a controversy, but he does them very well I believe. Shows off his brown shoes so well.

  39. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Striking couple – from the knees up. . .

  40. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 10:36 am

    When you look this healthy and bright everything goes together.

  41. Eugénie from Paris

    September 23, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Her smile is just fantastico

  42. landis smithers

    September 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

    ok, raise your hand if you want to:

    1) be them
    2) date them (threeway, peut etre?)
    3) steal their clothing and smiles

  43. Claire,

    September 23, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Love her smile!

  44. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

    i love this shot.
    nothing forced about it.. like much of new york style i usually get to see.

  45. J.

    September 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I absolutely adore the subtle detailing and the fact that they compliment each other perfectly!

  46. N.

    September 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    How the heck am I going to compete with these beautiful people? Going to Italy in October.

  47. kfromz

    September 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Very stylish, great couple.

    Sart: I’d really love to get your opinion on women’s feet in socks in sandals. Never know whether it’s one of these all-time no-gos or whether it’s acceptable now.


  48. hemoglobin

    September 23, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    that is truly an inspiring look~~
    how creative is she..what went through her head when she wore the pashmina the way that she did under her belt giving the impression of a dress..very fashionable.
    her hair too..
    lik i said shes very creative.
    i like her footwear too but thought the socks/leggings thing was tacky.
    just an opinion.
    its a lovely composition with great looking people
    the gentleman’ perfectly attired i thought and the helmet adding to it all ..beautiful shot
    beautiful people
    i miss Milan~~


    September 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    The strappy summer shoes look perfect with the heavy black tights. Brava ma dear:)


  50. P.

    September 23, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    She looks pretty, cousy and fun!
    Is that cold in Milan?!??!
    We still have 27º in Lisbon. It's impossible to think about taking our best pieces for this Winter out of the closet.
    By the way…
    You can find a similar coat on H&M on the recycled woll colection.
    It's really nice, well shaped and warm too.
    And you can put a belt on it and look just like this beautiful lady.

    P. from Lisbon

  51. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    The rolled pants have to do with riding the scooters?

  52. Emily Rose~Loves Cheerios

    September 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Smiley lovely looking people, chic chic chic!!!

  53. Brian

    September 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    elfi italiani

  54. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    She is so beautiful with her face uncluttered by hair. But the outfit….There is a disconnect with the top part, from the knees up and the bottom part. The leggings and wedges may be fun to her but I vote no on trying to push a summer accessory into fall/winter. Petty concern I suppose. There’s a guy in the picture, too? Ha, ha.

  55. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    this is how it should look ….always …..dressed well and it’s a part of life.
    BRAVO ….


  56. Jovon Higgins

    September 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    They both compliment each other! I love her look!

  57. The Storialist

    September 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    She is very Sienna Miller-esque. I love her jacket, but am puzzled over the shoes/socks/tights. His blazer is great.

    An adorable couple!

  58. How!

    September 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I’m so excited to belt my scarves. Pretty much just excited about belts. And scarves.

  59. Jenn and Sarah

    September 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Love this stylish couple. Makes me want to go to Italy.

  60. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Yes, they are lovely people and it’s a lovely photo, but Sart darling, I’m LONGING for photos of grown up women in womanly (not girly) clothes. We’ve had a succession of silly little dresses and wacky shoes on skinny young things who apparently don’t have to appear brilliant or masterful when they go to work. Don’t you have daughters? Don’t you want them to grow up in a world full of images of women as WOMEN, of beauty as a complex and multifaceted construct, of bodies dressed wonderfully, not just wonderful clothes on bodies? Please. I beg. As a professional woman, an educated woman, a woman who wears a suit most days, a woman who works at a women’s college and sees the damage that a culture of one-dimensional beauty does to a girl’s physical and psychological health, I YEARN for images of women who look smart in EVERY sense. Pretty please?

  61. indigo warrior

    September 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I just wonder what’s on under that scarf/stole? I get that she’s wearing leggings. Is there a short skirt or longish jacket going on there?

    The shoes don’t bother me as much as they do others. Brown shoes with black clothes? How about black shoes with brown clothes?

    They seem happy and as if they’ve known each other a long time.

  62. GirlSix

    September 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    what a lovely couple – finished off with a scooter helmet

  63. Matt

    September 23, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    That jacket… marrón! Any leads on it?

  64. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Mathieu Flamini of Fc Milan?

  65. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I love everything that the guy is wearing,..
    he even make the helmet look good.

  66. susan

    September 23, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    nice necklace on the guy!

  67. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I have been loving the “couples” shots lately! It’s great to see how a couples style becomes complimentary. Keep it up!

  68. The Sartorialist

    September 23, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    for Anon 4:35
    I have no problem shooting “professional/business” women but they still have to look totally cool/interesting. Unfortunately most career women have fallen into the cliche dressing of professional men.

    I am surprised that a woman that would say”a woman who works at a women’s college and sees the damage that a culture of one-dimensional beauty does to a girl’s physical and psychological health” would also say “silly little dresses and wacky shoes on skinny young things who apparently don’t have to appear brilliant or masterful when they go to work” have you forgotten that these shows are filled with career women that run multimillion dollar businesses? It seems to me your words would do as much damage to these successful working women as what you think these images might do to young girls. Maybe you have to open your mind to seeing that being a successful career woman is about getting results not in how you look.

  69. The Sartorialist

    September 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    For Anon 4:35
    ps – I truly do understand you wanting to find cool women like yourself to look up to as style icons – it is totally natural- but you don’t have to put down the women on this blog to make your point.

  70. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    i love the woman’s hair in its natural state. I also agree with anon. style is not synonymous with weird—even if the leaders of some of these businesses do make millions–it’s often at the expense of women who choose to become fashion victims. i think it’s european culture that is not so obsessed with youth for youth’s sake as we are. take carmen electra—she looks totally idiotic at her age in most of the outfits she wears! it’s all about insecurity. and this picture you have captured reflects the security of this woman. thanks, sart. p.s. i am a woman with 13 years of graduate and postgraduate training.

  71. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    stunning! his jacket is amazing! i want to be her. minus the shoes :S

  72. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    To all the people criticizing the open wedges with opaque tights…

    You had better brace yourselves for winter because you are going to be seeing A LOT more of this trend.

    The fall ’08 collections are full of open toe booties, wedges, sandals etc. (See Givenchy, Versace, YSL, Chloe, Fendi…)

    In practically every reputable fashion editorial they are paired with none other than – cashmere or opaque leggings/tights…

    Whether the general consensus approves or not, this woman is precisely on trend.

  73. Bella07

    September 24, 2008 at 1:00 am

    in actuality I think for the most part, or even majority the woman in your blog look extremely professional. they all have that "smart" face and style is just a side note. I do not know who they are (as many do and are able to name them whether you title it or not)
    as a law student I look to these woman as great inspiration for style & professionalism not just because of their impeccable style with silly shoes or not but because of the way they appear to carry themselves in the photograph. THAT I think Sart always captures, and I hope not to fall into the cliche of suits (although its hard in the law field) but perhaps be able to carry myself and incorporate style into that mundane cliche of the suit.

    Sorry for the babbling- dreamy picture :)

  74. walidd

    September 24, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Stylish Italian couple!

  75. vanda

    September 24, 2008 at 5:18 am

    I have recently discovered your blog and it has been addictive. Exquisite taste and ambience photos.
    Although I have never comented before,I can´t help but saying your reply to anon 4.35 was just perfect!

    PS: Do you ever come to Lisbon? Maybe you could make me see Portuguese women with differente eyes.

  76. indigo warrior

    September 24, 2008 at 6:42 am

    No one is ever as mean or disrespectful to women as other women. It’s why most of my friends are men! And Sart you are so right about ‘professional’ looks for women! Now imagine yourself living in middle America and not being a size 2! And then even if you know how to sew, try to find great fabric at Joann or Hancock! Is there a blog out there telling us how to look cool? *big sigh*

  77. Iheartfashion

    September 24, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Gorgeous! What a chic couple!

  78. Pandora

    September 24, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I agree partially with Anon 4:35′s comments. But it was a bad choice to append her comment here, with these two beautiful and well-attired people.

    On the whole, I think the, quote “silly little dresses and wacky shoes” are fine on artists, students or women working in fashion, shops, salons, magazines. But they don’t really work for the rest of the population, do they?

    But wouldn’t it be great if someone teaching at a women’s college took some elements of what she’s seeing here and added them to her own ensembles. Maybe a pair of red socks and men’s brogues peeking out from her workaday suit. A hat. A polka dot sweater…

    That said, I would like more pictures of people who weren’t models, designers or stylists. Or found at the fashion shows. I’d like to see more people straight off the street.


  79. Yan

    September 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

    great detail of white helmet, and white bag in contrast with the dark clothes.

  80. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Love the way he wears his pants. This is future fashion… Nice coat cool sandals with thights…

  81. michaeljosephowens

    September 24, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    One of my all-time favorite photos. This is a lovely couple. The dude’s selection is beautifully edited.

  82. Catherine

    September 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I love her coat.

  83. @

    September 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    ummmmh ummmmh !!

  84. @

    September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    she’s so elegant and individual, isn’t this what all this is about ? the smile is worth more than the latest style, we all remember a beautiful smile forever, a look is just for a season……

  85. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I love both of them until I get down to the shoes, but from ankles up they work it out.

  86. Eddie in the corner

    September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Beautiful couple –
    My view on her shoes is that they take her whole beautiful, but potentially somber, look up to the realm of happy and fun which i’d bet is just what she intended..
    Their details.. the white bag and helmet, the necklaces; perfectly attuned.
    (raising my hand with Landis 10:59 a.m.)

  87. Paul Pincus

    September 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    they’re both amazing! she’s so beautiful…that smile! he’s gorgeous.

    i’d like to think they’re kindred spirits!

  88. girlygirl

    September 25, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I love it! They look great together.

  89. Gabriela

    September 26, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I love her style and the leggings+socks, very confortable and looks cool with those platform shoes (but not a fan of those corcho ones). The shell necklace is charming!

  90. Charlotte Gagin

    September 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I went in Milano and New-York. Certainly the best cities of fashion in the world:D I loved styles, people… Good idea to have been there.

  91. karmapolice

    September 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Some of the details of their outfits I’m unsure about…

    But does anyone else think that the silhouette of her look is breathtaking? I do. Actually, they both seem really silhouette-conscious in their clothing choices; I think that’s what makes them seem to compliment one another so well physically.

  92. fernandomachine

    September 28, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    yo quiero ese corto de pelo…como también la cadenita (masculino)

  93. Marianna

    September 29, 2008 at 5:17 am

    I absolutely love the rolled up pants on the guy. I saw a lot of that on men this weekend now that all the defiles are starting in Paris…all the fashionistas are out on the street! I guess you will be around for the shows- looking fwd to your Paris stylish shots!

  94. misshoax

    October 1, 2008 at 11:02 am

    this couple could only be found in italy.

    sigh. glorious!

  95. Anonymous

    October 3, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Someone mentioned this earlier, but the guy seriously looks like Mathieu Flamini, French footballer (soccer player) formerly of Arsenal in London, currently of AC Milan in, of course, Milan. He just moved to Milan this summer. I thought Flamini still had long-ish hair, however….yup, just checked, he does have long hair. Creepy resemblance though, particularly considering his recent move.

    Check it out: http://www.arsenalpics.com/image/Mathieu-Flamini-Arsenal_523422.jpg

  96. Anonymous

    October 5, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Hey I know the guy! His name’s Mauro


  97. Anonymous

    October 11, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I love the fact that they both just jumped off of a vespa. what a good looking pair!

  98. the antipodean

    November 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve recently been to Rome and I loved the fact that you could see professionally suited up people both male or female riding vespas.I think they both look smart and wonderful and happy – wherever it was that they were going.
    They’re perfect.

  99. Sanna

    April 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I love couples photos :)

  100. dcinDC

    August 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    “I’m LONGING for photos of grown up women in womanly (not girly) clothes.”
    [Specifically, you seem to want The Sartorialist to post more of the photos that YOU want to see. Others have suggested as much, and I can tell you – not gonna happen. Scott has a vision for this blog that he remains true to. If he bent to everyone’s desires, you’d never know what you were going to get here from one day to the next. That is what happens as far as the subject in each photo, but you are still getting SCOTT’S VISION, not someone else’s. Also, as much as he might want to, he can’t always find a particular type and does his best to provide a balance of styles, sexes, etc. He has specifically said that in some cities there was just a lack of women, men… what have you. If you don’t like today’s post, there will be something soon enough to make you happy. As far as finding what you are looking for, you might want to go thru some of the archives and see if there are some photos you have missed.
    Regarding your comment, I’m not sure, but it seems you are suggesting that the clothes she is wearing above are girly. Can you really distinguish “girly” from “womanly”? More important than those arbitrary definitions, is whether or not the woman can “pull it off” or not. Every outfit is neither right for every “body” nor for every venue. I think a lot of it has to do with the girl or the woman wearing the clothes. I can see a woman from 20 to 90 wearing this and looking perfectly fine.
    As far as your search for something (perhaps intangible?) on this blog - I’ve seen plenty of grown-up women on the site who look stylish AND smart, tho the blog IS about clothes, not what degrees people have. (Could there be a better example than Carolina Herrera to represent womanly style? And, she didn’t get where she is by being dumb.) Interestingly, her mother told her four daughters, 'Beauty is the first thing to go. If you don't have anything inside you, you are going to be so lonely.'
    Perhaps the lack of what you seek simply suggests that there is a lack of this type on the streets and the fashion runways; perhaps this isn’t the blog for you or, perhaps you aren’t approaching it correctly. Pandora has it right by suggesting that the point of the blog is to get ideas that you can use on your terms in YOUR life. If the blog isn’t doing this for you, maybe it’s time to take a break or, reconsider how you approach it, or, forgive me, but just stop trying so hard to turn it into a dissertation.]
    “As a professional woman, an educated woman, a woman who, 1. wears a suit most days, a woman who works at a women’s college and, 2. sees the damage that a culture of one-dimensional beauty does to a girl’s physical and psychological health, I YEARN for, 3. images of women who look smart in EVERY sense.”
    [OK, a couple of things to address here.
    1. I would love to see you in a week’s worth of your outfits at this women’s college. I hope you are the stunning exception to how academic women tend to dress and are both admired (to your face) and ridiculed (behind your back – they’re just jealous, and are sure you’re after their husbands) by your colleagues for it.
    2. This “damage” you speak of – wow! Perhaps we need to do something, start a movement, gin up another color for the ribbons and rubber bracelets to be sold for this cause. (Sorry for the snarkiness. I’m a little tired trying to respond coherently to your comments.) Haven’t we now had the discussions about beauty pageants and size zero super models to the point where not just college women, but their less fortunate sisters understand reality and can cope accordingly? Someone will always be misled by the pictures in glossy magazines and Fox news, but I don’t know what dramatic change you are expecting to happen via what is essentially a style blog. I think that’s expecting more from Sart than we really should, don’t you?
    3. I don’t know how you expect a photo that focuses on what a person is wearing to also accurately make them look “smart”. I find, tho, that if someone looks “interesting” (via what they are wearing) I’m more likely to be drawn to them, after which I find out how smart or not they are. Even then, smart isn’t necessarily what keeps me coming back for more. People connect or not for all kinds of reasons. As for me, that first impression does reveal a lot. If someone looks interesting, I find that they usually are. In Washington DC just about everyone is smart, so that’s not a problem. The problem, in fact, is the total opposite – finding someone who first looks “interesting”.
    I understand that your concerns are very important to you, and in no way intended to make less of them or to offend you by my response. In fact, I would love to see some hard evidence or statistics on the impact of the “one-dimensional beauty” on female development. On a somewhat related note, maybe you could invite Sart to your campus to be part of a symposium – The Impact of Society’s Focus on One-dimensional Beauty and its Effects on Females. Wow! I’ve outdone myself, and I think that’s a great place to end my chat for this evening. In all seriousness, I think an interesting follow-up to the symposium would be to see what everyone wore; and to see if there’s a significant difference at a co-ed vs. a women-only campus. Now THAT would be interesting!

  101. dcinDC

    August 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Sorry to come back after my earlier lengthy remarks, but I keep re-reading your comments trying to make some sense… You are a woman who “wears a suit most days” in academia, yet you talk of some sort of “damage” that has been done to the females in our culture. What kind of damage have you suffered that makes you wear a suit most days? Women have so many options when it comes to dressing, even within the range of what is considered “professional” even at a college that may require you dress quite conservatively. Also, with things being so much more casual everywhere, and colleges never being known as havens for fashionistas… I REALLY want to meet you…