Sunday, October 22, 2006

At The Saks Event in San Francisco

I love the exuberance of this young girl’s look. She is not a size 4 and she is not making excuses.


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  1. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    She is quite beautiful

  2. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    She is adorable!

  3. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    and she is not wearing all black!



  4. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    A lot sexier than the waifs that prowl the runway.

  5. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    And why even make a comment about her weight? It’s about time we all got over this, style has nothing to do with size.

  6. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    i think it’s bizarre that you would even mention the fact that she’s NOT a size 4, because, like…who is? (besides the celebs and models and fashion editors you shot for what is bizarre is that her size is even mentioned because, while she may not be a 4 — she is also not a 16. she has a very average and healthy body… why not dress it up???

  7. Villain Extraordinaire

    October 22, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    How refreshing! I would love to see more “not size 4s” in all their fashionable glory.

  8. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Real people are always nice to see, and the world is not just devoted to the small, thin. This woman looks very comfortable in her skin..

  9. The Sartorialist

    October 22, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    I only mention size because I get emails asking to shoot more women that are bigger than a size 4.

    I will continue to shoot only what i like regardless of size but I am always happy to see style in all different sizes packages.

  10. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    She’s fabulous. The mix of the fur and the print on the dress is so funky and daring.

  11. vintagent

    October 22, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    It’s funny how tastes change; in clothes, haircuts, body shape, etc. Up until the late 50′s this woman would have been considered a ’10′, as the look was all about curves. She is still gorgeous, and knows how to dress.

  12. The-E-Babes

    October 22, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    Ugh. People are too testy and sensitive. I like “not a size 4″. I like the statement in itself. I think I will claim it next time I share measurements or when someone asks my size, which they do in my business -”Well thank you for asking. I am not a size 4″. Sart, thankfully you still live in a world (even if it was just an e-world) where you can shoot who you want, when you want, why you want. It’s all about your eye and desire from size 0 – 24.

  13. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    She has great individual style…combined with the best fashion accessory there is…………a BIG smile!!!

  14. Thebodytalk

    October 22, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    Yes, She is not size 4. So what? She is even more beautiful than all the size 4s who don’t eat.

    Way to go, girl!

  15. Vicki

    October 22, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    About time a photo of a girl who is not stick thin (and I don’t say this due to my size – I’m a 2). But women come in thousands of beautiful sizes and shapes and I personally would love to see a representation of them all here.

    Thanks – she is beautiful!

  16. Catherine

    October 22, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    This is how curvy women should dress – they should own their shape! Don’t try to squeeze into skinny jeans, because they just won’t suit you… instead look to the past, to feminine dresses, and v necks and everything that emphasises your curves and show off everything you have that Kate Moss doesn’t!

  17. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Sart. She’s really cute, and it makes me happy just to look at her.

    Many of the really skinny ones on your blog just look ill to me. Of course, not all skinny people look unhealthy at all; some do because they’ve starved themselves down to an unnatural size and it shows. But happily not this young woman!

  18. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 9:35 pm

    She looks quite nice. Particularly her smile. It’s a wide one, the best size there is for smiles.

  19. Kathleen

    October 22, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    Wow, and ruching can be so hard to pull off. She looks great – and the coat is Carrie Bradshaw-esque…

  20. ivete

    October 22, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Is it just me or does she look a lot like Winnie from The Wonder Years?

  21. Anonymous

    October 22, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    it’s funny how obsessed with weight and wanting to be be skinny americans are. since most americans are overweight (actually more like obsese) they want to be closer to something they are not/what they view as closer to what they think is ideal. americans are also lazy and horribly spoiled. i am american by the way. SF born and bred!
    oh, and i love this girl! great cool style and cute curves!

  22. Johanna

    October 23, 2006 at 1:48 am

    just responding to catherine’s post:
    I’m curvy and wear skinny jeans and i’m not squeezing into them…its sad that girl’s with bigger sizes get pegged for “sqeezing” into clothing. I’m a size 7 and I found the skinny jeans in my size.

  23. Catherine

    October 23, 2006 at 7:52 am

    ok, johanna – I just checked out your link and you’re telling the truth! Perhaps they make jeans better in the US – here in Sydney I’ve seen a little too much “muffin-top” action for my liking!
    But seriously, I guess I was just trying to say: play up your best assets, and don’t feel you have to be something you’re not :)

  24. jj

    October 23, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve seen larger women rock the skinny jeans look with no muffin top, and smaller women do it poorly. People have to remember that fit is king and to always respect the shape of their body. Not all looks will work on all women. The young lady in this picture looks gorgeous because put her own particular look together, with respect and love for herself. It’s not about the size and it’s not about any particular piece.

  25. catalina

    October 23, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    Love the outfit – pattern and texture make that dress playful and fun! Of course, the pretty young woman wearing the dress is what makes it come alive.

  26. kevin arnold

    October 23, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    she looks like danica mckellar (winnie cooper from the wonder years)

  27. Carla

    October 23, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    I’m happy to see San Francisco representing so splendidly. I very briefly went to the SF event (I could only stay 15 minutes into the reception beforehand) but I was studiously checking all my neighbors on BART and the street on my way to and fro, hoping The Sartorialist would get to see some of the splendid ladies who were out and about that day, but I didn’t see her–even with the fur she’s glorious!

  28. Anonymous

    October 23, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you, Sartorialist! I very much appreciated this lovely photo and your comment – you will only shoot what moves you regardless of size. I rarely see bigger women dressed smartly in Manhattan. I don’t think they allow them on the island. Elsewhere, these women exist – they live beautifully in their own skin. I think a lack of well designed clothing ‘over size 4′ is a problem. Why do designers ignore what would obviously be a lucrative market?

  29. concupiscence

    October 23, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    Part of what I like about her look is indeed the overt appreciation of the beauty of “ample”. In a time where clothes are often deemed flattering and in good taste simply because of their potential of slimming a figure down, she seems to enjoy another aesthetic. I guess that’s what you already said with “she is not making excuses”. Not just her being unapologetic, but something much firmer. The prevailing trend is ultimately just a trend, not a style, not her style.

    Gorgeous hair as well.

  30. Anonymous

    October 23, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    beautiful!! she looks like some kind of sultry songstress…glamour personafied!

  31. Ana

    October 23, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Regardless of size, she’s got style and that’s what matters. I applaud her self-knowledge! (you can tell she knows her shpae and dresses for it). I wish I can model that healthy attitude for my daughter.

  32. Anonymous

    October 23, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    The woman is beautiful, but I don’t like her outfit.

  33. Miss J

    October 23, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    She’s gorgeous and I love that coat! She certainly knows how to dress. I like the mix of the pattern of the dress with the pattern of the bag and coat. Its quite unexpected. There’s something about her that reminds me of Margherita Missoni

  34. JE

    October 24, 2006 at 7:07 am


    ‘there’s something about her that reminds me of’ Silvana Mangano, or Claudia Cardinale, or Sofia Loren or…!!! helas! Ana Magnani!

    Congratulations to ‘the Sartorialist’

  35. Princesse Audrey

    October 24, 2006 at 7:47 am

    She looks like Salma Hayek, healthy, glowy, sexy and very smart. A like the fur, her hair, her style. Gorgeous !

  36. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 8:01 am

    You didn’t happen to get her phone number? She is gorgous and so is the outfit. Can’t go poast that smile.

  37. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    Is it just me or does it seem like bigger women can wear fur easier than very skinny girls? It’s easy for a stick-thin girl to look trashy in a big fur, but on a voluptuous girl they always look great! (To me, anyway)

  38. Stacy (LA, CA)

    October 24, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    She has a winning attitude and face, and it is nice to see someone who’s not a super-waif. However, the dress is a bit amiss. Perhaps someone advised her that rouching would serve to de-emphasize her middle. However, the cut of that dress seems to *emphasize* her middle. She needs a dress that flatters her more and fits her better.

  39. noraneedles

    November 1, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Gorgeous! And she knows the trick to looking sexy without looking desperate: you don’t have to show so much skin if you dress to fit your shape, and (as mentioned) wear a big smile when appropriate.

  40. Anonymous

    November 4, 2006 at 6:08 am

    I like the unexpected combination of the dress and the fur. I also like her hair…kind of Rita Hayworth-esque.

  41. Anonymous

    December 5, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Love this site and love the girl’s sweet smile. Do not love the flower and leopard patterns other then in small amounts and definately, not together.

  42. Anonymous

    December 23, 2006 at 7:41 am

    Rather dashful, how real women should look, take a leaf out of her book, this girl certainly knows fashion and isn’t afraid to show it.

  43. Liz

    April 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I thought this was Selma Hayek for a second….

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more “real” body types – everyone (except some of the older men featured) is thin. I would ALSO like to see more body types featured without the need to even point it out. Pointing out that she’s not a size 4 is a lot like pointing out an interracial couple: it’s simply not required anymore. Cheers!

  44. TW

    August 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Confidence has no size. It just is. Some have it, some don’t. She’s got it. good for her.

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