Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Just Another Super Chic Parisian Woman

I’m noticing a trend – women of “a certain age” wearing all white with one dramatic design detail to really pop the look.

The first three women wear all white with a dramatic necklace that adds a shot of intense color. In the last shot, from backstage of the Dries Van Noten show, the woman wears all white with the dramatic ruffle-front shirt as the main design detail.

I think all of them look fantastic. Simply clean, refined and yet even a bit sporty -they don’t look as if their clothes will get in the way of what they have to do today.

Actually a friend on mine asked me to buy an outfit for his wife (though she is not of a certain age) to take to London. I guess I was inspired by these photos because I bought her an all-white ensemble of linen pants, long white tunic/dress to layer over the pants with a simple white tank and a beautiful gauzy shawl to cover-up with in the evening. I’m still looking for the perfect dramatic piece of jewelry to really set it off.


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  1. Kelli

    July 12, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Each woman exudes an almost spiritual look that is beautiful and seemingly effortless. Again, the women shine through and their clothing accentuates who they are.

  2. zazie

    July 12, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    the woman from the last picture is just perfect. you can hardly tell she is over 40.

  3. Pata

    July 12, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    I love all white looks.I think it´s extremely modern and elegant.

    Women in white look 100% femenine , and my man in white…mmmm…irresistible !!

  4. Anonymous

    July 12, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Wonderful pics. Good commentary, too. You’ve really been spoiling us lately, Sart.

  5. Anonymous

    July 12, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    how about the hope diamond to set things off

  6. EMNH

    July 12, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    My mother doesn’t know it yet…but…I am going to be buying her a white linen ensemble for My Birthday.

  7. The Sartorialist

    July 12, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    to Anon 4:30
    If you’re spoiled now just wait to see what is coming up!

  8. Kathleen

    July 12, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Alas, all-white is a look that doesn’t work on fair-skinned and freckled redheads like me! It almost demands a tan. Dammit.

    • Marie

      June 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      A look that will forever be elegant! Love it!


  9. kazablanka

    July 12, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    that’s funny, i sometimes save some of the pictures you post (for inspiration) and I had saved all three of these. I liked them for the same reasons you did, and actually “planned” to dress this was once I reach a “certain age”. But I couldn’t resist and tried it now, in my 30s.

    In general, your blog has surpassed my copious magazine collection as my favorite source of sartorial inspiration.

  10. Daniela

    July 12, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    It’s great to use all white when it is summmer (specially if you live in Brasil). I also like to add some colorful detail.

    PS. I’ve been visiting this blog for some weeks and the way i see my outfit has changed: now I pay more attention to what i wear. I really enjoy it. Congrats, Sartorialist!

  11. Anonymous

    July 13, 2006 at 3:41 am

    They all look so fresh and crisp, such a fab look. Inspiration…

  12. Anonymous

    July 13, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    Sart–do you mind telling us the designers of the pieces you bought to create your white ensemble?

  13. LBellatrix

    July 14, 2006 at 10:10 am

    I wonder if I now qualify for being “un certain age”? Like Daniela, your blog has me paying more attention to the choices I make in clothes. I don’t have a lot of choice these days (being a woman of “un certain age” who’s decided to go back to graduate school full time) but I’m taking notes…

  14. pres10514

    July 14, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    Sorry, the one with the big bag, frizzy hair and sneakers looks a little too certain to me.

  15. Anonymous

    July 18, 2006 at 1:57 am

    I love it! I love it!

  16. Zazzu

    July 18, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    White looks nice on models. Unfortunately, every time I wear white, mustard or axle grease somehow finds and attacks me and ends up on my clothes.

    White with “life stains” doesn’t look as good, so I don’t wear white much and neither do the women I know.

  17. inkedbuddha

    July 21, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    I wish I had this kind of natural beauty and easy grace at my age, let alone when I reach “a certain age!”

  18. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    This is a great look. Timeless and the wearer is in control yet looks relaxed and stylish. It is “age exclusive”.

  19. chic

    March 17, 2007 at 12:54 am

    the woman from the last pic absolutely exudes feminity as its best. All of the complexities of a woman can be found in this pic. Not too many women can pull off this look…but very few have tried. Excellent work sart, this photo makes me proud to be a woman!

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