This summer I had taken some time to stay home and look for style in my own backyard. After the images from Morocco last week, I thought that this week would be a great way to continue the concept of “style in simple living” with these images from a farm in rural Pennsylvania. When I visited, the whole family was spending the weekend making jams and jellies with berries grown on their farm.  This was being done in a beautiful Victorian style house with no electricity (by choice).  The mother hand-makes most of the clothes her daughters wear.  Whatever these young ladies lack in current fashion they more than makeup for in homegrown style.


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  1. debbie

    February 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    She’s beautiful. And her mother is a fine dressmaker. Love the innocence of this shot. More please.

  2. Rowan | R E D R E I D I N G H O O D

    February 3, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Oh this pic has such a good vibe! Love this!



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  3. Maggie {The Editorialite}

    February 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    As much as I love looking at the high fashion street style photos on this site, it’s refreshing to see such a completely innocent and uncontrived subject. Beautiful and simple, and simply beautiful.

  4. Ashely

    February 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Let me guess…Lancaster?

    • The Sartorialist

      February 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      no, not Lancaster

      • Glo

        February 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

        She’s Old Order Mennonite, they wear prints, the Amish do not.

        If you like the prints go to Harry Good’s Store in Blue Ball.


    February 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    OMG! She is too cute!!

  6. Pam

    February 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    What a beautiful picture.

  7. Lola

    February 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm


  8. allison

    February 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I love images like this. They seem to let me internally relax between all the city scenes. The barefeet and simple dress with the vibrant yellow and red definitely are saying summer.

  9. Laura

    February 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Beautiful image! It is so nice to be able to go from fashion week photos to hand-made dress photos, that’s why I love your blog so much!

  10. linda

    February 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    This is breathtaking…..the innocence and the delicate beauty of the girl……the harmony of colour and setting…….Vermeer in 2014….see his The Music Lesson 1662 .
    You paint with your camera.

  11. roelien

    February 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    magical image. thank you.

  12. Lizz DeLera

    February 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    well, this is from my neck of the woods (i grew up in central PA and went to art school near Lancaster). i’m guessing & hoping that she is Mennonite and not Amish…since the Amish don’t generally allow their photo to be taken – cameras & electronics ‘steal their soul…’

    that being said the innocence is beautiful, and red barns are still an icon of comfort to me no matter where i’ve traveled or lived around the world!

    • The Sartorialist

      February 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      yes, Mennonite

      • Lizz DeLera

        February 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        yep, Scott, i can see that they’re Mennonite now that i’ve seen more pics posted :) very kind, gentle, & helpful people, i might add!

        grew up amongst them… and then went off to live in NYC and work in fashion!

  13. Judith A. Ross

    February 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    While my mother didn’t make all of my clothes, she made some of them — and I remember every item even though she died when I was a teen and has been gone for more than 40 years. How lucky those little girls are to have a mom who can do that.

  14. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ

    February 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm


  15. Cool Never Fades

    February 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for posting the photo – looking for more in this series. Hope you took photos of the jams & jellies too.

    This shot reminds me of the times I spent with my grandmother as a kid putting up jam, jellies, and canning veggies…

    I can still recall the sunlight sparkling on the “clean” Mason jars as we would bring them out of the bath of boiling water.

    Boy do I miss the homemade “chow chow,” pinto or red beans, fresh baked cornbread, farm raised pork braised in red cabbage with pears, country ham and the pitchers of ice tea. All laid out on red and white gingham tablecloth on a long table under a huge oak tree.

  16. the-pastry

    February 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    this is so sweet and lovely.

  17. PJ

    February 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Actually, Mr. Satorialist, before I read your copy, I thought this young lady was a pic from last summer, in a warm European countryside…I thought it was *current* fashion in a wise place, because to me she is timeless. Timeless trumps current any day! A lovely photo of a lovely young lady. I would love to have someone make me beautiful summer dresses like that in natural fibers, too–I already wear my hair in a braid ;-)

  18. Maggie A

    February 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Such a beautiful photo. I always enjoy visiting your blog because I never really know what I’m going to see. I really like that.

    Maggie A

  19. Bruna

    February 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    peaceful image.

  20. jett

    February 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    So pretty. She is a child in name only tho–those people dont really believe in childhood, everyone works like dogs. Did you see any kids smiling on that trip?

  21. Nic Hyl

    February 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    As a designer, new blogger, stylist and fashion lover, I just have to say how much I respect your work and blog. The photography is amazing and the the perspective that you use to incorporate fashion trends on everyday people is truly beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of your work.


  22. ROn

    February 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve never commented before, but have thoroughly enjoyed all your photographs.

    This image is so gorgeous (as others have shared) because of the innocence and purity you’ve captured. This image is so quite yet, speaks volumes.

    I love the ripple of the water and her reflection.

    Just beautiful!

  23. milexmilex

    February 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Passionate since childhood – just like me.

  24. Anonymous

    February 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    They do not have a lazy bone in their bodies, those groups, Mennonites and Amish both. I lived for a time near the Amish in westchester pa. And I can tell you, their quilts are amazing.

  25. Ann K

    February 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I, too, am a first-time commentor here. Thank you for recognizing and sharing beauty that does not originate exclusively in the worlds of the wealthy, beautiful and urban. This, and the recent shot of the older man in Mexico in the Lacoste knit cap and sports jacket are images of beauty.

  26. Trinity

    February 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This is such a beautiful portrait. And the dress reminds me of the ones my mother used to sew for me.

  27. CD

    February 3, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    The level of the art of capturing people and clothing with photography is feeling very high on this blog recently.

    Keep up the good work!


  28. Up

    February 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Scott, it amazes me how your photography skills have improved since your first few posts. From about the beginning of 2013 to now I have noticed a shift to a more journalistic style of conveying a story with every photo.
    Your hard work and talent are appreciated, but especially your humbleness.

  29. ivon

    February 3, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    great sense of tranquility, quietly intriguing and radiant… x

  30. Isa

    February 4, 2014 at 1:40 am

  31. Denisa

    February 4, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Very nice pic.

  32. Mafalda

    February 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

    This is the type of picture I love, so different from the type of photos you normally take (not that I don’t like them), but these and your latest portraits have so much soul in them.
    Mafalda ❤

  33. The Fashion Fraction

    February 4, 2014 at 2:52 am

    I don’t know why but I just can’t stop staring at this picture

  34. irene laura

    February 4, 2014 at 3:17 am

  35. Gabrielle

    February 4, 2014 at 4:31 am

    What a fantastic picture! Love the dreaminess about it and that little lady is so cute! Her serious and almost a little bit sad face makes me wanna hug her and play with her…. mother instinct….

  36. Mollie bags

    February 4, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Adorable, love her traditional dress, this is a charming photo, would love to see the Victorian style house

  37. Sophia

    February 4, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Such a beautiful image. So nice to see these more “National Geographic” style images appear on your blog – don’t get me wrong, I love street style, but these images are just breathtaking.

  38. Style-Squared by Z&M

    February 4, 2014 at 5:16 am

  39. robert c harvey

    February 4, 2014 at 6:11 am

    how sweet, pretty and lovely she is! Thanks Scott!

  40. Sevan

    February 4, 2014 at 7:08 am

    So much seriousness at such a young age, although she is playing in a puddle. (Great reflection of the feet.)

  41. M.

    February 4, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Lovely child. Very nice dress! Her mother has real taste.

    We were not Mennonites, but all my life until she was fairly old my mother made all my clothes and knitted all my sweaters. Even coats! She would say, “Your dress won’t be walking around on its own,” meaning, my dress would be unique.

  42. almu

    February 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Love this pict!

  43. Mustafa K. ErgĂĽn,

    February 4, 2014 at 7:49 am

    It is amazing, love the innocence of that little girl combined with the colors all over the place..

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  44. Gianluca

    February 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

    This is excellent in every way. Always happy to check your site.

  45. CBC

    February 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

    After Morocco it seems u have a fascination with cultures that avoid the spotlight….there is something about this photo….to me it looks like u captured a child private moment…why

  46. Andrew S

    February 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Just love the contrast between this photograph and the previous photograph of the young man in Paris with his cigarette and lighter – worlds apart in space and time.

  47. Banditbloggers - Fred

    February 4, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Please respect Amish People

    • The Sartorialist

      February 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

      learn the difference between Amish and Mennonite

  48. robyn

    February 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Great shot with the red framing, her pose, and the bare feet. It feels contrived but I’m left wanting a day in her feet.


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  50. Pamela

    February 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Awesome!!! I love your trips!

  51. sarah

    February 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

    how lovely. I grew up in Lebanon County so this is heart-warmingly familiar to me.

  52. Abraham

    February 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Cette image surpasse toutes les autres!! Quel style!!
    Je me rappelle qu’il y a quelques annĂ©es vous avez publiĂ© des photos d’une famille quaker, si je ne me trompe pas, toutes aussi belles que celle-ci.

  53. Sim

    February 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    This is one of your best ever.

  54. Sarah

    February 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    What a beauty, and the dress is beautiful too! What stunning and intricate patterns and materials.

  55. dario fattore

    February 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

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  56. Lucy

    February 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This photo whispers “serenity” to me.

  57. Isus

    February 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

    This is truly lovely! Honest and innocent. It reminds me of the three little Carter sisters with their pretty dresses and pigtails. Seems like I just stepped back in time.
    Please keep on posting those pictures of people who are not connected with the fashion industry and yet look stylish in their own right.

  58. LIZPR

    February 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

    What a striking photo! I love how it suggests both the old and the new; “old” in the simple lifestyle associated with a bygone era, and living without electricity. But “new” in the kind of contemporary look suggested by the bold red panels and the round object inside.

    Again, fashion doesn’t occur to me here …. Scott’s keen observational eye does.

    Thank you,

  59. Jona

    February 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Wonderful photo. In the dead of a Central Pa. winter, it brings hope of spring.

  60. Joana

    February 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This picture reminds me of the portraits Sally Mann took of her children

  61. c.f.

    February 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Photography of the Innocence of boredom.

    P.S. Other thing about Amrican Rural i liked polygonal roof barns,especially red ones.

  62. Lorna

    February 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This sounds odd but she has great feet. Like something out of a Renaissance sculpture. That and I’m in the comfort footwear biz so I see a lot of beat up old feet!

  63. dodo

    February 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    My childhood, but in East side of Europe. Homesteading, back to the land, simple living, simple clothing. MINIMALISM !
    Thank You Scott this picture, we need to see more and more…..

  64. Rachel

    February 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I originally saw this post on instagram. I follow National Geographic and assumed it came from them. I started thinking about the broader context this photo suggests to me (religion, poverty, gender, etc.) I was surprised and delighted to realize this was from The Sartorialist. It totally changed my experience of the photo and I zero’ed in on the girl as an individual- the sweet little pleats on her dress, and the barrette in her hair. It’s pretty amazing how we experience art differently depending on the context through which it’s viewed. Thanks for posting yet another amazing photo.

  65. Elwira

    February 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I like the way you show people now. It’s like your heart has released something extra from you. Thanks.

  66. Isabelle

    February 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Oh, I am glad I read further and see that it is by choice. I thought they did not have the choice of their lifestyle if they did not to be banned from their community, like the Amish.

  67. Taj

    February 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Reminds me of a Larry Towell exhibit ( I saw years ago; an intimate B/W portrayal of the Mennonites of the Chihuahua, Zacatecas regions in Mexico.

  68. Tom

    February 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Remarkable. Did you use a stylist?

  69. Queenie

    February 5, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Gorgeous photo! For a second, I thought that it was Prim from the Hunger Games…

  70. Asia F

    February 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Prim. Hunger Games.

  71. Greta

    February 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    How beautiful! Are these people Amish? I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish people and their chosen way of living. Please, tell us more about the people you took pictures of on this farm.

  72. Martine

    February 8, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    It looks impossibly tidy. Its interesting how I don’t think someone could actually do any work dressed like that, but obviously people did, and do.

  73. Karen | Char Co.

    February 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Well-said. So true. Would love to see more street fashion in the rural parts of America.

  74. Averie

    February 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    As a central PA native,I lived and worked in several towns along Route 45 for many years, some of them on a farm just outside of Woodward where these photos were shot. My grandmother was raised old order Mennonite and wore dresses like this as a girl. She taught me to sew and quilt, and helped me to make sweet soft prairie skirts from “feedbag cloth.” It was a pleasant surprise to see your images mixed with those from more urban environs, and to be taken home.

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