This look perfectly captures the struggle between Spring and Winter that we find ourselves in this time of year.


In much of Europe ,and some of the U.S., ¬†it is cool in the morning and evening but warm-ish in the afternoon. ¬†It was in the high 60′s the other day here in New York, then back to an absolute ice box the next day.


Don’t you agree that , like it or not, an outfit like this (it’s mix of colors, textures, fabric weight and patterns) is sooo much more interesting to look at and consider than another all-black-monk-drab that fashion people wrap themselves in?



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  1. Tunet Jordaan

    March 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Yes! It is. There’s so much to look at! It has a fun factor and is really cool. Here in South Africa, we are moving into Autumn and this is the kind of outfit inspiration that I need when layering my clothes.
    The garments are so different, yet it is such a cohesive look. Love it!

    • andreea

      March 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

      i wear lots of black but i love primary colours. but i don’t think this peculiar outfit is all that great. sorry! :)

      • Martine

        March 18, 2014 at 6:36 am

        I agree. Its much nicer to see then black, although i like to wear black.

  2. Liz

    March 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

    love the layering!!

  3. Judith A.

    March 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Totally agree, is very easy to be elegant in black, but mixing colors, patterns and textures…
    that’s a real challenge.

  4. Mira

    March 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I agree with you. She looks rad but I also like an all-black-monk outfit.

    xx Mira

  5. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}

    March 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I’m loving all the details and patterns! The colors are a great moody hue too! x

  6. Laura

    March 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Yes this look is so interesting! Love the mix of colors and pieces! Well done!

  7. pinkschmink

    March 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I absolutely agree! Even when it’s cold out, there’s no need to turn to funeral-goer chic …

  8. Pamela

    March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Awesome skirt! Cool outfit!

  9. Olinda

    March 17, 2014 at 10:26 am


  10. debbie

    March 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

    My answer would be ‘no’ not in this case. What is that green pleated thing hanging down her front? Is it part of the skirt?

    • The Sartorialist

      March 17, 2014 at 10:35 am


      yes its part of the skirt.

      what do you “no” with?

      • debbie

        March 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        My ‘no’ was in answer to your question. You asked if this outfit was more interesting than outfits in all black. In many cases, I would say mixing, etc is way more interesting than all black, but not in this particular photo. I find this to be an odd mishmash and not attractive. To me, that is. But hey, to each his own.

  11. eva

    March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    i wish i was taller just to wear those sneakers

  12. Anthony

    March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I think this outfit is really hip and chill. I like it a lot!

  13. almu

    March 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Love her trench!

  14. Cris

    March 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Awesome and interesting look! I love the play of textures and patterns and this time of the year is perfect to wear different looks like this!

  15. Sevan

    March 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Very interesting combination of patterns, fabrics and colors down to the……and shock ! White sneakers ? If it has to be sneakers, darker colors would look better. (But what do I know about fashion ?) :=))

  16. Deeds

    March 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Absolutely agree! A pop of color is always welcome on a cold drab day.

  17. Nubia

    March 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This has been the worst winter in NYC. Cool skirt and sneaker look.

  18. teresa

    March 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Yes! I love it. Save for the shoes. I am racking my brain though what I would put on her feet instead… (Perhaps the perfect pair is in her bag, did you ask?) And full marks to her for giving the Stan-mania a cool wave with those Nike’s

  19. une chatte grise

    March 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Honestly, no–I prefer the all-black neo-monastic to this.

  20. Rosem

    March 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    It is interesting and I admire the individuals who can courageously pull a mix like this off but, in my case, I’d prefer a more polished look. Perhaps the top tucked in and trade the sneakers for a pair of comfy and fashionable ankle booties. But that’s just me.

  21. Jeremiah

    March 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    She lost me with the shoes, but everything else is quite nice! That skirt contraption (what exactly is going on there?) is excellent, I think.

  22. Name*Tracey

    March 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Love the colour of her mac and the 3/4 sleeves,also the bag but not a fan of the trainers, pointy ballet Pumps would look better in my opinion

  23. POP

    March 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm


  24. Karen

    March 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    She looks really cool, the layering and mixing! I wish I could pull looks like this off.

  25. Gabrielle

    March 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I’m in love with this outfit! I think this temperature changes during the day during spring or autumne help create quite unique looks, layering is so interesting and I find myself putting together more unexpected outfits.

  26. natalya

    March 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I find it a little disheartening to hear from a person I admire so much to entitle that style of clothing ‘black drab’.
    Both the ‘drab’ you are referring to and the eclectic mix of fabrics, texture and colour coordination seen above are both self-expression forms and are both based on one’s inner view of style and beauty. Both forms can and cannot be pulled off depending on personal choices, and when an outfit does work and represent a person whatever it maybe, then, it is style, no matter what others may label it. Both fashion forms are all about opinion, so please don’t discourage black as some ‘typical, inferior identity’ to a more colourful one.

  27. azure

    March 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I think I’d like the look if the skirt were longer, like ankle length. and a gypsy scarf while she’s at it with the whole boho/layers thing, which I love to do, though I’m a jeans and tee shirt girl who loves her oversized layers so I’m biased.

  28. E

    March 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    i usually “wrap myself in all-black-monk-drab”but you’re soooo damn right and i love the look on the photo,,,,,,,,,,,but i’m feel so confident and protected in all black,can’t help

  29. Milka

    March 18, 2014 at 3:56 am

    that mix of colours, that skirt look nice but without white sneakers and with tights, please!

  30. sandyy

    March 18, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Like the red detail on the skirt, with all the sober colors, it makes a fun detail :)

  31. M.

    March 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I think I am getting left behind but glad to be so. I just hate sneakers for anything but sports.

    • Ann-Marie

      March 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      You are not alone. I often feel isolated in my dislike of sneakers with many outfits I see on this blog. With the amazing variation of shoes available I can imagine many other options that would make this look much improved.

  32. Erica

    March 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Interesting to look at and consider – yes! You don’t have to like all the choices in this outfit to be able to appreciate it. It’s a seasonal, functional, personal collection of pieces. Not safe, maybe not perfect, but something different and intriguing! These are the kinds of shots I enjoy most from your work.

  33. Christian Eedes

    March 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    “Struggle between winter and spring”. Only if you live in the northern hemisphere.

  34. Beautiful Things

    March 20, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I’m afraid I don’t really like this outfit. I think it goes a bit weird around the hips. Perhaps if the top were shorter it may work better.

    I do agree though that mixing textures, colours, etc makes for a more interesting outfit.

  35. Majestical

    March 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    We do Agree with you

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