Monday, March 26, 2007

On the Street…Brilliant Color, Manhattan

I wish more New York young ladies looked as colorful and “naturally stylish ” as this young lady.
I say “naturally stylish” because I hear/read alot of people talk about being “effortless” but I think it’s unfair to expect people to look “effortless”. We all put in some effort – nothing wrong with that – but to look “effortless” I think you almost have to be born perfect – like Christy Turlington or my wife. (scored a big one there!)

I think we should strive less to be “effortless” and more to look naturally and happily ourselves – the best we, we can be.


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  1. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    your wife is a lucky lady!

    speaking of ‘naturally and happily ourselves,’ i think the reason this woman’s style appears effortless is because she looks genuinely happy and comfortable in her own skin. you can’t fake happiness, or i suppose you can but it’s usually obvious. IMHO, genuine happiness = effortless beauty.

  2. Rebecca

    March 26, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Spot on sentiment. Looking appealing comes from consulting the individual heart and mind, that’s when personal style becomes ‘effortless’. Pre packaged fashion and flawless polish isn’t personal style, it’s personal stylist. And there’s nought that’s individually sartorial about that.

  3. whyioughtta

    March 26, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    I guess it’s the line between looking like you know how to dress yourself well and looking like you’re just trying too hard. Of course, what looks like “trying too hard” can be pretty subjective.

    Lovely pic and lovely girl.

  4. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    What lovely comments, Scott! This young lady looks so joyful and natural. I do agree with you that we all need to take it easy and free our minds when it comes to fashion, after all, that is what creates fashion to begin with, isn’t it? PS: I love what you said about your wife. My husband is just as sweet, which is why we have been together for approximately 29 years.

  5. whyioughtta

    March 26, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    P.S. Reading people’s opinions about personal style is one of the best things about this blog…very cool to hear what other people think about style.

  6. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Unpretentious, balanced, and wondrous–she invites the eye into relaxation before the pose. It is a sort of fashion of character and participation rather than self-awareness and resistance. Stunning and to be imitated.

  7. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    What a pretty smile! You can tell she’s wearing that cape not because it’s ‘stylish’, ‘in’, hard to get, etc..etc..but because she really does LOVE it. Rock on!

  8. vanessa

    March 26, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    amen, sart.

  9. Alec

    March 26, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    When I saw the thumbnail I thought “oh no – another dope-smoking hippy” but on seeing the larger version, I agree with you! She does have great style and is obviously unaffected by what’s trendy.

    The colours are so unexpected but work so well together, and I love the materials too.

  10. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    i love this because it seems achievable to me — not because i would have thought of that cape with that dress and those boots, but because she looks like she’s wearing what she likes and i can do that!

  11. Gudl

    March 26, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    She definitely looks ‘happyly herself’ and I want to compliment her for that! Very nice!

  12. rube

    March 26, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Does anyone recognize the fabric, or designer, of the dress? The color and pattern is gorgeous!

  13. NYC Modelista

    March 26, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    I love the smile and the shoes. I also love the Spring colors, esp. since we had such a drab winter.

  14. Miss Trashe

    March 26, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    completely agree.

  15. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    you should put your wife first instead of a model! I love this photo just because I love color and im always wearing color in NY so weird because its true not a lot of new yorkers like too much colors!!!

  16. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    I wish life looked and felt more like your pictures.

  17. Anonymous

    March 26, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    That really is a wonderful photo. Its almost as though her individuality is highlighted by the uniformity of the buildings behind her. Rows of the same windows and geometric shapes in neutral colours in the background compared with the vivid colours and free flowing form of her dress and cape. Beautiful.

  18. MissPinkKate

    March 26, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Who is that? Looks a lot like Marin Ireland, a great NYC stage actress.

  19. Anonymous

    March 27, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Sart, can we please, please, please see a picture of your wife sometime then? =) Or, am I the only one who hasn’t seen one of those yet?
    The photos you took of your kids and posted some time ago were beautiful. It actually made me want to have kids so I can do whatever it takes to get them to smile and look and feel happy (the way your kids did in the photos). Needless tosay, huge fan of your blog. Here’s a big “thumbs up” to you, and< i guess to the ones who support you–your family!

  20. Kathleen

    March 27, 2007 at 1:36 am

    There’s something in particular I love about this pic: I normally look at those wraps and think “Old Lady”. They look anything but on this lady, however, so I really respect how she’s tried something out, something unusual or quirky, and it looks great.

    It reminds me that those “Dress For Your Age” sections in Harpers Bazaar often get it wrong. (But why should this surprise me from a magazine that does a big glossy feature on…Lindsay Lohan’s mum?)

  21. Anonymous

    March 27, 2007 at 2:00 am

    well said sartorialist!

  22. Linc

    March 27, 2007 at 2:40 am

    Well said.


  23. Cut of cloth

    March 27, 2007 at 4:14 am

    True style
    is when
    you wear the clothes
    rather than
    the clothes wearing you
    She has it!

  24. Schmick

    March 27, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Well said Sart. Fashion can sometimes be burdening rather than liberating. This woman doesn’t seem burdened by anything. It’s inspiring.

  25. J-Man

    March 27, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Don´t like this at all. Can´t see the thing with this kind of clothes, but I am happy that other people do.

  26. Sara (ibland Albin)

    March 27, 2007 at 5:45 am

    This woman and the fantastic spring sunshine outside here in Stockholm make me wanna go shopping for color.

    ..or maybe just putt on one off the colofull dresses I do already own..

    She looks so comfy and I Love the shoes!

  27. Anonymous

    March 27, 2007 at 6:18 am

    well said sart, and may i say this lady looks seriously stylish, and what a beautiful smile. elle est très belle, la mode à meilleur

  28. Gracie

    March 27, 2007 at 9:42 am

    This makes me think of a comment Duncan Quinn made, “Dress to make yourself feel like who you are.” I read it in your blog, and it’s really stayed with me.

  29. Alice Olive

    March 27, 2007 at 10:14 am

    It is definitely her smile and general happiness in herself that is appealing here. What she is actually wearing is too cluttered for my taste personally however. In general, so many of the photos on your blog are boosted by the person’s genuine happiness that you’ve singled them out for their individual style – and their smiles are beautiful!

    And I COMPLETELY agree with Kathleen’s comments on Bazaar and Lindsay Lohan’s mother. I was appalled by their choice. And I was appalled to think someone’s mother would consent to such an article.

  30. piccolina

    March 27, 2007 at 11:31 am

    I think for me ‘effortless’ is really about looking like you love to dress well but it’s not the only thing that’s important to you. People who look overdone seem to lack substance somehow, almost as though their whole lives are consumed by an obsession with looking good. ‘Effortless’ in a positive sense is a lot like ‘naturally stylish ‘ — it’s an innate sense of comfort in one’s own skin and how to dress with style while going about your life; as opposed to your whole life being about what you’re wearing. This woman has it in spades.

  31. Carolina Lange

    March 27, 2007 at 11:36 am

    I think that one way to look “effortless” stylish is to feel good with what you are wearing, to really love your look and yourself.

  32. Anonymous

    March 27, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    what you should do is put a picture of your wife and don’t tell us that she’s the one, to see what everybody says! to really be honest! I love your blog!!

  33. The Sartorialist

    March 27, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    for Anon 12:18pm

    I already have

  34. Criticoasis169

    March 27, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Rube (8:58) – the dress is by Mara Hoffman. You can find it here:

  35. Anonymous

    March 27, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    you’re a tricky one tell us which one she is :)

  36. Anonymous

    March 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    “A beautiful thing is never perfect.”

  37. Sarah

    March 27, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    well put!

  38. meghna

    March 28, 2007 at 12:18 am

    oh come.. tell! which one is your wife?

  39. jrn

    March 28, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    On its own, I dislike this outfit – great colors, zero shape. On her, it’s perfect. Excellent boots, too.

  40. Anonymous

    March 28, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    i know that girl! she went to my high school! it’s funny, actually, because i remember her as being very fashion focused, so it’s nice to see a picture of her relaxed and more easy-going about the whole system…

  41. savvylondon

    March 29, 2007 at 8:27 am

    marvelous splash of color. your description of ‘naturally stylish’ is spot on. she loves color, is comfortable with her own natural style, she is not trying too hard which is what might makes ome peopel describe her as ‘effortless,’ however she obviously takes care when she dresses, as you said ‘nothing wrong with that.’

    savvy must say everytime we wear color in new york in the fall/winter we get compliments on the street. don’t know why the big apple is so afraid of color at times….

  42. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Agree wholeheartedly–even if it means a blackwatch plaid suit with a lilac tie with plum ankleboots.


  43. nora

    March 31, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I love how the reddish-orangish brown of her boots is echoed in the color of the brick building behind her! In fact this photo is just lovely in so many ways: her wrap provides the blue that’s missing from the skies; the angularity of the buildings behind her contrasts with the graceful draping and ruffles of the dress and wrap; and in general the warmth she radiates contrasts with the obvious chilliness of the weather. Well captured!

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