Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On the Street….Grand Palais, Paris

I thought this was such a great play on the mixing of textures, scale, color and proportion.  If the knit was much longer it would have given her a more square, boxy look.  Getting the inward curve of the high hip gives the eye a smaller line to look at around the waist. Basically, a well proportioned knit can can drop inches off your waistline.   


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  1. Matias

    March 27, 2013 at 9:10 am


  2. Diane

    March 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Your observations are true, but it is very hard to find a knit that “Chunky” which is also fitted and not too long. This woman must be rather tall.

    • Simbarashe

      March 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

      That’s a great point. I think that heavy knits in generally are very difficult if you also want something that’s somewhat form-fitting. As a tall man, I always find them to be too square, too short, or too long and overly baggy. A good knit IS hard to find in this regard.

      • john b pritchett

        March 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        Knits are great but I find the same issue with them you mention. I’m very V built and like more form-fitted clothing. Knits tend to make me look a bit cartoonish like Johnny Bravo.

        • Michael Scott

          March 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

          Sorry John, but you cannot convince me that is a problem….

    • Lena

      March 28, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Beautiful outfit! Love birds patterned pants very much.

      I quite agree that it’s hard to find perfect knit. As for me i solved this problem by knitting things by myself.
      Here is an example of my recently made sweater:

    • Saschana

      March 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

      No… you could just shrink a larger knit. And many cuts are like that now. Love the color scheme.

      Again, it’s blue/navy. Always works. Whatever it is. Of course this is a superawesome combination, which has all simple elements (i.e. wearable) but very creative in the pattern choices.

      The cut of the pant is also superb. Tapered at the bottom, and not too loose on the top.


  3. andreea

    March 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

    blue on blue :)

  4. britt

    March 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    she looks like someone you instantly want to become friends with!
    it’s weird those shoes work but they totally do.

    • Kanairo Nakamura

      March 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Perfect outfit , the bird patterns are also fantastic !!!

      Regards from Osaka

  5. Laura

    March 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I love the shades of blue with the different prints, and the shoes are gorgeous!

  6. Lelli Family

    March 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Agree, interesting mix of color and proportion in addition I like shoes of this woman and her smile so sweet

    Mom Cesy from Lelli, italian fashion family

  7. Freya - Fashionable People

    March 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    It is very well proportioned – and so cosy and warm looking!

  8. greenclothing

    March 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

    She has put this together very well with such mix of pattern and scale..bird print pant, polka dot blouse, tweed sweater…and nicely proportioned so she can wear a more cropped sweater buy layering it…well done

  9. Gian Luca M

    March 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

    beautiful blu…

    Gian Luca M

  10. axeaboutme

    March 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

    those are fantastic pants. anyone know where we can get them?

    • Natalie

      March 28, 2013 at 8:14 am

      the pants are TIBI …

  11. Svetlana Nazarova

    March 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Navy is the king always…Plus , I’m more attracted by the polka dot shirt…

  12. LIZPR

    March 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Agree re: the proportions – great observation. Agree with Diane – she must be tall.

    It’s a cool look, but something about it looks a touch overdone, or trying to hard-ish ….

  13. FripperyVintage

    March 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

    It’s not easy to pull off a look like this but she does beautifully.

  14. Esther

    March 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Does anyone know who made the shoes? Lovely color.

    • Maria

      April 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      The shoes are AGL

  15. [email protected]

    March 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I agree, This is a wonderful combination of texture, pattern and color.

  16. almu

    March 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Great blue outfit!

  17. RobyB

    March 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

    very beautiful look…


    March 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

    really cool and pretty outfit!!!

  19. Chahrazad

    March 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Indeed, I totally like the mix of textures, scale, color and proportion. Well done.


  20. Fashion Snag

    March 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I agree! The print on the pants is pretty amazing as well.

  21. Susie

    March 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Could not agree more – this look is extremely difficult to pull off, and she’s nailed it here.

    Sea and Swank

  22. debbie

    March 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Like it. Is it my imagination or am I seeing a lot of bird prints lately for Spring?

  23. Agnieszka

    March 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Birds and the colour. Beautiful! A.

  24. Manual Fashion

    March 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Amazing sytle.

    Kiss from Manual Fashion.

  25. Dottie

    March 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    THAT is a great outfit. Love how she coordinated the colors, textures and shoes.

  26. Isa tout simplement ...

    March 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Don’t love … but the blue is not my color !

  27. Des

    March 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I love your lessons in style details!

  28. Manu

    March 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    amazing outfit :)

    xoxo manu

  29. Coco's Closet

    March 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Loved the way she used the color blue..With the Spring around, we all should experiment with bright colors.

  30. Monsieur Marcel

    March 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The burly blue shoes are the foundation–consistent with the color, proportion and layering.

  31. Heidi

    March 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Lovely pants: Tibi Womens Blue Black Paloma Bird Printed Cigarette Crop Pants

    If anyone knows what the shoes are, do tell!

    • Natalie

      March 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Shoes are from the fantastic Italian brand Attilio Guisti Leombruno. Heavenly comfortable…

  32. Elena

    March 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    She is so lovely and friendly! Great casual look

  33. jane

    March 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  34. Agata

    March 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I am almost positive that she knitted the sweater herself. It’s an easy pattern and very basic shape. That’s why she could make it just right. Also her scarf/wrapper is very original and could be ‘home made’ also. If yes – she has a lot of imagination!

  35. Bosse

    March 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Like! A lot. The colors, the textures, the smile and especially the shoes. I relly have a thing for tractor soles. They add depth and function to what could have been “mere fashion”.

  36. Judith A. Ross

    March 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    There is so much to love about this entire outfit and I want every one of those pieces! In addition to loving the sweater, blouse, pants, shoes, and scarf, I am also noticing how well it all fits her. Fit really is the key. I guess the secret there is to either have a great tailor or learn how to alter clothes yourself.

    Thanks for sharing this terrific, aspirational outfit!

  37. SHG

    March 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with everything Sart. writes except for his bit about her pants. I think that they would have been more effective if solid or if a very small repetitive pattern. These pants make this lady look like she left home in her pajama pants.

  38. Alistair Dawson

    March 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    from head to toe pure wooly perfection. breathtaking.

  39. manobeina

    March 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    wow what i could to with those pants. lovely post
    much love from NYC

  40. Nanna

    March 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    She looks like she could be modelling these pieces for a store catalog. It is so difficult to pull an outfit like this together from a closet – she must really like the color blue.

    • Sherion

      March 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      That was my view exactly.

  41. Tiffany

    March 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Nice look. That sweater is Madewell.

  42. Magdalena

    March 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I would kill for some info about these shoes’ origin. They are absolutely sweet.

  43. Michael Scott

    March 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    She looks totally adorable but I agree with Nanna…reminds me of a little of Esprit. I would guess she is a stylist. She clearly has a great eye and knows what she’s doing.

  44. milex

    March 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    It’s so memorable!

  45. sue

    March 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Every thing works here…love the bracelet, love brown with royal blue

  46. nycgirl

    March 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    i want those shoes!

  47. Laura

    March 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Those pants! That print – WHERE? Goodness, what a great look! Any idea about those pants?

    • Alison

      April 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      The pants are Tibi.

  48. Martine

    March 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I love the outfit in every way. Can’t say I think the proportion is flattering. I think its making her torso look long. But the coolness factor is way through the roof and if I had that sweater I would wear it with everything. AND THE SHOES!! Woo. Love the way she wrapped the scarf and left the shirt untucked. The best thing is that it looks like she is trying not to laugh.

  49. bayu radith

    March 28, 2013 at 2:01 am

    great look.. and the blue shoes PERFECT!

  50. une chatte grise

    March 28, 2013 at 2:36 am

    The outfit as a whole isn’t working for me, but I love the sweater and shoes (and her expression is wonderful).

  51. Jordan W

    March 28, 2013 at 2:47 am

    This outfit is so amazing. Those pants are giving me life.

  52. Beauty Follower

    March 28, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Great colors, patterns… layers!

  53. Maybeblog

    March 28, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I love everything about this it’s gorgeous I love the chunky knits and the plaited scarf with the pants it all is balanced and gorgeous sartorial genius truly

  54. Energie

    March 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Bang on! I would wear this exact outfit, head to toe, and I’m a guy. Which is not to say she looks androgynous, not at all, but that it’s a very versatile look. I’d say men or women can use each of the items everyday in a number of different ways.

  55. Zsazsa Jasmine

    March 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I love the way that woman mix her clothes , it is so chic together

  56. Jana H.

    March 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I’m so much into colours and proportions myself, and love to play the game and take advantage every time I can!
    This is a really cute and funny look, and the way she combined the textures it works, and it even has that casual chic I love so much mixing knitted sweater with rather classic peaces.
    And it’s warm!!! I personally can’t go out in the winter (we still suffer winter temperatures here..) without really warm scarves, sweaters and hats.

    thanks for your work

  57. Evelyn

    March 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, the dots and the prints, the knit and the scarf… and the overwhelming blue! Very inspiring look!…

  58. AGL Attilio Guisti Leombruni

    April 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Thank you for posting the AGL patent leather brogue! The AGL collection can be found at Nordstrom locations across the US !

  59. Bona

    April 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

    nice texture and mixing.
    she instinctively made the whole look! nice!

  60. Mun

    April 19, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I am quite in love with this loose, ”i couldn’t care less” look.

  61. Ayse

    May 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    perfect color combination, and great shoes

  62. Geraldine

    September 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

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