Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On the Street…..Kasia, Poznań, Poland

People who wear a lot of vintage usually fall into one of two camps. The first being the people who get into a very specific period, which can look great and inspiring but can get costume-y.


The other, usually younger high school/college-aged kids seem to tend toward the aggressively ugly mix of vintage. I get it, it’s rebellious, it’s a way to set themselves apart from their peers. Most new art movements are considered aggressively ugly when they start out. However, sometimes it’s nice to see vintage worn in a way that just makes a person look pretty.


I met Kasia at a local vintage shop in Poznań. I thought she looked so adorable in this little dress and somehow more subversive than the other kids doing obvious ugly.



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  1. Simbarashe

    October 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Love this, love the print, love the dress, love the the shot, love the woman!

  2. Tokyofaces.com (@Tokyofaces)

    October 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Wow, she really pops out from the background! Cool shot, beautiful dress!

    Tokyo street fashion: http://www.tokyofaces.com

  3. Nomadic D

    October 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Another polish beauty. This is exactly what I was talking about yesterday! Are the streets just filled with this sort of casual easy beauty over there or what?


    • Anastasia

      October 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      ;) Yapp, Nomadic D. You should come here;)

      • Piotr

        October 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        Shush… They don’t have to know :]

      • Nomadic D

        October 25, 2012 at 3:21 am

        Ha! You guys are hilarious. Is it contagious? If I go there will I become long and lanky and blonde and modelesque too?

        • domi

          March 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

          It might happen if you drink enough vodka;)

    • Shopaholic in London

      October 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Someone likes Polish girls :-)

      I am not a vintage fan but love this dress

    • MK

      November 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Yes. :)

  4. My Vintage Curves

    October 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I totally agree with you. I try to wear my vintage clothes this way!

  5. Belinda Nixon

    October 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    great picture – great bag!

  6. Caroline

    October 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love it when you explain what caught your eye about a person, it really makes me think about how I make my own choices in what I wear – I wish you did it for all your pictures!

  7. Virginia

    October 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I couldn’t agree more. She’s beautiful, modern and unique. This is the beauty that vintage can be.

  8. Mary Boctor

    October 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    What a beautiful shot! I agree with your assessment of the vintage scene!

  9. Christopher

    October 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I think the dress could use a bit more front balance.

  10. Reptilia

    October 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Lovely dress!! i LOVE vintage clothing!



  11. Margherita

    October 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I like her style a lot. Just one question: why there’s no one on the street???

  12. Hogger & Co.

    October 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Yes, vintage done well….I especially like the way she’s holding her fingers on her right hand…an odd thing to notice, I know!
    Love her shoes, as well.

    • suzy

      October 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      lol i love it when people notice little things like that

  13. Irene's Closet

    October 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

    love her dress!



    October 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I really love her dress!!! the fabric is very nice!!


  15. Lona

    October 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love stripes, so obviously I love her dress. And I love vintage pieces a lot. This young lady knows how to wear vintage clothes, and she looks cute in it.

  16. Solben2007

    October 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I like the photo, she looks very oldtimes but in some way very modern, thankyu for the explanation.

  17. Henya

    October 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for the background behind this look. She has good taste, and so do you Scott!

  18. Luce

    October 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

    You’re so right,

    I’ve seen vintage done too customey and though beautiful, I feel like a modern twist to the same attire would have been more interesting.

    This is a lovely find by the girl, though vintage, it seems modern and relevant.


  19. Laura

    October 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This dress is so lovely, and so is the photo!


  20. virginia

    October 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Adoro tu blog porque me encanta tu forma de fotografiar todo lo que te parece interesante y que parece aun mas interesante enfocado desde tu perspectiva.

  21. Audrey

    October 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Love the striped dress against the squares of the cobble-stone sidewalk. Nice composition!

  22. [email protected]

    October 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Love this! The menswear print and cut of the dress top is a cool contract with the girly cut of the skirt. Great handbag and shoes, too.


  23. Style begins at forty

    October 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

  24. fashionisserious

    October 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    The lines of the print of the dress resemble those of the beautiful pavement. Great.

  25. AlexsFashion

    October 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I’m not sure whether I would say it this harshly “obvious ugly” I mean you always have to think about it, that “ugly” is only an opinion-what you might find ugly might be something other people love and think it is amazing. For example that dress is definetely not something I would wear, not only because I think that the way the bottom part with the horizontal stripes simply looks odd.
    I think that especially in high school, teens should be encourage to try out different things and find their own style because this is a stage of your life when you simply experiment and try to find out who you are.
    And of course this is only the beginning-teens don’t have much experience in fashion, simply because they are not that old yet, so it is very harsh to say it is simply ugly…

    • debi c

      October 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

      exactly what i thought!i don’t think so many people out there are wearing it thinking it is an “obvious ugly” thing ..to rebel or distinguish themselves..ugly and beauty with regards to personal style is a matter of opinions..i love vintage..but i don’t seem to be so in love with this one.

    • Elyce

      October 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      I felt the same about that comment. Style is subjective…. so it is harsh to call something ugly simply because you don’t appreciate it. I am a lover of vintage and don’t particular like ‘messy vintage’ styles that are in at the moment, especially with younger people, but that does not mean it is ugly nor does it mean someone shouldn’t be able to wear it.

    • Danielle

      October 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      I agree. “Ugly” is a very strong word laden with connotations that are hard to look past. “Awkward” might have been better suited.

      • Margo, Thrift at Home

        October 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        But I get what Scott is talking about: some people wear challenging costumes just to provoke a response, to rebel against the norm. The funny thing is, there isn’t much a norm anymore (compare to the US in the 50s, for example), so it’s hard to find something to push against. But people still try.

  26. samira

    October 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    wow love this photo!

  27. Aneta

    October 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    She looks lovely. I love her shoes and the fact that she is Polish :)

  28. Marián

    October 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

  29. Lelli Family

    October 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I really love these pics from Polonia and their people. I like reading your introduction. I like Kasia. Her dress, her bag, her city!

    Daddy Lele from Lelli, italian fashion family


  30. teresa

    October 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

  31. almudena

    October 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

  32. the garage starlets

    October 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Gorgeous photo! Really amazing! I want to make pictures like this :)



  33. kitchen afternoon

    October 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Geeze, everyone in Poland is beautiful, no matter the clothes.

  34. Aura

    October 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    The relation between a dress & background’s buildings!

  35. Rachelle

    October 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Love the dress and her facial expression.

  36. [email protected]

    October 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I’m with you on vintage clothing worn ‘viciously.’ It should be worn with great happiness in a way that flatters, not with anger and sadness at the world. Don’t you think?

  37. Jen O

    October 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I love the adorable way she has adapted her vintage dress to make it her own look, and it’s exactly the street fashion style that many designers and and labels like ModCloth and Anthro spend so much time copying!

  38. Sofia

    October 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Her modern sandals give her look the necessary modern twist that makes the whole miss thoroughly credible and, therefore, lovely!

  39. dcinDC

    October 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Wouldn’t have thought this was vintage if you hadn’t said so. Looks kind of like a man’s shirt or pajama top. Really nice look on her with no other accessories.

    Like another commenter, I, too, like to hear what you think about the picture, and enjoy reading your remarks. Thanks.

  40. monkeyshines

    October 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

  41. Serdane

    October 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

  42. agnieszka

    October 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

    wow! The Sartorialist in Poland :-)
    you have a lot of fans here; I’m one of them;-)
    waiting for the photos taken in Warsaw…?

  43. Iliyana

    October 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  44. Magdalena Sokolnicka

    October 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    That’s interesting, all of this girls from Poznań are or were students of University of Fine Arts in Poznań! I know them all, because I study there too. i think that artists are more sensitive for it how do they look like and they are showing this up outside.

  45. TM

    October 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Again, totally rad. Hope there are plenty more pics from Poland to come.

  46. Kate

    October 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    She wears this to perfection. You’re spot on about the vintage groups :)



  47. olga

    October 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Yes, she does look great in vintage. She knows how to wear it, so it looks so chic!
    Great shot !!!

  48. Dip It Black

    October 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Stunning picture!
    Love the simpleness of this outfit! Mostly dress like that myself too! And that dress is gorgeous!


  49. Name*

    October 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    You have forgotten about the third group of vintage fans who simply wear it to inexpensively round out their modern wardrobe. Most of my silk blouses are vintage and one would never know. I know so many women who are skilled at styling the $8 thrift store find to look like new. :)

    • Rebecca

      October 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I totally agree with you. That’s why I wear vintage as well–simply because modern clothing are often more expensive and not even made that well. I like mixing vintage with a bit of modernity though. It’s interesting yet still relatable.

    • dana

      October 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I agree! and fall into the same category. I think this categorization of people who dress in a lot of second-hand is quite wrong. It seems obvious to me that the people doing “el vintage ugly” are going to be the most noticeable of the bunch, but this doesn’t make them the majority.

    • ruby

      October 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm


      And what about those who wear really fabulous (and often, not cheap) vintage in a modern way…that is, mixed with current runway etc…?

    • Starr

      October 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      I agree with these comments! Mixing quality vintage with modern clothing and/or accessories creates such a unique look. Loving individual style over seeing the same designer looks coming and going.

  50. Devon

    October 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Really like the dress – reminds me of the Madewell striped dresses that were everywhere this summer.

    The line between vintage done well, done like a costume or done downright ugly is so fine…something as simple as the wrong accessory could push the look to a place you don’t want it to go. I think her picks on the handbag and the basic hair and makeup keep this firmly in the ‘done well’ category.


  51. monika

    October 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    It is such an amazing composition! Looks like from some other universe!
    I really like how she paints her nails – red on her feet and green( I gues?) on her hands, looks like fun!

  52. Natalie

    October 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    just beautiful.

  53. Mary

    October 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Very astute observation on the vintage scene, you no doubt have some photos from shoreditch in London you could use as a visual example! Love your work.

  54. natalia

    October 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love that you are in Poland recognizing all the beautiful faces and creative spirits the country has to offer!! I grew up there…fashion, art and design were always a part of our lives. Despite hardships, my family always took pride in the way we presented ourselves and how we expressed our individualism. To this day, fashion is my first love so naturally I read your site daily!

  55. Susana

    October 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    She looks great! It doesn’t even look vintage at all. Love the dress and the purse, but her sandals are my favorite….really great and different.

    Also, I love that you explained she caught your eye. I’m sure you’re terribly busy most of the time to write, but I think that it adds a whole new layer when you share the reasons behind the pictures. Thanks for sharing!


  56. Leira Zetroc

    October 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I understand what you’re saying. With this grungy, laid-back, like-you-just-threw-something-on trend we’re experiencing these days, it’s quite refreshing to see someone actually dress and style themselves in a polished and put-together way.

    In fact, I personally feel it’s more “rebellious” looking than dressing intentionally sloppy and “carefree.” Because now everyone has started to do that, and it’s getting overrated and painfully cliche. I’m really glad that you mentioned that. Dressing in vintage clothes in the way that they were meant to be worn can actually be very modern and refreshing.

  57. Marta

    October 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    This is Katarzyna Smoczyńska from http://nocigarmagazine.com/katarzynasmoksm/ :))

  58. Jennifer

    October 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I love the drop waist on her dress

    xo Jennifer


  59. princessglee

    October 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    GASP! Who are you and what did they do with Scott? These are your thoughts/observations about vintage?

    An example you may not have considered; the girl who mixes high and low. She finds a well-preserved vintage something or other and wears it with some other finery that she owns and nowhere in her mind is she aiming at deliberatly ugly. Generally she looks very polished.

  60. Anouka

    October 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love this dress!


  61. Eva

    October 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  62. Helen

    October 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Pretty? Yes.

    But, subversive? No.

    • Alice

      November 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      My exact thought! She does look great, but it is far from subversive!

  63. Desiree

    October 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    her dress is so beautiful!


  64. sam

    October 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    It’s really nice to read your thoughts on what your subjects are wearing. I hadn’t thought about how vintage is wore before this but your ideas srike me as both insitful and interesting.


    October 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  66. Anna

    October 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Scott, Can you post one example of “kids doing obvious ugly”? Thanks!

  67. Jules

    October 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I totally agree – she looks adorable !!!

  68. Dr. Poz

    October 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Pani Kasia looks nice in this pic. To dobrze. Czesc

  69. Dana

    October 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    lovely. the shoes are Preen for Aldo. they have a great modern structural thing going on that for sure works as a realllly nice contrast to a vintage piece.

  70. clotheswhorse

    October 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I love a good vintage print. She looks beautiful. Thanks!

  71. Video lite

    October 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    The shoe-dress combo is great and original. I am inspired!

  72. Laura

    October 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    What exactly do you mean by aggressively ugly? Do you mean intentionally unflattering?

  73. Rachael

    October 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I agree that many who choose to wear ‘vintage’ clothing arrive at a look that becomes costumey in it’s time specificity, or ironically avant-garde through ugliness. However, might you consider that some who wear vintage and shop for gently or heavily used clothing shop influenced by fiscal and ideological considerations.
    For many, wearing vintage clothing is to escape the cycle of predominant trends, the idea of the ‘new’, and to wear something that simply has character.

  74. truedat

    October 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Not sure I agree with this binary vintage thing. Speaking for myself, I enjoy hunting for vintage and the experience genuine joy in finding a beautiful/ fun/ unusual piece second-hand after rummaging through crap. It does play a part in why I buy it – the shopping experience itself is fun. Plus, yes, done right it can be really economical (hello wool, silk and cashmere, I’m talkin’ about you). I see costumey looks on the street but rarely aggressive rebellious ones, although I guess that does depend on where you live. I know a lot of women and men who successfully combine vintage and contemporary for a look that strives to be unique. Isn’t that what most of us are after anyway?

  75. mellowmay

    October 24, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Not every girl could wear vintage but this lovely look give me an idea how to wear without killing myself.

  76. Stacey Sweeney

    October 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Wow! She looks lovely. I so love the shoes!

  77. lomo76

    October 24, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I agree with your comments … the photo denotes a very urban look..



  78. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    October 24, 2012 at 6:02 am

  79. pisces

    October 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

    this one and thepreviuos and the following: so contempary, so on the faint boundary between today and the memories of a dark past (those houses, that cobbled street…)
    Great shots

  80. Susie

    October 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

    She’s doing vintage right here – great dress, and she looks gorgeous in it.

    Sea and Swank

  81. M.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Yes, I am so tired of the ugly cult. It is seen as uncool to look nice or comb your hair. Irony is necessary but we drown in irony. And one should probably allow irony to creep over us during middle age.

    This girl look so, as you say, pretty. And surely this is the time in her life to be pretty.

    Those flippy little pleats are killing.

  82. dominika

    October 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

    wow you were in Poznan:) when?
    I m from poznan and there are lots of beautiful girls on the streets, so nice that you took some pictures of them!

  83. flor

    October 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I very much agree with your opinion. As a college student myself, I also wear a lot of vintage clothing– but try to opt out of the “ugly/rebellious” trend. Sure, I take risks in my wardrobe, but there’s a difference (I think) between taking risks and going to the extremes. Perhaps, in the future, today’s “ugly” will become a norm, but in the end I think ugly will always be ugly and those fads will eventually fade.

  84. Consalida

    October 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    She looks adorable!

  85. Martine

    October 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I think she looks adorable. But actually the only way I knew this was vintage is that you told me, with the tons of drop waist dresses out there. I am not seeing how looking totally normal is subversive, sorry. In fact I don’t really agree with your statements at all. Sure, people do wear vintage things in somewhat outlandish ways, but I wouldn’t call it ugly.
    People always call things they haven’t seen done before ugly. I remember when skinny jeans came out. There were lengthy articles in the NY Times and the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune about how they made everyones buttocks look large, and were called “skinny” jeans as they were only for skinny women. Blah, blah seven years later they are all anyone ever wears, and everyone has had some sort of fashion amnesia about when they used to hate them. Now same deal with higher waists…and the next thing… Very few people can actually look at a new thing and see the advantages of new proportions until they have been shown how to do it by others.
    Thats why whenever people start smirking about the “ugly” fashions of another era, I always feel like rolling my eyes. There is no ugly or pretty. Just what we are used to. Are empire waists ugly? Are dropped waists ugly? Are loud prints ugly, are bright colors ugly? Thats why there is no such thing as timeless fashion. Fashion only works a certain way when its looked at in a certain time. Even when we look at a vintage outfit and think its gorgeous, we might not have thought so a decade ago. This little dress looks very cute, because I, like most others, am in the mood for the dropped waist and stripes. If we were to look at her in ten years, or if we looked at this ten years ago we would be wondering what is wrong with that weird fit. But for now its right on the money. Not in any way forward thinking, or subversive, but very cute. And thats a great way to dress. But not the only way.

  86. julene

    October 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wow. What a gorgeous understated look! So simple. Thanks for posting the pic. Inspiration indeed.


  87. Alessia

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  88. H

    October 25, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Totally agree on the aggressive ugliness bit about how lots of youth tend to wear vintage. It so often lacks any amount of nuance but this girl pulls it off well. There’s something regal about her face too–it’s confident without the sneer common among those who do the obvious ugly look.

  89. cavaliermama

    October 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

    She is just darling!

  90. Sarz

    October 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Intriguing. I’m an avid collector of vintage (mainly ’40s-through-early ’60s), and wouldn’t have really classified her look as “vintage”. (I’d have guessed the bag to be, but the shoes and dress I’d have pegged as modern!) I suppose the individual who does not, or rarely, wears vintage would be able to asses with less bias than I would.

    Lovely girl though, whether modern or vintage! :P

  91. The Refined Cool

    October 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Lovely vintage dress. I am a firm believer in “less is more”

  92. Larry

    November 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    So beautiful.

  93. lalit

    February 8, 2014 at 6:49 am

    love the print

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