Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On the Street…….London Legs, London

Fur and bare legs… It’s a thing.  Lots of people say “If it’s cold enough for fur, then it’s too cold for bare legs.”  Quotes like that, to me, seem like getting dressed based only on a concept rather than reality.  I find that if my core is warm (especially my arms and legs) some cool weather feels good and seems to balance my body temperature.

We have to remember that when people go out for the day, they’re not spending hours and hours walking around outside– we’re in and out of shops, in and out of cars, in and out of apartments–  If anything, I get too warm during the winter wearing my coat around all the time.  Also, remember that the temperatures in the morning and at the end of the day (when we’re going back and forth to work) are different than at lunchtime when the sun is in full force.

Dressing for the weather is a very inaccurate science, and quoting tired concepts or rules only shows a lack of understanding for the variety in our lives.


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  1. Stylosophism

    February 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Long legs short heel: so nice!

  2. MacGuffin

    February 22, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The delicious British phrase ‘All fur coat and no knickers’ springs to mind.

    • Judy

      August 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

      I love fur, and in particular, vintage fur. I have an old 60s grey fur jacket that needs a new placket; this lovely picture has inspired me to have it repaired before winter. Bare legs are not so good for me; very fine black tights and we have a result.

  3. Natasha Fatah

    February 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Inaccurate science is right. Most of us spend most of our time indoors, overheating because of all the layers we piled on for the 30 or so minutes we were outside getting to work. It’s so odd. Like you said, if my core, and especially my hands are warm, I’m usually ok. I wear skirts with thin tights right through the winter because my legs barely get cold.


  4. Zlittle Style

    February 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

    love her sandals and the fake fur. nice combination for spring. wow cant believe is spring already

  5. mixy

    February 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I know that different lifestyles/job call for different levels of warmth…..but this one?

    hmmm maybe its safe to assume that she is a swimmer. and that she is head from the biting cold to some warm and humid room (or some similarly practical reason).

    Otherwise, if this is all in the name of fashion….well..ummm…..

  6. Kristin

    February 22, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Her feet and legs — that are fantastic — must be freezing. I love the sandals, great color, and the mink is gorgeous, but a rather odd combination. Love her red lips and pale skin, she is a beautiful girl

  7. Jess @ In The Know

    February 22, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I personally love the fur and bare legs look. Not sure if I could pull this one off, but it looks great on her.

    Jess @ In The Know

  8. FashionUm

    February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    lovely fur, and great contrast with these naked legs!
    Show Your Outfit!

  9. suzy

    February 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I think it’s more a friend of mine puts it: people who work in fashion sometimes live in a different climate compared to everybody else!

  10. bonnie, clyde and marni

    February 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

    i love this look!!! she looks fabulous!!!

  11. Tinacious.Me

    February 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

  12. Kate

    February 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Thank you, Scott! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  13. glosslipstick

    February 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

    That match is not the best.

  14. Stella

    February 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I completely disagree. Utility is much more elegant. Looks like these are not so different from those college girls who wear mini skirts and Uggs. They share a visible desperation to be sexy that is singularly unattractive.

  15. Oh so cool Ellen

    February 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Perhaps when people comment that it’s too cold for bare legs they are merely jealous that they themselves cannot pull it off. Lord knows I shiver just looking at that photo! I will admit, I am jealous that I cannot pull off that look and must instead cover myself up, because when I get cold, I have a very hard time warming back up. When one comments that it is too cold for that look it may not be a lack of understanding, but a statement that it is too cold for that person.

  16. Elena

    February 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

  17. dana - style 4 me

    February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I am freezing just from watching. but i do understand the concept… the most cold here is 15 c, so i can wear the sandals but never a fur.. i wish i were in london now(:

  18. Aurélie & Angelo

    February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Great shot! Love the sandals!

  19. Telma

    February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am


  20. deb

    February 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I get the fur with bare legs thing. But sandals… to me it’s so not practical! It allways looks forced to me, not natural at all…
    but change the shoes and I love it!

  21. Lorena Vilanova

    February 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

    The girl looks really daring combination. Because the colors and especially the materials are not used together very often. I love the look and (of course) photography.

  22. Martina

    February 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I only know that if I go out like this, the day after I won’t feel very well. That’s why I don’t do it.

  23. Natalie

    February 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love the contact off the big warm fur coat & bare legs with the summer jelly sandals… The ultimate in nonchalant chic…

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  24. Elisa Eymery

    February 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I bet she’s not cold with all this fur on! Who cares anyway, the contrast looks great! I adore these sandals.

    Elisa Eymery

    Wandering Minds

  25. GUDINO

    February 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Still this is dilemma for me: more options for creating looks, but it is so crazy! In Latvia you won’t see anyone bare-legged this season, as a week ago we had something like -20°C and more.

  26. Marion

    February 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I get your point about not necessarily dressing for the weather/season but I think Garance’s recent post about white denim in winter was much more convincing! ;) I find this look slightly ridiculous to be honest…

  27. [email protected]

    February 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I’m always cold unless it’s about 75+ degrees, so it’s hard for me to imagine bare legs and sandals in London in February. But, she does look great and I do love the concept, the unexpectedness of this look. Great London shot BTW.

    The Styleseer

  28. Serdane

    February 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

    This fur coat is so amazing ! But how daring it is to wear these shoes !!

  29. SandyClawz*

    February 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

    It is actually quite warm in London right now. I can see how she can get away with bare legs. Not really a fan of the fur: I just don’t find it pretty in any occasion! And I am no PETA freak. Love my meat and all: just see no reason for it.

  30. Bela Monstro

    February 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    As for me, when it’s cold enough for fur i walk around wearing a kind of west european winter burka. You can only see my face and even that is a luck. In colder Amsterdam days, there are riders whose eyes is the only you can see, because of the icy wind that hurts your nose and even face skin. I cannot relate to winter in a cool way but i wish i could because it would be infinitely more stylish.

    Perfect picture, by the way.

  31. Ksea

    February 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Love this! I couldn’t agree more with your last statement.

  32. A x

    February 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Definitely agree, if my body is warm, I can go around in sheer tights no problem!

    A x

  33. Nolita Vintage

    February 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I truly love this combo of bright flats and a fur coat!

  34. vero

    February 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

    i don’t agree..if it’s cold, it’s cold.. plus, fur and sandals.. cant’t go together in my opinion

  35. Charlotte Wilder

    February 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Holy legs. I’m so into this. Can I have her shoes and her coat please? Thanks, Scott. You’re the best.

  36. Lilly

    February 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Well, keep being strong. I tried this once in New York, december, it was not warm as now. I almost died. I live in a tropical country, but being brave was not enough. I tried a brazilian long dress, but fabric was not something like wool, or warm, and put my thick coat over all. It just didn´t work. Even with boots. I prefer feel stylish wearing pants and coats, protecting my ears and neck. It´s just changing colors.

  37. ANH Style

    February 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I completely agree- I wore shorts with a fur vest and boots recently and was perfectly comfortable. Granted, I live in Texas, but fur gets quite warm, so I like to wear it with bare legs to balance my body temperature.

  38. Grey Fox

    February 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Nice picture – and it makes a change from the usual US assumption that it’s always raining in London. We now have drought conditions in SE England and the city is drier than many in southern Europe.

    Grey Fox a man searching for style in middle age

  39. Karsaaa

    February 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

    love your style <3

  40. LA Lady

    February 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Sart! Really? Too cold for bare legs is dressing on concept? When was the last time you wore sandals and bare legs in temperatures 40 degrees or below? I challenge you to do just that – then reconsider your statement. Better yet, try it with heels.

  41. Leonor

    February 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

  42. Michael Tornato

    February 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

    You are entirely right with what you wrote in this post. Dressing for the weather isn’t the best way to plan your ensembles. About the picture…fur is EVERYWHERE! It’s trending this season because everyone is wearing it. I love it.

    Check out my New York Fashion Week pictures!

  43. Astrid

    February 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think fur+bare legs isn’t strange at all, it’s the bare feet that are a problem for me.. If it were me, I would have put on some ankle boots or something. It’s more important to keep your extremities warm than your legs, like feet and hands. Great picture though!

  44. sandro

    February 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i guess it looks okay. i personally wouldn’t wear bare legs with fur though

  45. melissa

    February 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    She looks lovely, and who the “HELL” cares about what someone else thinks!!! Most of the time we as fashionista’s do not dress for the weather anyway, and have to ask to wear someone else’s coat….

    Melissa Lee

  46. Liz C.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I think she looks nice, and I love her shoes. That being said, personally I’ve never been able to do bare legs and coats. My legs get so cold, but that is probably b/c I grew up somewhere with incredibly cold winters.

  47. AnthonyC

    February 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

    This is a wonderful, sexy look – Venus in fur. Practical? Please. This is purely for show.
    Funny note – prior to moving from Chicago to NYC – I purchased a longer men’s version of this coat in a thrift store – I was thinking Edward Gorey. It has only been used to go sledding and to fine effect – I look like a bear bombing down the hill. But not barelegged.

  48. Sally

    February 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Too coincidental that I come across this post and your words just as I’ve been cursing the pre- and post-work temps! I’ve too often been going by the weather predicted for midday — when I’m never out — and now find myself dashing home to reach the inside of my warm house! Great shot, great look presented for the piece…

  49. Row

    February 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Eh. Have to disagree on this one. The concept is nice – and in fact has been pulled off; by Margot Tenenbaum. But she looks a bit ridiculous with a fur coat and brightly-colored sandals, but that’s just my opinion. Maybe if the coat was a tad longer and she had on different shoes.. maybe.

  50. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}

    February 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Those are the best sandals!

  51. Johnny

    February 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Love the dash of color of her shoes

  52. Alexis

    February 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I think I’m guilty of succumbing to dressing how I ‘should’ for the weather. You’re right- I’m freezing in the morning at the moment and end up pulling layers off by lunch time!

  53. Opposite Lipstick

    February 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

  54. CBC

    February 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Great fun……i have been wearing my kitten heel mules this winter…

  55. koolphoto

    February 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Sandals and fur…What a rare combination!…I love brithish people!

  56. Sarah Colee

    February 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I completely agree with everything you said. This is such a unique look and it’s so refreshing to see. The fur coat looks divine!

  57. Sue

    February 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I think she looks amazing!
    It’s the contrast of really covered/uncovered plus the lip matching the sandal…
    Great shot, her look over her shoulder is fantastic!

  58. Ann

    February 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Nice argument, but I just can’t agree. I certainly understand youthful experimentation, and she is lovely, but it doesn’t make the resulting look any less silly. Being appropriately dressed, for the event, for the weather, is elegant. Being inappropriately dressed is not.

  59. debbie

    February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Those sandals look like jellies, which makes them even more summery to me. In (reasonably) cold weather, I hate wearing a heavy coat, especially since I’m mostly dashing between the car and a warm building. Once inside, coats are so bulky and hot, especially if you are shopping, etc. for any length of time.

  60. Daria

    February 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    As you rightly said, there’s a variety in our lives. And I think dressing for a season is a beautiful variety offered to us by nature. Why where the same stuff throughout the year!? There is elegance in fur coats and boots and parkas for winter; and sandals and light dresses look great in summer. For me the look of fur and bare legs with sandals is as weird as wearing uggs with shorts in summer.
    Well, I don’t say that it is completely out of place if you are really a lucky person getting in and out of the car to go to an event. But seeing young girls with bear legs, wearing ballet flats and standing on an outdoor train station, freezing makes me feel sorry for them. first of all it is not good for female health (through cold feet an legs, they can damage their reproductive organs)… and there blue skin doesn’t look that pretty anyways…
    Maybe I am a bit old fashioned, or maybe it is because I came from Russia (you wouldn’t dare to dress like this there), but that is what I think. The true elegance is in being dressed for the right place and moment.

  61. Desiree Fawn

    February 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    She’s completely adorable. Not big on fur, but she’s rocking it.

  62. IS THIS IT? models review

    February 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Yep, I agree, (fake) Fur + bare legs ain’t that bad… really not…

  63. Almudena

    February 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I like this pic!
    Love you all!

  64. Dressed Well

    February 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Loving the fur coat!!

  65. LIZPR

    February 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Scott! Loved reading your take on the inaccurate science of dressing for the weather – and you’re right. I am one of those “cold enough for fur means too cold for bare legs” types … and now I wonder, based on your take! I also overheat in a parka when I duck into a store, and find Toronto winter dressing a challenge (let alone being stylish about it). I hate that the streetcars have the heat blasting – we’re all dressed for subzero temperatures!

    In terms of aesthetic, though – I still think it looks odd to have full bare legs with a fur coat. Perhaps a tall boot would balance the look.

    Thank you for continuing to challenge me!

  66. Bohemian Style

    February 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Fun color shoes.

  67. Antique Engagement Rings

    February 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love the shoes… great look!

  68. Theresa

    February 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    The standout piece in this ensemble is definitely that coat – swoon!


    The Habit

  69. Sublime Mimesis

    February 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm


  70. Ivy

    February 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Dressing for the weather is not a tired concept. Bend the rules if you want to as long as you’re comfortable doing so. This would not work for me, and if it worked for most people it would be done more regularly. Very few who, say, take public transportation would do this. Going from car to building, fine. It is bad form to assume that people who want to be warm when the weather is cold are somehow backward or tired.

    Can you please inform us of your experiences of wearing bare legs and sandaled feet in February?

  71. Charlotte

    February 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  72. Luke

    February 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Fashion over function. Since when did ‘not being cold’ matter?

  73. Bug

    February 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Hey, if you live where I live (Edinburgh, Scotland) you can’t dress for the weather anyway, it changes every 5 minutes so you just have to live with looking fabulous but drenched/frozen/sweltering/windswept/whatever!

    Bug @ Bugwear

  74. serena

    February 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    uh… that may work for *you*, but if I try to leave the house with anything less than good boots and two pairs of socks in the winter, my toes will get grey within 10 minutes. Like, corpse-grey. Not funny.

  75. olena

    February 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    very powerful fur! loves fur! bless winter!

  76. Laura

    February 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    It sure is original! Love it!

  77. JJanga

    February 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I love this look, its so cute!

    xoxo, Jjanga

  78. Aida

    February 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    love that contrast.

  79. Eva

    February 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  80. Lisa W

    February 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    To paraphrase – Fashion before function, except below freezing!

  81. Christine

    February 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    This is so English…. everytime I’ve been in London during the winter I’ve seen girls with flipflops in the snow. Or well-dressed ladies with bare legs on the tube. And I’ve never been so cold anywhere else in the world. I come from Berlin….

  82. Sophie

    February 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I dare you to try this theory in Québec, Canada…!!! :P

  83. Kina

    February 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    You are so right!! Unfortunately I live in cold heaven; Sweden… Where cold means getting blue/purple skin even with clothes… Would love though to be able to wear sandals in February. Cheers!

  84. Leavingatrace

    February 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    A total die hard fur lover!!

  85. Margaux Brooke

    February 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Those neon sandals are amazing with the fur, I’d never think to do a combo like that!

    Margaux Brooke
    Tech-Crazed Fashion Model

  86. Jane Alisa

    February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Never thought neon jelly sandals and a fur coat would go together but they do. Wonderful picture as always.

  87. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    February 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Legs are accessories as well!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  88. Dragana

    February 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Well, although I love your posts, this time I must disagree: it’s cool, like the outfit, but I find it some time even more challenging to dress fab and stylish when the weather is harsh. And to assume we all spend most of time in and out of cars, rooms, shops it’s bit apart from reality- she for sure have such a life….well I can not afford my self to ignore the weather, being a university student (coming from, well, pretty much poor eastern europe country) who rather works extra time (mostly also outside) to afford herself a good designer piece of clothes, jewelery, shoes, because loving the forms of creativity of human mind in every way cultural, fashion, photography, architecture….and wearing uggs when its -20C outside, doesn’t make me less fashionable or creative, its always the way you do it, even if you are not leaving the “comfort” zone…..and I find it also bit easy to combine ballet flats or summer shoes with everything, they just work always, no matter what, but to combine sorel boots or uggs and still look and feel stylish…thats the challenge, and it can work (i wear it with silk jacket or something like that) if it feels right…

  89. infurs

    February 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    lovely, but i’d rather wear it during a cold summer night than a ‘warm’ winter day!

  90. Lilly

    February 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm


  91. macfer

    February 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  92. vernonlee

    February 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Anyone recognize the shoes? They need to be in my closet asap!

  93. Aga's suitcase

    February 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I love the bare leg look, but I have to say I’m not fan to try it myself. In 5 seconds my all body would purple from cold:-) I prefer to stay warm and cosy in some chic tights:-)

  94. Jola

    February 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    She wanted to provoke and she did. Love her look, especially her red sandals.

  95. judith

    February 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I sure hope the coat is fake fur….

  96. @lice

    February 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Your last sentence is SOOOOO true!

  97. Gloria

    February 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    If you’re overheating, you need to dress in layers or you misjudged the weather. Canadian winters are harsh, and it’s not even the temperature; it’s the wind. Any patch of bare skin in an icy wind will suffer no matter how covered up the rest of you is.

    I still wear skirts, but I wear long socks over stockings when I’m out and just strip the socks for work. I wear a warm coat but I overheat easily with wool around the neck so I wear cotton scarves even through the winter. Yet I’ve gone out for a short walk with socks and unlined leather boots in the winter and come back with frozen toes.

    And of course, funny how men can dress up fashionably for winter but not have to bare any skin. I suppose their bodies are perfectly tuned at all times.

  98. Stephanie

    February 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Sandals and coat????

    The contrast is great ….but only on a photo!!!


  99. Nick

    February 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Speaking of outdated concepts… real fur.

  100. 13ruedebearn

    February 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  101. princessglee

    February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I like seeing people push the boundarie of fashion as much as anyone else. But honestly and sincerely I think there’s an attempt here to justify the look for the sake of fashion and the reasoning/justification is rather flimsy and doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on, pun intended.

    Would a pair of wellies in the same great color acheive somewhat the same look?

  102. nandia

    February 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I love the contrast of her skin and her make up!she must be freezing!

  103. Ana G

    February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Furs warm you up, even when the legs are bare. I love this outfit, the touch of red is perfection.

  104. Becky Bedbug

    February 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I have to admit, I’m not too crazy about this look.

    I love the coat. I love the shoes. Yet together they don’t seem to gel- it’s winter on top and summer on the legs.


  105. Samantha

    February 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’m down with the bare legs, for sure. Those red jelly shoes? Not so much.

  106. Feefi

    February 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Dressing should be dicated by your mood and not the weather! I always get slated for open toes in winter. XX

  107. Mary

    February 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Scott, I’m curious why this issue is such a hot button for you–I’ve been reading your blog a long time and haven’t noticed such a diatribe before.

    Maybe you get too hot in winter wearing your coat “around all the time” but I don’t think you’ve posted any photos of yourself or other men wearing above-the-knee shorts, open sandals and a fur coat. Or are there just some things men are too smart to do even in the name of fashion?

  108. Kate

    February 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    The first time I went to London it was November and freezing cold. Yet inside anywhere was 25 and balmy. I had no idea and dressed in layers and the constant dressing/undressing was a nightmare. Maybe she really does have the answer..

  109. tee

    February 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I think you’re right about the bare legs/warm core combination working out sometimes… What I think is really insane is her bare feet! Bare legs is one thing, bare feet a whole other thing…

  110. dav

    February 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    fur & plastic…..?
    brave and interesting!!!

  111. Natalie REbuck

    February 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  112. jen

    February 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Cute. I remember wearing very short dresses and flats with bare legs. Its all in the ge.

  113. Rhodesian Ridgeback

    February 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Oui, I am vintage hot pants girl, sixties, short coat and all legs. If I got cold, I pulled on some leggings made from sweater sleeves, just like my great aunt, a nun, told me. After the Vatican Council, she cut up her ‘habit, and went Yves St. Laurent. It was fine white wool. She arrived in D.C. in all white, with short cape, held over her shoulder. Her gloves, purse, shoes and luggage, were all red. She winked at me and my Carmen Ghia and said :Red is not just for Cardinals anymore. And don’t put the top up on my account.
    I said, yes, Sister!

  114. Ana

    February 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    That fur! Those shoes! I love the pop of color. So chic.

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  115. Zoe

    February 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Or perhaps you have a driver…

  116. Sam

    February 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    People still wear fur? I’m just saying.

  117. Natalie

    February 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I can understand why some might find this look charming, but I live in a climate where fur is only considered appropriate for the coldest of weather, because otherwise you will be too warm. My personal experiences of wearing fur are limited to -20 weather or colder, so to me this look is entirely implausible. I’d like it much better with a wool coat of a similar cut.

  118. Steph D.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Agreed, except for the life of a college student! I walk to and from class practically every hour on the hour, and they’re not short walks! But I do think there is too much emphasis on matching every turn of the weather.

  119. Simbarashe

    February 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I find dressing for outside in New York just before winter and spring to be a headache. The temperatures can easily swing 20F in one direction or another, and with wind or precipitation, forget about it. Carrying scarves and gloves (and hats) in handbags has been my new thing in the past year.

  120. 221

    February 23, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Coming from NYC and Chicago, I have to disagree. This is more concept than reality. It looks nice as a photograph though.

  121. dragon fruit

    February 23, 2012 at 2:55 am

    this is AMAZING and I totally agree with you. love the red shoes esp.

  122. M.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:14 am

    This is a serious example of emperor’s new clothes (“It’s on the Sartorialist, therefore it’s amazing.”)

  123. Simone

    February 23, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I sandali sono bellissimi interessante il contrasto con l’abbigliamento invernale

  124. Pearl

    February 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Now THAT’S what I call “juxtapo-fashion”. ;)

  125. alice

    February 23, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Scott, I know what you’re saying. Giving rules to fashion is somewhat tiring but think about it, bare legs in the winter must be freezing! And there’s nothing charming about a woman walking around with blue/purple legs or arms with major goosebumps.
    Weather is something unavoidable and every fashionable woman has to think about it before dressing up.
    x Alice

  126. Camtab

    February 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

    In Cambridge (UK), it is so windy, cold and blustery outside that a coat plus full winter get-up is essential but upon entering an over-heated cafe my layers are a nightmare! I’m personally a fan of rolling up my jeans to reveal a bit of ankle (kinky).

  127. Martine

    February 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I tend to agree with Scott. I like wearing skirts, shorts and sandals, and I do wear them with a warm coat thrown over. OBVIOUSLY not in January in Minnesota. I don’t think Scott is trying to say that you can do this when there is a foot of snow on the ground. In fact if its cold enough and you count on the car to safely get you to your destination you are a fool. Cars do stall, and you never know. When its way below freezing enjoy the fun art of layering and be smart.

  128. 82Brute

    February 23, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Nice photo, but the crime here is not the bare legs but mixing seasons. Better if she were wearing shoes rather than sandals. I don’t like Uggs and shorts for the same reason, (and so many others.)

  129. Helen

    February 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Maybe this works for some people….but if it were realllyy cold I think it would look a bit pretentious.
    Anyway I thought it was fairly warm in London at the moment so this isn’t really such an odd outfit is it?

  130. roelien

    February 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

    i suppose you have to deal with the fact that some people don’t always compliment you on your photos or subject choices but react from their own experience or convictions. these may not be yours. to me this post (like the ugg-post) seems an irritated reaction to the fact that the bare legs and fur you’ve given us these past week(s) are not a realistic or desirable option for many of us.
    i seem to remember that you started your blog because you wanted to show a different, more realistic view on fashion than was/is portrayed in the magazines. maybe you have reset your goals, possibly without realizing it.
    i have followed your blog with interest, and i do admire your work, but it has definitely changed – apart from not being a blog anymore. you have become a part of the fashion world, instead of being the outsider looking further.

  131. Susana

    February 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’m not sure I completely agree with the fur and bare legs and sandals, but I do understand your point.

    I live in Miami, where the image most people have is of palm trees and beaches all day, but that’s not so. Our weather changes all the time, and we’ve been known to have low temperatures (not this winter!) in the high 30s and low 40s. Of course, the next day, you can probably wear shorts, but still, you need to have all kinds of clothing readily available. The thing is most people don’t because……it’s Miami, y’all!! So it’s very funny to me when I go back to Madrid, for example, to see that as soon as whatever “season” kicks in, people either bundle up or strip down, regardless of the ACTUAL temperature!! This past Christmas I was in Madrid surrounded by people in fur coats and scarves, and thinking that we’ve had that same temperature in Miami, but if people were to wear all that winter stuff, everyone would laugh. So…..when it’s cold in Miami, we tend to freeze, because abandoning our flip-flops seems like an act of treason on the Sun’s Capital! (Actually, most people crack up when we tell them that most houses have a heating system….sure, it seldom gets used, but, trust me, some times, we’ve needed it!)

    Love reading more about your points of view in writing and not just through pictures, Scott!


  132. Mary

    February 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I do love the photo though–a beautiful young woman with that pop of red lips and red sandals in a monochromatic setting. The fur looks vintage to me. There are no Fashion Police–and we have this great forum to discuss many different opinions! Thanks, Scott!

  133. Stella

    February 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I really like this – think the shoes and coat look great together even though they shouldn’t. Plus I suspect she has very very sheer tights on..

  134. Susie

    February 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I wonder which day of LFW this was… I agree with Scott. It was cold there, but not *that* bad. It was really warm in a lot of the show venues too and by the end of the day, I was really regretting my cashmere + faux fur combination. Some bare legs would have done me good! Plus, I saw a lot of folks dressed in a lot less. This girl was smart.

  135. Katarina

    February 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I cannot for the life of me see the charm or “amazing-ness” with this outfit/picture? I think the combination is bizarre – and let’s face it, would those sandals even be nice in the summer? They’re not pretty, neither does she look comfortably end effortlessly stylish — she looks like she dressd this morning to impress people and that is such a downsetter for me.
    What i love is seeing photos of people with their own style, dressing for themselves and looking effortlessly stylish, like they didn’t think about their outfit at all, yet the clothes act like an extension of their personality.

  136. Blanka

    February 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Reading all these comments makes me wonder if I’m crazy or if winter is still here. There’s a reason why designers make clothes for spring/summer and fall/winter. C’mon, you can’t wear sandals and fur together, it’s just wrong, very, very wrong.

  137. Blog ABRIL Moda

    February 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great shoes!!

  138. Blog Desde el Trópico

    February 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Both pieces -coat and shoes- are amazing!


  139. LauraJamesJewelry

    February 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Love this LooK!!!!!

  140. Diane E

    February 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    What a fun combination. The pop of color from the sandals pulls the
    coat into the spring.

  141. Diane E

    February 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    BTW: the coat is faux fur.

  142. anongardener

    February 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Seriously, Sartorialist? Look at it this way: if it is warm enough for bare legs, you will probably feel overheated in fur.

    There is nothing more real than the weather. Failure to take the weather into account when planning one’s daily outfit is foolish. This is a look that only works if you live below 35 deg. N. If you want to walk around half naked under your fur coat in the winter, that’s fine, just don’t try to tell people that it makes any logical sense. Because we all know better.

  143. sarah

    February 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    well, aside from offering a rational justification, i think that this look has a bit of a sense of humour about it..not exactly a joke, but not too serious…which i really enjoy. i don’t see the same humour in uggs and short skirts, somehow.

  144. Nick

    February 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Diane E. Taking your word for it. Then it’s chic as hell. Otherwise, it’s hard to get past the whole dead animal thing… Love faux!

  145. Vik

    February 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm


  146. Monica

    February 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! And sometimes people who do that kind of comments forget our bodies react to weather conditions in many different ways. Personally I don’t believe in rules, diversity and daring is what makes fashion to be interesting, refreshing and exciting.

  147. Anna D

    February 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Obviousley you never lived in Sweden, super hard to be chic this time of the year.

  148. Anon

    February 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

    This is Ashley Editor-in-Chief of Let Them Eat Cake magazine/!
    Looking fab I might add x

  149. Signe Franks

    February 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Always difficult to know how to dress when nights are cold, days can be hot i.e. summer or winter clothes? Why does this remind me of the Scotsman I met last week in helsinki: it was 20 degrees below freezing Celcius, and windy, which means most people had their hats pulled way down and their scarves covering nose and mouth. The Scotsman , in kilt and with bare knees said when I asked him if it wasn’t a bit cold, “Oh, no, no problem, I have shorts on underneath”.

  150. akko

    February 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I totally agree with what you say, so I leave the comment!
    I do not like to wear lots of layers because I know it makes me look “not great”. If I wear one warm underwear, I’m fine. I’m really tired that people keep saying to me, aren’t you cold? I enjoy the winter fashion. That’s all!

  151. T

    February 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

    That’s Ashley Mauritzen – the editor of Let them Eat Cake. I saw her do a talk once – she’s amazing!! One of the sharpest most articulate people i’ve ever come across and incredible style!

  152. Allison

    February 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Normal people commute to work, therefore the layers. London is full of under dressed people that look ridiculous baring their legs and going out in t-shirts and flip flops in the winter. I understand bare legs and fur in the evening with a nice pair of pumps or sandals but jellies?Not cool.

  153. Shan

    February 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Here it is a wonder in contrast, but on earth?

    Jellies and fur? Sigh. No. Heaving Sigh.

  154. kerri

    February 26, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I totally agree with you, fur and bare legs fine, however i don’t think fur and jelly sandals are the best combo.

  155. Pilar Cortés

    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Outfit WOW, one 10!

  156. R.Biggs

    February 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Hmm…maybe so, but can we agree that sleeveless turtleneck sweaters are just stupid?

  157. LCM

    February 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Please, it’s a fantastic look! It’s Paris louche, it’s Edie Sedgwick running around the village. Is it practical? No. But nobody says heels are practical either.

  158. ktmo

    March 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    it’s never cold enough for fur.

  159. Marcia Fernandes

    March 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Nao se pode dizer que a moça nao tenha personalidade e atitude para dar e vender porque usar pele hoje em dia com todo esse patrulhamento politicamente correcto e sandálias de plastico em pleno inverno é mesmo uma prova de estilo para dar e vender!Parabéns pela foto,linda de ver!Saludos de Brasil a todos!

  160. Fabio Goncalves

    March 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Sorry….Melissa sandals and fur don’t work!

  161. Name*

    March 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    She looks excellent. Anyone that says different is jealous. In fact I am jealous.

  162. martine

    May 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I love it when people mix seasons.

  163. Christina

    August 22, 2012 at 2:21 am

    WoW! What a beautiful fur jacket and her shoes! So cute!

  164. Michalea

    January 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    bare legs and the Sandalette and the Pelz ist great.

  165. Dax

    November 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Think it’s (vintage) real fur. You can wear it in Vienna, Rome or Antwerp, but not really in Amsterdam.

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