Tuesday, July 24, 2007

On the Street…….Spring Street, Soho


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  1. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 9:05 am


    how cute is she, she pulls off that bike quite nicely.
    what a great look for summer

  2. editor

    July 24, 2007 at 9:18 am

    i am so jealous of people willing to make the irresponsible decision to bike without a helmet. it looks and feels soooo much better to ride this way. but i won’t, so i don’t (ride, that is).
    love the head scarf. a beautiful scarf tied on the head is a favorite, and all examples are interesting, because i rarely see it in person.

  3. Klara - Sweden

    July 24, 2007 at 9:32 am

    I just love the colors!

  4. Stacy

    July 24, 2007 at 9:52 am

    She looks effortless, cool and comfortable. What more could you want out of a ‘summer bicycle riding’ outfit?

  5. t38

    July 24, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Nice sunglasses, are so chic in Europe during this summer

    Ciao and happy summer to sartorialist readers!

  6. ek

    July 24, 2007 at 10:21 am

    The helmet issue will never be resolved. It’s a matter of personal choice and highly depends on where you ride. When I don’t wear a helmet, people stay farther away as they drive by. It also helps to bike with other cyclists.

    I was in NY over the weekend and was amazed at the number of vintage city bikes. They’re literally everywhere, and everyone riding them looks pretty normal compared to the racer-wannabees with all their spandex and gear.

  7. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Love her red sling bag! Especially with that bright yellow top. What a way to yell out SPRING.

  8. lewehrman

    July 24, 2007 at 10:42 am

    This says one thing to me…


    She looks so relaxed, even though I know this corner is not.

  9. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t imagine riding in city traffic wearing flip flops and without a helmet. She looks lovely, but she would look considerably less lovely if she has an accident.

  10. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 11:01 am

    It’s very romantic seeing these young ladies on their bikes, pedaling through quaint neghborhoods. But no helmet, AGAIN?

  11. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Very nice – except the silly sunglasses. They may be fashionable (although passe in Los Angeles already) but they are definitely not stylish.

  12. Jack Daniel

    July 24, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Hey anonymous 10:51 AM, you should visit The Netherlands…lots of cute girls without a helmet…riding really fast through the busy streets of Amsterdam…

    Why need a helmet?

  13. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Pretty, fresh, summery, healthy, and managing to look fantastic in a T-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops. I love this. And I bet she not only bikes without a helmet, but she probably eats sugar sometimes, breathes second hand smoke, eats a bite of meat once in awhile, and every once in awhile even forgets to exfoliate!

    The Sartorialist: Place where I can always see great pictures of real individuals, creatively enjoying life and personal – and not worrying about the neurosis du jour!

  14. Jenna

    July 24, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I know it’s been said before, but in the US the majority of cities don’t have adequate bike lanes. This makes it fairly dangerous when riding in traffic, unlike places like the Netherlands, which is considerable more bike friendly. Please don’t compare the two. I hate how my helmet looks, but jezz, my brother almost died on his bike.

    Enough with the bike rant. This photo is a great addition to your bike series.

  15. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Great shot. Love the color, the scarf, and especially the sunglasses. Perfect.

  16. Chicagoan

    July 24, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Red, bubble-eyed cicada glasses come out in the summer about every 17 years, don’t they?

  17. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I’m glad to click on these comments and see folks mentioning the lack of helmets…it’s epidemic here in San Francisco…given the high rate of cyclist injuries and fatalities (I watched a driver the other morning turn in front of me and another pedestrian in an intersection and moments later hit a cylist), I can only look at this and think foolish, not fashionable.

  18. trixydelight

    July 24, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Your site is just amazing…it has become an intergral part of my daily routine. I used to view for fashion inspiration, but your photograhic skills are so incredible, I now feel like I get to visit an awesome museum every day. Thank you, thank you!

  19. Fitzroy Davis

    July 24, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    This reminds me of Christian Dior’s Spring 2005 collection, with its slogan of “Dior Not War.” I think it could be a modern interpretation of the hippie cultural movement – the bright citrus colors of her shirt and bag keep it youthful and optimistic, while the bicycle is the exclamation point to her headscarf and oversize glasses, truly illustrating that fashion is a societal barometer for the world in which we live.

  20. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I thought this blog was about style, not safety. Five inch stilletos aren’t safe either. Shall we recommend helmets for that too?

    As for large sunglasses in LA being passe, who looks to LA for real style tips? The only info I get re LA style is on the backs of P. Hilton, La Lohan, and their ilk (if not wearing panties is fashionable, like it is in LA, by all means, throw away your large sunglasses ladies!)

  21. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for bringing back that great accessory, the bicycle. She looks so effortless and healthy in her T-shirt and jeans and flip-flops. Very nice!

  22. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    How I love Soho girls…

  23. AM

    July 24, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    I love the colors! I need to get myself a bright sling bag.

    I do get concerned about people riding bikes in the city in flip-flops and no helmets. I was hit once (the car wasn’t even going that fast) and my helmet kept my head from cracking open. I will always wear a helmet and sturdy shoes, therefore, I will never look awesomely cool on a bike. *Sigh*

  24. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    huh? this is the worst look you have ever posted! so Urban Outfitters – i cant believe you couldnt find someone cooler!!

  25. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Mundane. A look you see on the majority of college campuses in late spring / early fall. Why feature it?

  26. winst

    July 24, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    colors colors colors!!!!!!!!!!!!
    fun times and lovely.

  27. Mona

    July 24, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Oh to have a bike and a place to store it…I am a huge fan of the red bag as well. Shot of red always!

  28. Missy

    July 24, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Darling and ecological!

  29. -one-puck-

    July 24, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I love it when I open your blog and see cute people on bike. It makes me smile..

    I can’t tell who make the bike, but many of these vintage steel bikes are equipped with 3-speed internal hub, sturmey-archer.
    You can still climb a reasonable hill while your bike look aesthetically simple, compared to speed racer gearing system with tens of speed and messy looking derialler.

  30. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    I love my helmet and I think it is immensely stylish. At $150 it is also the most expensive head covering I own. It is matte black and very sculptural, and matches the leather moto jacket I cycle in when the weather is cool.
    I have a neighbor who suffered brain damage in a bike accident and I can tell you there is absolutely nothing stylish about any phase of recovery from a traumatic head injury. Period.
    Her outfit is cute, though.

  31. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    gimme a break! THIS is supposed to be stylish? how so? it’s the latest trend splash of a hodge-podge of colors, except there is ZERO originality this time.

    however, you continue to take EXCELLENT photos that have the ability of transforming the bland into the exciting. alors, kudos a toi!

  32. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    PS I would really love to see some pictures of people in stylish spandex. It does exist – check out the beautiful outfits by etxe ondo.

  33. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    f Not to be rude, but I don’t think this look is that special. Maybe it’s because I went to art school, but I’ve seen this type of outfit in many different incarnations, and often much done better.

    Yes she looks cute and comfortable, but I don’t think she’s got anything strikingly unique going on.

    Just my two cents of course.

    P.S. Fashion doesn’t care about safety. Or the reprecussions of smoking cigarettes, or political correctness!

  34. Michelle

    July 24, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    brings back memories of my nursery school teacher (this was in Soho in the 70′s) who had pockets in her socks, and gold stud in her nose. I don’t remember anything else about her- so I guess I’d learned the significance of style at a very young age!

  35. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    is there anything you don’t like. I think we just need one or two examples of your no no’s.

  36. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Maybe someone needs to design attractive, stylistically variable helmets for people interested in style and safety and avoiding helmet head. Aerodynamics and safety don’t have to be the same thing. I’m thinking about the velvet covered dressage helmet, for example. It is a charming photo, although without the bicycle I wouldn’t notice her.

  37. fashion me this

    July 24, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    I dont particularly see the “wow” factor in this oufit its rolled up pants, flipflops, and a t-shirt
    isn’t that what you see on every 13 year old girl these days? The only thing that may be the factor to bring the appeal to this outfit would be the bik, but without it, I dont probably find this girl’s outfit special at all.

  38. simply olive

    July 24, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    i LOVE this!!
    but when don’t i like a bike pic!?
    love her whole look, especially the headscarf.
    though i’d be afraid of pedaling in those flimsy flip flops!

  39. platinum blonde

    July 24, 2007 at 10:27 pm


  40. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Hey Sart! I think that you should have a list of the top commentators that could change every month, just another idea that could help you expand your site. There are so many lovely people who post all the time and have great things to say. Love this look by the way, SO colorful!!! I LUV her glasses!

  41. Anonymous

    July 25, 2007 at 12:10 am

    THATS IT! I’m getting a cute bike with a basket. You made me to Mr. Sartorialist!

  42. zuccotto

    July 25, 2007 at 12:39 am

    She looks fine to me, I used to wear scarves like that, and I enjoy the spring colors. Flip flops? d’oh, at some point, in NYC.

    I live in the western US. Have a friend who was riding a bike and hit by a car in a neighboring quite small city a few months ago. Pelvis broken in three places, several ribs and collar bone broken, and his helmet protected him as he went through the windshield.

    He’s getting back together but it ain’t easy.

    I take the point that Amsterdam is different than at least some US cities.

  43. Pia Arce

    July 25, 2007 at 1:03 am

    she’s lovely… seems like a little girl.


  44. upupandaway

    July 25, 2007 at 1:25 am

    I’m happy that something so comfortable and real is getting attention.

    I have to agree with the no helmet thing though. No one looks hot six feet under. (Too bad it’s going to be decades until most cities offer safe biking areas)

  45. Nameless4Now

    July 25, 2007 at 3:30 am

    No helmet?

    Come on people, try to find the positive. She’s not holding a cigarette! ;o)

  46. Lucy

    July 25, 2007 at 4:23 am

    Dear fellow readers

    Enough with the self righteous comments about bike helmets. Same with cigarettes too, if you please.

    Almost everyone pictured on this site is over the age of consent and therefore allowed to make up their own mind. They, and us readers, don’t really need your judgemental attitude about their choices.


  47. Anonymous

    July 25, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    this reminds me of my sister a lot… thanks

  48. daniqueconijn

    July 25, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    ultimate casual her own style..
    and also kinda my style
    lovin this

  49. Anonymous

    July 25, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    I thought the idea was that we comment on whether or not we think someone looks stylish. For many people, obviously, somone who elects not to wear a helmet when cycling in a city isn’t stylish. How is that not an appropriate observation for a style blog?

  50. Tania

    July 25, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I just bought Glamour August 2007 issue and I must say I’m glad they’re using your comments on jeans.
    It’s about time!
    Kudos to you

  51. Dani

    July 25, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    What is it with yellow lately? Everyone has decided to wear and look fabulous in it!
    beautiful shot.

  52. Anonymous

    July 25, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    For those of us who will not get to see Glamour, what was Scott’s comments on jeans??


    Tania said:

    I just bought Glamour August 2007 issue and I must say I’m glad they’re using your comments on jeans.
    It’s about time!
    Kudos to you

  53. hyacoda

    July 25, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Summer lovely, riding through a paddock perhaps but not through the city. It’s illegal in both NZ and Australia to not wear a helmet while riding your bike.

  54. Anonymous

    July 26, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    speaking of bike helmets…
    i ride frequently in the city. i didn’t wear a helmet forever, either,until after my 10th or 15th near death experience.
    so my question is:
    clearly the only reason not to wear a bike helmet is because they make you look like a dork, so…
    why hasn’t someone designed a sharp one yet?

    this could be my million dollar idea.

  55. ina

    July 27, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Wow.. A great red-yellow combination, headscarf thrown in, pants carelessly rolled up, simple flip-flops… and then those sunglasses. Simplicity, cheeky ease, confidence… Mostly ordinary pieces, but mixed amazingly well only by someone with a great sense of detail.

  56. ina

    July 27, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Wow.. A great red-yellow combination, headscarf thrown in, pants carelessly rolled up, simple flip-flops… and then those sunglasses. Simplicity, cheeky ease, confidence… Mostly ordinary pieces, but mixed amazingly well only by someone with a great sense of detail.

  57. Carolina Lange

    July 30, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Perfect look! Love it!

  58. Raj

    July 30, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    I think we could solve this whole helmet argument by giving our photographer the ultimate challenge- to find someone who IS riding in a helmet yet still looks ultra chic and lovely. Can it be done???

  59. Lesterhead

    July 30, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I just returned from Berlin, and EVERYONE there looks fabulous and rides around on a cute vintage bike. Love it.

  60. valentina

    August 4, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    oh so hippy!!!I love it, favourite pic so far. I want those shades so badly.

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