Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On the Street….Tompkins Square Park, New York

The Lower East Side and especially Tompkins Square Park has been on fire lately. Such a great variety of style is blooming in the park right now.

This is Claire. She is wearing a hand-me-down dress from her mother. I love the wispy little summer dresses that are starting to appear but a more tailored, shaped dress like this is sooo flattering. To me this is vintage at its best; it draws inspiration from the past without feeling “costumey.”

Tonight you will see a photo of 87 year-old artist KC Rowland; he’s like the orignal Prada. Tweed hat, tortoise glasses, snake ring, Cuban shirt and leather sandals with socks. He’s a true original.


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  1. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 9:38 am



  2. Lauren

    May 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    What a sweet photo! The shaped dress is indeed very flattering. I love to see vintage done well and it's wonderful to know a little of the back story, too.

    The Styleseer

  3. The Bohmerian

    May 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

    So pretty and innocent! Love it!!


  4. Mi estilo, mi moda!!!

    May 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Que look lindo e simples! Tem estilo a menina!
    Loved the look, simple and cute! She´s got style!

  5. Reptilia

    May 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

    She looks so cute! Love her dress! Amazing photo.



  6. urban muser

    May 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

    love that park, and love this shot!

  7. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

    very lady-like and lovely, in a very modern and bohemian sense of the word. unusual and different, poetic and earthy…perfection!

  8. Elizabeth Benfield

    May 31, 2011 at 9:52 am

    just lovely!

  9. Paul

    May 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

    So demure! And the lighting is amazing :-)

  10. Marcel Da Chump

    May 31, 2011 at 9:55 am

    The artistry of the print makes me think of Sonia Delaunay.

    Definitely not the Tompkins Square Park of my younger days.

  11. Isidor

    May 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I really like this picture.

    it's obvious she's in on it, so I want to ask a question.

    When meeting people that you want a picture of, how do you approach them? How do you ask them to participate in your picture?`

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  12. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love the way she is looking at you ! She has a real "frimousse" SunnySide

  13. Rachel

    May 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I love vintage dresses. My mom gave my sister and I some and I still wear them all the time!

  14. such a lovely picture :)
    I love her dress btw!




  15. Davidikus

    May 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    The great thing about vintage is indeed being able to use great designs from the past, those seem to be timeless (within reasons!)

    I get compliments very regularly on my 1970s-1980s & 1990s Lanvin suits! I could probably wear them forever.

    Shapely summer dresses are nice too. I like shape; clean shapes.

    http://davidikus.blogspot.com/ http://www.davidranc.com

  16. givea

    May 31, 2011 at 10:04 am

    couldn't find who's he? but sounds promising
    can't wait…

  17. Simplizers

    May 31, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love her hair style very much. I saw this style many many time; however, going with this dress, it looks amazingly stylish and different. She is beautiful as well. I wish I could make friend with her.

  18. This is Belgium

    May 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

    how wonderful to be right there and have a daily show of 'variety of style blooming' daily in front of the camera

  19. Something White

    May 31, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Very feminine dress indeed. I don´t like shapeless dresses. Lovely vintage touch!

  20. Melina

    May 31, 2011 at 10:31 am

    sooo cuute…I have to admit that I am falling in love with your blog.

    Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)



    May 31, 2011 at 10:31 am

    i love your blog, always a window of inspiration

  22. House of Hemingway

    May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

    She looks so polished and neat. I have to agree, clothes my mother used to wear at my age were more tailored and put together. It seems that the mass production of clothes have left very little time for all these important details!


  23. Nomadic D.

    May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

    So sweet. Love it.


  24. Angel

    May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

  25. Carole (NY etc.)

    May 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Wow I love the dress. It also has the advantage of being unique. So many look alikes when it comes to changing seasons… The girl is so cute!

  26. pRiyA

    May 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    This must be one of the most beautiful photos ever on The Sartorialist.

  27. comme fraiche

    May 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

    this is one hand-me-down dress that Marc Jacobs would approve of. It looks very current and the young lady wears it well.

  28. Em

    May 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

    So simple and pretty, definitely vintage at its best


  29. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I wish my friend Milena from Rotterdam would dress like this. AMAZING!!

  30. Kate

    May 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

    love the tailored vintage look, so classy

  31. arielle kepler

    May 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

    i love claire – great energy to have around the tompkins square neighborhood. great shot!


  32. clothREvisited

    May 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

    BEAUTIFUL vintage dress–and the fact that it is a hand-me-down from her mother makes it even more serendipitous!

  33. Ann

    May 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

    lovely….looks like a real vintage photo…

  34. Purple Panda

    May 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    it's very stylish yet subtle,I absolutely love it!


  35. songbird

    May 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

    love how the sunlight illuminates her hair

  36. Dandy Man

    May 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Cool sihouette, great fit on the sholuders and the shoes and hair mary beautifully! Great photo.

  37. Prisoner of Fashion

    May 31, 2011 at 11:32 am

    great. I liked it a lot.



  38. Lucia

    May 31, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I love that she is wearing flats. Vintage dress with high heels usually looks costumey. I am bored with heels right now, skirts look better with flats, flares looks better with flats, only skinny jeans looks great with heels :D

  39. Mila

    May 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    She's so cute! Love her dress!


  40. Kathleen

    May 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Lovely–sweetness, modesty, restraint.

  41. s

    May 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    GORGEOUS ;))

    PEOPLE: Pippa MIDDLETON @Roland Garros

  42. beesandbugs

    May 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    The girl is so beautiful and the dress really suits her :)

  43. Lizzy Frizzfrock

    May 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Darling girl & she looks so lovely in her mom's dress. Feminine!

  44. caribbelle

    May 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    bring on KC Rowland. :)

    I love her demeanor, in addition to the fit of this dress.

  45. Caroline

    May 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I love how the light comes across in the picture.

  46. Beauty Spectacle

    May 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Very nice!

  47. Selina.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm


    love, selina


  48. Annushka

    May 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Picture like magic, like a fairytale)

  49. Edit by Lauren

    May 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    This girl is so warm and inviting. It is so wonderful that she is able to wear her mother's vintage things. Sometimes those are the best fashion finds!


  50. Drew!

    May 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    this photo just evokes everything that is great about spring/summer clothing and the weather that allows us to wear it…just great! love that early evening light =D

  51. kamo

    May 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    The Sartorialist used "sooo" in a sentence?! Beautiful dress but that shocked me even more. Garance must be rubbing off on you ;)

  52. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I need that dress! She made it fabulous by wearing it with those sandals.

  53. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    So beautiful…so lovely! I love that she's also wearing a dainty watch which looks vintage. Her whole look is so well put together!

  54. Irina Sevastianova Photography

    May 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

  55. missy

    May 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I love the dress and also couldn't help noticing that her hair style is one that could have been worn by her mother at the time she wore the dress.

  56. thwany

    May 31, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    just gorgeous.

  57. Best of Beehive

    May 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I never would have thought this was a hand-me-down and I think that speaks to the quality of the dress and how she wears it.

  58. meenal @ maison marigold

    May 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    she has just the personality to do justice to the vintage dress…so sweet and simple..xx meenal

  59. thethirddimension

    May 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    The simplicity of this dress brings to mind a new clothing line out of California, Cityzen Green.

  60. Beatrice B.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    she's gorgeous not only because of her dress…


  61. Ms LadyCakes

    May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Beautiful girl in a beautiful dress.

    Instylation Blog

  62. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Now that's style–the dress seems to suit her perfectly–but what I find most intriguing here is her expression. You must have a terrific rapport with your subjects; she looks shy, but also delighted and proud to be photographed. The resulting image is just lovely.

    (I can see the dress looking great with Docs and a denim jacket for fall, too.)

  63. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    A million miles from the TSP I remember.

  64. mon sac by me

    May 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Lovely and charming dress ! Bravo for her mother !


  65. Angeles Almuna

    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Beautiful! and refresh….good idea without to much …..


  66. mon sac by me

    May 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Nice girl, nice flattering dress, bravo for her mother !


  67. Miles

    May 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    i was just there yesterday! wish i had walked by. great pic

  68. Miles

    May 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I was just there yesterday eating my lunch! Wish I had the right timing. Great pic, love the dress. Simple.

  69. She looks so sweet! Love the vintage dress. And that long flowy hair is the perfect finishing touch.

  70. steve

    May 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    i love the way she is wearing the watch. her posture is quite nice.
    the field of focus causes the subject to rise from the ground and into the backlight…quite nice photography.

  71. Liz S

    May 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Wow–this is really "smart casual" wear. If something looks good it's never "out of fashion". I am so glad vintage is slowly losing its negative perception.

  72. cocktailvintage

    May 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    love the dress!! and the light of the pic. lovely!

  73. M

    May 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    She really is beautiful. The lighting in this shot is gorgeous, too.


  74. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    This photo and it's subject are stunning. I hate to call you on this but Tomkins is in the east village not on the lower east side

  75. andrea

    May 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    My ancestral homeland! My mom was born on 8th st between avenues B and C. I can't help but feel that the pulse of that neighborhood was passed down to me and still courses through my veins and inspires me daily (even though I live uptown).

  76. un peu de gâteau

    May 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    the pattern and the neckline are so delicate and subtle. so lovely!

  77. Gabriel

    May 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Lovely. absolutely lovely. This proves Style need not be complex.


  78. Aubrey and Melissa

    May 31, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    So sweet and innocent. Unique dress.

  79. Evan

    June 1, 2011 at 12:32 am

  80. Anonymous

    June 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    wow <3

  81. nick

    June 1, 2011 at 1:02 am

    model (face specifically) almost exactly resembles vintage photo of the grandmother from India two posts down. life is weird


  82. Marisa Alma

    June 1, 2011 at 1:30 am

    The guy is cool, however my personal fashion hot button, especially living in the land of the supernerds (Silicon Valley), is sandals with socks. A real turnoff for me. No one can make it work.

    He looked great until you got to his feet…..sandals demand bare feet!

  83. MELISSA Z.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:01 am

    what a cute and sweet girl, great photo!


  84. Shanti Pranadi

    June 1, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Lovely vintage dress.. I love it!!


  85. helenanr

    June 1, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Lovely dress!! In Oysho there lovely dresses too!!

  86. Charlie Lyons-Jones

    June 1, 2011 at 5:10 am

    If only girls at my school would wear numbers like that…

  87. Bernd

    June 1, 2011 at 6:41 am

    awesome, just awesome.


  88. l'blog c'est moi

    June 1, 2011 at 7:16 am

    fell in love with her. modest mode^^

  89. john

    June 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Very simple and innocent yet beautiful. Vintage dresses are always cool.
    -business pictures

  90. ¿Por qué Chile?

    June 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    It's Maria from West Side… really very sweet.

  91. The Styley

    June 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Love this photo.

    The Lower East Side has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city (if not my favorite). I lived there when I was in graduate school and loved walking around people-watching when I wasn't buried in books.

  92. monkeyshines

    June 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm


    June 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    that lighting is gorgeous! love the photo and love the outfit!


  94. Anonymous

    June 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Sweet look, sweet story. It's always wonderful when you add a bit of back story to your photos.

  95. Anonymous

    June 2, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Love it! Beautiful, natural, simple, not contrived like many of the looks on the street. Makes me want to talk to her.

  96. Patrícia Silvério

    June 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

  97. BigBagGirl

    June 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Sooo cute! A little bit bohemian… little bit delicate… Like this shot!!

    Check my blog, advices on fashion, and thoughts. In Italian and English.

  98. Bloggablegirl

    June 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Now I need that dress!Très romantique!

  99. Anonymous

    June 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

    She is so innocentlooking and beatiful.

  100. André

    June 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The 100th commentator might be in love by now. Pretty :)

  101. Cristiana Nunes

    June 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

    So sweet and simple. Such a natural beauty!

  102. StyleCandy

    June 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  103. dash

    June 8, 2011 at 2:33 am

    East Village.

  104. Anonymous

    June 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Claire, you're looking lovely!
    -one of your Vassar classmates.

  105. Macrobid

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    nice photo i am impressed .because good style of photo. very good .

  106. Macrobid

    June 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    nice photo for lover because very nice photo ,i am impressed …..

  107. Anonymous

    June 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

    sorry, yuck. Frumpy. You were on an espresso high…

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