After spending about eight days in Peru last week, I was pleasantly surprised by how unique the dress style was by region and , sometimes, by village.


In this small village, on the road from Urubamba to Cusco,  each lady dressed in wonderfully dramatic color combinations.  This woman’s neon orange sweater  and leaf green cardigan under another fuzzy yellow outer-cardigan, all worn over a sober slate blue pleated skirt was just one of the delights of a lunch time stopover.  Notice the equally wonderful hot pink, red and black combination on the woman in the background.


The woman I will post at 4 pm offers another wonderfully exciting palette of colors!






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  1. Claudia

    April 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Amazin pic! Super excited to know you made it down South! colors are our thing!

    • WOWS

      April 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Stunning colors!

      Kisses from

      Today I bring you a Comfy Chic Outfit…blazer, tee, jeans and amazing accesories!!!

      • Bob

        April 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm



      April 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

      so colourful style!!

      • Joseie

        April 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        Interesting how very similar this skirt is to the one above. Very full and swingy. that must be the look there. Very lovely.

    • andreea

      April 15, 2014 at 3:56 am

      keep up this documentary series: its authenticity and originality far outweighs the fashion crowd :)

  2. Mary

    April 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Another marvelous sartorial trip of this nature should be Bolivia. Amazing visuals in many other South American countries- up in the Andes mountains especially.

    Beautiful photos. Bravo!

    • Name*

      April 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Is not in Bolivia, is in Perú

      • Larissa

        April 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        The poster is saying that Boliva would be a good next stop, not that these photos are from Bolivia.

  3. Mira

    April 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

    She looks marvelous. I love this beautiful colorful mix. Hope the cute kiddie on her back won’t fall off. It looks a bit dangerous.

    xx Mira

    • Sandra

      May 17, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Don’t worry Mira, they have a special way if tying their babies to their backs so they don’t fall, been doing it for hundreds of years :). He is wrapped in the blanket from the inside and out.

  4. Judith A.

    April 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    So glad you were there, Peru is so beautiful!
    Show us everything!

  5. ann

    April 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I’ve had the good fortune to work in the Andes region. Women weave their cloth and told me they love the synthetic threads and bright contrasts b/c of how they contrast with their natural surroundings.

  6. Bernardo

    April 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

    belleza! el color andino.

  7. A.

    April 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Woa you are in my area! I spend about 2 months/year in Peru as an archaeologist (not in Cusco region though). I agree, the clothing of highland women tends to be very bright and striking. Did you happen to see any women using a drop spindle to spin yarn? In some highland regions the women walk around and do it very casually, and it is pretty neat to see this prehispanic technique still alive and well, still forming clothes, today. Don’t forget to bring back some huayno music!

    • ladyofletters

      April 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for this insight. v. interesting.

    • Big M

      April 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for the inspiration, Scott. I will be in Cusco the end of summer and plan to buy some colorful Peruvian textiles! What amazing weaving.

  8. Simbarashe

    April 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

  9. elena

    April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Such a beautiful color palette of her outfit, I agree, very unique dress style! Can’t wait to see more photos from Peru

  10. Alma

    April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh!!!! So nice! I was raised in Perú so it’s so nice to see someone like you appreciating all it’s colours and wonderful people! :) So glad you posted this pic.


  11. Shivafeli

    April 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I love how dramatic color combinations resemble a sunset to me :)

  12. Eva

    April 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

  13. Phil

    April 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    How old do you think, this lady is?

  14. Ben

    April 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Surely the little village in Peru has a name?

    • Imani

      April 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Yeah, if you can name even NYC streets not sure why small villages in Peru don’t rate some recognition…

      • The Sartorialist

        April 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

        I visited a lot of small villages that day.

  15. Amelie

    April 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Oh, to be someplace where there are eight days in a week!

  16. almu

    April 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

    so colorful! lovely

  17. Anthony

    April 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful and Cute !

  18. justray

    April 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This reminds me of the summer I spent in South America. The Andes, those who reside there, made it so colorful, so vibrant, that it highlighted the entire time there. The people are so simple, generous, humble–just wonderful. They were great.

  19. Jules

    April 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    What an interesting post! Glad to see you enjoy the culture!

  20. Francesca

    April 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    The colors of this pics are awesome and the expression of subjects are great and impressive!


  21. Desiree

    April 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Love this! Great colours. Check out my blog for a giveaway!!

  22. Sydney

    April 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Is this around the Pisaq area? I’ve made that drive many times and it’s such a beautiful stretch of road!

  23. rudy

    April 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Let the appropiation begin !!!!

    • MollyBloom

      April 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Haa ha ha! Now that’s a provocative remark! You do not approve of cultural appropriation? But really, human beings are social animals. We will see and copy one another. These are people, not specimens, and we can adopt or adapt language, food, music, and even clothing from one another without disrespect or loss of “authenticity.”

  24. anke

    April 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    What surpises me nowadays is the uniform way of clothing. When I was young we went to France for holidays en came back with striped t shirts and espadrilles, visiting the US white t shirts JC penny and levis jeans. You could recognize people from foreign countries the way they were dressed! In a way it is a pity the differences have gone.

  25. Helena

    April 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Great photo! The textiles in South America are amazing.

  26. KittNoir

    April 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Wonderful world of colour! Great glimpse of local culture too

  27. CBC

    April 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    cute mom and child…

  28. Nubia

    April 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    What an amazing pic! Shows so much color and culture!

  29. supal {chevrons & éclairs}

    April 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    The colors here are just zoo beautiful, Scott! Flawless capture! x

  30. Cheryl

    April 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I love your travel segments; they are more than style and fashion statements; they are Cultural Anthropology expressed in dress. They also highlight humans universal love of color and beauty as a form of expression-regardless of the latest fahion trend!
    so–thank you!

  31. pasajero

    April 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    fantastic outfit…would the subject be postmodern?

    id like to see all your peruvian pics. im from arequipa n moved to usa at 6. im not familiar with 99% of small, colcan/andes high towns. this lady is modern n old in her look. kinda anachronistic.

    help me research, please. you can start by sending me a file of Peruvian pics.


    ps: site viewer for about a decade

  32. Daniel

    April 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    These are the cool sunglasses everybody is wearing at Coachella this year! Check ‘em also on

  33. Valentina

    April 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm


  34. MP

    April 15, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Posts like this make your blog my all time favorite blog.

  35. Claude

    April 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

    J’adore le Pérou et ser merveilles. On aimerait bien voir plus de photos, svp. Les couleurs des rues, la beauté des gens, les paysages, la nourriture (excellent). <3!

  36. Soledad

    April 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Scott, I love it that you visited Peru! It’s such an incredible, paradoxical country…
    I’m half peruvian and since I was a child have always admired the fearless, spontaneous mash-up of textiles and color you find in the most random places.
    I’m aware it is born out of necessity, not fashion consciousness, but that takes away none of its beauty…

  37. Victoria

    April 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    so beautiful! and we are talking about women who (most of them) dont know how to write/read… can you imagine how much better would be if they would have access to internet and be aware of all what is happening in the world!??? they have a natural gift for colours combinations!

  38. Anabella

    April 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Brings me back to my trip to Peru five years ago… I found it somewhat frustrating that everyone wanted money to have their photo taken. Did you have the same experience? I ended up spending way more than I would have if I had just complied, but for the most part I chose to buy some of whatever they were making or selling and then asked to take their photo. Just felt better somehow…

  39. Sarah

    April 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I find your fascination with the subjects of your photos from the developing world, and the way you talk about them in the captions, terribly ethnocentric. You speak of the bright palette or combinations of textures as “novelties,” but they’re only novel in the context of your perspective. You seem so find it extraordinary that people with centuries old traditions in weaving and textiles might make sartorialist choices – bizarre. And your Morrocan merchants, most likely pulling their daily “looks” from their limited collection of clothes (quite often, in my experience, cast off from richer countries) seem so out of place amidst your usual fare of Western urbanites who have the luxury of “real” choice. You are a gifted photographer and I love to look at your photos, but I find the less you say about them the better. Unlike Garance, whose fashion choices and the way she gawks over such wholly out of reach styles (500 sneakers? 700 dollar white cotton shirts? It’s a bit absurd to couch these as “basics” or “staples”), I appreciate the way you hone in on the way individuals play with clothing and aren’t slavish to labels. But one can see by the comments how many of your readers aren’t really able to make the nuanced distinction between “fashion” and life– Calling the Peruvian bowler a “trend” makes me grit my teeth, and the reader who wonders why a woman wears no socks and a heavy sweater portrays an ignorance that your captions do nothing to correct. The fact that you only responded (defensively) to the reader who wanted you to name the town is telling in itself. . .

    • The Sartorialist

      April 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      I can only talk from my perspective. Am I suppose to go to Peru and act jaded like I’ve seen it before? and where exactly did I speak of novelty (a word you put in quotes, ha!)? Oh right! it helps your argument if you just make things up, good job!

      as usual people like you will never be happy with anyone else’s words except your own.

      Good for you Sarah you’re soooo smart and worldly, you win again!

      • Claudette

        April 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        So, I don’t exactly agree with the perspective above, but I do see her point. And maybe feel the same way when I read your comments. I would have loved to have heard a nuanced, thoughtful response from you. Your tone kept me from being able to hear your response, which I think at heart was entirely valid, that the experience was novel TO YOU and that you are describing things from YOUR perspective, not that of a political science textbook. Don’t let us readers get your dander up like you do: take comments from the public (because that’s what we are!) at face value, and show yourself to be the sensitive, intelligence person who takes the photos.

        • Michelle

          April 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

          I think we need to keep in mind the Sartorialist is not a sociologists’ blog, but a street style blog-it’s about capturing the beauty, diversity and creativity in the way people express their identity through clothing. To assume that rural Peruvians, or Moroccans, or any people from the developing world, for that matter, don’t engage in that kind of expression of their cultural and personal identity because they are poor is incredibly condescending. I already know about the hardships and social injustices that many communities in the developing world face. I don’t need to read the Sartorialist’s take on matters beyond the purview of this blog. I am happy to admire, through his pictures, the beauty found throughout the world. His pictures also convey his feelings about his subjects without the need to expound. Isn’t that what good photography does?

    • Martine

      April 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      How would Scott have any perspective but that of a Western man? Thats what he is. Stop smoking PC crack. Fashion is a part of life. Honestly, I can tell you are pissed, but can’t for the life of me figure out why , except that you figure that we should all walk on eggshells for fear of somehow, inadvertently, saying something that makes it sound like everyone isn’t exactly equal in all things. Yes, there are economic differences, here, there…everywhere. What of it?

      Holly Hell…is that the photographer answering you? I sort of hoped he never read our comments….

      • MollyBloom

        April 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

        Agree with Martine, here. We can say O Gosh, look at that! when we see something that surprises or delights us, without apology. And our approach to other people should not be chiefly informed by the anxiety and self-loathing that affluent English speaking westerners are trained, and apparently expected, to feel toward anyone not English speaking or affluent. That’s nonsense. We are all human beings and all share the same basic nature. There’s an aspect to what Sarah said that demonstrates the way political correctness has actually cheapened human relations and created more distance between people.

  40. Dallas

    April 16, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Sarah….it’s a blog about how people put their clothes together and Scott’s observations about why he finds their style interesting. Your remark that he should post pictures without captions is extremely rude. To assume you are enlightened and the rest of us merely ignorant is arrogant. What makes your perspective more relevant than anyone else’s? You don’t approve of expensive clothes and you don’t like to see poor people as stylish. Hmmmm….

  41. Melanie

    April 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

    It is wonderful to see this picture of a Peruvian woman with her child on your blog. My husband is from the highlands and I spent some time living with him in Cusco. The woman in this photograph reminds me of the beautiful women who cared for me when I was pregnant and far from home. The local women saw past my differences in language and dress. Instead of seeing me as an outsider, they embraced me as yet another woman living the beautiful, yet arduous, human experience of pregnancy. I see this photo in a similar light. You captured yet another mama of the world grocery shopping for her family. Beautiful!

  42. Teresa

    April 20, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Viva Perú, yes I am Peruvian and I am glad you appreciate our beauty. I think sometimes the advertising and fashion just show very little diversity. For example, here in the US I rarely see Native American people in the media. I am glad your appreciation is broader than that!

  43. Majo Vargas Bianchi

    April 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for coming to Peru!

  44. Sandra Rodriguez

    May 17, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Dear Sart,

    I’ve been reading you since ’08 and hadn’t felt so moved so as to write a personalised message until now. I just wanted to thank you for this series from the bottom of my heart. Often in the fashion world these very people get used as nothing more than exotic background in editorials where always as the star is the model du jour. As a Peruvian, let me say THANK YOU SCOTT for your discerning eye, for appreciating and sharing our Andean sense of style with the world. It truly is beautiful!

    Should you travel in Peru again, look out for the different styles of hats the ladies wear in different towns along the Andes – the women there have a strong sense of style and are proud of their villages. The coastline towns in the north have a strong equestrian history as they were colonized first, the result being an elegant array of dresses and hairpieces for the ladies, capes and riding gear for the gentlemen. They have a traditional dance called the marinera and watching it is a lovely mix of fluidity, music and style – each dance is supposed to tell the story of a courtship.

    With kind regards and mil gracias,

  45. yo

    April 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Es el pais de la “pachamama”…les colors son los refejos de la luz…la luz, un poder de vida…

  46. Sara

    February 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I am inspired by the color and the Mamas expression. Great photo!

  47. ladyofletters

    April 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    are you for real?

  48. yo

    April 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    por supuesto !!

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