Friday, November 23, 2012

Five Years Later, Milan

Magazines and retailers want us to believe that fashion moves so fast (it helps sell new product) however, even after five years I think this look is so  cute.    You can’t say this look  is about  ”style”, it’s pure fashion but somehow it shows fashion isn’t always so fleeting.


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  1. Simbarashe

    November 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Agreed. Simple, creative fun looks are timeless if done right.

  2. Elisa

    November 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Quite right! True style should sort of be suspended in time, and always have that charming quality that makes fashion such a fun and simple thing. I like that you remind us of that!

    Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion

  3. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    November 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

    She looks amazing!!

  4. Laura G

    November 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

    she looks absolutely beautiful, and I couldn’t adree more with you!

    • Chloe

      November 24, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Took the words right from under my fingers!
      It’s her glasses that I absolutely love!

      UK High Street Fashion & Style Blog

  5. Denisa

    November 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    She has a perfect skirt. Nice pic.

  6. lolli

    November 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

    i agree!
    fashion may or may not move fast but her outfit is still nice and ‘relevant’!

  7. Marián

    November 23, 2012 at 9:45 am


    November 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful :)

  9. Liz

    November 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

    i love her skirt!!

  10. Margherita

    November 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This look is totally current!

  11. The Earnest Addiction

    November 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Hmmm… No I wouldn’t call it ‘stylish’ but she’s definitely a trendy hipster (with cute heels)

  12. BoyfromDagbon

    November 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

    It certainly is fashion and looks like it was taken yesterday!

  13. chiara

    November 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    actually what strikes me in this picture is the other woman’s look, the black one. very cool. margiela of course. and you really need to have a lot of style to pull off such shoes. amazing.

    • Christina

      November 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I agree completely.

  14. Jen

    November 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    She looks amazing! I think the best style is that which is simultaneously eccentric and classic. Hard to pull off, but she has done it perfectly :)


  15. Evgenia

    November 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Gorgeous shoes! I love them. Amazing look

  16. Cecilia

    November 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    It’s at the same time “fashion” and relaxed. A good inspiration to shop in our closet!


    November 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I like her outfit!!! it’s a simple and beautiful look!!!

  18. Susana

    November 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Completely agree! As I always say: “change is good; change is a constant, but change needs to stick”. I always equate change to fashion…people jumping from one “fashion” to another so quickly prevents style from developing. Some things are worth keeping and repeating. Great example.

    I love it when you have the time to add your two cents in writing!

    Hope you and Garance had a great Thanksgiving!



    November 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Fashion repeats itself. If you missed the boat, it’ll be back in a few years!

    Failing that, go for STYLE instead of FASHION, and you’ll be on-trend for ever!

  20. Ana

    November 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    it’s funny, yesterday I was going to comment on a picture from 5 or 6 years ago: it seemed so up to date. let me see if I can find it.
    You really should think about this: having a feature on timeless pictures (pictures from the beginning of the blog that are still completely modern).

    That for me is the sartorialist, and not pictures of fashion week crowd (although, it’s not bad if taken in moderation).

  21. Aga's suitcase

    November 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    What a style, simply perfect:-)

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  22. norafsca

    November 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    this is super cool. I love those shoes. Her hair is the only thing I don’t like.

  23. Andy

    November 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Looks lovely; I particularly like the glasses, they really fit her.

    That sock / heel combination in the background, on the other hand, looks absolutely dreadful.

  24. Tracy

    November 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I agree. I am so happy to see this picture. I just pulled out a similar skirt (closet shopping) and was playing around with proportions. This gives me lots of ideas.

  25. Giada

    November 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    This is exactly why “fashion fades, style remains the same”. Isn’t it?!


  26. Kate

    November 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I think it’s adorable! Suppose it’s all in how you wear it too…


  27. Nico

    November 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I thought it was from this season! Def fashion doesn’t move so fast!

  28. Pamela

    November 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Prada and Miu Miu are FOREVER COOL!!!

  29. Elena

    November 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    She looks adorable! Timeless outfit!

  30. Virginia L

    November 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    the glasses!

  31. Sue

    November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Its all about the juxtapositions-the glasses vs the bangs, the skirt vs the shoes and all of it vs the vest….darling! Plus the knowing look in her eyes! Love it-

  32. Rachelle

    November 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I adore her outfit.

  33. Iliyana

    November 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    cute outfit! cute girl!

  34. Laura

    November 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    If you didn’t tell this photo was five years old, I wouldn’t have guess! Love it!

  35. Lelli Family

    November 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Absolutely agree! This outfit is so actual and cool! Wonderful shoes!

    Lelli, italian fashion family

  36. Cae Fernandes

    November 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I agree!!!!

  37. Jana

    November 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I covet her shoes. I agree that how we wear our clothes is everything! The personal spirit/signature we bring to each outfit whether it be a fleeting trend, a classic piece, timeless vintage, or a mixture of all. She looks confident, whimsical, and classy. Thank you for having a blog that does not teach women to look slutty but shows us that style and grace outweigh the easy route so coveted by media and trends.

  38. Yasamin

    November 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I have to disagree, I think this look is very much about style. Red shoes and a faux fur vest? “I love this vest… I love these shoes… I’m wearing all this together!” = style

  39. vittorio b.

    November 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you for revealing this Truth. I totally agree with the text of the shot ( which is amazing btw).
    I’d really like to discuss with you about what fashion really is, and what it’s not.
    Maybe one day…

  40. princessglee

    November 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Magazines and retailers want us to believe that fashion moves so fast (it helps sell new product)

    Well yeah, you’re speaking the obvious and the unspoken. There’s something to be examined here. I know better, yet I buy into the the idea more often than I like to admit…

  41. Xeana

    November 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    An intellectual look!


  42. MĂłnica - Mes Voyages Ă  Paris Style Blog

    November 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Yes this is a very cool look right now, I agree. I can only see the difference in the photo, you have improved a lot during these years! ;)

  43. Madara

    November 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    That is so true! I mean… I just made a huge research about Prada’s designs over last 10 years for my college… and I would wear the clothes she designed 10, 5 or 2 years ago because for me it still looks very cool!

  44. Monsieur Marcel

    November 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Is fashion a conspiracy or a product of the zeitgeist? Are we steered towards dressing a certain way by editors’/retailers’ agenda or by a cultural phenomenon? The mysteries abound.

  45. MaricruzLA

    November 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  46. lofi

    November 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    personal style evolves coherently, while fashion comes and goes.

  47. Lucas

    November 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I agree with the point that some things are just timeless and look good in every age, but I honestly don’t see why this should be an example of that. The upper and bottom part of her body look slightly out of proportion and it seems to me that this is due to this particular outfit. The skirt as such is nice and classic and so is the jacket, but they for sure do not match imho, at least not in these colors – and surely not with the black.

    The lady herself is indeed cute by the way.

  48. Florence

    November 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    She’s cute, I just wish that her posture wasn’t so bad!! Is it fashionable to slouch?

  49. Maria Ana

    November 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I totally agree. I believe that nowadays everything is “in”. No mega trends like in the 1900′s. I much prefer it this way. We dress what we really like and what really flatters us. And that is real fashion!

  50. george s.

    November 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Super cute ensamble. very much love the glasses.

  51. Vasco Bettencourt

    November 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  52. Rhoda Wong

    November 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  53. Katie

    November 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    When I look at those shoes, all I can think is…Lions and tigers and bears…oh my!

    Katie X

    Sweet Apple Lifestyle

  54. Shany

    November 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    The picture doesn’t strike me! your words does! For one in the industry, that’s quite an honest talk! well-done!

  55. Samii

    November 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Simplicity is always in style. :]


  56. liza

    November 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    WHAT!?….maybe I am too old, but this is frumpy. If this girl was 20 years older, the comments might be different.

  57. Sofia

    November 24, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Very cute, the shoes are doll-like, as from a fairy tale!

  58. kim min soo

    November 24, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Agreed. Simple, creative fun looks are timeless if done right.

  59. Zaharenia Kav.

    November 24, 2012 at 5:02 am

    It’s all about fashion industry!

    Ok, trends are trends and we all want to follow some of them, but the truth is that chic and feminine is something all time classic. e.g. Coco Chanel.

  60. CBC

    November 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    it’s toooo random this year or 5 yrs ago

  61. Gian Luca M

    November 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

    totally agree with you … fashion, the real one, not consumerism. is style and the style is timeless and business logic…

    Gian Luca M

  62. Couteau

    November 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

    That’s what this site does…

  63. Jace Lee

    November 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I saw this picture just some days ago from book of Sartorialist! haha
    I just love to see the classic, unchangeable but looking still good style!!!!!!!

  64. Emily

    November 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Sorry, but I agree with the poster who called this look frumpy. This outfit makes her hips and waist look totally wide and out of proportion to her narrow shoulders and slender calves. I’m not trying to be mean to her . . . she’s a very pretty girl. She’s just a very pretty girl in a very unflattering outfit. I feel like clothes should work for your figure, not against it.

  65. Jennifer

    November 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    so true :)

    xo Jennifer

  66. Christina

    November 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I much prefer the outfit on the women at the left. Classic and hip at the same time.

  67. Darcy Harvey

    November 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Agreed. It’s possible to stay fashionable by keeping one’s eyes on the mirror and off the store mannequins.
    (Consumption isn’t a requirement—it’s okay to appreciate without owning.)

  68. monkeyshines

    November 25, 2012 at 12:11 am



  69. monalisa

    November 25, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I have to agree with the dissenters on this one. I don’t think the look works for her. Another girl who has a hard time standing in heels and why does anyone think the pigeon tooled four year old look is attractive?

  70. Tatj

    November 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

    This photo is in your first book of The Sartorialist. I remind it, I like the pastel tones with the red shoes. That’s cute.

  71. bebel Niemeyer

    November 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Agreed totally! Quite atemporal!

  72. Erica

    November 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

  73. BethS

    November 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    right on

  74. ros

    November 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    And the fabulous Lucy Ewing in the background!

  75. Dora

    November 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    and I can’t take my eyes off the black pumps in the back…

  76. Inherent Style LA

    November 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I wonder if it looked revolutionary or super-edgy to us when we first saw it five years ago?

  77. Beauty Follower

    November 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

    So 70′s!

  78. Olivia Shutey

    November 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I have to agree with you. Fashion does not move as quickly as they want us to believe… I think it is more about how you mix the pieces. There is no doubt that I am still wearing pieces from 5 years ago.

  79. rob

    November 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    love the glasses!

  80. Refusal

    November 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I like this look, but am surprised that it is “fashionable.” So, this confirms that I don’t know much about fashion. Before reading the text posted with this photo, if asked, I would have guessed that this look
    wasn’t necessarily fashionable, but was more about style. I don’t care much about fashion and trends anyway, but love a strong individual style.

  81. Alessia

    November 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm


  82. Nancy

    November 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This is one of the images that made me fall in love with this blog. Five years! Thanks for all your great work, Scott.

  83. Cynthia

    December 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Scott,

    I totally agree with you that fashion does not move (on) quite as fast as the industry would like us to believe… Perhaps because of the more enduring and individual interpretations that we tend to call style. (That’s my take on the difference between “fashion” and “style” anyway!)

    Since you’ve suggested that this girl isn’t demonstrating “style,” but rather “fashion” (despite this image having been made five years ago) I would love to hear a more sustained series of thoughts from you on what defines fashion versus style!


  84. egreel

    December 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    fashion will not “move on” from mary janes, or pleats. she is impeccable.

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