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How I Want To Dress When I Grow Up…

From The Sartorialist. Can you say, “timeless, ageless, casual elegance?”

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  1. October 19, 2008 / 1:51 pm

    When I first saw this photo I thought, I should like this but I don’t, she looks like just another rich woman. When I viewed the shot with her face missing, my take improved marginally. She looks like a tough cookie. And too perfect and ‘done’ for my taste. I much prefer his shots of Renato Molho- deeply admire her almost haphazard style.

  2. October 19, 2008 / 2:49 pm

    sewcelticblue – I know what stops me is mostly effort…the effort to really shop in a discriminating way and to find the disparate pieces that work together this well.

    duchesse – Her hair really doesn’t do anything for me; looks too Generic Rich Woman. But it was the outfit from the neck down I loved, it almost looked like something Katherine Hepburn would have worn in a movie, yet it looks comfortable. Maybe a bolder necklace or something more like the Devon Leigh pieces would fix the “too done” factor for you?

  3. October 19, 2008 / 3:50 pm

    She looks very Lauren Bacall to me – I think that’s partially the hair. What bothered me, but might be mitigating the “too done” effect for me, is the wrinkly, wrinkly pants. Reminds me why I won’t buy linen, that would drive me mad! Other than the pants, I would love to look like this in 40 years!

  4. October 19, 2008 / 7:47 pm

    The more I study this shot, the less I’m liking this effect. Funny because the clothes are quite beautiful.

    Re linen, many North Americans recoil at even the thought of a wrinkle. Some of my French friends talk about how your linen should wrinkle “just enough”, rumply and creasy but not trashed.

  5. sewcelticblue
    October 19, 2008 / 1:09 pm

    Ooh!Yes please. I am 55 years old and have been thinking a lot recently that I should be dressing more ‘like a grown up’ – it would be so much more flattering. WHAT IS STOPPING ME, does anyone have the answer? The women in the photograph are the epitome of what I would aspire to.

  6. October 20, 2008 / 12:12 am

    Maybe it is a North American thing, I always lean away from linen because I am not (in my perception) suitably thin and French to pull it off without looking like I am still in my pyjamas.

  7. Toby Wollin
    October 20, 2008 / 12:55 pm

    I could wear the same exact outfit and NOT look as good as she does. Why? Because(and I figured this out because I eyeballed her measurement against the stairs) – she’s tall and extremely thin(and that is also why she is wearing a turtleneck – because she needs to cover up her neck at this point because she is soooo thin). You could put this woman in a potato sack(albeit with a turtleneck)and she’s look just as good.

  8. chicamericaine
    October 20, 2008 / 7:27 pm

    In Paris it is considered bad taste to be “too done” — une vraie faute de goût. Her hair is a bit too 16è arrondisement, but her wrinkled pants probably save her. I like the outfit a lot, although I couldn’t pull it off.

  9. La Belette Rouge
    October 20, 2008 / 6:14 pm

    In my next life I want to be a blond who looks brilliant in beige.

  10. October 22, 2008 / 3:31 pm

    Great minds obviosuly think alike. When I saw this photo on Sart, I thought the exact same thing, “This is what I want to look like when I grow up”.

    Actually, this is a sort of what my mother looks like so maybe there is hope for me!

    I don’t think that she looks over done. In fact, the older a woman gets, the more tailored and put together she needs to be.
    I also love the Katherine Hepburn/ Laren Bacall vibe.

  11. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 / 6:53 pm

    The lady looks brilliant but not feminine and fresh. Power looks have a sell by date? She is so prety it would be more powerful to be powerfully feminine.

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