I’m fascinated by the idea of context in fashion: that is, that what looks great or even just okay in one city or locale might be badly out of context elsewhere.
This first outfit would go over pretty well where I live, on a young woman like this one. What I like about this one: the mix of textures, especially the leather patchwork with the lacy shorts. However, I don’t think the shorts are long enough. Something seems off about the proportion.
And I would not wear this exact combination, but the mix itself inspires me to put different textures or colors together.
What do you think?
How about this one?
I’m not sure. It’s a little baggy, but she sure looks comfortable.
And this one? I happen to like this a lot, for the natural colors and probably natural fabrics. She looks cool on The Sartorialist, with her ciggie and leather bag. Would she look cool in your town?
If I was wearing this outfit, I’d want to make sure my hair was very tidy to avoid any suggestion of frowsiness. Maybe I’m just sensitive to that because I have naturally frowsy hair. But also, as I get older I seem to feel more frowsy in general.
Here’s the same woman. I like this. You can’t go wrong with a white shirt.
How about this one? Does it need more color, or is the mix of light natural shades refreshing? Would a little more contrast in the outfit bring our her natural color contrast? I tend to think so.
Could you wear this in your town?
This woman’s coloring is so classy and striking that in a way her overalls look out of character. She’s photographed in Paris. Maybe the overall doesn’t have the folksy associations there?
It’s always great fun! to hear what you think of these street fashion photos. Of course, we all agree that people should wear whatever the heck they want. But strictly from a design point of view: what are your thoughts?
photos used with permission from www.thesartorialist.com