Sartorially Speaking

Speaking of lateness, once again Laura is very, very late to the party.  I am probably the last shoe-obsessed, Project Runway-loving, handbag-enthusiast, dress-wearing girly girl in the world to start reading The Sartorialist.  Shameful, I know.  If only I had some of his pictures, this Cafe would really be a classy joint.  But, naturally, that would be wrong, so click that link and take a gander.  We’ll wait.

Ok.  Let’s talk about today’s look, entitled “Cold Spring Layering, Manhattan.”  I most emphatically would never wear this outfit.  The only piece she’s wearing that I own are black tights.  I might be allergic to metallic clothing.  And that elastic would have no business clinging about my post-childbearing hips.  But I love this madly, and here’s why.  She thought about it.

For this woman, dressing is not just something to do in the morning between showering and standing in line at the coffee shop.  It is a creative endeavor.  It is an opportunity for personal expression.  I guarantee you, she thought about the combination of textures and colors.  She thought about the way the rivets on the bag echo the metallic skirt.  Possibly, she thought about changing her shoes when she arrived at her destination.  If she grabbed these things blindly while brushing her teeth and just threw them on, I would posit that she is a sartorial savant. 

There seem to be a few kinds of looks that the Sartorialist features.  There’s the look that is primarily a testament to the wearer’s good taste.  Some of them seem to be mostly about attitude and effortlessness.  Some evoke a mood.  And, of course, because he is a great photographer, some of them are a little story in an image.

But I like the looks that seem to reflect the wearer’s personality and creativity, like today’s.  And this one.  And this one.  And these.  I find them inspiring, if not in the details, then in the spirit.  I get dressed every morning.  Why not make it an event?


9 Responses to Sartorially Speaking

  1. Oh I love The Sartorialist as well, and I only just found out about it less than a month ago, so you are so not late to the party.

  2. Ashley says:

    I was *just* thinking about this today as I was trying to decide what clothes to bring on a 2-week trip. I NEVER make an effort. I am so lazy about dressing. I really need to step it up.

  3. I am the furthest thing in the world from a “sartorialist.” If I could wear exactly the same thing every day and never have to think about my clothes…I would. Totally. With the exception of handknits (and maybe shoes, but only comfortable shoes), I just don’t care. Nonetheless, I do appreciate the artistry and creativity that people who do care put into their attire. I understand why they do. I feel that way about decorating and gardening. Just not clothes.

  4. whitney says:

    I love The Sartorialist, but only discovered it recently as well. I have to admit I don’t think all that much about what I wear…I’m in grad school, I can get away with t-shirts and cords, and if I did dress like the ladies in the Sartorialist pictures I think my colleages would wonder what the heck was going on. But it’s still very inspiring to look at, and maybe someday I’ll be more thoughtful about dressing myself.

    Love the new blog, by the way!

  5. Helen says:

    I love the Sartorialist, but I’m always amazed by how many comments it gets. Do that many people really take the time to comment on somebody else’s shoes? Silly question.

  6. Olga says:

    I also just found out about this website (from a male friend of mine, no less). Well, better late than never, I say! I love that picture of the girl in white with the scarf, and I agree that the pictures are very inspiring. You know I’m also in grad school, and the opportunities for dressing up are minimal…which is tragic! I love to pick out my outfits and think about clothes more than I’d like to admit, but I have to say, there’s no better mood-enhancer than dressing to kill. Fernando Lamas had it only half-right…if you look good, you will feel better.

    So now you now how shallow I really am. 🙂

  7. Ava says:

    An event indeed! I’ll look at my closet a little differently tonight.

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