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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On the Way to the Horse Track, Paris

She said that she was on the way to the horse track with her friend (the guy from this shot).

I didn't know people still dressed like this at the horse track.

Any insight as to why the Parisian horse racing community is so chic?

Comments on "On the Way to the Horse Track, Paris"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:09 AM) : 

the 'parisian horse racing community' sounds so whimsical. clearly they have to dress accordingly.

she is gorgeous.


Blogger O Whit said ... (10:10 AM) : 

She is so adorable!

I'd say the answer is in your question; it is PARISIAN horse racing.

Can't wait to get back to Paris!

LOVE your blog


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:15 AM) : 

how perfectly suited they are--they look like they belong together


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 AM) : 

Very cute ensemble! Reminds me of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.

But the pants are swimming on her; maybe she borrowed them from her guy friend?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:19 AM) : 

if a lady can be 'dashing', then she is just that.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 AM) : 

Why can I not get Diane Keaton out of my mind when I see her?


Anonymous tairclo said ... (10:24 AM) : 

" quel charme ! "


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 AM) : 

wonderful! not at all over the top, yet still sophisticated, smart, legère. somewhat reminds me of katharine hepburn in the 30s/early 40s. talk about "boyfriend"-jeans/pants/chic - really, it's been around for quite some time...


Blogger Brummagem Joe said ... (10:27 AM) : 

Of course people still dress to go to the horse track even if it's routine meetings and not the Prix de la Arc De Triomphe or some of the fancier events at Longchamps. Same in Britain. Obviously Ascot, the Derby, the Cheltenham Gold cup and Goodwood are fashion bonanzas but at most regular meetings during the day or at some of the evening meetings in the summer you'll see a lot of fashion plates. Nearer home you pay a visit to the Saratoga races.


Blogger blue roses said ... (10:33 AM) : 

wonderful amalgamation of soft urban femininity and bucolic attitude. love the hat and its casual angle on her head; wish i could see the shoes!

lovely woman.


Anonymous StreetstyleNews said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Sum up horse racing style all over the world with Parisian style and - voilà - you get the answer!


Blogger Hanna Persson said ... (10:40 AM) : 

I hope they do :)


Blogger Jules said ... (10:43 AM) : 

Love her hat, and the colouring of the whole outfit


Blogger Nicky Nick said ... (10:43 AM) : 

totally adore her fedora....LOVE IT!!! e details is jus a touch of chic-ness.. :p


Blogger Soren Lorensen said ... (10:44 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM) : 

you ought to make a trip to Saratoga next August. The only reason I go is to dress up! Big hats, seersucker, specators, its a total throw back.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM) : 

trés 16eme arrondissment - pas une grande chose


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53 AM) : 

Come to Lexington, Kentucky in the Spring and Fall racing season at Keeneland race track. Believe it or not, you will see a lot of well dressed individuals. You will also see those in jeans and t-shirts, but only in certain areas. Actually, coat and tie are required in the clubhouse area. My friend took off his tie to re-tie it and was approached immediately.


Blogger Brummagem Joe said ... (10:56 AM) : 

Interesting you mentioned her boyfriend who was the well dressed guy in another shot. Obviously a case of Likes attracting each other. She does look great. Definitely a look of Keaton or Hepburn as others have mentioned. The sort of woman I'd like to be seen with.......what more can I say.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (11:01 AM) : 

I have a feeling this woman would be chic in any environment. I love how this look combines earth colours, masculine influences and a gently worn feel.


Blogger sofiasophie said ... (11:02 AM) : 

she is "classe" without any effort, and with old and rag clothes...

BEautifull woman!


Anonymous Pickle Horwitz said ... (11:16 AM) : 

Alas, I cannot answer your question but I must do what I do best. Comment. Love the hat. Want the hat. Would look so great in that hat. Also, I adore the shirt and vest and coat lapel combination. From our vantage point this part is magazine perfection. The pants tell us, ordinary folk, that she's one of us.


Blogger Antonio Barros said ... (11:16 AM) : 

She looks adorable!!! The couple is so elegant!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Sart, is like this also in Rome. In Villa Borghese in the middle of the city.


Anonymous Ari said ... (11:20 AM) : 

Very 1930s, Indiana Jones era. Love the complementary brown and green. The fedora is jaunty. Karen Allen, Harrison Ford's co-star in Raiders, would be proud. I think the je ne sais quoi here is . . . joie de vivre to the max!


Blogger Jacqueline said ... (11:24 AM) : 

Love her blazer!


Blogger adam said ... (11:26 AM) : 

If you hail from Kentucky, and when you happen to be dressed like this, you are going to "the races", never the horse track.

just an FYI.


Blogger Emilie said ... (11:26 AM) : 

So chic!


Blogger juju ariel said ... (11:27 AM) : 

Is this a trick question?

...Because they're Parisian.


Blogger Joy Mars said ... (11:32 AM) : 

I love the green color. The brown with it. The whole thing: the fedora, blazer, vest and especially the looseness of the pants are GREAT!

This is one real woman who doesn't care to look emaciated. What a relief. Karl Lagerfeld said recently that people aren't interested in seeing curves on the runway. Try it, Karl. Try it some REALLY daring designer. You will be surprised.


Blogger Fashion Gossips said ... (11:44 AM) : 

Wonderfull and elegant!


Blogger Off the List said ... (11:45 AM) : 

My favourite shot of yours ever!

Was it a Sunday perhaps, the Prix de L'Arc at Longchamps...saying that she's probably a wee under dressed.

Love it love it love it.


Blogger SequinsandBangles said ... (11:51 AM) : 

I would say it is because it is Parisian! I love how vintage and masculine this outfit is, she almost reminds me of a stable boy from the 20's/30's. It is a beautiful look, one you rarely see at some of the more glamorous racing events. I would definitely wear something like this to my next race meeting!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:51 AM) : 

Great look, but... are the pants stained or am I wrong?.They just look a tad too much beyond worn for me.


Blogger Keith said ... (11:52 AM) : 

That is fantastic. I love it. She looks amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:02 PM) : 

i like that her pants are dirty..makes it more 'casual and carefree'


Blogger sevendialsgirl said ... (12:04 PM) : 

She's like Vita Sackville West mixed with a bit of modern day dyke dressing - in the best possible way. I am so jealous of her. I want to be in Paris again. The streets are to die for and every other person seems to a model of some kind or another.


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Blogger Marina, Chloé et Andy said ... (12:17 PM) : 

Love your blog, always following you.

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Blogger Chloé Mae said ... (12:18 PM) : 




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 PM) : 

I ALWAYS dress for the NY track, as does my husband-- and not just for Saratoga. Lots of snazzy owners and fans (and a lot of not-so-snazzy too, but that's part of the flavor). And there are some snazzy trainers (such as Francisco Costa's partner John DeStefano) and owners (Barry Schwartz is an owner!). Great people watching! Go to the Clubhouse.


Blogger Gil said ... (12:24 PM) : 

WONDERFUL!!! She looks so very much like Diane Keaton, on one of her good days.


Blogger Mr.G said ... (12:27 PM) : 

Great look! The hat is very cool!


Blog it! >>


Blogger Kate said ... (12:28 PM) : 

Amazing lighting in this shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:29 PM) : 

Very nice look; but, too bad it looks like a horse has run over her hat (or someone sat on it)-that hat's in need of a serious re-blocking...


Blogger Hawa said ... (12:33 PM) : 

i love that she has worn this without making the outfit look costume-y....i think her stance says a lot about how she wear the clothes and not the other way around....i don't even bother anazlyzing parisian style anymore....its just genetics


Blogger Daphne said ... (12:45 PM) : 

I'm madly in love with this- I want to dress this way every day!


Blogger Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said ... (12:45 PM) : 

love it, super chic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:51 PM) : 

I love it. Another Parisian whom with one fell swoop has outdone any of the socialites and social butterflies alike attending horse racing events in Australia. Here, at such events, the best of them look like they're going to a nightclub with a UFO hat; the worst look as though bound for a round drinks or twenty at the pub.

Thank you once again, France and Europe. There's no substitute for style.



Blogger Emily Rose said ... (12:51 PM) : 

so beautiful! I love that this is not "costumey" or "ironic" at all, as so many times it is when people attempt classic looks wearing all vintage. she does it beautifully


Blogger Iheartfashion said ... (12:53 PM) : 

Love it!


OpenID openzedoor said ... (12:54 PM) : 

That hat sets off the outfit, and the shade matches the trousers! But really the whole ensemble works because she looks so comfortable.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

She's too cute. Reminds me of any female lead in a Billy Wilder or Preston Sturges movie.


Blogger notanotherblog said ... (1:11 PM) : 

Oh my God it's Annie Hall! I love this blog!


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (1:15 PM) : 

Love everything except for the pants, which seem a bit too baggy. But the hat and vest are fantastic.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:26 PM) : 

Great hat and a great hat face! The slacks are a little.........sloppy? Too large? Totally cute!


Blogger the gorgeous said ... (1:26 PM) : 

The mix of the colours are amazing! I also love the hat and the pants! So elegant and casual at the same time.
As always you are an artist Scott!


Blogger Simone said ... (1:27 PM) : 

I am really liking this's a personal statement with clothes that looked loved and cherished aka well worn..inspired


Anonymous Manuel / Madrid said ... (1:35 PM) : 

Hi Sart,

do not know when you took the pic, Oct 3 & 4 was Arc weekend at Longchamp racecourse, the biggest occasion of the year. Proper outfit for Saturday (or almost any other racing day), a bit underdressed for Sunday, the big day, when the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is run.
Horse racing apart, she looks great.


Blogger Clara said ... (1:36 PM) : 

wow. I could not say anything about it because it is simply beautiful and chic.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:40 PM) : 

She is adorable, but in that, she looks more like she is going to work in the stables. Those trousers are stained and bleached and look just plain dirty. Never chic.


Blogger Francesca said ... (1:47 PM) : 

i am going to the hunt horserace this weekend in nj! i bet no one will look half as good as this one.

F> check out our blog, two girls in their early 20s living in nyc and chi bloggin all things fashion


Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (1:48 PM) : 

Looking at her you half expect her to have an English accent. Very winning looks on both her and her pal.


Blogger Sabine said ... (2:15 PM) : 

What a couple! Straight from an old English film. I think the slightly stained trousers make the whole look genuine.


Blogger RoyalEncoulet said ... (2:16 PM) : 

Ugh. Great but for the pants. If she only wore a skirt! Or pants that actually FIT.


Blogger Montreal Street Views said ... (2:27 PM) : 

She is cute as hell and looks great....from the waist up.
Face it, the French girls just have that "little something extra"!


Blogger Laurence John said ... (2:30 PM) : 

i like the grubby trousers.


Blogger manuel said ... (2:43 PM) : 

Pardon, "she says that she is wearing?


Anonymous Holly said ... (2:49 PM) : 

What I like about this and some of the other shots you have been showing lately is that you can find most of the pieces at thrift stores and I love thrift store shopping...I'm in!!!


Blogger Just me said ... (2:53 PM) : 

Lovely! :p


Anonymous Diana said ... (2:59 PM) : 

Great! Reminds me of the young Diana Rigg, especially her face!


OpenID marieantoinettecoco said ... (3:30 PM) : 

Like a lot....


Blogger Style Scanner said ... (3:32 PM) : 

Very Mrs Emma Peel.


Blogger Ruhvana and Flanelli said ... (3:33 PM) : 

Aah, awesome! I love love love this. I wish I could gho riding right now.



Anonymous AnaPt said ... (3:46 PM) : 

It makes me fly in time =)


Blogger SallyO said ... (4:15 PM) : 

What's so chic about saggy man pants on a woman?


Anonymous Free e-stajl said ... (4:22 PM) : 

Lovely to see that someone seems to take it seriously :) Why not!


Blogger Susan said ... (4:31 PM) : 

I love the look!!! But the pant seems kind of large..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:32 PM) : 

Does she have a farm in Africa?


Blogger LD said ... (4:49 PM) : 



Blogger Brigadeiro said ... (5:06 PM) : 

I wonder if everyone in the Parisian horse racing community dresses like it!


Blogger Ken's Lounge said ... (5:15 PM) : 

Chic? Really? The Annie Hall look is NOT back. Not in Paris or anywhere eles.


Blogger loie said ... (5:29 PM) : 

no no no, i'll be in lexington this weekend for keeneland, and it isn't just the parisians that look this good at the track.

(possibly just the parisians that don't have to try as hard :D)


Blogger Cassandra said ... (5:37 PM) : 

The hat!


Blogger MISS GLITZY said ... (5:50 PM) : 

It has to do with aristocracy's spirit and timeless elegance and taste.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 PM) : 

You still have many things to learn to learn about the parisian'll see that most people going to these events are such people...:)


Blogger Dorothy said ... (6:11 PM) : 

Very nice shot and she is lovely.

Dorothy from grammology


Blogger girlfryeday said ... (6:17 PM) : 

It's a little contrived for me. I know, shocking! Maybe just lose the hat?


Blogger Taylor said ... (6:50 PM) : 

So chic, and incredible lighting in this shot.


Blogger 3 o'clock POP said ... (7:10 PM) : 

just as chic as the sport should be... a requirement!


Anonymous Molly said ... (7:31 PM) : 

This doesn't scream, or even whisper, chic to me. Those trousers are wildly unflattering (maybe it's the way she's standing), but she looks outrageously bottom heavy.


Blogger Uniqua said ... (8:52 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:53 PM) : 

Paging Annie Hall! La-di-dah!


Blogger Fashion4Life said ... (9:15 PM) : 

i love:
*'parisian' anything!
*pants that fit and flatter

unfortunately, this pants/vest/jacket combo did not end up on my love list...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:23 PM) : 

Rather than chic I would call them blissfully unawear of the existence of flattering trousers, although the possibility of her derriere beeing as huge as it looks is still there.


Blogger MAISON CHAPLIN said ... (12:37 AM) : 

I looove her hat, so elegant! Paris <3



Blogger jennyfish said ... (12:45 AM) : 

I just watched Coco Avant Chanel last night, and between that and this photo I am totally loving the riding fashion!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:14 AM) : 

Grubby baggy trousers? Take a step back and look at the overall ensemble, ladies and germs.

The look is meant to emulate country style aristocracy of years gone by. She does it perfectly. A chasm away from the vulgar display of women rocking up to those events wearing short skirts, platforms and sombrero-like hats. She's gorgeous within and without.



Blogger Plus Belle Ma Vie said ... (3:00 AM) : 

Oh I love her style, her smile, her hat !

She's so fresh !

I love that picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 AM) : 

I feel like she was inspired by Diane Keaton in her woody allen times - Classy, I am just not sure if I like it...


Blogger Kiwi said ... (4:37 AM) : 

she looks like a fun person :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:50 AM) : 

I love this picture, its the fact that she looks relaxed with her casual stance even though she's wearing a blazer. I love the hat which makes you look also at the way the light catches her hair


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:55 AM) : 

to answer your question: because they are not americans.


Blogger whyioughtta said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Love, love, LOVE this photo.

"Any insight as to why the Parisian horse racing community is so chic?"

Because they're Parisian, silly. All the other adjectives in that phrase are irrelevant. You could as easily have saked "Any insight as to why the Parisian rat grooming/garden weeding/boot polishing/dental hygiene community is so chic?"


Blogger Gary K. said ... (3:13 PM) : 

Diane Keaton/Annie Hall!


Blogger sally brianna said ... (10:22 PM) : 

I just keep coming back to look at this photo. It is so wonderful.The hat, the blazer, the pants, her hair, her eyes...
Looking at her makes me happy!


Blogger emma said ... (6:30 AM) : 

oh, these pictures remind me of Hemingway's discritopn of going to the races in Paris in the late 20's. So inspirational.
thank you.


Blogger Claudia said ... (7:39 AM) : 

Diane Keaton in Annie Hall meets Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:14 AM) : 

Maybe you should know that Hermes, maybe the greatest luxury house today or maybe ever , started as saddle makers and other horse riding stuff. There's a strong link between all things horsy and being chic in France, not only in Paris..
BTW, It's the same phenomenon in Australia though admittedly, not that chic..


Blogger kerfuffler said ... (9:26 AM) : 

I wish more people wore hats! But....
the sleeves of her jacket are too tight. Look how much the fabric bunches just under her shoulders, and she is not even lifting her arms. This has been a trend the last couple of years. Any woman with a bicep is likely to have difficulty finding a blazer that allows any freedom of movement whatsoever. This woman is not heavy, her arms are not fat. The designers need to stop imposing this highly restrictive set of proportions on women.


Blogger Teresa @ good-grace said ... (9:48 AM) : 

Love the waist coat... and yes, Gary K. ... soooo very Annie Hall. (no wonder I love it!)


Blogger ethan said ... (8:14 PM) : 

am i mistaken or can you buy a fine saddle at hermes?


Blogger Selmyra said ... (10:54 AM) : 

the coat is amazing , but
this whole outfit look like a builder's


Blogger dylan said ... (1:15 PM) : 

Thankfully horse racing is one classic Parisian tradition that has scarcely changed--- couture-wise.

If you're in Paris in the next few weeks before it gets too cold, stop by the Longchamp Hippodrome for some great fun. I went recently with my best friend (we're both here on exchange from the states) and we were awed by the endless beautifully coordinated hats and outfits. Some women wear hats that match their shoes that match their husbands' ties that match the horse they're betting on. Very fun to see and participate in!

If you go, we'll be the american girls with the significantly less flamboyant hats!


Blogger Vivian said ... (6:47 PM) : 

Hermes sponsers a lot of their races... hence the chicness


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:13 AM) : 




Anonymous Filuzi said ... (11:28 AM) : 

That's Coco's heritage!


Anonymous Hannah Marie said ... (9:26 AM) : 

I once worked at Cheltenham Horse races for a weekend as a temp, and people certainly didn't dress like this! It was all tweed, waxed jackets and baker boy caps... very uniform, and very well-to-do British! What a difference a few miles makes! I'd be interested to get inside and see if it was as uniform as what I saw.


Blogger nadya said ... (8:20 AM) : 

The hat is chic


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