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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On the Street....Tompkins Square Park, New York

The Lower East Side and especially Tompkins Square Park has been on fire lately. Such a great variety of style is blooming in the park right now.

This is Claire. She is wearing a hand-me-down dress from her mother. I love the wispy little summer dresses that are starting to appear but a more tailored, shaped dress like this is sooo flattering. To me this is vintage at its best; it draws inspiration from the past without feeling "costumey."

Tonight you will see a photo of 87 year-old artist KC Rowland; he's like the orignal Prada. Tweed hat, tortoise glasses, snake ring, Cuban shirt and leather sandals with socks. He's a true original.

Comments on "On the Street....Tompkins Square Park, New York"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:38 AM) : 



Anonymous Lauren said ... (9:41 AM) : 

What a sweet photo! The shaped dress is indeed very flattering. I love to see vintage done well and it's wonderful to know a little of the back story, too.

The Styleseer


Anonymous The Bohmerian said ... (9:46 AM) : 

So pretty and innocent! Love it!!


Blogger Mi estilo, mi moda!!! said ... (9:47 AM) : 

Que look lindo e simples! Tem estilo a menina!
Loved the look, simple and cute! She´s got style!


Blogger Reptilia said ... (9:47 AM) : 

She looks so cute! Love her dress! Amazing photo.



Blogger urban muser said ... (9:48 AM) : 

love that park, and love this shot!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:48 AM) : 

very lady-like and lovely, in a very modern and bohemian sense of the word. unusual and different, poetic and earthy...perfection!


Blogger Elizabeth Benfield said ... (9:52 AM) : 

just lovely!


Blogger Paul said ... (9:54 AM) : 

So demure! And the lighting is amazing :-)


Blogger Marcel Da Chump said ... (9:55 AM) : 

The artistry of the print makes me think of Sonia Delaunay.

Definitely not the Tompkins Square Park of my younger days.


Blogger Isidor said ... (9:56 AM) : 

I really like this picture.

it's obvious she's in on it, so I want to ask a question.

When meeting people that you want a picture of, how do you approach them? How do you ask them to participate in your picture?`

Thanks for all the inspiration!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:56 AM) : 

I love the way she is looking at you ! She has a real "frimousse" SunnySide


Blogger Rachel said ... (9:57 AM) : 

I love vintage dresses. My mom gave my sister and I some and I still wear them all the time!


Blogger Rosa and Carlotta: Illustrated-Moodboard said ... (9:59 AM) : 

such a lovely picture :)
I love her dress btw!





Blogger Davidikus said ... (10:01 AM) : 

The great thing about vintage is indeed being able to use great designs from the past, those seem to be timeless (within reasons!)

I get compliments very regularly on my 1970s-1980s & 1990s Lanvin suits! I could probably wear them forever.

Shapely summer dresses are nice too. I like shape; clean shapes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

couldn't find who's he? but sounds promising
can't wait...


Blogger Simplizers said ... (10:07 AM) : 

I love her hair style very much. I saw this style many many time; however, going with this dress, it looks amazingly stylish and different. She is beautiful as well. I wish I could make friend with her.


Anonymous This is Belgium said ... (10:16 AM) : 

how wonderful to be right there and have a daily show of 'variety of style blooming' daily in front of the camera


Blogger Something White said ... (10:21 AM) : 

Very feminine dress indeed. I don´t like shapeless dresses. Lovely vintage touch!


Blogger Melina said ... (10:31 AM) : 

sooo cuute…I have to admit that I am falling in love with your blog.

Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 AM) : 

i love your blog, always a window of inspiration


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:41 AM) : 

She looks so polished and neat. I have to agree, clothes my mother used to wear at my age were more tailored and put together. It seems that the mass production of clothes have left very little time for all these important details!


Blogger Nomadic D. said ... (10:41 AM) : 

So sweet. Love it.


Blogger Angel said ... (10:50 AM) : 

Very cute and simple.

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Anonymous Carole (NY etc.) said ... (10:53 AM) : 

Wow I love the dress. It also has the advantage of being unique. So many look alikes when it comes to changing seasons... The girl is so cute!


Blogger pRiyA said ... (11:01 AM) : 

This must be one of the most beautiful photos ever on The Sartorialist.


Blogger comme fraiche said ... (11:03 AM) : 

this is one hand-me-down dress that Marc Jacobs would approve of. It looks very current and the young lady wears it well.


Blogger Em said ... (11:05 AM) : 

So simple and pretty, definitely vintage at its best


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:05 AM) : 

I wish my friend Milena from Rotterdam would dress like this. AMAZING!!


Blogger Kate said ... (11:08 AM) : 

love the tailored vintage look, so classy


Anonymous arielle kepler said ... (11:09 AM) : 

i love claire - great energy to have around the tompkins square neighborhood. great shot!



Blogger clothREvisited said ... (11:13 AM) : 

BEAUTIFUL vintage dress--and the fact that it is a hand-me-down from her mother makes it even more serendipitous!


Blogger Ann said ... (11:14 AM) : 

lovely....looks like a real vintage photo...


Blogger Purple Panda said ... (11:17 AM) : 

it's very stylish yet subtle,I absolutely love it!


Blogger songbird said ... (11:18 AM) : 

love how the sunlight illuminates her hair


Blogger Dandy Man said ... (11:22 AM) : 

Cool sihouette, great fit on the sholuders and the shoes and hair mary beautifully! Great photo.


Blogger Prisoner of Fashion said ... (11:32 AM) : 

great. I liked it a lot.



Anonymous Lucia said ... (11:54 AM) : 

I love that she is wearing flats. Vintage dress with high heels usually looks costumey. I am bored with heels right now, skirts look better with flats, flares looks better with flats, only skinny jeans looks great with heels :D


Blogger Mila said ... (12:10 PM) : 

She's so cute! Love her dress!


Blogger Kathleen said ... (12:14 PM) : 

Lovely--sweetness, modesty, restraint.


Anonymous s said ... (12:15 PM) : 


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Blogger beesandbugs said ... (12:21 PM) : 

The girl is so beautiful and the dress really suits her :)


Blogger Lizzy Frizzfrock said ... (12:31 PM) : 

Darling girl & she looks so lovely in her mom's dress. Feminine!


Blogger caribbelle said ... (12:35 PM) : 

bring on KC Rowland. :)

I love her demeanor, in addition to the fit of this dress.


Anonymous Caroline said ... (1:04 PM) : 

I love how the light comes across in the picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 PM) : 

Very nice!


Blogger Selina. said ... (1:31 PM) : 


love, selina


Blogger Annushka said ... (1:34 PM) : 

Picture like magic, like a fairytale)


Anonymous Edit by Lauren said ... (1:37 PM) : 

This girl is so warm and inviting. It is so wonderful that she is able to wear her mother's vintage things. Sometimes those are the best fashion finds!


Blogger Drew! said ... (1:38 PM) : 

this photo just evokes everything that is great about spring/summer clothing and the weather that allows us to wear it...just great! love that early evening light =D


Anonymous kamo said ... (1:43 PM) : 

The Sartorialist used "sooo" in a sentence?! Beautiful dress but that shocked me even more. Garance must be rubbing off on you ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:55 PM) : 

I need that dress! She made it fabulous by wearing it with those sandals.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:25 PM) : 

So lovely! I love that she's also wearing a dainty watch which looks vintage. Her whole look is so well put together!


Blogger Irina Sevastianova Photography said ... (2:26 PM) : 

soo cute :)


Blogger missy said ... (2:32 PM) : 

I love the dress and also couldn't help noticing that her hair style is one that could have been worn by her mother at the time she wore the dress.


Blogger thwany said ... (2:37 PM) : 

just gorgeous.


Anonymous Best of Beehive said ... (3:07 PM) : 

I never would have thought this was a hand-me-down and I think that speaks to the quality of the dress and how she wears it.


Anonymous meenal @ maison marigold said ... (3:12 PM) : 

she has just the personality to do justice to the vintage sweet and simple..xx meenal


Blogger thethirddimension said ... (3:14 PM) : 

The simplicity of this dress brings to mind a new clothing line out of California, Cityzen Green.


Blogger Beatrice B. said ... (3:15 PM) : 

she's gorgeous not only because of her dress...


Blogger Ms LadyCakes said ... (3:33 PM) : 

Beautiful girl in a beautiful dress.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:38 PM) : 

Now that's style--the dress seems to suit her perfectly--but what I find most intriguing here is her expression. You must have a terrific rapport with your subjects; she looks shy, but also delighted and proud to be photographed. The resulting image is just lovely.

(I can see the dress looking great with Docs and a denim jacket for fall, too.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:49 PM) : 

A million miles from the TSP I remember.


Anonymous mon sac by me said ... (4:00 PM) : 

Lovely and charming dress ! Bravo for her mother !


Blogger Angeles Almuna said ... (4:04 PM) : 

Beautiful! and refresh....good idea without to much .....


Anonymous mon sac by me said ... (4:06 PM) : 

Nice girl, nice flattering dress, bravo for her mother !


Blogger Miles said ... (4:31 PM) : 

i was just there yesterday! wish i had walked by. great pic


Blogger Miles said ... (4:33 PM) : 

I was just there yesterday eating my lunch! Wish I had the right timing. Great pic, love the dress. Simple.


Anonymous Elisabeth - Everything's Better with Frosting said ... (4:45 PM) : 

She looks so sweet! Love the vintage dress. And that long flowy hair is the perfect finishing touch.


Anonymous steve said ... (5:16 PM) : 

i love the way she is wearing the watch. her posture is quite nice.
the field of focus causes the subject to rise from the ground and into the backlight...quite nice photography.


Blogger Liz S said ... (5:36 PM) : 

Wow--this is really "smart casual" wear. If something looks good it's never "out of fashion". I am so glad vintage is slowly losing its negative perception.


Blogger cocktailvintage said ... (6:05 PM) : 

love the dress!! and the light of the pic. lovely!


Blogger M said ... (6:11 PM) : 

She really is beautiful. The lighting in this shot is gorgeous, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:35 PM) : 

This photo and it's subject are stunning. I hate to call you on this but Tomkins is in the east village not on the lower east side


Anonymous andrea said ... (7:43 PM) : 

My ancestral homeland! My mom was born on 8th st between avenues B and C. I can't help but feel that the pulse of that neighborhood was passed down to me and still courses through my veins and inspires me daily (even though I live uptown).


Blogger un peu de gâteau said ... (10:10 PM) : 

the pattern and the neckline are so delicate and subtle. so lovely!


Blogger Gabriel said ... (10:22 PM) : 

Lovely. absolutely lovely. This proves Style need not be complex.


Blogger Aubrey and Melissa said ... (11:59 PM) : 

So sweet and innocent. Unique dress.


Blogger Evan said ... (12:32 AM) : 

Poka Dot Beauty


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:43 AM) : 

wow <3


Anonymous nick said ... (1:02 AM) : 

model (face specifically) almost exactly resembles vintage photo of the grandmother from India two posts down. life is weird


Anonymous Marisa Alma said ... (1:30 AM) : 

The guy is cool, however my personal fashion hot button, especially living in the land of the supernerds (Silicon Valley), is sandals with socks. A real turnoff for me. No one can make it work.

He looked great until you got to his feet.....sandals demand bare feet!


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (4:01 AM) : 

what a cute and sweet girl, great photo!


Blogger Shanti Pranadi said ... (4:02 AM) : 

Lovely vintage dress.. I love it!!


Anonymous helenanr said ... (4:49 AM) : 

Lovely dress!! In Oysho there lovely dresses too!!


Anonymous Charlie Lyons-Jones said ... (5:10 AM) : 

If only girls at my school would wear numbers like that...


Blogger Bernd said ... (6:41 AM) : 

awesome, just awesome.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:16 AM) : 

fell in love with her. modest mode^^


Blogger john said ... (8:12 AM) : 

Very simple and innocent yet beautiful. Vintage dresses are always cool.
-business pictures


Blogger ¿Por qué Chile? said ... (9:20 AM) : 

It's Maria from West Side... really very sweet.


Anonymous The Styley said ... (10:50 AM) : 

Love this photo.

The Lower East Side has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city (if not my favorite). I lived there when I was in graduate school and loved walking around people-watching when I wasn't buried in books.


Blogger monkeyshines said ... (1:44 PM) : 

classy + dandy!


Blogger JAKARECH said ... (2:30 PM) : 

that lighting is gorgeous! love the photo and love the outfit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:19 PM) : 

Sweet look, sweet story. It's always wonderful when you add a bit of back story to your photos.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:17 AM) : 

Love it! Beautiful, natural, simple, not contrived like many of the looks on the street. Makes me want to talk to her.


Blogger Patrícia Silvério said ... (8:23 AM) : 

Love her style!~


Blogger BigBagGirl said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Sooo cute! A little bit bohemian... little bit delicate... Like this shot!!

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Blogger Bloggablegirl said ... (12:15 AM) : 

Now I need that dress!Très romantique!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:43 AM) : 

She is so innocentlooking and beatiful.


Blogger André said ... (7:54 PM) : 

The 100th commentator might be in love by now. Pretty :)


Blogger Cristiana Nunes said ... (10:30 AM) : 

So sweet and simple. Such a natural beauty!


Blogger StyleCandy said ... (2:20 PM) : 

So beautiful


Blogger dash said ... (2:33 AM) : 

East Village.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:58 PM) : 

Claire, you're looking lovely!
-one of your Vassar classmates.


Anonymous Macrobid said ... (5:37 PM) : 

nice photo i am impressed .because good style of photo. very good .


Anonymous Macrobid said ... (5:42 PM) : 

nice photo for lover because very nice photo ,i am impressed .....


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

sorry, yuck. Frumpy. You were on an espresso high...


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