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Sunday, October 22, 2006

At The Saks Event in San Francisco

I love the exuberance of this young girl's look. She is not a size 4 and she is not making excuses.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 PM) : 

She is quite beautiful


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:46 PM) : 

She is adorable!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:49 PM) : 

and she is not wearing all black!




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 PM) : 

A lot sexier than the waifs that prowl the runway.


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

And why even make a comment about her weight? It's about time we all got over this, style has nothing to do with size.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:19 PM) : 

i think it's bizarre that you would even mention the fact that she's NOT a size 4, because, like...who is? (besides the celebs and models and fashion editors you shot for what is bizarre is that her size is even mentioned because, while she may not be a 4 -- she is also not a 16. she has a very average and healthy body... why not dress it up???


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:38 PM) : 

How refreshing! I would love to see more "not size 4s" in all their fashionable glory.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:42 PM) : 

Real people are always nice to see, and the world is not just devoted to the small, thin. This woman looks very comfortable in her skin..


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (3:17 PM) : 

I only mention size because I get emails asking to shoot more women that are bigger than a size 4.

I will continue to shoot only what i like regardless of size but I am always happy to see style in all different sizes packages.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:22 PM) : 

She's fabulous. The mix of the fur and the print on the dress is so funky and daring.


Blogger The Vintagent said ... (3:42 PM) : 

It's funny how tastes change; in clothes, haircuts, body shape, etc. Up until the late 50's this woman would have been considered a '10', as the look was all about curves. She is still gorgeous, and knows how to dress.


Blogger The-E-Babes said ... (3:45 PM) : 

Ugh. People are too testy and sensitive. I like "not a size 4". I like the statement in itself. I think I will claim it next time I share measurements or when someone asks my size, which they do in my business -"Well thank you for asking. I am not a size 4". Sart, thankfully you still live in a world (even if it was just an e-world) where you can shoot who you want, when you want, why you want. It's all about your eye and desire from size 0 - 24.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:38 PM) : 

She has great individual style...combined with the best fashion accessory there is............a BIG smile!!!


Blogger abovo99 said ... (4:41 PM) : 

Yes, She is not size 4. So what? She is even more beautiful than all the size 4s who don't eat.

Way to go, girl!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:29 PM) : 

About time a photo of a girl who is not stick thin (and I don't say this due to my size - I'm a 2). But women come in thousands of beautiful sizes and shapes and I personally would love to see a representation of them all here.

Thanks - she is beautiful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:44 PM) : 

This is how curvy women should dress - they should own their shape! Don't try to squeeze into skinny jeans, because they just won't suit you... instead look to the past, to feminine dresses, and v necks and everything that emphasises your curves and show off everything you have that Kate Moss doesn't!


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

Thank you Sart. She's really cute, and it makes me happy just to look at her.

Many of the really skinny ones on your blog just look ill to me. Of course, not all skinny people look unhealthy at all; some do because they've starved themselves down to an unnatural size and it shows. But happily not this young woman!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 PM) : 

She looks quite nice. Particularly her smile. It's a wide one, the best size there is for smiles.


Blogger 'signorina' said ... (9:45 PM) : 

Wow, and ruching can be so hard to pull off. She looks great - and the coat is Carrie Bradshaw-esque...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:58 PM) : 

Is it just me or does she look a lot like Winnie from The Wonder Years?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:52 PM) : 

it's funny how obsessed with weight and wanting to be be skinny americans are. since most americans are overweight (actually more like obsese) they want to be closer to something they are not/what they view as closer to what they think is ideal. americans are also lazy and horribly spoiled. i am american by the way. SF born and bred!
oh, and i love this girl! great cool style and cute curves!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:48 AM) : 

just responding to catherine's post:
I'm curvy and wear skinny jeans and i'm not squeezing into them...its sad that girl's with bigger sizes get pegged for "sqeezing" into clothing. I'm a size 7 and I found the skinny jeans in my size.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:52 AM) : 

ok, johanna - I just checked out your link and you're telling the truth! Perhaps they make jeans better in the US - here in Sydney I've seen a little too much "muffin-top" action for my liking!
But seriously, I guess I was just trying to say: play up your best assets, and don't feel you have to be something you're not :)


Blogger jj said ... (12:23 PM) : 

I've seen larger women rock the skinny jeans look with no muffin top, and smaller women do it poorly. People have to remember that fit is king and to always respect the shape of their body. Not all looks will work on all women. The young lady in this picture looks gorgeous because put her own particular look together, with respect and love for herself. It's not about the size and it's not about any particular piece.


Blogger Max said ... (12:24 PM) : 

A flattering, stylish outfit from someone who has to work a little harder. Well played!


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

Love the outfit - pattern and texture make that dress playful and fun! Of course, the pretty young woman wearing the dress is what makes it come alive.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:59 PM) : 

she looks like danica mckellar (winnie cooper from the wonder years)


Blogger Carla said ... (1:01 PM) : 

I'm happy to see San Francisco representing so splendidly. I very briefly went to the SF event (I could only stay 15 minutes into the reception beforehand) but I was studiously checking all my neighbors on BART and the street on my way to and fro, hoping The Sartorialist would get to see some of the splendid ladies who were out and about that day, but I didn't see her--even with the fur she's glorious!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:52 PM) : 

yes she is lovely and warm and sexy, and the photo captures that wonderfully.

the only thing about this post that irks me is your saying 'she's not a size 4', as if...well, as if most of your readers are, as if most people who appreciate clothing and style are, and as if to say that she deserves extra points somehow managing to pull off a nice outfit while carrying flesh on her bones. i'm sure that's not what you intended, but the impact of the line is such.

i think that, you know, ten years ago we were in a cultural moment where to say, 'look. here's a deliciously dressed size 14, from her YSL shoes to her perfectly coiffed hair,' was a bit more...appropriate. we were just warming up to plus-size models and new (yet totally classic and traditional) examples of beauty.

but now, let's push past that and keep the wheel moving forward. that kind of 'pointing out' is somewhat dated. yes, its refreshing to see a thicker female figure applauded in the fashion world...but why not just celebrate her style as a woman, period? i think it would do all of us--men, curvy women, thin women--a greater service.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:07 PM) : 

Thank you, Sartorialist! I very much appreciated this lovely photo and your comment - you will only shoot what moves you regardless of size. I rarely see bigger women dressed smartly in Manhattan. I don't think they allow them on the island. Elsewhere, these women exist - they live beautifully in their own skin. I think a lack of well designed clothing 'over size 4' is a problem. Why do designers ignore what would obviously be a lucrative market?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

Part of what I like about her look is indeed the overt appreciation of the beauty of "ample". In a time where clothes are often deemed flattering and in good taste simply because of their potential of slimming a figure down, she seems to enjoy another aesthetic. I guess that's what you already said with "she is not making excuses". Not just her being unapologetic, but something much firmer. The prevailing trend is ultimately just a trend, not a style, not her style.

Gorgeous hair as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:31 PM) : 

beautiful!! she looks like some kind of sultry songstress...glamour personafied!


Blogger Ana Santiago said ... (6:05 PM) : 

Regardless of size, she's got style and that's what matters. I applaud her self-knowledge! (you can tell she knows her shpae and dresses for it). I wish I can model that healthy attitude for my daughter.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 PM) : 

The woman is beautiful, but I don't like her outfit.


Blogger Miss J said ... (11:36 PM) : 

She's gorgeous and I love that coat! She certainly knows how to dress. I like the mix of the pattern of the dress with the pattern of the bag and coat. Its quite unexpected. There's something about her that reminds me of Margherita Missoni


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:07 AM) : 


'there's something about her that reminds me of' Silvana Mangano, or Claudia Cardinale, or Sofia Loren or...!!! helas! Ana Magnani!

Congratulations to 'the Sartorialist'


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:47 AM) : 

She looks like Salma Hayek, healthy, glowy, sexy and very smart. A like the fur, her hair, her style. Gorgeous !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:01 AM) : 

You didn't happen to get her phone number? She is gorgous and so is the outfit. Can't go poast that smile.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:46 PM) : 

Is it just me or does it seem like bigger women can wear fur easier than very skinny girls? It's easy for a stick-thin girl to look trashy in a big fur, but on a voluptuous girl they always look great! (To me, anyway)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:11 PM) : 

She has a winning attitude and face, and it is nice to see someone who's not a super-waif. However, the dress is a bit amiss. Perhaps someone advised her that rouching would serve to de-emphasize her middle. However, the cut of that dress seems to *emphasize* her middle. She needs a dress that flatters her more and fits her better.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:11 PM) : 

Gorgeous! And she knows the trick to looking sexy without looking desperate: you don't have to show so much skin if you dress to fit your shape, and (as mentioned) wear a big smile when appropriate.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:08 AM) : 

I like the unexpected combination of the dress and the fur. I also like her hair...kind of Rita Hayworth-esque.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:24 PM) : 

Love this site and love the girl's sweet smile. Do not love the flower and leopard patterns other then in small amounts and definately, not together.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:41 AM) : 

Rather dashful, how real women should look, take a leaf out of her book, this girl certainly knows fashion and isn't afraid to show it.


Anonymous Liz said ... (1:47 PM) : 

I thought this was Selma Hayek for a second....

I wouldn't mind seeing more "real" body types - everyone (except some of the older men featured) is thin. I would ALSO like to see more body types featured without the need to even point it out. Pointing out that she's not a size 4 is a lot like pointing out an interracial couple: it's simply not required anymore. Cheers!


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