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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Just A Thought

Within the whole make-over discussion, a lot of people said that they felt this idea went against the core of The Sartorialist mission statement (so to speak).

Actually it is at the very core and basically the reason the blog started in the first place.

I have always said that the reason I started the blog was because i was not feeling inspired by the guys I was seeing in magazines.

I was wanting to refine my own style so i went out with my camera and started taking pictures (initially of men) that I thought would help me and inspire me in my choices. Actually, I was the first Sartorialist make-over.

I took a chance and shared the photos because i thought other guys might be feeling the same way. In two years I have received lots of emails from people that have done their own makeovers or refinements inspired by images they have seen on this blog.

I am very happy to share and celebrate other peoples personal style but I have always said that abstract inspiration was the core of my views and decisions.

I cannot honestly say that I have captured these subjects "personal style" because most of them I simply don't know from Adam. I could have easily caught them on their best or worse day ever, but once I decide to take a picture I try to take the best photograph I can given the conditions. With a little luck and hard work I think I have gotten pretty good at capturing more than just the clothes but the spirit of why I was attracted to that subject in the first place.

Is this all based on my judgments?
Of course, I am the only one here at The Sartorialist but because of the blog format it can create a great discussion and inspiration for lots of people.

Just a thought

Comments on "Just A Thought"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

We love you for it, Sart.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

It really is about the inspiration, I know that is what this site has been for me. A movement from my typical blue jeans and tshirts to really thinking about what I put on each day and what that says about me.

Most of us don't know you from Adam either, we can't tell you what your mission should be. It's all up to you. So don't be daunted by all of the negative out there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 AM) : 

I totally agree. This is your "house". And thank you for everything, keep on...
Raquel (Portugal)


Blogger Caroline said ... (10:12 AM) : 

Good sir,

First of all, I always enjoy seeing your photographs and comments on the various ensembles that you capture all over the world. It provides me with inspiration to try new combinations of colours or styles.

Second, I think it is completely acceptable to design a makeover for a photograph subject. Even the most stylish person can use recommendations and feedback on their clothes. As long as the criticism is considerate and constructive, why not?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 AM) : 

of course at the end of the day, you are free to do whatever you want. and i'm certain that the result of the makeover would be stunning.

but i still personally don't think it's a good idea.



Blogger ATX Style said ... (10:19 AM) : 

On a recent Saturday morning, my fiancée, formerly a fashion victim, and I sat and perused your blog for two hours checking out aspects of the men’s wear he liked and choosing looks for him come this summer. Seeing real men on the street helped him put fashion into context and inspired him to work harder on his own style. Thank you for that!

Please, ignore the naysayer’s, this blog is beyond that nonsense.


Blogger natalie said ... (10:20 AM) : 

Wow. That got taken a little overboard, huh Sart. Lighten up everybody. The only one with a valid opinion on the subject would be dear Phoenix. I think you are giving her a great opportunity if she wants it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:20 AM) : 

Oh yes! Your blog changed my style. I thought that I had decent style but when I saw the pictures on your blog, I thought man this is true style! So thank you. Your blog inspired me to change my style and make it better!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:20 AM) : 

I moved from New York to a City where
there is absolutely no sense of style or real fashion. I start each and every day with your work.Your vision and perspectives have kept me inspired and I absolutely love what you do.Just a bump in the road. Thank
you. With much appreciation.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:21 AM) : 

i wish i m that gal n get ur advice from styling!
cant wait to c the foto!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 AM) : 

Long time reader, first time poster here, would just like to say that I think your makeover plans are a really good continuation of what you've been doing, and I'd love to see the results.

I've been using your photoes as inspiriation for my own outfits for a while now too! The photoes you put up are far more interesting then most of the dull, uninspirational stuff in the shops and magazines.


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (10:26 AM) : 

I agree with you!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 AM) : 

I agree that it is your web site, and you can do as you wish. But I thought that the point of taking all these wonderful shots is that you are seeking out great street style and showing it as is. Which I use for inspiration also. The girl in the shot is really beautiful, and her outfit was fine. It was "a certain look" that I see all over the city. The thing is, if the girl WANTS a makeover, that is a different story. If you stopped me on the street, however, I would be extremely flattered at getting validation from you that i had great style, which I think I do, but don't always feel so secure in. (Bill Cunningham took my pic 2 weeks ago, and made my day). But I guess there is always room for improvement, to be the best you can be.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM) : 

I think what people didn't like was that the "make-over" was fairly critical and seemed at polar odds with the blog's tone from day one. It is wonderful that people are inspired to make themselves over from seeing posts, but to prescribe a make-over seems pretentious.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:34 AM) : 

What you meant this site to be, and what it is, do not necessarily have to be the same thing. I think a lot of people interpret this site as a positive "celebration" for individuals' style. You have historically shot people where you liked what they were wearing and how they wore it. I riled at the makeover idea (and still do) because it deviates from this. I don't want to know what criticisms you would make for the many people you see that are not worthy sartorialist candidates. There is enough criticism in the blogosphere already.

Other commenters like the idea and so more power to them and you. I don't. I don't mean anything personal by it and when you made the makeover post, you asked for feedback. It does seem like you've taken this a bit personally, and why wouldn't you? I mean, we all take things personally and I don't believe for a moment that Phoenix hasn't read this with some feeling of lead in her stomach. Commenters can say critical things about the subjects in your posts, but I'd prefer it if you didn't...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 AM) : 

Just on the vein of make-overs, generally: From the viewpoint of someone totally new to fashion, I think they're invaluable. Sure, I can look at these pics all day and think "geez, yeah, those yellow specs are an awesome flourish to his look" - but knowing what doesn't work (objectively) is a prerequisite for setting off what does (objectively and personally).

I don't know if this blog has the room to shoulder a more "instructional" perspective, but insofar as it can/should, I think the commentary on the bad and/or ugly is really helpful.


Blogger marie said ... (10:36 AM) : 

My mom always told me: "If you've got nothing good to say then say nothing at all" Not that people shouldn't share negative feedback, but come on. Your blog is awesome, inspiring, and if you've offered a free makeover, that is a great gift. It's up to her to take it or leave it. I'm jealous of her, you obviously have "the eye". But since you are going ahead with the makeover, it's obvious she graciously agreed! Good for her!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 AM) : 

Your blog is definitely inspirational, the pictures are a pleasure to look at (even when I would not wear what the subject is wearing), and I'm not worried about Phoenix - I don't think she'll look like a fashion clone after the makeover; I know you can do better than that.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 

Whether accolades or criticism, the fact that people put in their opinion, is proof that this blog's presence is felt... and of course the hard part would be there- expectations.
Deal with them, Sart, and carry on.


Blogger Gershon said ... (10:41 AM) : 

I'm glad that you haven't fallen in to the trap of feeling superior to others now that you have refined your style. I think your current project proves that you wish to share your love for design with others. I support your effort and wish you luck.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:43 AM) : 



Blogger SocialKeys said ... (10:44 AM) : 

What I love about your work, is the photographs never look contrived. When individuals are painted in a different light and captured through an alternative lens, they can in turn see themselves in a way that they may have never foreseen or thought possible. Makeovers are a way of peeling away one's different layers (some unknown) in order to find the core and the piece that is going to bring it all together and form a whole. I think you find this combination of spirit and seemingly effortless style in your photographs. In a sense, the girl you were going to make-over is missing something in the photograph. That "something" is what you usually find and display in all of your work.

And, as far as inspiration, you definitely provide that daily. I am checking every morning for the arrival of your shopping list! I am looking forward to your artistic make-overs in the future if you decide to perform them. I know they will be brilliant.


Blogger Fashionstyle said ... (10:49 AM) : 

Well done!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:52 AM) : 

I love to see your photos, whether or not I agree with the choice. Many are inspiring to me and it might just be the color of the building or the look of the tree behind the person as well as what they're wearing or their haircut. I read tons of magazines and love seeing their take on things - especially the overpriced euro ones, unfortunately - but your blog is something different and great and one of the few i look at every day. Thank you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Wow, it's really amazing how worked up people got about a little makeover. Personally, I love the idea & look forward to seeing the results!


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

i for one can't wait to see what you come up with.

it's your site, ignore the negative people!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:03 AM) : 

Well done you for not being swayed by peoples' ideas of what you are about. That would just be ridiculous.
Since I read about the impending makeover I have been musing about how you or someone else would make me over and what directions I should go in ... it's got me thinking about my style which is useful and great.


Blogger The Spicers said ... (11:15 AM) : 

I see no contradiction in the Sartorialist makeover, given that she's obviously a willing participant and approached you as a fan of the blog. If you approached random people on the street and offered to make them over, that might not go over so well...


Blogger ita darling. said ... (11:21 AM) : 

In a small town in Texas in the early 90's the only place i could find classic tracy hepburn style chinos, with a wider leg, & flater front- was to drive 90 miles to a larger town and go to a mall and buy them from a men's specialty store.

The girls in my sorority did not approve and took me aside one evening to tell me that i should try "more feminine" looks.

I regret the day I ever put on ankle cut pleated khakis to please those b*#$*@!s.

On the other hand, in another place and time someone could've approached me and suggested that i tailor them closer to my frame, wear them with a taller espadrille wedge or generally help refine *my* style instead of changing it.

The sorority did have positive effects on my style- (eyebrow shaping & regular pedicures)
life is funny who you encounter and how they can affect you.

just my two cents.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 AM) : 

"Abstract inspiration" is definitely why I enjoy visiting The Sartorialist every day. While I wouldn't rush out and buy a head-to-toe "look," your wonderful photos give my wardrobe new life in new combinations ... and make me a smarter shopper. The street scene is part of the fun of visiting big cities -- thanks so much for bringing this energy and inspiration to us.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 AM) : 

You are so right, Scott. I am Brazilian and live in Sao Paulo. Regardless of different seasons in both hemispheres (why don´t you come to Southern?), your blog and comments are very useful to me.

So, even when the weather here it´s not that cold how it seems up there and I cannot wear scarves and trench coats, I search inspiration through your photos to find myself.

Evidently, whenever I change my hair cut or my pants' lengths inspired by the blog, I don´t change my personality, neither my perspective of who I am. As a matter of fact, it brings me more refined and sophisticated sense of style, I guess.

Also, love the poetry in your photos!

For all, I think your job is 'super duper'. Hang in there ... and think about coming to Brazil oneday, ok?

Marcelo Amorelli.


Blogger the zee said ... (11:24 AM) : 

hi Scott, I've been following your blog for really long. you take amazing photographs, and before discovering you i'd never known there were that many stylish people in the world! LOL. these people, and hence your blog that channels them, are truly an inspiration.

i think the reason why some people are picking on that post is because, in describing the situation of picking her out for a makeover, there was little mention of how excited or 'willing' the young lady must be (as i'm sure she would be!). hence it may have come across, if misconstrued, as if you'd imposed your opinion on her. which i'm sure is hardly the case.

most unfortunate people are criticising you for that. but anyway i, and many others, continue to support you, and look forward to seeing that young lady again in your photos ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:29 AM) : 

We love you!!


Blogger MARCELO AMORELLI said ... (11:30 AM) : 

You are so right, Scott. I am Brazilian and live in Sao Paulo. Regardless of different seasons in both hemispheres (why don´t you come to Southern?), your blog and comments are very useful to me.

So, even when the weather here it´s not that cold how it seems up there and I cannot wear scarves and trench coats, I search inspiration through your photos to find myself.

Evidently, whenever I change my hair cut or my pants' lengths inspired by the blog, I don´t change my personality, neither my perspective of who I am. As a matter of fact, it brings me more refined and sophisticated sense of style, I guess.

Also, love the poetry in your photos!

For all, I think your job is 'super duper'. Hang in there ... and think about coming to Brazil oneday, ok?

Marcelo Amorelli.


Blogger Memphis Urban Sketchers said ... (11:39 AM) : 

rock on, Sartorialist!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:41 AM) : 

I think some people need to stop taking things SO seriously! If that girl would like to keep her ''personal style'' she wouldn't let anyone change it, it's not like the sartorialist is trying to force someone to change!
I think it's a great idea. Something new!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 AM) : 

What I really admire and enjoy about The Sartorialist is that you spot colour, texture, silhouette and references much more than you show fashion.

You illustrate that lots of people dress in an impressive, interesting or artistic way and, although a lot of your subjects have made their way in the fashion industry, there's a reason why they have been successful.

I think you get the balance between amateur and professional right and you exercise discrimination in your selections.

I LOVE checking the site every day and I think it's great that you have turned an interest into a job.

Thanks and good luck.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:02 PM) : 

For Andrea
I personally have never thought of this as a "Street Style" blog

for me a street style blog reports on what is out there.

I am sharing what I see that inspires me - it just so happens that a lot of what i see on the street inspires me but I also like magazines or fashion shows or whatever.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Still, Mr. Sart: there IS a huge difference between your own quest for "style-improvement", and addressing someone on the street & suggest a makeover... The first is all about your curiosity and passion, things which usually make your blog so outstanding. But posting this picture of a perfectly gorgeous young woman in order to illustrate what's wrong with her sense of style, well, that reeks of condescension. "Here is the proof that even the cutest need to make good stylistic choices..." Hm. Plus, in my view, everybody NEEDS to make fashion mistakes every now and then, regardless of age. Hey, what makes us individual? Actually, I thought you posted certain photos in order to illustrate - very discreetly - what happens if a subject aims too hard for conventional perfection.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

I was looking forward to the photos from this makeover.. its your site, you should do whatever inspires you, which is why people tune-in.


Blogger dennis said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Dennis agrees wholeheartedly--it IS your blog--do what you will.

Faithful Reader/Viwer


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 PM) : 

"Makeover" rang a negative bell in people's mind. But in reality, what is Phoenix gonna get? A haircut and an outfit or two, (not a brainwash or not even, I assume, an entire new wardrobe).

We all get inspired by other people's visions all the time. Take me, for instance: Three pictures ago, I wrote an angry post about the return of the flared jeans. (I was so bitter as I threw mine away a couple of years ago). And what did I do yesterday? I caught myself shopping around online for a new pair of those. So embarrassing!

Anyway, you must be out shopping by now, and the girl is probably having the time of her life. Comes winter and she's gonna want to do it again, you know.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 PM) : 

I agree with Marie!
"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"
I love you Sart! Thanks for the inspiration! This is your space, which is the beautiful thing about having your very own blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 


I just appreciate you being here. There is no other blog like it and I love checking it everyday.

Thank you!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:17 PM) : 

Dear Sartorialist, you broke the fourth wall, by suggesting you might make over a subject in real time and you were rewarded with a flood of commentary. Yet, you have and will continue to produce one of the most exciting street documents on the web today. I think that entitles you to an opinion, but feel free to take a pass on the self-doubt.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Well, this is just the next step in the road that you are paving for yourself, Mr. Sartorialist. Next step after this I reckon is a TV show on Bravo...or maybe Oxygen.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

O.k. - Everyone...don't take life so seriously. The only person who should have an opinion or be outraged or embarrassed is Phoenix and she doesn't seem to be crying about the ordeal, does she?

Personally - she does look like she could lose the boots and be taught to pull her hair back and a couple of other things. She's young and part of being young is changing, finding out who you are and going with it. That particular outfit was an let another experiment begin and stop nagging on poor Sartorialist! The guy has cahones for even being willing to try...and lets face it...who hasn't wanted to make over someone either in high school or someone on the street!


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:27 PM) : 

for 12:19
I have had offers but I don't see TV in my future


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:28 PM) : 

It's all about deciding what business you're in. For example, one could be in the business of discovering found fashion inspiration, photographing same and publishing the photos. Or, alternatively, one could be in the business of discovering folks who need fashion makeovers and rendering same. In my opinion the former (discovering found fashion inspiration) was unique, the latter (doing a makeover) is banal, ho-hum, been-done. But as other posters have pointed out, it's your privilege to do it. It waters down the clarity of your work to date, in my opinion. Leslie


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:30 PM) : 

for anon 12:05
you understand that I didn't just talk up and suggest a make-over
we talked for a while before it came up

all in very natural manner of discussion


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:32 PM) : 

I think the makeover idea is good fun. Perhaps the word 'makeover' has negative connotations but it doesn't need to.

We often criticise elements of the posted outfits in the comments. Why is it so dreadful when the blog's author does so?

Furthermore, it got me thinking: it's easy to appreciate a great outfit, but to try and generate one in your own mind is harder. So I'm having fun thinking about what I'D try out on Phoenix. It's taking things from the passive to the active, and that's the best way to learn...

I am really excited about it all and I bet the girl herself is, too. Best of luck with it all!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

I have a little problem with the people who are so violently against a make-over, when so many of them tune into this blog to leave their often highly judgemental (not constructive) comments on what people wear. I took your little project in the spirit that this gal wanted ideas, suggestions, other visions to inspire HER, but it was HER choice in the end.


Blogger SocialKeys said ... (12:43 PM) : 

If "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and all of you often visit this website to see what The Satorialist finds lovely, why would you not want to have an intimate view into his attempt to make Phoenix more exquisite? If nothing else, you will appreciate her "before" picture and we can all move on with our lives.
But, it does not hurt to try. Think of all the style icons that were told to cut their hair and change their image. Do you think they all woke up one morning and decided to make these life-altering physical changes themselves? Hardly! They followed someone's advice, took a chance, and had legendary results.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:47 PM) : 

I came here looking for Abercrombie and Fitch. I ended up buying numerous jackets, ties and the odd silk pocket square too. I'm far more glad I found this place than if I'd found A&F.


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

I find it funny that people keep bringing up the ole, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.'
That is why, when Scott asked, I wrote that I did NOT like the idea of his posting criticisms of people who 'don't make the cut.'

No one is saying that it is not Scott't blog, and that he can't do what he wants with it, but Leslie's right - it waters down the creativity that otherwise shines on this site, and makes the sartorialist a bit more corporate. For what it's worth, I wouldn't offer these comments had they not been solicited.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (1:33 PM) : 

Of course this is your place and space and therefore reflective of what you are seeing and what you are inspired by. I completely enjoy it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:38 PM) : 

I'm so sick of this whole makeover discussion. Talk about beating a horse. Stick her in a JCrew outfit, and let's move on, please!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:43 PM) : 

Think about the huge influence you are having on the fashion world by focusing on the individual styles that inspire you! The emphasis is on the individual! I am totally inspired by your inspirations, whether it's the barbers in Dehli or the crowd on the way to a fashion show. You're a great guru Master Sartorialist.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:45 PM) : 

Came across another picture of Phoenix.
It may put some things into perspective for some readers.
p. 73 UniQlo paper #4 top right corner.

This was a shoot where the models sent in their own pic to be photographed/casted.
Styling, hair, and makeup was kept to a min. fyi.


Blogger stephaniem said ... (1:46 PM) : 

sart, your blog makes us (at least me) see what real people are wearing, reflecting their own personal styles, in real life, evryday...not exactly models on a runway. maybe thats why im so addicted to it, because it inspires me to dress uniquely and better everyday. change is a part of fashion and life, i don't think people should oppose the idea that much. Work on..
xo, stephanie (brazil)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:54 PM) : 

bravo! and thanks for sharing it with us. . .


Blogger mary jane said ... (1:54 PM) : 

And indeed you do take the nicest pictures, thank you my dear.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:01 PM) : 

This is 100% your venue and any endeavor you take on is for you to decide, as well as your responsibility. Please do so soon, though, as I'd like to be able to decide weather or not I'll be continuing to visit your site.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:13 PM) : 

I can honestly say that because of you and your Blog, I have added three things to my aresenal:
Pocket Squares and
More French shirts and
Most of your pictures of men have some elements of the above and I really like the accent it gives.
I consider mysel a well dresser but your page is my homescreen now so that I can get ideas from other people.
As was already said, "Keep on Keeping on!"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

You received over 500 comments on the makeover, so it was a huge success already from the blog point of view. I think the whole idea of magazine makeovers is a sore subject, particularly iffy when its a guy making over a young woman. What about doing a companion makeover of a guy? Would you feel comfortable walking up to a complete stranger who was male and asking him to let you cut his hair and buy him clothes? I'm NOT accusing you of gross sexism(which I don't think you have), but trying to point out some of the inherent issues. That said, I love the free vein of commentary about dress and style that this blog has inspired, and clearly the makeover inspired more opinion than most.


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

Sart, this subject might be pretty heavy; like a 5 credit course. Let me ramble. The Sartorialist provides inspiration leading to personal makeovers, and that's great. Many people, especially younger ones, need help. Go visit a high school at the end of classes. Watch the quartets of teens in identical jeans at the mall. Magazine adds just don't do it for most people for a whole variety of reasons; mostly it is unattainable. Air-brushing and lighting etc; it's all phony and the kids realize that. What you do by your shots is give people courage to work on their own daily continual makeover because they are insprired by real people. Human beings who are assured of themselves and look happy doing so. Keep it up.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:28 PM) : 

san diego needs a huge make over. joking. but if you ever do come to this side, please help us. i certainly appreciate your work and enabling me to see stylistic visions from various places!


Blogger Andrea Karim said ... (2:36 PM) : 

Is it sort of ironic that so many comments use the old adage "If you can't say something nice..." - well, isn't that precisely the problem with the make-over idea? I didn't think it was a nice post at all. And like some other earlier commenters, I thought the subject looked better and more "put together" than many of the waifs you post on here. I'm amazed that she was called out as lacking in fashion sense, when the truth is, she's just understated.

And my LORD, would I ever kill to have legs like hers.


Blogger Angela R Miller said ... (2:38 PM) : 

I greatly appreciate your work. I visit your site daily as I find oodles more inspiration and enjoyment from the objects d'art of your camera lens than I do from fashion mags. Real people wearing real clothes. Muchas gracias.


Blogger Angelique said ... (2:49 PM) : 

As if people mean to create a blog just to satisfy others'desires... Ok, let's say this make-over is not in the Sartorialist blog's original spirit. So he has to create maybe another one where he would do that and everybody will be happy because it won't alter the essence of the Sartorialist blog. Does this sound stupid?
Scott, just do what you feel like doing. I would love to see the transformation and in fact, I wish you could do that more often if you have fun with this girl ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:54 PM) : 

will we see Phoenix again soon ?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:59 PM) : 

This grateful reader applauds you and would like to thank you for rescuing her on a daily basis from the fashion wasteland that is L.A. and whisking her away to places where people wear other things besides jeans.

Carry on!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:05 PM) : 

you are doing good things! whatever keeps you motivated works. I find this to be an inspiring blog for more than just clothing. Its inspiring to see people's creativity shine through what they wear. Helping someone find that is just as good as finding someone who has it.


Blogger jakubowski said ... (3:39 PM) : 

I think the key is that the blog highlights inspirational attire, sure the makeover girl looks good as is, but how many ladies would actually admire or feel inspired by her outfit?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:40 PM) : 

I live in Milano, the fashion center of the universe (in my humble opinion) where I am surrounded by good dressers everyday. I work with a customer in the same building as Valentino (no, I am not in fashion thank you) so I see well dressed people every hour. But I will say that this blog touched me like no other due to its sensibility to the every day person and it's eye for great photos that always say something about fashion and speak to real people not just the fashion world.

I dress much better than I did one year ago when I started visiting this page, which I learned of in the pages of Corriere della Sera. I am more tuned into colors in particular.

So count me perhaps as one of many existing makeovers already done by the sartorialist. The young lady will come after me. Thank you sart,


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:40 PM) : 

People have good taste or blah taste but so what. I wish I could go up to a lot of people that I think look bad and give them a makeover.

Scott - I love looking at your blog for your thoughts and ideas about fashion.


Blogger Sam said ... (3:55 PM) : 

As one of the more critical readers (mostly of peoples' inabilities to smile for a photo) I say do whatever you want! It's nice to see that sometimes you will photograph someone that inspires you in a way other than thinking how perfect they had pulled it all together. She WON'T be your last makeover whether you're aware of it or not.


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

the makeover idea is brilliant. i mean, personal style is great but you should still look GOOD. that's where the real challenge is.


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

Ooh, I hope I didn't offend you by saying this is a street style blog. I was referring to it as street style, because most of the photos are from people that you spot on the street, not about fashion and style that starts from the streets and works its way up into the design houses. I know that is a huge difference. But your blog is changing the way things work. You can be in Cornfield, Iowa, sitting in your farmhouse and never go to a city and now be inspired to dress like you have lived all your life in Manhattan. And that is because of your blog. From your answer to me, you sounded offended by the notion of street style.


Blogger OndrejS said ... (4:31 PM) : 

As I see it, the very nature of blog is to express oneself. Even if a blog has a wide audience, in the very core it is always about the author writing what he feels like he wants to write.
I would say that in a way people do not come to read a blog because they are interested in the content but because they are interested in the person writing it. Maybe they don't realize it, but in principle that is what it's all about. It is perfectly acceptable to be critical about the content. But to post comments that in one way or another constitute an ad hominem criticism is just, missunderstanding the whole concept or simply a mindless slur.


Blogger ajane said ... (4:32 PM) : 

It's not just what you do, it's how you do it, so here’s an idea for *how* Sart & Phoenix could work on this “makeover” project in the spirit of the larger project (The Sartorialist). Since Phoenix said she’s a fan, she could go through the archives and pick the photos that inspire her the most. Sart & Phoenix could work/play with those together – collaborate on a mood board and a “style story” for the makeover. It would be great if those could be posted! That prep done, Sart & Phoenix could go find just the right hair stylist, shops, dressmaker etc for her, creating a makeover SartoriaList. Post that too! Use a process that is clearly all about inspiration, collaboration, refinement, and it'll be clear to the naysayers this is far from some Stacy & Clinton intervention.


Blogger momo said ... (4:37 PM) : 

I have your site linked at my blog under "inspiration" and I appreciate the space you've generously provided for feedback, commentary, and some dialogue. Your generous spirit has always come across strongly to me. I enjoy the comments of many of your regulars as well. Thanks again!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:42 PM) : 

Calm down people. It's just clothes. I'm interested to see the outcome, but purely from an atheistic point of view. The idea of a visual transformation of a person intrigues me because, frankly, I sometimes want to see how people got to a style rather than the outcome of it.

No reason to get hung up with the "spirit" of the blog or other such ethereal and bullshit nonsense.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:07 PM) : 

Reading your blog daily and studying the photos has furthered my eye for fashion and inspired combinations I wouldn't have put together in the past. I receive compliments - all in all my dress is more tailored and conservative but there is a lot of exciting things you can do if you focus on details, patterns, and color. This blog has helped me do that better.


Blogger said ... (5:55 PM) : 

Clearly you weren't expecting such mixed feedback and it's given you food for thought. I don't think the people who were 'against' the idea meant it personally, only one or two said they'd not return to the blog, I think most (including me) were just expressing their honest reaction. Anyway I think it's all good and will make the blog even better. It's good to try new things and take risks, that's what the best people do. Keep doing what you're doing (and keep letting us comment on it)!


Blogger cat minoki said ... (6:07 PM) : 

I have been thinking a lot about the whole subject.

What made me feel negative was the fact that you exposed her photo to show her up in un an "unperfect" state. That´s how I felt about it.

It said to me: "look at this girl, her boots, hose, hair... aren´t working at all.
Now, lets all come together and save the rest, so she can make it onto my blog."

I understand that this is your blog and its my free decision to visit and get inspiration.

I feel that developing style and experimenting with outfits is something very intimate, private.
A lot of decisions what to wear come from our subconscious mind.

By the way, I reckon that make overs made by others don´t work anyway. Everyone who wants it has to change the inner patterns by himself.

This is a debate on principles. But
apart from that your photos brighten up my day, daily!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:09 PM) : 

I would like to say that one of the things that initially drew me to the blog was the pictures of stylish men not wearing suits. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have a professional job at which I would not be taken seriously if I wore a suit to work, the office is a bit more Rock 'n Roll that all that. However, I'd like to think that doesn't mean I can't be well dressed.

I found those earlier images to be inspiration, however it seems they have mostly disappeared from the site which I think is unfortunate. Obviously, shoot what your eye leads you to, but I would love to see some more males in "street" clothes.



Blogger JCLondon said ... (6:12 PM) : 

Hey mister. Congrats.

I feel jaded by the usual fash pack writing and read your blog daily as I reckon you have a genuine interest in people and what makes 'em look good - not 'it' bags and shoes but what brings out the best in people and makes them shine. This encompasses 'high' fashion as well as the affordable... I look daily as I think you have absolute respect for all of your subjects. Clearly you have not imposed your stylings upon this lady - she is a fan a admires your style 'eye' and is a willing participant. Can't wait to hear what she thinks about her new look.

Naysayers - save your grumblings for writers / designers who need a word in their ear. Your efforts are wasted here.

ps - if you're ever in London there are plenty here in Shoreditch who could very much do with your gimlet sartorial eye -amongst a few jewels I fear we dissapeared up our own arses in about 2000 or thereabouts...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:15 PM) : 

I think the blog is great but i think there is a huge differnence between celebrating style and criticizing it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:17 PM) : 

All of these people who are getting up in arms and "protecting" Scott need to lighten up themselves.

Just remember HE ASKED FOR OPINIONS!!!

He is also a big boy who can stand up for himself, hopefully, and should be able to accept criticism.

I have been reading and posting for almost 2 years and the quality of fashion opinions has gone WAY down.

It is now a bunch of folks who have very safe and boring opinions that do not offer them generously or respectfully. Or do they truly know about fashion and its history or context.

I remember a great discussion way, way back about whether a certain gentleman's suit was indeed hand sewn and well made or sloppily sewn and poorly cared for. Many well informed and respectful folks weighed in.

Not since then has their been a good "fashion" discussion.

What happened?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:21 PM) : 

word! to you


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:28 PM) : 

Personal style takes time to cultivate. It's always great when someone shakes you out of a rut by teaching you what works on your form. I think the makeover will do just that. She's young, but not too young to learn what works on her and why.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:55 PM) : 

ive always loved what you do. i have never had one negative thing to say. however after reading off the list of things that were 'not working' in her favour, i was sort of disappointed.

i suppose we all have this fantastical idea of "The Sartorialist" who goes around taking pictures of everyday people and breeding positivity by defending every picture he puts up. and that post shot that idea down swiftly.

you are a critical human like anyone else and so who is anyone to advise you what to do?

but i think its very different to make-over yourself after being inspired, than to be made over by someone who could be considered a modern arbiter of good taste.

charity work vs. over-stepping. i think that is what's in question right now. i do hope whatever you do is in positivity and not vain.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:11 PM) : 

Wow how people come out of the woodworks, 571 comments! Do as you wish Sart, your an inspiration to many and those non-contructive commentors should start there own Blogs and say & do as they wish there. Your blog has inspired me to become an individual so thankyou x


Blogger tckkid said ... (7:19 PM) : 

i agree with what you say. And I'm very curious to see what you will do with the girl.

However, I think the reason that I'm a little apprehensive about this new development is because the Sartorialist has been a positive blog. Perhaps the girl wants advice, but that is not what the blog has been founded on. It has been about taking everyday images and everyday people and pointing out the beauty of little details. A makeover, on the other hand, changes the tone - critiquing rather than appreciating. And that is my worry.


Blogger Guapóloga said ... (7:27 PM) : 


I'm a newcommenter in your blog: I really like it, even if some times it seems to be critical, because I realized this space is for opinions and it's fine for all of us to know different kind of reflections or points of view about fashion and style.

You are respectable and the comments are just that: comments. Give them the real and fair space in your life and your blog and become a better Sartorialist.

My best wishes, thanks for your work



Blogger Unknown said ... (7:32 PM) : 

Sart, like many others, I just wanted to confirm that it is indeed YOUR blog and it is up to you to decide what you want to include. I'm a bit concerned that you might let the criticism of others hamper your creativity and take the fun out of doing what you do -- or even make you think that you need to think twice before posting something.
Just remember, you can't please everyone all the time -- and you shouldn't have to! (Don't waste your time trying as it's a very thankless task.) It is far more important to be yourself. :)


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:55 PM) : 

Please tell me you are not going to have the nay sayers stop you. The makeover is a great idea and fun. We can all learn a lot. It was evident to me that the woman was beautiful, but weighted down by hair, low-cut boots, and boxy dress. Chunk, chunk, chunk. Her style was wearing HER rather then her wearing her style. Can't wait to see pheonix rise from the ball and chain!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:14 PM) : 

I think that everything you do with this blog is wonderful and the nay-sayers have to remember that if they want something done differently, they can start their own blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:15 PM) : 

what happened to phoenix?


Blogger jojo said ... (9:06 PM) : 

isnt it all about perspective...about the photo
and the story it tells....and the interesting part is what
her being made over will translate to in the post m/o


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 PM) : 

Since finding this blog, I've moved from my comfort level of J Crew, Patagonia and REI. Thanks Sart.


Blogger jojo said ... (9:08 PM) : 

when do we get to see the final result anyway.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:16 PM) : 

i'm getting bored here.... nice photos, forget the makeovers, leave that for those two on tv--what not to wear. hooray to the eclectic fashion gods! i'm going to get really bored if this site goes straight.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:26 PM) : 

I love your philosophies. I haven't been disappointed by anything here yet. I think it's great that you open the sartorial world for everyone to take what they may from it, but I hope you keep on doing what you truly see as good.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:49 PM) : 

Scott, I am very much looking forward to the results of this makeover. Constructing excellent photos and doing work for style magazines is one thing but venturing into the realm of styling a regular human being is quite another. You will be revealing more of yourself than your blog readers have ever seen before. I personally think that you are quite up to the task. Phoenix is a beautiful girl and it is one of the delicious joys of living to play with one's presentation to the world.


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


It is "street style" and a tribute to people who think that they are being individuals by reacting against classic good taste.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:42 PM) : 

I check the blog each morning and have for 2 years. I was originally attracted by the variety of folks featured--old, young, fat, skinny, construction worker, painter, fashionista etc. And I adored Scott's way of respecting and appreciating individual style and focusing on the successful aspects of a subject and not what was wrong or right. I cherish the blog each morning as an infusion of fashion and also as a reminder to appreciate individual style try not to judge. Perhaps the term "makeover" is what the problem is--one of semantics. Just hoping the site will continue with some of the nuances I've mentioned here. Miss Boston.


Blogger gem61586 said ... (10:49 PM) : 

I love this blog and check it daily -- keep up the great work : )


Blogger Kanani said ... (11:37 PM) : 

Dear Sart,
Above all else, this is a creative project. It's all about discovery. Being such, projects of this sort will change since your blog is an extension of your own creativity. It's natural to go in new directions, as I've done with my own.

You want to do makeovers?
Well of course! Hasn't it been what you've been leading up to?
I think you'll do so with diplomacy, clarity and consideration of those you're writing about.

Have a blast. And I'll ride shotgun and watch.


Blogger lorli said ... (12:09 AM) : 

i agree - i love u and ur site- and it is a huge inspiration for me and i aspire to be one of the ppl you photograph.. although u missed me when you were last in Hong Kong ;)

i am also very excited to see what Phoenix's makeover can do for her.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 AM) : 

You really are loved : )


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:07 AM) : 

While I understand what you are trying to convey, I feel as though your points just don't add up. I am a huge fan of street style, but I must say, I don't really visit your site as often as others. Mostly due to the fact that I feel it often isn't geared at personal style that incorporates thrift and vintage items, but rather focuses on the wealthy who can afford to purchase the newest and best trends. And this idea of taking someone who is young and (in my mind) allowed to play with fashion - and putting her in J.Crew just makes me dislike the overall agenda of this site even more. J. Crew is NOT inexpensive in any way, shape, or form. As a recent college graduate trying to make it on a modest budget while paying off loans, I can most definitely attest to that.


Blogger M said ... (2:53 AM) : 

As sart said the subject came up natural and was completely consented, so I don't see what the big deal is. Maybe snap a few photos of a few different outfits so people don't feel bad you narrowed her down to 1 style.

Anyway, I would love to see more 20-something aged boys on here, I need inspiration aswell. I don't want to wear suits yet.


Blogger lala said ... (3:17 AM) : 

Dear Scott,
this may be a bit late.. as you already received 100+ opinions but one more opinion may help. When i first stumbled upon your blog i didn't get it, pictures of people in NY..ok. Then it grew on me ! i visit your site daily! your personality shines through every picture, and as im an avid fashion follower, most of the time magazines provide a bit of inspiration but the best looks you get from people (i remember one vacation seeing a well dressed person on the beach was jaw dropping) your blog gives me a window to paris/milan/NY so i can see how people dress, it helps when traveling to those cities; i review your photos of the season and choose my travel clothing according to what i think would work. Its not just everyday style makeovers, it shows you how the city is dressing! I enjoy your personal comments and trust your opinion. As stated above this is your creative space dont let opinions influence you, and as you built your loyal fan base we will accept what more creativity you have to offer. i would like to see bigger pictures as some details i don't notice when scrolling down your blog. If in "make-over" you meant the blog itself then go for it ! if its meant in giving advice to readers .. why not ! in conclusion you where voted one of times top 100 style influences for a reason :D
good luck !
(xoxo Bahrain)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:37 AM) : 

The first news that I got about -The Sartorialist- was reading the sunday issue of -El Pais- (my favorite newspaper in spanish) on the way back from Catalunya to Sweden, so once at home I took my mac and enjoy for 1 hr the pictures both in USA and Europe. I have to say that sometimes I am a bit confused because some people in the pictures looks just terrible but I guess that give us (readers) the possibility of exchange opinions some may think that the outfit is great some others that is odd and at the end of the day exchanging ideas is great.
I would love to see more variety of cities because the styles change quite a lot between cities even more here in Europe where countries are so so close to each other and the fashion tastes are so different.
As for the -make over- of the young girl, I find it -out of place- because if there is something I like about this blog is the fact the people get their photo taken whether their out fit is good (for the majority) or bad is just a matter of observing people´s style but not getting too close to affect it or modify because after all that is just a reflection of their personalty.


Blogger KayKay said ... (4:38 AM) : 

I toally agree with you. I think you should go ahead with the makeover. And well said that this blog started based on that fundamental of seeing other people on the streets, normal people, who can inspire the rest of us in how we wear our clothes. I find it to be better than taking inspirations from models drape in designer, and styled by paid stylists.

I definitely have been much more experimental with the way I dress ever since following this blog. I think I gave myself a makeover in that way.


Blogger Cerisa said ... (5:37 AM) : 

I always take the pov that if it's my blog, it's my way.


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:45 AM) : 

is pheonix even her real name or just some nom de plume to add to the new found sart line of humour?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 AM) : 

I didnt comment previously because i was a bit in 2 minds and not sure why - however i could not agree with you more - i def use this site to improve my personal style and try new looks - i am looking forward to seeing the results you never know might pick something else up!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 AM) : 

It is very hard to say that someone needs a makeover just based upon one chance meeting. The young woman in question may have her own sense of sartorial perfection. Even the sartorial aristocracy such as the Duke of Windsor have been known to have "off" days. Please go on documenting fashion as it is represented on the street and around fashion houses. This has been the strength of The Sartorialist. With the "makeover" concept, The Sartorialist has crossed over from fine documentary photography onto the slippery slope of fashion homiletics.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:30 AM) : 

To anonymous 6:17 p.m.

When I read your comment I thought I must have written it in my sleep. Sounds like what I've been thinking all along. Well said.


Blogger Trish said ... (8:45 AM) : 

I am on pins and needles to see the final result! I only wish it were me...


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:14 AM) : 

it's your blog. you should do what you want. and, by the way, i think that everything that you do here is fantastic!

you have readers who get to enjoy what you do for free, not paid subscribers, hence they don't get to dictate what takes place here. the nerve of some people!


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:00 AM) : 

It your blog, and you are the only one in charge of what direction the sart ship is going to take. On the other hand, If it weren't for the readers, the blog would not have the certain life that it does. I think it says a lot that so many people are upset over the evolution.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 AM) : 

I heart Sart!


Blogger Nadine Fawell said ... (10:26 AM) : 

And I, for one, am dying to know how cute Phoenix's haircut/new clothes look!
Love your site.


Blogger Meg said ... (1:54 PM) : 

I like your blog, certainly, for the fashion. But I like that your blog shows what strikes YOUR eye. Do I always agree on what's chic or interesting? No, of course not, but I wouldn't bother looking if I agreed all the time. It's great that you're embarking on a make-over with Phoenix (I would love to see her fresh, pretty face in a pixie cut; her hair will still be beautiful short and please, please DO make her throw out her "I was an extra on Lord of The Rings" boots). It's more than a bit strange that you would be told what is your blog's mission and what isn't.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:47 PM) : 

What I think you're doing is looking for inspiration. Inspiration is a funny thing because if you take something from any source, there is an element of plagiarism. The taker/inspired can easily become a plagiarizer, the trick is to take what works, note what doesn't, and make it your own. The makeover girl has many existing inspirational qualities, they just need a little tweaking.

Great idea for a makeover, don't we all make ourselves over a bit when we look at these pictures? That's the point for me.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:43 PM) : 

Dear Sartorialist,

The truth is, you can do no wrong in whatever you do. I feel that it comes from a good place, and that is good enough for me.


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

Everything evolves...especially fashion, but absolutely nothing in life is immune to change. I really am glad the site 'evolved' to including women, because it's been so inspirational to me! If she wants the makeover, I think it's an interesting experiment for both of you. An objective opinion, if not coming across as critical, can be life changing, so...hope you do it. I would!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:22 PM) : 

I'd love to have a makeover or style tips by you - or a shopping trip, to see your eye in action!

You are an inspiration everyday!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 AM) : 

If she wants your advice it's nobody else's business. She's cute but a bit late-90s and could do something more inspired. As you say, though, she may have lots of eclectic stuff in her own closet, she just didn't wear it the day you saw her.

Shopping at the Gap though... now that's what I wouldn't consider Sartorialist! (Especially lately: drab styles, bad fabric, high prices). Try French Connection or Club Monaco instead!

My only complaint is I want more pictures every day! Reasonable or not, there it is.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:31 AM) : 

great blog. one of the best. i base a lot of my outfits on the ones photographed by you on this site. without it, i wouldnt be so fashionable. thanks for the great fashion inspiration. youre wonderful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:52 AM) : 

well done


Blogger Malin said ... (7:25 AM) : 

So when can we see the result of the makeover?


Blogger Katrina Martiani said ... (9:34 AM) : 

To Anon @6:17: I was one of the people who used to comment regularly, and I stopped. I was a professional tailor, and have made many suits by hand and felt like My Side - the view from a professional - could be of use. I felt like I could help by communicating to others - via this platform of Scott's wonderful blog - about what to look for and what makes something good in menswear. But I gave up; I feel like people buy into Fashion Concepts and I think it's silly. I am sick of people thinking something is good just because of a label, or because someone else told them it was good, or because it cost more than a $1000.00. I have altered many expensive, top-label, ready-to-wear suits, that had GLUED hems, or were just complete and utter rubbish in terms of quality and everything else.
Anyway, I'd love to see people start to think more critically, and that's why i love this blog, because Scott thinks about things. Thank you, Scott.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:56 AM) : 

exactly what anon at 10:00am said, we love you for it. please keep doing what you're doing, you are an inspiration, no matter the form :)


Blogger CB3 said ... (10:57 AM) : 

What people fail to realize is that is YOUR blog and not some magazine. As viewers into your world we have no right to tell you what to do with your little corner of the Internet.

My girlfriend,, introduced me to your blog about a year ago and it was the first thing in a very long time that actually moved me. I, too, love to reinvent myself by admiring and borrowing from the others.

Making over this young lady is not robbing her of her own style. I'm sure no one forced her into doing this. She, like you and I realize that you are embracing her desire to discover a new look.

To those who disagree with The Sartorialist's choice to make this woman over, start your own blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:04 PM) : 

Mr. Sartorialist--The notion of a makeover seemed negative to me at first, but I found your responses to comments reassuring. Thank you for taking the time to have a meaningful dialog with your audience.

Now I view the makeover as a respectful collaboration between photographer and subject. It seems like an interesting extension of the experimentation with style that we see in many of your pictures. So let's see what happens. The photos might be fantastic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:26 PM) : 

I'm a middle-aged American male who secretly loves clothing, style, textures, and gorgeous, big-city women. Your blog has helped me to look a little more closely, and to encourage me to dress a bit more deliberately and fashionably, and to encourage my wife to do the same. At the same time, although I can understand the urge to be Professor Henry Higgins, I would not encourage it. Regarding the lovely young woman you wanted to re-style, well, that's HER style for now. Frankly, although I admire the look, I get a bit tired of looking at pigeon-toed, long-legged city women wearing stiletto heels and amazingly short dresses, or ingenues wearing a garish mishmash of color, and that somehow being more stylish than basic black, with red, thick hair and lips and rock 'n roll boots. Boring perhaps, but it gets my blood going.

Keep your focus on others, and just document, as you do so brilliantly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:01 AM) : 

It comes down to this...change. It makes people uncomfortable. I adore your column/blog. I've been reading you for maybe 2+ years. You are just exploring new territory. It is human nature to do so. I thought is was a great idea. The boots weren't the best choice but there were good elements. An international make over by a large audience is an interesting idea to explore. We all aren't going to LOVE everything anyone else does anyway -- open minds not always open mouths can take you places.

Keep the faith!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:18 AM) : 

I am quite surprised at how much controversy this makeover idea has generated. I've even noticed other style bloggers are sharing opinions as well, mainly disapproval. While I am a firm believer in individual style, and am not interested in generic makeovers, I find that there is a tad bit of hypocrisy in all the criticism. I check the blog regulary and no matter who is featured, there is never unanimous agreement about the person's outfit. Many readers are prone to critiquing and dissecting the outfits featured. It seems somewhat startling that everyone suddenly is offended by the Sart's criticisms of Phoenix's outfit. However, while I agree that it could have had a more positive tone overall, I think that who a lot of the opposition seems to forget in this whole matter, is Phoenix. Many are portraying her as the Sart's 'victim' and accusing him of objectifying her while the same thing is being done by those who are protesting the makeover. She is an adult with her own mind who is clearly capable of making her own decisions. Implying that she only agreed to the make over to be on the website is an insult to her intelligence. Many are defending her 'style' on her behalf, but did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps she is in the process of developing her personal style? She could be open to the Sart's suggestion of a makeover because she is currently exploring her style. Most people undergo different style metamorphoses. At the end of the day she will wear what she chooses as she can make her own decisions. I am sure the Sart will not turn up at her house on a daily basis to give his approval of her outfits, following this makeover.In my very humble opinion,I think people should relax a bit. I think passionate arguments about the threat to individuality can be addressed to more prominent media sources (e.g the fashion magazines most readers likely read)instead of on someone's personal blog.(No matter how influential it is, it is still the Sart's blog).


Blogger Patagonia Community said ... (11:47 AM) : 

I think it's interesting that the two recent postings that have garnered the most comment have been about the girl in India and the make-over. And what's fueled many of the comments has been exceptionally harsh and irrational criticism. Having worked in retail for a couple of years and having dealt with the public directly, I came to the unremarkable conclusion that some people (especially some people who take an interest in fashion) are crazy.

Last I checked, people aren't paying a subscription fee to view your blog. One click takes the world straight to The Sartorialist. So if you decide to do a make-over, or feel empathy for a little girl, how can people people go nuts? Then there are all of those commenters saying/implying that you're forcing this girl against her will to get a make-over. This is The Sartorialist, not The Sado-Masochist. No one's handcuffing her, kicking and screaming, and dragging her to Neil George.

Just want you to know that I like vintage Sartorialist (picture, time of posting), I love Sartorialist-With-Back-Story even more, and I enjoy the variations now and then (observations on the world, Extreme Makeover Sartorialist Edition, etc.). Plus, your posted responses to the ideas and criticism out there show your passion for your work and personal interest in your viewers. Keep up the good work.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:31 AM) : 

Keep on the great work. There are few pleasures like inspiring others and seeing things where no one else does. I love your pictures, I love your blog, and I love you Sart.




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 AM) : 

Oh! And BTW... in an absolut world the street is the runway. SUPERB! ahhh you just make my life better.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:14 AM) : 

When do we get to see the results of the makeover?


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:12 PM) : 

Thank u for sharing why you started all this. I think it sure will give another light to the whole makeover project. I am actually in the process of a makeover myself thanks to your blog. Txxxx! Much love!


Blogger Francois said ... (11:17 AM) : 

It's your blog, your pics, your comments and your point of view and It's ok. This is why we read it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:08 AM) : 

where is it?
begining with a controversy and subsequent excessive adulation with no content whatsoever?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:47 PM) : 

thank you for your pictures and words and especially thank you for the care given to your viewers. it is highly appreciated. here i am in the dead of arizonan city desert, dreaming of the fashions of NY, Milan and Paris; in spite of my location your work is my window to a place that i can not yet touch...


Blogger amyw said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Thank you for this blog. I love it, and I love your mission statement, so to speak. I've gone through that myself: one day you simply tire of the typical jeans and t-shirts and you want to change your personal style. It's not easy, but it's definitely fun. Your blog has actually helped me refine my style even more; it's inspired me more than I can say. So thanks.


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

I'm so glad that I ran into this blog. I've been feeling very uninspired lately and looking at my closet with disdain. Not only that, but I'm also a recovering anorexic and had to purge a lot of clothes.

This site and You Look Fab are wonderful. =)


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