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Sunday, January 31, 2010

On the Street.....The Ladies Sportcoat, NYC

I love seeing ladies wearing regular length sportcoats again.

Please, no more of these tiny, short-waisted jackets that every corporate attorney wears. I saw a great women's jacket (a suit actually) at the Marc Jacobs show last night and it looked so fresh. It was a DB with deeeeep back vents (my passion) and a firm shoulder- I'll post a shot of it tonight.

Comments on "On the Street.....The Ladies Sportcoat, NYC"


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

so cute it hurts


Blogger Rebecca Dearlove said ... (10:44 AM) : 

What a gorgeous look. So tailored and flattering. And the red lips are the perfect red


Blogger a speer said ... (10:45 AM) : 

I love that pattern, and the way it contrasts with the black is perfect, great shot.

A Speer


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:45 AM) : 

while i personally prefer a longer ie regular blazer myself, i am happy for people to wear whatever they want to.


Blogger La chica said ... (10:48 AM) : 

So Annie Hall, love it.


Blogger the style crusader said ... (10:50 AM) : 

that is such a great shot! i agree about the jacket length. she looks amazing and so fresh. can't wait to see some shots from MJ! xx


Blogger ryder said ... (10:52 AM) : 

There is a lovely 1920's feel to this great layered look and that is what appeals so much to me. Relaxed & easy. Bravo!


Blogger Xanela Chic said ... (10:57 AM) : 

She is precious...


Blogger Brittany said ... (11:00 AM) : 

she is lovely. i especially love the lipstick stain on her coffee cup.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:02 AM) : 

Simple, timeless, beautiful.


Blogger anna kim said ... (11:09 AM) : 

0o0o my mom has that blazer.. j crew i believe


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

I agree withe Dearlove - the vividness of the lips makes her fun loving personality shine through the outfit - I especially love the detail it has left on her coffee cup


Blogger SimplyTara said ... (11:12 AM) : 

Such a great outfit. LOVE the lipstick!


Blogger Celine said ... (11:15 AM) : 

is this the same girl as the previous photo of the girl in the hat wearing blue and black? love it! so classic, so chic.


Blogger southernfriedjordan said ... (11:20 AM) : 

i think the lipstick mark on the coffee cup may be my favorite part


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

Please tell Brooks Brothers! Valentine


Blogger Emily Rose said ... (11:30 AM) : 

ugh look at the lipstick on her cup. perfect detail as always, Scott, thanks for sharing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:36 AM) : 

Annie Hall, not a look for everyone but well put together.


Anonymous T H E F A T T A C K said ... (11:39 AM) : 

So natural, so beautiful.



Blogger the Citizen Rosebud said ... (11:40 AM) : 

I'll admit when I first started noticing "blazer" were coming in, I resisted. I probably don't look too romantic in them. HOWEVER, I am slowly warming up to the idea, as it does feel fresh right now, and versatile. And this beautiful shot of this gorgeous lady really puts me in the camp of converts! LOVE the stripes, the skinny belt, and the blast of bold red lipstick. And smiles, what a delight: always in style.


Blogger davidikus said ... (11:40 AM) : 

I never fully understood the difference between a jacket and a sports coat... Would someone be able to tell me? (or is it just an americanism for a jacket that is not part of a suit?)


Blogger Mcmaris said ... (11:46 AM) : 

This coat is great, and i love the color


Blogger Carlos Alberto Silva said ... (11:47 AM) : 

So beautiful, very Hubert de Givenchy...


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (11:48 AM) : 

This sportcoat is gorgeous. I love it and I actually have a similar one in my closet. Great photo and very inspiring outfit. xo


Blogger The Duchess said ... (11:49 AM) : 

I'm a corporate attorney and certainly don't wear tiny, short-waisted (you forgot black and ill-fitting) suit jackets. Regular length sportcoats have never gone out of style, and they never will.


Blogger Suzy Wu said ... (11:50 AM) : 

who is this cute gal that keeps appearing on your blog lately?


Blogger FlashFash said ... (11:53 AM) : 

Totally love it! Such a classic.


Blogger Monika Poppy said ... (11:54 AM) : 

yes to red lips!

Love from M POPPY


Anonymous tgc said ... (11:57 AM) : 

wow! i love the use of the colours! i love how the cardigan is inside the trousers. the belt is stylish.


Anonymous Indie Mom and the Reluctant Banker said ... (12:02 PM) : 

She's lovely - very casual and chic.


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

i'm happy to see bold lips coming back. i kept wearing my red lipstick all through the pale lip trend!


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Blogger Anna Marie said ... (12:05 PM) : 

this woman looks like a savvy traveler... something about the sport coat, red lips, and hat combined create this wonderful sense of adventure. i think we all need to start dressing more like this.


Blogger taryn said ... (12:12 PM) : 

Beautiful photo. Love the tweed with the stripes and the lips! Pretty.

~taryn xx


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

HEAR HEAR on the regular-length blazer for women. I thought I was the only weirdo who doesn't like my jackets "cute". The one she has on is a beauty indeed.

thanks for another great shot!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:14 PM) : 

looks more like milan or paris than NYC. and i guess it was warm enough that wear that yesterday!


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:15 PM) : 

Oh I adore her tailored look:D The red lipstick is perfect...ooh she looks beautiful...


Blogger captain underpants said ... (12:23 PM) : 

this really is a refreshing look


Blogger Sparkling Ruby said ... (12:29 PM) : 

love love love... i, too, am so over the puff-sleeved twill little jacket we see over and over at chain stores...thanks sartorialist!


Blogger Cloud P. said ... (12:32 PM) : 

jacket is best!


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

We've seen that hat before . . .
Great look . . . love how the textures and subdued tones contrast w/ the bold stripes


Blogger Kate said ... (12:47 PM) : 

I am in love with this! Want want want! I even love the red lipstick stain on the coffee cup hah!


Anonymous hypnotic said ... (12:48 PM) : 

I really think it depends on the fit of the blazer and the ampleness of the wearer. If you have hips and a butt, it's not easy to find the right jacket. Lot's of women wear the shorter jackets because they may have a smaller waist in proportion to their bottom half and want to emphasize that smallness.

I personally thought the DB suit was awful on the model, it overpowered her, which made me dislike it immensely. Now the three piece suit. LOVED IT!


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

A 20´s girl in Paris??

Loooove the old styles


Blogger 82Brute said ... (12:51 PM) : 

In a world where femininity has come to be equated with fake breasts threatening to break free not only from the garment, but from the owners' own body, it's refreshing to see this reminder that we don't need to be over exposed to be stylish and attractive. The greats knew this--Coco Chanel, Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Babe Paley--and used this to great effect. She looks self possessed and comfortable in her skin while still showing some style. Well done.


Blogger John B Pritchett said ... (12:52 PM) : 

I'm sure there's many "Annie Hall" references but I love this look! So casual and carefree. Killer red lipstick-outstanding!


Blogger ... said ... (12:56 PM) : 

so beautiful!


Blogger fig said ... (12:58 PM) : 

Scott, you capture so much in every photo. In addition to her great outfit, look at that clear white skin and red lips, makes the picture pop.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (1:01 PM) : 

I love this ensemble. The sailor-stripes, the charcoal V of her cardi, the thin tan belt and the traditional sportscoat colour/fabric. Love it. An ever-so-slightly more tailored Annie Hall.


Blogger Fleur d'air said ... (1:03 PM) : 

Great picture =)


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

i dont think its a bad thing that corporate attorneys aren't always in the know about current trends in fashion. i'm glad my attorney never showed up to work with studs and spikes coming out of her shoulder pads. nor would i like to see her dressed up as an english school girl, knee highs and all. she studied the law, not patterns and proportions *gasp*


Blogger Johanna Urban said ... (1:08 PM) : 

She looks adorble!!! Love her red lips!!!


Blogger Angela said ... (1:15 PM) : 

Love the hat! Where can I find one like it in Los Angeles?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 PM) : 

hahha im an aspiring attorney (1st year law student) and i totally agree with you. my friends and I always pick on the teachers for their outfits!

F <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!


Blogger Graham I. Haynes said ... (1:24 PM) : 

If this is your evidence that women should go long again, well, you make a strong case :)


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (1:34 PM) : 

u put red lips on anyone and i will love it!! nice jacket too


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

Beautiful! That's what I call style. She reminds me a of Annie Hall. So pretty!


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

this is too cute! i specially love the belt and the red lipstick!


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

Lovely photo, as always. With respect to your commentary, do you mean a cropped jacket when you say 'short-waited' jacket? And may I ask respectfully why you've busted on corporate attorneys? Having many friends who belong to that profession, I have to say that there is nothing wrong with conservative dress in what sounds like an ultra-serious and conservative business. For that matter, aren't designers guilty of fashion faux pas for continuing to design cropped jackets? Including Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Sonia Rykiel, Brioni and Miu Miu? There shouldn't be rules in fashion. A cropped/short-waisted jacket can look wonderful on some just as a longer waisted jacket can completely overwhelm another.


Blogger Lucas Jones said ... (2:05 PM) : 

thank you!


Blogger Cheap Bast3rd said ... (2:22 PM) : 

She's wearing a man's sportcoat, that's why the length is different. The buttons are on the right side.


Blogger Miss Cross said ... (2:30 PM) : 

Love her overall look


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 PM) : 

Sartorialist, you are on fire these days!.....Thank you so much for all the inspiration, pleasure, and flexing of the observational muscle--
from a podunk de-lurker in the burbs.


Blogger Lady Danger said ... (2:52 PM) : 

the colors are beautiful, love the smile!


Blogger julie said ... (2:57 PM) : 

hey scott,
do you have a picture of the deep back vents?
i'd like to see.


Blogger Erin said ... (3:13 PM) : 

I love that my friend Natasha is on your blog twice in two days. I've seen her closet. It's enviable.


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

I've never cared for those "shrunken jackets" that have been around the past couple of years. Tall women look dorky in them. Give me a good old blazer like this one any day/any year-don't care if it's 'in style' or not.


Blogger MEO said ... (3:40 PM) : 



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

No, those short-waisted jackets are great! Long may the live. A different statement and utility from this kind of look, but very flattering and useful in you're a corporate attorney, or any kind of grown-up, who wants to look professional and also like a woman. A girl's wardrobe is not a zero-sum game, dear sartorialist.


Anonymous AnonymousJK said ... (4:25 PM) : 

It's Annie Hall circa 2010. This time around she's more modern and really rocking that red lipstick! Pucker up boys, here comes Annie!


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

I get what you're saying, but what if you're 5 feet tall and under 100 lbs. Regular length sportcoats make me look like I've been playing in mommy's closet....


Blogger said ... (4:43 PM) : 

I'm in love with her red lips... and the fact that you can see the lipstick stain on her coffee cup in the shot :) Your little details are unbeatable.


Anonymous betsy and iya said ... (4:45 PM) : 

I've always wanted a real deal sportcoat. it is a bit tough though for us tall, full-figured ladies. I think I end up looking a bit frump in the ones I've tried. After this post though, I am DETERMINED to find the perfect one for me and my baboom boom curves. Portland vintage---here I come! xo~betsy


Blogger Isabelle Lafleche said ... (5:03 PM) : 

Very Annie Hall, love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:13 PM) : 

LOVE this look,
this is style, not contrived, she wears the clothes, they make her look wonderful


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



Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (5:29 PM) : 

Woah, such a perfect outfit.


Anonymous Nancy said ... (5:31 PM) : 

I'd never think to mix crisp stripes, charcoal wool, and tan tweed. Oh, and that hat is precious.

Just love. love, love this site Scott!


Blogger SabinePsynopsis said ... (5:52 PM) : 

Sportcoat? Never heard that expression. (Will have to look it up in my new fashion dictionary). But the jacket is certainly great.


Blogger Ivan McK said ... (6:06 PM) : 

Adorable look...and yes, regular length coats are definitely a good look.



Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (6:13 PM) : 

gosh i dislike the cropped jackets too. she is cute as a button, but still sophisticated, a grown up cute.


Blogger Luna said ... (6:14 PM) : 

She looks amazing, so sophisticated and chic.
She also looks like an old movie star.

Theory of a fashion victim


Blogger no-more-wire-hangers said ... (6:22 PM) : 

it shows the little things really make an outfit. just the way that belt hangs....great!


Blogger l´habitué said ... (6:26 PM) : 

I would love to have some tea with this woman.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:44 PM) : 

what do you have against corporate attorneys? we probably make up a large part of the few who can actually afford the clothes pictured on this site! everything can be done right


Anonymous Sara said ... (7:06 PM) : 



Blogger Ocean in Between said ... (7:08 PM) : 

everything about her is so perfect! from hat to the belt, from color to patterns, so very sophisticated really! plus she is incredibly pretty.

Gosh I'm darn jealous!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:32 PM) : 

Ooh, yes! As an attorney, I have to chime in--there are way too many women wearing tiny short-waisted things. Let me keep my long ones, please! Pendletons are favorites for me--I have a gorgeous wool one with burgundy pinstripes, and those lovely deeeeeep back vents that Scott loves so much (so just come to Philly, Scott! ;) )


Blogger Tokyo Girl said ... (7:36 PM) : 

Yes, sportcoats! Love them. I can't wait to start wearing jackets again.. so tired to the long coat!


Blogger Spokey said ... (9:48 PM) : 

love love red lips


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

you're right that the return of the long blazer is a blessing


Blogger ADJ said ... (11:52 PM) : 

She is absolutely adorable. I love the colors, the lipstick, everything about this sings Annie Hall in 2010.


Anonymous Runway Reviews said ... (12:25 AM) : 

great look, brow belt and narrow seems to be a new trend for spring!


Blogger thwany said ... (12:33 AM) : 

i love her lipstick on the cup of coffee


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:52 AM) : 

This is a great look, though I have never heard the word "sportcoat" applied to women's clothing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:08 AM) : 

I totally agree with this comment:
"I've never cared for those "shrunken jackets" that have been around the past couple of years. Tall women look dorky in them. Give me a good old blazer like this one any day/any year-don't care if it's 'in style' or not."

As a tall 50+ woman, my best source of great-looking, longer, vintage jackets is a local charity boutique. Your inspiring blog helped me realize that clothing that fits & flatters me does not have to be brand new to have style.


Anonymous Cecylia said ... (1:37 AM) : 

They certainly don't make clothes like they used to! I love tweed.


Blogger bird of light said ... (1:42 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 AM) : 

Love it!
The blazer is awesome!!!


Blogger Diane said ... (3:04 AM) : 

Great style and attitude,but what's up with that hand, is it her's? Looks so strange...



Blogger U-NI-TY said ... (3:28 AM) : 

We love that feminine-masculine outfit. Really nice!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:55 AM) : 

This woman looks like the one from Feb. 14th...18th St., NYC, in blue and blacks. Perhaps the same stylish femme?


Anonymous lungi said ... (4:04 AM) : wearing one of those horrid little jackets today! gut i swear mine is super cute!


Blogger Lou said ... (4:28 AM) : 

Natasha who? Who is she, what does she do? We need to know, Scott.

Everything about this look is great, including the lengthy belt, which corresponds beautifully with the jacket, and the black and white stripes (announcing spring).

I think I may have said so the other day, but this to me is American style at its very best.

Sure she isn't Garance's little sis?


Blogger Cobalt Violet said ... (4:39 AM) : 

Simply Adorable. Love the red lips and the cute hat and jacket ... the touch of spring coming with the stripes ...


Blogger Fanny said ... (4:49 AM) : 

Love colors and her jacket. She looks so fresh.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:53 AM) : 

is that a steven alan jacket? and i could swear i have a belt from topshop that looks just like that


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:12 AM) : 

Me too, totally agree that longer jackets are back again and work better for the casual/sporty style. Short length jackets can be ultra feminine, but I most prefer them worn with pencil skirt and very slim, but not each woman feels confortable or can wear that. So glad to have the blazers back, AND sholder pads!


Anonymous Joanna Roman said ... (7:14 AM) : 

Lovely example of feminine, chic, parisian alike charming woman!

Great, effortless style - beautifuly bringing into light her attributes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:24 AM) : 

Fabulous looking woman.
Fabulous photo
Fabulous jacket.
Couldn't agree with you more on the styling of the jackets.


Blogger Closet full of hopes and dreams said ... (8:54 AM) : 

I LOVE her! And I totally agree. That length is so much more flattering for most women. Plus it looks efforless and SO chic!


Blogger gia said ... (9:58 AM) : 

Uber chic, a style to steal & make my own, now just need to find a jacket as beautiful !


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:58 AM) : 

Oh yes, I scream to the mountain tops. Yes! She is perfection. Nice to see a young one so well put together and completely uncontrived. Although I am sure she did carefully put this look together, this would go unnoticed by most. To me, her looks has the slightest 80's "relaxed couture" look to it. Love the skinny belt left to hang down. Perfection! I spend a lot of time looking for men's type tweed jackets, love them. You are right about the Jackets Scott.


Blogger goisabelgo said ... (10:27 AM) : 

The Jean Paul Gautier style is back!
Navy Spripes until you drop! Drop! Drop!
Vivid up the ensemble with toasted yellow and camel and you will have the look of the day!

NTE: Don't forget the palpitating red.


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

Ab fab. Adorable. I covet such effortless style - it's definately a talent!!


Blogger Sarah. R. said ... (12:11 PM) : 

This look is fantastic - classic fabrics, classic cuts, classic colors, and an excellent sense for layering them together in a way that makes it all look fresh and still decidedly feminine. I love it!


Anonymous darlene said ... (12:45 PM) : 

I like the new longer jacket lengths too. Those cropped ones always made me look like a box.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:52 PM) : 

I love this!.
I sold a Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair suit for men to a stunning woman today. It looked great on her, not to bulky but just right.


Anonymous Laura said ... (1:58 PM) : 

She reminds me of Norah Jones, don't you get the same feeling?

kisses! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:44 PM) : 

Such a cool material- I love the olde-english look of it all.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 PM) : 

Please, you feature too many beautiful people. Non-models walk the streets, too. But, hey, if you're surrounded by models 24 hours a day.....


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

Lovely look, very Margaret Howell. She is wearing quite masculine clothes in a very soft, cute way, a hard thing to achieve while looking so uncontrived.


Blogger laphil said ... (11:38 AM) : 

In defense of corporate attorneys, it is really difficult to find great suits - SO HAPPY to see Marc's take, I will be first in line for those. But it isn't as easy as it looks to walk the corporate/fashion line.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:36 PM) : 

Oh, she has to be French! wonderful


Blogger eugenie dalland said ... (6:54 PM) : 

WHAT is her story?


Blogger Ron said ... (11:14 PM) : 

Oh. Concur entirely. Lose the oversize. Now, let's shrink the ridiculous bags!


Blogger Mr Sartorial said ... (12:38 AM) : 

countryside, Paris, 1942......lovely


Anonymous christine said ... (5:26 AM) : 

that's an extremely chic look!!!


Anonymous andeh said ... (5:54 AM) : 

this woman is so beautiful and so beautifully dressed :)


Anonymous ali said ... (9:30 PM) : 

so so beautiful. Very Chanel, I think. I haven't yet been able to find a belt like that..


Blogger 82Brute said ... (12:01 PM) : 

Hi Ali,
Pretty sure the belt is J. Crew's equestrian belt, which just went on sale for $29.50.

J.Crew also did a very Chanel inspired blazer, the herring bone school boy blazer, black with cream trim. I have one and love it (and if you can find one in your size, I think those are also on sale now.) I will never be able to afford Chanel, but I love to pretend I'm channeling Ms. Coco now and then.


Anonymous Daniela Kaemmerer said ... (12:30 PM) : 

Beautiful! Does anyone have an idea where I can get a blazer like that?


Blogger Miriam Parkman said ... (5:16 PM) : 

This is a lovely shot!
Her style is so perfectly comfortable and stylish; it looks like she's Marlene Dietrich's granddaughter or something. The red lips make the cherry of the cake!

I totally agree with you as well about the regular length jackets; it feels so much more stylish when every teenage girl in town has a silky waistlength jacket in their closet.
There's nothing more cool than a woman in perfect 30s/40s hair, a blouse with a tie or scarf, a vest or knitted cardigan, high waisted slacks or a long pencilskirt and on top of that; an open regular length sportscoat.
I get chills all over!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:32 PM) : 

where's the marc jacob's one??



Blogger See Your Style said ... (1:19 AM) : 

I love how she channeled Annie Hall without being contrived or too literal about it. Who needs baggy khakis and a tie anyway?


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

OK, this dates me, but I had a hacking jacket in green tweed that I loved, about thirty years ago. I wish they'd bring hacking jackets back. This looks like one.


Blogger 82Brute said ... (3:39 PM) : 

A hacking jacket! It dates you and places you firmly in the equestrian world. I had one, too, but I only wore it at the barn. Wish I still had it!


Blogger bien venido a mi sitio web said ... (6:56 PM) : 

It's all about the belt on this one..imagine this look without it.


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