S/O: the Sartorialist

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I looked at the link Frau posted and everytime I look at the site I think: "are there really people who go about their day looking like they stepped out of a fashion mag?"

The "on the street" photos, are they real? Granted, I work construction. I go to work in jeans and steel toed boots everyday...and I come home dirty and smelly. I wonder why I'm single? Hm

But even when I worked in an office Boston I didn't look that good. I took the bus and had a mile walk from the bus stop to the office so I wasn't rokkin the sky high heels, trust me.

For some reason I imagine that the people of Milan and Paris are a lot more fashion forward than Red Sox fans but the NY photos give me pause. Where do these people work that they leave the house with perfect hair and makeup and can trek around the city in 6" stilettos?

On one hand I'm jealous that I don't have a reason to be fancy everyday. On the other, it seems like a lot of work.
Mostly people who don't work typical office jobs and can use their clothes to express individual style.
But yes, you see all types of fashion in NYC.
Yes, there are people who walk around looking like they just stepped out of a magazine. I seriously doubt most do it every single day.

I adore fashion and I've always loved using clothes to express my mood and individuality. Some days I'm feeling funky or fancy and others I'm casual or sporty. Most of the time it's based on what I feel like rather than where I'm going (but I'm not as outgoing with it as I used to be). No matter what I wear I'm always ready to put on pajamas, and burn bra's, at the end of the day.

We switched to uniforms/dress code at work 3 years ago because people were coming in looking flat out shabby. When i say shabby I mean stained jogging pants with a saggy butt, hair looking like a rats nest caught in an oil slick, shirts that looked as if they had taken a long winters nap, with dust bunnies, under the couch. Not remotely okay for an office setting. It's a shame because we only had to dress nice 5 days a month. The rest of the time we could wear whatever we wanted. I hate it! I seriously feel like my life is being sucked out every time I put the polo shirt and khaki pants on. I don't despise polo shirts, or khaki, but I despise not having an option.

With that said, some things I have to admire from afar. Like the shoes in question. I love them but I've had foot surgeries and 20 min in kitten heels is pure torture. I could never wear those, but I love to look at them. I still buy heels and wear them places where sitting down will be a option. lol
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 05-06-2012 at 10:59 AM.
I work in fashion retail, it's a whole 'nother world lemme tell you


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unrealted but somewhat related story:

so, last week i went to a birthday party dinner at alma cocina in atlanta ga. it shares it's lobby with the ritz carlton. anyway they were filming a movie in the lobby with....whathisname....uh....justin bateman. so, i walked into the lobby and watched justin walk toward the elevator among a group of say 30 impeccably dressed men and women. they looked like they were wearing giorgio armani. so i turned to one of the alma cocina waitresses who was also standing watching with me.
i said, "wow, they look really great. are those extras?"
she said, "yes."
i said, "oh...but do the people who come through here look like that? i mean, do they dress like that?"
she said, "lord NO!"
i laughed to myself.

so cailin,
just like you, i said, who are these people???
guess what? some are not normal.
some people i realized later were editors of fashion magazines, others were designers or models.
they may be filmed at random but if you're filming on certain streets in front of certain buildings you're bound to get a more fashionable set than if you're filming in front of walmart.

when i first started looking at that site, this woman struck me:

i thought, who is she?? why does she dress so well?? how come he keeps running into her?? and in different countries??
that is when i realized that some of these pictures are not as random as he'd like us to believe.
oh...btw, that woman is giovanna battaglia.

Last edited by frau; 05-06-2012 at 01:03 PM.
I hope you don't mean Jason Bateman. Because I'm just gonna shake my head at your lack of fangirling if it was him.
I hate the fit of Giovanna's trousers.

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I looked at the link Frau posted and everytime I look at the site I think: "are there really people who go about their day looking like they stepped out of a fashion mag?"
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Originally Posted by cailin
Yes. There's a woman at work who dresses to the nines all the time. All the time. High heels, hair extensions (they thicken her hair), tanned (almost as much as that over-tanned lady in the news), fashionable clothes, fashionable jewelry, full makeup. Every day. None of the other clerical staff (or anyone in the entire department) comes even close to dressing the way she does.

Btw, she is the sweetest person.
I hope you don't mean Jason Bateman. Because I'm just gonna shake my head at your lack of fangirling if it was him.
Originally Posted by Saria
lol!! his name is jason bateman!
girl, he's short in real life.
that's the other thing i said to the waitress.
if my cell phone didn't have such a crappy lens i would've taken a picture of him because they did that walk by scene at least 17 times.
i stopped watching after the 3rd walk.
Oh, I can tell. It's just he's Michael Bluth! I don't have the hots for him, I just love Michael Bluth.
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I hate the fit of Giovanna's trousers.
Originally Posted by claudine19


do you now? well...perhaps that is because there is no spandex in them.
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I am no fan of spandex and its propensity for weird wrinkling, I assure you, Madam!

Now perhaps we may have our tea and discuss this year's flower show.

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The first pic the lady's clothes and makeup and hair are all just a little too perfect. So perfect there's no way she's not in the industry. Not to mention her giant LV bag still has airline tags on it, and I think really? REALLY? This is how you look when getting off a plane?

The second lady I can totally see running into on the street. She seems like she's just going about her day in a cute skirt, cute shoes that seem comfy and pony tail.

PS: I covet that skirt, too cute.
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Then I see this pic and I think "Who are you? Where are you going? What are your plans that when you woke up this morning you thought 'you know, the oversized capri overalls, pink stilettos and a bra are the way to go today.'"
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Eh, I don't care for the second outfit. The first is cool.
I have to admit I don't get the enjoyment of sites like The Sartorialist. It's like "here are these people who dress better than you ordinary scrubs; marvel at clothes you'll never wear unless you have truckloads of money or spend tons of time looking through stores, bins, etc.". Plus how often I find a look unappealing or just plain ridiculous. Eh.
Some people take fashion very seriously as a means of self expression. It's not so unusual to see people dressed like that in major cities around the world. But maybe in the US it's limited to major-major like NYC, SF, and LA, plus their surrounding suburbs.

You guys may want to check out the sapeurs, a Congolese subculture dedicated to male dandyism.

e: I think I went over this about a year ago in another thread about fashion, but IMO it's worth repeating.

There's 3 tiers of fashion. There's wearing whatever's available because you don't have enough money to be choosy. There's choosing clothes in order to conform to your peer group's version of conventional good taste. And then there's selecting clothes artistically, as a means of personal expression. Although these tiers roughly correspond with social class, some areas have enough quirky cheap stores that people who aren't upper-class can dress artistically.

Last edited by Eilonwy; 05-06-2012 at 02:42 PM.
You guys may want to check out the sapeurs, a Congolese subculture dedicated to male dandyism.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
wow, i've never heard of them.
thank you!
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Last edited by frau; 05-06-2012 at 08:00 PM. Reason: forgot to add the word "never." i'm so looney!!
It depends on where you live.

When I lived in Europe, people dressed up very nicely all the time. I rarely saw people wearing jeans or sneakers where I lived. Actually, that's how I could tell someone was American. It was because of how they were dressed. Most Americans tend to be a bit lazy when it comes to dressing up. So if I saw someone on the train wearing jeans, sneakers, and a T-shirt I knew straight away that they were American.

As for myself, I grew up in Miami and people there tend to dress up as well (there are also a lot of people from NYC that live there). California (where I live now is super casual). But most of my friends know that I NEVER wear jeans or sneakers. I'm used to having to put an effort in what I wear because I would look underdressed if I wasn't. Most of the time I'm overdressed in Cali, but I don't really care.

So yea, a lot of people do leave the house looking like that. I always try to look my nicest. I only wear jeans when I'm lazy and on the weekend, and even then I'm wearing a blouse to make up for the look.

Anyway, everyday I have "perfect" hair and makeup and dress nicely because that's how I like to present myself (always have my nails painted and eyebrows perfectly arched). It works against me in Cali since people assume I'm wealthy or stuck-up because I don't walk around in sweat pants.
The first pic the lady's clothes and makeup and hair are all just a little too perfect. So perfect there's no way she's not in the industry. Not to mention her giant LV bag still has airline tags on it, and I think really? REALLY? This is how you look when getting off a plane?

The second lady I can totally see running into on the street. She seems like she's just going about her day in a cute skirt, cute shoes that seem comfy and pony tail.

PS: I covet that skirt, too cute.
Originally Posted by cailin
It should be noted, that European people dress up for the airport. I only noticed Americans dressing in super comfortable clothes. Trust!
When I lived in Europe, people dressed up very nicely all the time. I rarely saw people wearing jeans or sneakers where I lived.
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
This probably varies a lot depending on where you are. I've been to a few cities in a few European countries, and I saw a lot of locals in jeans and sneakers. They'd just be nice jeans and nice tennis shoes. But if someone's wearing a T-shirt, crew socks, and running shoes, that's an American. And in my hometown here in the US, you'd stick out wearing that too.

e: There's a big difference between this and this
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