Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Classics Endure for a Reason


Sally at Connecticut's Sachem's Head Yacht Club (which was founded by her great-grandfather)
This picture suggests at least two points.
  1. Classics endure for a reason. 
  2. Androgynous clothes do not result in androgyny.  In fact, done well, the effect is the exact opposite.

17 comments:

Lollyg said...

A picture really IS worth a thousand words!

Emily said...

Great picture! Really shows exactly what you're talking about.

John said...

What a lovely, lovely image. Thanks to Sally for sharing.

Barbara said...

Your friend looks just like a young Grace Kelly - what more can you say...

Farrell and Lauren said...

You should consider sending this into The Sartorialist. He has been posting vintage photos recently and I think his readers would love this.

Beth said...

Beautiful,absolutely beautiful.

Joy said...

These are beautiful and thanks for the great advice!

mary anne said...

Amen!

Kionon said...

Yep.

That's all I have, really. Just clear, unadulterated affirmation and agreement.

Pink One said...

This is a perfect example of what you talk about. Great picture!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman! And your comments are so true in most cases. Unfortunately, regarding androgynous clothing not resulting in androgyny "if done right" - it's not just that the clothes need to be properly selected, but the person wearing them needs to look a certain way, and that look may not be attainable for some. There are certainly women who are not beautiful, are not thin, who may even have a masculine look about them, whose looks are not enhanced by androgynous clothing. (At the same time there are some not beautiful or not thin women who can pull it off.) More feminine clothing would make them look more feminine and attractive (and perhaps thinner.) I think, as is the case with any clothing style, it looks better on some types than on others. There are some people who look fabulous in any style, and others who have to find what works for them and stick with it.

But I suppose you could say that "done right" means careful selection for one's individual appearance... perhaps khaki shorts but no collared shirt for some.

Personally, while I am thin and I think pretty attractive, I absolutely do not look good in collared shirts under crew neck sweaters. I don't look particularly good in collars at all, but a good polo shirt or oxford cloth shirt is okay - just not under anything else. I guess the key is to adopt what element works and otherwise edit, edit, edit.

sara said...

That hair style had a lot to do with women not looking androgynous when wearing a simple shirt and shorts/khaki pants or Katherine Hepburn type clothes. It looked good on a lot of women and I wonder what happened to it. Perhaps too high maintenance?

Beautiful picture; reminds me of my mom.

Dawn said...

Gorgeous picture. Thanks for sharing.

lorrwill said...

Great points - that classics do not grow stale or become dated and that androgynous dressing does not necessarily equal looking androgynous. I immediately thought of the Vassar girls on the latter point when you mentioned it earlier.

(Sally, great picture, thanks for sharing it!)

Greenfield said...

Soooo glad I found your fabulous blog! Lately I'd been feeling like hardly anyone left "gets" it--even in the land of PYC and dogwoods I feel like the Last of the Mohicans for resisting the dreaded black tide of "yoga" togs (read, "Gap shrink-wrap." Keep the flame!

Tim Willis said...

Muffy, I have to agree that androgynous (or supposedly masculine) clothes on a woman often have a good effect. I think it's a case of the modesty of the garments throwing the wearer's femininity into relief. The same thing happens with short or pulled-back hair and a sparing approach to make-up: the face in its natural, sex-specific state is more or less exposed, not hidden or awkwardly altered. Even if the face is not a classic beauty, there are attractiveness and classiness points scored merely for having the courage to show it.

Given these things, Sally Stevens is a knockout.

Claimer: these views come from a well-seasoned Anglo-Saxon heterosexual male.

Michael C said...

(sigh) If someone asked me what my 'dream girl' looked like, I'd show her this picture and say "A lot like that."