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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NYC

Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NYC

I'm back from my trip to NYC, which included catching up with friends, meals at Momofuku Ssam Bar and Masa (!), and hanging out in Brooklyn. I also got some nice photos that I'll post over the next week.

One of the most common trends I saw was the super-short, voluminous dresses that dominate this season, worn bare-legged, as this girl does. The look is an interesting contrast between sweet and scandalous, and she pulls it off particularly well.

22 Comments:

Blogger Ariel Meadow Stallings said...

This look gives off a slight whiff of "Oops, I forgot my pants." I'm a little dubious.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's very "i just got out of bed and threw on my boyfriend's shirt and last night's shoes" kind of. i like it. i feel like it wouldn't go over as well in seattle.

2:04 PM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi Ariel & anon. - It's definitely a daring look, & I agree it'd be hard to do it in Seattle. Plus, you have to have great legs to pull it off. I was surprised the first time I saw it, but it immediately started looking natural over the course of the weekend. I found it amusing that both the leggy-model types in Nolita & the hipster girls in Williamsburg were doing it.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Is there anything under there? Little shorts? There's no way you could pull that off in Seattle.

2:14 PM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi jessica - Not sure, but she wore it like a pro, so I figured she knew what she was doing. :) Btw, it is possible to do a short dress without leggings in Seattle - see the girl I photographed at Le Pichet a few photos ago.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

Pichet, you say? Touché.

2:28 PM  
Blogger m•riah said...

I would worry my dress would be blown up by a sudden wind, definitely not a mama friendly dress length...how do you bend over in that sort of dress, I wonder...She pulls it off beautifully though.

2:54 PM  
Blogger TOP HAT said...

i personally love this trend and have been wishing i could pull it off for forever, it seems! i think it's super-new york...just like the booties/tights/short dress look. i just don't think seattle is fashionista-enough for this to be wearable without the stares of utter disbelief.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you would never see anyone in the NW do this..East coasters have no shame! it's a sexy look - hard to pull off though!

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Just curious - what was the age range of the typical person wearing this short dress? 20s? 30s? Dare I say 40s? It looks like something I may have tried 15 years ago, but probably not now that I've hit the big four-oh.

8:00 PM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi Kim - Great question. I only saw the 20-something ladies wearing it, but I really believe the only two things you need are confidence and a great pair of legs. After all, Tina Turner's been doing it for decades. :)

9:57 PM  
Blogger Archana, mama of twins said...

No one has commented on your photo itself, great shot of her minimal colors with such a splashy/graffiti painted wall. Perfect.

Yeah, no way Seattle could handle it.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes way honey, It's time for Seattle people to loosen up and try new thing.

9:46 AM  
Blogger janeytk said...

this is one of my favorite pictures on your blog. she is perfectly posed and her confidence radiates.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it would be nice to see someone, ANYONE in seattle this. saying it won't fly here is nonsense. i saw a very similar look in vancouver recently...which makes reminds me how much more international that fine city is to our town. ugh.

3:55 PM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi archana - Thanks for saying so! That graffiti was very photogenic, & contrasted well w/ her simple dress.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice look - but I wouldn't attempt it without leggings.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

It reminds me of the days when I was 12-15 and would roll out of bed and throw on the nearest shirt and lounge around in it all day until I have to go out in public. . . not a "style", just laziness. I pray that this doesn't become the latest fashion craze, as it begs to be, well, thrown on the floor.

The model is lovely, and lord knows she has the legs for it! I think this is one of those fashions better left on the runway though. The picture is beautiful, I have a love of photography and think that it's just lovely to be able to go out and take shot slike that, and the model is great for letting you do it; but the fashion, or lack there of, is hideous.

9:20 AM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi Rebekah - I respectfully disagree, but I really appreciate the politeness of your comment. :) I think many of the dubious commenters here would be surprised by how normal it seems after, say, the 4th girl you've seen wearing a short dress, especially in the sweltering NYC humidity. I personally wouldn't do it w/o leggings, only b/c I know the look wouldn't suit me, but I totally agree w/ the other commenters who would encourage Seattlelites to take risks - otherwise, fashion wouldn't be half as fun as it's supposed to be.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living in N.Y.C I can completely commend you on this photo and state that this is a great summer look. N.Y.C gets very hot and we walk around every where here and you just want to stay cool and this is the way to do it while looking fashionable at the same time. I think she looks great and comfortable and I am in my mid thirties and I go around wearing dresses like this all the time. Cheers to a great photo. Keep up the awesome blog, its one of my favorates.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one whose heart stopped at the mention of Masa? How on earth did you manage that? More details, please!

5:08 AM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Hi anon. - A foodie friend of mine in NYC persuaded me to go w/ him. & it was absolutely divine. If you can ever bear to part with that much $$ for a meal, it is worth it. Plus Viktor & Rolf were eating there at the same time!! (Although at a table instead of the counter.)

7:51 AM  

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