I took this photo in New York last fall. The outfit instantly caught my eye, although I’m not sure if I liked it at the time.

A couple of weeks after taking the shot, I was honeymooning in Italy. And I began noticing women there in shoes which in my mind, were “men’s styles”, including worn-looking, clunky high-top sneakers. I was at first dismayed that my paradigm – the Italian woman in elegant, finely-made Prada or Gucci heels – was fading.

Then my perception began to change.

I realized that many Italian women wear sneakers with flair! They manage to look cool and artful in the most casual footwear possible. Now when I look at this photo, I have new eyes. What once looked a little silly to me is cool. I think I would definitely wear it. Funny how we evolve.

What do you think?

In front of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

a sharp suit and sneakers

XO, Janea



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2 Comments on A Sharp Suit and Sneakers

  1. Melissa from Hey,Girlfriend.Net
    April 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm (1 year ago)

    I’d say the large black and white head to toe dot pattern is playful, especially for a suit, and the cornflower blue sneakers punctuate the playfulness!

    In interior design, we say “form follows function”, clothing should be thought of just the same. How boring to live a utilitarian life. The girl above fulfilled “function” by covering her body and she followed it with “form” by way of playfulness. She certainly got me to smile! ????

    • Janea
      April 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm (1 year ago)

      So cool to have it described in decorating terms – makes total sense! Thanks, Melissa! ????


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