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