exactitudes, part deux


(images via exactitudes)

you could see these girls on the street in any major city across the globe, no? indie girls trying to set themselves apart from the pack. or perhaps, trendy girls with nice bags, looking blase in their ballerninas. i've seen my fair share on the streets of chicago (where i still am at the moment!), in wicker park, and on michigan avenue, respectfully. those gals might see themselves as unique, think they are "different"...but, whoa, they all look so scarily similar, do they not? the same type of bags, the slouchy knit berets, the long, layered tresses tossled just so, the ubiquitous skinny jeans...
are any of us really "different"? or as "different" as we think we are?
nope. not really!
it's pretty curious, eh?
we're really very categorizable, moreso than we probably want to believe.


i called this post exactitudes, part deux, because, whatdaya know, it seems i wrote about the exactitudes project way back in early 2008...but it seems to be making the internet rounds again. and for good reason, as the project is ongoing, and utterly facinating.


a quote from my original post on the exactitudes project:

"ari versluis and profiler ellie uyttenbroek have been working together since 1994 on a documentarian-style photographic project called exactitudes (a word that is a mash-up of the words “exact” and “attitude”). the pair has scoured rotterdam and a smattering of cities around the world, gathering people from various social groups that appear to share the same “dress code”. these individuals are styled, posed and photographed in such a way that emphasizes their similarities in the way of outward expression."

you can read the rest here, if you so wish!


go to the exactitudes website to learn more about the project.


p.s., a tip: turn your sound up when looking at the groups of photos on the exactitudes website, as the individual photos are accompanied by little illustrative soundbites!

older ladies of the street (and why i love them)



these two ladies popped into my feed reader around the same time...and seeing them, one after the other, warmed my heart and made me smile. these ladies, though advanced in age, clearly have a young spirit residing within them. a penchant for expressing themselves in an artful, daring way that dallies with modernity, and youth without, to my eye, looking like a "mutton dressed as a lamb," as the old (tired) saying goes. they are at once "age appropriate" and pushing the envelope for what's expected of, or typically worn by their demographic (see: that pink hair, those plaid combat boots!!). i hope i look half as good when i find myself at their age...and that i am still expressing my own self with the same attention to detail and clearly apparent joie de vivre that these ladies project. they seem to delight in the act of dressing, perhaps they always have...it would be interesting to see what these women were like in their "younger years".


on a related note: i am happy that street fashion blogs like advanced style (still) exist, and that some street fashion photographers have a broad focus in the age, gender, race and aesthetic they choose to publish. diversity is good...it keeps life interesting, and the novelty is pleasing to the eye and the brain, no?


care to share any links to street fashion/fashion blogs which feature/focus on or are written/curated by/for people of "advanced age"? one's that do their work or express themselves with panache? do tell.