I Want to Be Julia Sarr-Jamois

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by Contributing Writer
April 23, 2014

Is this a French thing?

Hey! You there, miss, in the business casual outfit a fashion intern would slaughter for and the gym shoes your personal trainer just purchased on Zappos.

Yes, you, in the color, pattern and texture, looking not like a child running amuck in her mom’s closet and more like the oracle of personal style.

How do you do it?

Your Breton stripes and Art Deco skirt; your banana-print bottoms and athletic tops; your crosshatch fur and a wicker basket. I want in.

I want to wear sneakers and sweatshirts and designer skirts at once, aligning like the mythical cherry-cherry-cherry on a slot machine; a hopeful combination, but never a reality.

I want to be comfortable and stylish, a fortuitous empty promise that comes true wherever she lays her Swoosh-clad foot.

To look at her directly is to stare at a Magic Eye in the nanosecond as it begins to make sense — quizzical, approachable, mood-altering.

To gaze upon her textured coif is an inevitable precursor to swiveling in a salon chair.

To see her is to experience a once-in-a-lifetime secret. She is the chicken to an egg, the Harry to Hogwarts, the style to street.

Or whatever.

Her photos read like a textbook for figuring it out, while doubling as a puzzling guide to the incapability of cribbing her unparalleled style.

Did that facial decor come from a costume shop? Did that shoulder-slung sack come from Céline? Is it high end? High street? Something you repurposed from a dress-up box?

Nevermind where your garden grows, what does your closet look like? Is it organized by color, allowing you to be summoned by the rainbow collective on a daily basis? Or is it prioritized by event, the glitzy, detailed frocks clanging together whenever one is plucked off the rod to be taken out for a night on the town.

And even with a face so beautiful, hair so voluminous, legs so long, skin so glowing, it’s like staring into an eclipse.

I want to live.

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Or do whatever it is that your sweatshirt is telling me to do.

Written by Carlye Wisel

  • KittenRainbowMagicKatie

    Julia’s style is exquisite, and her hair is phenomenal!

  • Jacques Marabou

    I’ve worked with and for many people in fashion, and I’ve had the pleasure to work with Miss Jamois, and I have to tell you she is possibly ‘the’ nicest person in this industry.

  • lavieenliz

    she has amazing style!


  • Charmystique

    Fabulous style, I love how she can pull off ANYTHING without looking like she’s trying too hard. I can’t get over the banana print skirt and the rainbow hued fur.


  • TheTallandShortofitAll

    Couldn’t agree more!

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  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    She is in a league of her own. Entirely a visionary.

  • Saakshi Kaushik

    That ending sentence made me do a lot of things.

    • Leandra Medine

      e.g. hand jive

  • BethanyBeach

    Absolutely love how she pairs those pieces, her hair, and how she just exudes confidence!

  • Kiri

    Man so do I. I hadn’t heard about her until I saw a story on her in Vogue US a few years ago – I love the way she mixed prints and that her outfits match her wonderful hair so well! :-)

  • http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com Melissa Bennett

    I vow to have that hair one day

  • recovergirl

    Agreed. She looks Killa in every shot.

  • styledlife

    Pretty sure she’s british though.

  • http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr/ Miss J.
  • Sarah

    Even her name, I mean who puts Julia with sarr-jamois. NOONE! Seriously people who is this crazy alien lady, who makers the other folk wither and die? She freaks me RTF out. Love.

  • skitzo frienic

    wow! you write so well. this is like poetry.

  • Tracy

    Her look is really high-fashion but you’re not far from it either!


  • Sophie

    I love the way you write – her style is cool but your vibe is cooler.

    Sophie x


  • http://www.gladracks.com Crystal Joy

    Ugh, God, I KNOW. Me too times a million.

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  • B.

    Insert emoji praise hands.


  • Chic Trends

    We’d like to wear a “I Woke Up Like This” shirt and look like her.

    Every. Single. Morning.

    Big hair included.

    chictrends.co.uk x

  • ashton

    best style ive seen.

  • http://kiarakiara.com/ Kiara

    This ode or whatever you call this piece of work encapsulating so many brilliant metaphors was written very well.

  • http://recouturier.tumblr.com Recouturier

    I wouldn’t change a single thing, not even a bracelet, on any of her outfits pictured here. All of the elements unexpectedly work perfectly together! recouturier.tumblr.com

  • Leslie Hitchcock

    Two words: Who Doesn’t? …she is incredible, I want to be her.

  • Amanda GREY

    Sucha a COOL style. Exceptional!

  • http://www.fashionablyfab.com/ Natasha B

    Totally love her style. I’m here for uniqueness and she brings just that.

  • Tabgone25

    She’s one of the best dressed women I have ever seen. Thanks for this article.

  • http://confessionobsession.blogspot.com/ Amalie Espeland

    omg ever since i discovered her i have been saying that. haha. not i want to be like her, i want to be her. big diff. big words.

  • bong