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Subway Gear

August 14, 2013

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Perhaps the title of this post made you think you were about to see images of me in some sort of scuba suit stuffing my face with a Subway sandwich a la Jared Fogle, which let’s be honest, is entirely possible. Or maybe you thought I would be dissecting the MTA’s orange vest and blue polo uniform, which is less likely but still a possibility. But alas it’s neither of these. Instead, I’m here to fulfill a reader request inquiring about an outfit I might wear while commuting around the city. (Hear that folks? Reader requests are granted. So if you’re wondering what I wear to the gym or what kind of tampons I use, go ahead and ask.)

As much as I’d like to tell you that I wear intricate outfits and 4-inch stilettos while riding the L train, I just don’t (ok fine, sometimes I do). Until I can ditch my $112 Metrocard for a daily driver named Sal or Tony, my feet are sticking to flats during the daytime. And though the low soled footwear may not be my favorite kind of jam, my toes certainly dig them (insert toe jam joke here).

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This is a very standard outfit for me: some type of skinny jean, a boyfriend blazer, sneakers (or boots in the fall), and a large bag to carry unnecessary things like torn up boxes of gum covered in sand. It’s pretty ideal for when you’re trekking around the city, though depending on the meeting I might bring a pair of heels with me since these Converse have been around since 2004 and are probably the reason my subway car was so empty the other day.

I should also note that because the subway is at least 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside and about 100% more humid, pairing a blazer and tight jeans in the dead of summer may result in a shiny forehead (see below image), but that’s nothing an airconditioned subway car won’t take care of. This brings me to the realization that New York is actually really gross in the summer, but whatever, I love it anyways.

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BCBG blazer | Helmut Lang shirt (yup, same one I’m wearing here and nope, I haven’t washed it) | Paige jeans | Converse sneakers | Zara bag | Tom Binns & The 2 Bandits bracelets
//photos by Emily Malan

Subway Styles

April 4, 2013

I complain about the subway a lot. It’s either overpacked, smells horrendous, or delayed when I desperately need to be on time. But as much as I detest it’s unreliability, it also happens to be one of my favorite sources of inspiration. I get a lot of writing material on the subway, and I also find a significant amount of outfit ideas while riding the L train. Though I hate to admit this, I am the ultimate creeper on the subway and take snapshots of outfits or pieces that catch my eye. True story: I took a photo of a girl wearing this bag last summer and went on a scavenger hunt to find it. Yes, I could have just asked her where she bought her bag but I lack those guts.

Photographic proof c/o my iPhone

Anywhozit, while scooting across town via the underground tunnel the other day I creepily spotted a girl who pulled off black, white, and denim better than anyone I’ve seen wear black, white, and denim; which is a lot of people considering it’s a common style combo south of 14th street. While there was nothing particularly “special” about her outfit — denim jacket, black skirt, white sweater — she had that je-ne-sais-quois-I’m-so-comfortable-right-now look about her that immediately had me regretting my choice of leopard jeans and bulky sweater that bunched up under my jacket. Ugh, why was she so cool?! And why are my sleeve holes up around my shoulders?!

I took a sneaky pic of the outfit as I was exiting the train (I KNOW THIS SOUNDS SKETCHY!!) so as not to forget it when I found myself in an outfit rut the following day. And now here you see me testing the style, though my I-don’t-give-a-hoot attitude is not nearly as convincing as L-Train-Girl’s — see pursed lip photo below.

Old Navy jacket (similar awesomeness) | Stray Heart shirt (launching this summer!) | Zara skirt | Pour La Victoire boots | Saks beanie | Alexander Wang bag | Karen Walker sunglasses
// photos by Emily Malan