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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

Teenage Dreams

June 5, 2013

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All throughout high school you could find me dressed in flared jeans, oversize sunglasses, and some kind of vintage leather bag. (I wore shirts too, but they’re irrelevant here simply because they were belly-button bearing t-shirts that I stole from my friend’s little brothers.) Not unlike today, I was very much about the accessories — earrings, sunglasses, bracelets, and bags. And while I was content with my handbag selection, there was one bag that haunted my dreams like a lion after you’ve watched it rip it’s lunch to shreds at the zoo (anyone else have this experience? Anyone? Bueller?)

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It was a vintage brown pouch with engraved floral detailing that I saw at a thrift store on Haight Street for the whopping sum of $250 — a price well out of range for my 16 year-old self. And so for over a decade my dreams have been haunted. Nights pained with regret, loneliness, and longing. Why hadn’t I just saved up the money and bought the bag? Was it really so necessary that I spend all my allowance on weekly mani/pedis and trips to the Urban Outfitters sale rack? At the time I thought it crucial to my well-being, but in retrospect no. Absolutely not.

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As you may have imagined or noticed from the beautiful bag featured in this very post, my dreams have been rescued from torment. My saving grace? Patricia Nash; the creative mastermind behind this Marciano Leather Crossbody with the tooled floral detailing that caught my eye in the midst of my adolescence. (I was a late bloomer, which is funnily coincidental since these tooled blooms were late to joining my life as well. Ha. Get it?)

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With a snap closure, interior pocket perfect for things like lipstick, hair ties, and lint, and a very reasonable price of $128, I’d say your dreams have been rescued as well, whether you knew you were having sleepless nights of handbag longing or not.

And with that I’ll just say that I was all too ready to slip back into my high school staples of flared denim and oversize sunglasses, since they really do just look so much better with the proper, vintage-inspired handbag. I skipped on the little boy t-shirt, though knowing my repetitive nature, they could easily find their way back into my wardrobe sooner than I think.

End scene.

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Rag & Bone hat | Zara shirt | Textile Elizabeth & James jeans | Isabel Marant heels | Patricia Nash bag | Elizabeth & James sunglasses | 2Bandits & vintage bracelets

 

// photos by Emily Malan

Cropped and Bare

July 18, 2012

Let’s keep the whole cropped trend going here, shall we?

First you saw the swan pants and now I share with you the swan cropped top. I have been known to wear them together but it’s so hot outside that the sole thought of wearing pants is frightening. What can I say, I like a breeze on me knees.

The whole “cropped top” trend scared me at first. Bare tummy? Hell no. But then I remembered the delightfully high-waisted pieces that are slowly taking over my wardrobe. You’re telling me that instead of doing the peek-a-boo-look-at-my-belly-button look, I could do the sliver of skin peeking out between my top and skirt? Deal.

This has since been a pretty go-to look for me (I even cut a t-shirt in a moment of frustration because I didn’t have enough crop skin sliver tops), and have to say that extra bit of breeze on the upper midriff is as good as it feels on the knees.

Even the arrow points at my midriff! 

Topshop bralet | Zara skirt | J.Crew belt | Kate Spade purse | Dolce Vita sandals | Vintage sunglasses | 2 Bandits ring

// photos by Emily Malan

Brooklyn Standard

July 3, 2012

There’s something so low key about living in Brooklyn that all I want to do is wear comfortable and relaxing clothing. Lately, that means a maxi skirt, comfortable tank top, and bold accessories.

I’ve been wearing this outfit for the past few days now because I love how easily it can transition from day-to-night. That’s the thing about summers in NYC, it’s just as hot at night as it is during the day, so sundresses, tank tops, and sandals are totally acceptable no matter what time it is.

{ LnA tank top, Dolce Vita skirt, Ralph Lauren sandals c/o, Zara bag, thrifted hat and sunglasses, Forever21, 2Bandits, and Tom Binns bracelets, Catbird and 2Bandits rings }

// photos by Claire Meyers (@cmey) 

White Party

June 28, 2012

Just as I predicted, white jeans have become one of my biggest summer staples and it’s not even July yet! The pairing possibilities are endless, but I’ve been really into the P.Diddy look as of late, aka all white from top to bottom.  I can think of a few reasonings for this:

  1. It’s the most heat friendly combination
  2.  I love monochromatic dressing
  3. I secretly wish I was P.Diddy (???)
  4.  I’m compensating for the fact that I still don’t own a white suit
  5. All of the above
But does an outfit really need a reasoning? Maybe this is just a phase? Am I getting too psychological here? Oh, just scroll through the photos already and tell me what you think.

{ Shirt from eBay seller ekoclo, Rag & Bone jeans, Chloe bag, Giuseppe Zanotti heels, thrifted sunglasses } 

// photos by Emily Malan