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Lindsey on wearing her boyfriend’s clothes and why she too would never talk to a guy in flipflops

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Lindsey for Nerve's style blog   What's your name and what do you do?
My name is Lindsey, and I am an editorial assistant for a fashion-sewing website called BurdaStyle. I design jewelry in my spare time.

What are you wearing?
A tee shirt I stole from my boyfriend, a J. Crew sweater, Converse jacket, and Acne jeans. My shoes are old Hush Puppies that are still in remarkably good condition considering how hard it is to keep shoes clean in New York. My necklace is a piece I threw together from two vintage necklaces I found at estate sales.   

What are some articles of clothing that you consider essential?
Essentials for me are the things I find myself wearing almost everyday, my go-to pieces for those mornings when I can’t form a sentence let alone pick out an outfit. I gravitate towards comfortable and classic clothing with a twist, and I usually end up buying items very similar to pieces I already have in my closet. I love worn in, super-soft T-shirts; my favorites are from Alternative Apparel and T by Alexander Wang. Button up shirts, usually from J. Crew because they fit my ridiculously narrow shoulders well. Slightly baggy jeans and dungarees (I steal a lot of pants from my boyfriend), and shawl-collared sweaters. I own at least seven.  

Any fall trends that you're super excited about?
Fall in general gets me excited. Cooler weather means you can wear more layers and I have a jacket and scarf obsession which borders on a problem. I can’t say that there is any one trend I’m particularly excited about for fall, although I do really like seeing the sharp minimalism that a lot of women are injecting into their wardrobes lately. I’m a sucker for clean lines.  

What are some fashion trends that you can't stand?
This is a dangerous question, since there is quite a lengthy list. Living in Brooklyn, I would like to see a lot less of girls and boys dressing like they found their clothing at a dump site. I realize the slashed and trashed look was in for awhile, but I think as a whole it's rather tired and way past its prime.  

If you're sizing up a guy, what are some outfit details that you really like?  
I like guys who stick to the classics, and clothing that fits well. So many guys don’t know what size they are or understand that fit can really make or break your look, whether you’re wearing a 500-dollar suit or a twenty-dollar pair of pants.  

What are some things that are absolute dealbreakers? 
Flip flops, without question. And those strange rubber toe-shoe things I see a lot of the “urban hikers” wearing.  

If you were going out, trying to get laid, what would you wear?  
I have a pretty amazing boyfriend so when I go out I don’t usually get dressed with any other agenda than feeling comfortable in what I’m wearing. However, if I was on the prowl I’d try to keep it classy, not too conservative but just enough to leave them wanting more.  

If you were to go home with a guy, what's something that, if you saw it in his apartment, would make you turn around and leave?
Anything remotely resembling a Midwestern college dorm room – bongs, Bob Marley posters, a keg. Dirty dishes all over the place are a deal breaker, too.  

Do you think that working a fashion job affects your personal style?
Definitely. Fashion is a way for you to visually assert your individuality, and being constantly surrounded by creative and stylish people makes you push yourself to stand out that much more. I think the key is to remain true to yourself and your personal style. My favorite fashion-industry veterans are the ones who bypass the trends and stick to their individual tastes and what works best for them. It’s easy to get sucked into the hype of the fashion industry and think you need to change or alter yourself to fit in, but style is a whole lot more about personal taste and attitude than "it" items and high-priced labels.