Besides Athleisure

What do you wear on your way to yoga class?  Athleisure as daily wear is not my preferred look, so I get around this by layering all my yoga wear under an abundance of my usual layers-upon-layers.  I take the subway or bus to class each day, and here’s my daily uniform, more or less:  Scarf, fannypack, crazy cardigan, enormous cardigan, flashy skirt, clog boots; all covering my leggings and a tank top.  I get to yoga, shed all the layers, and put them all back on again when I’m done.  No need to “change” clothes or bring extra, I just wear every last bit of them and peel them off as necessary.  Not for everyone, to be sure, but I do feel a bit like Superman when he changes in the phone booth,  and it’s working for me.  I add more layers as it’s been getting colder (a flannel and a toque, currently since I still haven’t found the ideal winter coat)  and we’ll see what this routine looks like mid summer.  (note the cluttered floor and bedside table- I was on my way out the door, but to be honest, it rarely looks better).IMG_5210.


We arrived in Brooklyn in August 2017, after taking ten days to drive across the country (more on that another day). After getting settled in our sublet, we dove in to our new city. First big change: walking. In Seattle, we rarely walked to and from places. Seattle isn’t as set up for only driving in the way that the Southwest is, but it’s certainly not dense enough in most places to go carless with ease. In NY, we walked everywhere. To the store, to the park, to the library, to the subway or bus to walk some where else. In the heat and humidity of August, shoes, outfits and the comfort of both while walking everywhere were now paramount. My old, stretched out, slip-on Vans felt permanently clammy on the inside, so I knew it was time for a new pair. But buying a brand new pair of canvas Vans in summer and trying to break them in with my hot, swollen feet wasn’t working. The shoes I wore daily, rain or shine in Seattle, were not working in August in New York. I took a note from the ladies I saw around the neighborhood and bought my first pair of Birkenstocks.