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About El-No: 

I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - If only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny. - Coco Chanel

Coco, I totally agree! 

I will be posting and commenting on all of the public transportation style superstars who grace the CTA (the El, buses, and sidewalks) each day. You know you’ve seen them too- the ones who make you silently laugh and wonder what on earth they were thinking when they left the house. There are also some amazing fashionistas on the loose in our urban jungle.

Pictures will be posted. Comments will be made (perhaps with a thoughtful suggestion of a better option for the future and some historical background). And they will ultimately be ranked as an El-No or an El-Yes. 

Send along your favorite sightings (jpegs please) by clicking on the Submit Photos link. Remember this is fashion satire. 

Inspirations/ “If only I had a camera” Moments: 

• A man changed from sweats into a business suit (boxers not briefs thankfully). He announced to the entire train that he was running late for an interview and needed to change into his suit. And then he was gone… and we were all left wondering what was wrong with using the bathroom in the office building? 
• A women wearing a corset, fishnets, and mini skirt at 8am. Walk of shame? Model for an underwear manufacturer? Day job as a stripper? 
• A multiple fanny pack family of four- and by multiple I mean two EACH. Somewhere out there, a theme park gift shop owner is smiling. 

About Me: 

I’m an artist and fashion professor who lives in Wicker Park with my husband and my two French bulldogs. 

When I’m not people watching, I enjoy entertaining, pilates, drinking gin and tonics at happy hour, and of course talking about anything related to fashion.