What 8 New York Voters Wore to Cast Their Ballots


Fashion may not have been first of mind on Election Day, but New Yorkers at two voting locations still brought style to the polls. We interviewed a cross-section of locals outside a middle school at 424 Leonard Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and an elementary school on East 56th Street in Manhattan (where Donald J. Trump voted) about what they wore.


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Connie Chen

Age: 24

Occupation: Marketing for Red Bull

What are you wearing?

This is a top I got in Korea, and these culottes I got in Tokyo on the same trip. This jacket is Adidas Originals.

What about the hat?

I got it at a thrift store in New Jersey.

Are you a Yankees fan?

No. It’s just a style thing.

Where are your earrings from?

I got these in a gold jewelry place in Chinatown. I have assorted body jewelry.

Are you worried about making it to work on time?

No. My boss just texted me and said, “I’m looking out my window, and the polling lines are so long. I’m going to wait it out.”


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Kareem Amin, left, with Puneet Sabharwal

Age: 31

Occupation: Founder of a tech company

What are you wearing?

A Uniqlo jacket, the Future Is Female T-shirt, jeans from Scotch & Soda and a confusing set of shoes. I considered wearing my Converse shoes but the laces were too long to tie. So I just slipped these on, with socks. Which makes no sense.

Why are you wearing this T-shirt?

This is a T-shirt my girlfriend bought me, and that I’m pretty happy to wear. We got a lot of high-fives on the way here. The sad thing is I get more high-fives than my girlfriend does when she wears an identical one.

Why do you think that is?

I think people aren’t used to a guy wearing this T-shirt, though sometimes when it’s covered up by a jacket, it looks like it might have a very different message. Like, the Future Is Male.

Have you voted here before?

I’m from Egypt, so this is my first vote here.

Puneet Sabharwal: And I’m from India. Both of us became citizens last year. We got our citizenships a week apart. I was eligible two years ago, but I delayed it by a year so both of us could do it together. We’ve been talking about voting since we became citizens.


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Barbara Simon

Age: “Very close to 70”

Occupation: Advertising consultant

What are you wearing?

This is a Thakoon jacket. My shoes and scarf are Paul Smith. This is a Prada bag I got 15 years ago. It’s vintage.

What about your glasses and earrings?

My glasses are Oliver Peoples and my earrings are Lisa Jenks.

Is this a special outfit for Election Day?

It’s a normal outfit. If I’d had something Hillary-esque, I would have worn it. I don’t own a pantsuit. Well, maybe I have one from back in the day.

Is this your first time voting here?

No. We’ve lived here since 2011, so we’ve voted here five times. But it’s the first time they’ve had a crowd. They’ve never had a wait. It can’t be a bad sign.


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Molly Moker

Age: 32

Occupation: Video producer

What are you wearing?

The shirt is a classic I’m With Her shirt. The blazer, jeans and bag are all Madewell.

What about your shoes?

I don’t know where these are from. I’ve had them my whole life. Should I check?

No, that’s O.K. Do you remember when you got them?

I got them 10 years ago when I moved to New York from Minnesota. I thought they were kind of my New York City shoes. I don’t wear them that often anymore. I’m not really a heels person anymore. But I thought, red lips, red shoes, electing our first female president. I had to go all out.

So this was a special outfit for the day?

One-hundred percent. I put some thought into it. I wanted to wear the shirt, and I thought the blazer could be symbolic for Hillary’s pantsuits and women out there accomplishing anything they want to.


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Gloria Schwartz with Howard Schwartz

Age: 74

Occupation: Retired

Where’s your coat from?

I’m wearing Chanel. It’s brand new. I’m always in Chanel. I’ve been a fan for 14 years.

The shoes?

Chanel.

Pants?

Chanel.

Bag?

Chanel.

Necklace?

Oh, that’s Cartier.

And the sunglasses?

These are Tom Ford, but they’re usually Chanel.

You’re very stylish. Have you always been like this?

Yes. I’m on my way to the Chanel boutique after I finish this.


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Mia Preisser

Age: 33

Occupation: Burlesque dancer and actress

Where’s your dress from?

This dress is from Pinup Girl Clothing. It’s very warm. I think the hoodie is American Apparel. I got the coat in Grand Central, at Tia’s Place.

What about your shoes?

Vince Camuto. This hat is Juicy Couture from 10 years ago.

And the bag?

Some little bootleg store. I don’t remember.

You look comfortable.

This is very comfortable. It’s like wearing a nightgown. And I’ve got the layers. Always layer.

What’s the ring on your finger?

This is my wedding ring. It’s pink tourmaline. It’s my birthstone. I’m not into just diamonds.

What do you think about this line?

I’m very happy. I was worried it wasn’t going to be a lot of people.


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Taylor Ranney

Age: 28

Occupation: Investment manager

What are you wearing?

Banana Republic pea coat, Banana Republic scarf. My suit pants are from a Barneys Warehouse sale.

You’re dressed for work?

Yes.

What’s your style in your off time?

Much different than when I’m at work. I wear Lululemon and more-comfortable clothes.

Are you into yoga?

I am. I worked at Lululemon while I was getting my master’s in finance. I’m a little more well-rounded than I appear.

What do you think of this line?

I showed up 6:15 this morning, saw the line, figured it was the morning rush and decided to come back midmorning or midafternoon, and happened to choose the time Trump came. I’ve been here about an hour now.

What are you reading?

It’s a fantasy novel. Naturally, exactly what I want to be caught reading. It’s for commuting: nonwork, non-politics.


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Yoko Koide

Age: 24

Occupation: Butcher at Marlow & Sons

Where is your coat from?

I got this coat in the train station in the suburbs of Tokyo. I was out all day in the nice part of town looking for something. Didn’t find a single thing. On my way home, I found this hanging in the dark corner of a little shop.

It’s a pretty coat.

It’s very crappy. I’m very cold right now.

What about the shoes and pants?

They’re both from Zara. I really like velvet.

I’m guessing you can’t wear this to work.

I put on a white shirt over a gross shirt and my white pants. I can wear whatever I want to work, just not at work.

Did you wear anything special for the election?

I feel like I was supposed to wear white for Hillary, but I don’t have anything white.

What about a pantsuit?

I don’t have that either. I wish. Maybe I should have worn my work whites.



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