OOTD: The Beautiful Commute

Commuting to work can be stressful…or it can be easy, effortless and fun! The Q train stops on the new 2nd Ave subway line here in Manhattan illustrate that. So does Madewell’s glorious Spring 2017 line! Wrapping up my series of Madewell Spring outfits (for now!), let’s take a walk on the colorful side.








Jacket: AG Jeans (also available via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Dress: Madewell | Shoes: Boden
Necklace: Madewell | Bag: Chloe (other colors here, here, here and here)
Earrings: Anthropologie (old, similar) | Rings: Anthropologie
Photos: Bekka Palmer

The new 2nd Ave subway line is bright and airy compared to many of the older train stops, and the most beautiful part of all has to be the mezzanines between street level and train platform. At each of the three new stations the MTA commissioned an artist to leave their mark on the expansive hallways. At 86th Street, artist Chuck Close created mosaic versions of some of his renowned portraits, painstakingly detailed close-up shots of people both famous and ‘ordinary.’ Standing next to these 9-foot tall mosaics one can’t help but marvel at the magnificence of color and silhouette.

Beauty comes in all forms, from artwork as self-expression to outfits! I’m a big fan of using my clothing as a means to communicate to the world — to share my cheery, vivid outlook on life and invite people to know just a bit about who I am based on what I wear.

This year I’ve been quite taken by Madewell’s Spring clothing, with its warm color palette, excellent mix of neutrals and killer denim! It’s been fun teaming up with them for this series of outfit posts and visiting the store many times over to revel in what’s new and works well together. This red banana dress is ostensibly a beach cover up, but it works great as a day dress (or a Friday work dress in my casual office environment!)

Part of my frustration with retailers lately has been how hard they make it to see outfits, whether by releasing way too much stuff or not helping the customer to see how pieces work together. At Madewell I never have these problems — from inspiring store mannequins and outfit hangers to clothing in a complementing palette, shopping there is fun and rewarding! Two things I love to say about clothing.

Here are my other posts in this series:
OOTD: I like the way you move
OOTD: Spring whites
OOTD: Blues & Greens Forever
OOTD: Warm hues and sunny days

And below are some of my favorite Madewell items, including sale goodies! From these 35 items in this boutique you can easily make a bevy of pretty outfits which will be flattering and chic. So many of us love Madewell in this community! What are your favorite items there right now? What have you bought and loved?

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  1. Dina
    March 23, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Is it possible to get a 25% off PA on things I bought in the last 14 days that were 30% off?

    • March 23, 2017 / 11:09 am

      As in stack the discounts? No. If not I'm not sure I understand your question, can you elaborate or give an example of what you mean?

  2. Dina
    March 23, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I was talking about what Guest said. I bought some things at 30% off during the last promotion and the current price at 25% off is now lower (no PA's were given the first time and the actual sale prices of the items are still the same). I called CS and they said I couldn't have the 25% off also. Not sure if I should call again? Or is what I'm asking considered stacking?

    • Dina
      March 23, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      I just called again to see if I could get a further 25% off the things I got 30% off of less than 14 days ago (no PAs of any kind were done on those orders) and they said no. Is that correct?

      • Dina
        March 23, 2017 / 2:52 pm

        I guess by current price you mean the current full price Guest? Like if the price was $29.95 and is still $29.95 I can't get the extra 25% off?

      • Stefanie
        March 23, 2017 / 3:01 pm

        If the actual selling price is still the same as it was when you got the 30 off, you can't stack another 25 off on top of the 30.

        • Dina
          March 23, 2017 / 3:31 pm

          I just did it on my 3rd try, so I guess you can do it.

          • Dina
            March 23, 2017 / 3:32 pm

            Thanks though!

          • Dina
            March 23, 2017 / 4:14 pm

            Now I'm thinking maybe that 3rd person who gave me the PA was wrong and it won't end up going through. It was only one order so that's okay. Thanks for all the replies.

          • Guest
            March 24, 2017 / 2:19 pm

            A PA is a return and repurchase only valid within 14 days. So they'll just sell it to you for what it's currently going at and your card will be credited the difference. As former employee, be kind and realize that with these promotions stores are busy and they don't have enough staff/registers to do PAs over the phone. You just need to bring in your receipt and hop in line 🙂

          • Dina
            March 26, 2017 / 11:23 pm

            I was calling the 800 CS number for online PAs, not the store, but thanks Guest. I was totally incorrect about thinking I could get another 25% off after I got 30% off and the sale price hadn't gone down (had a momentary lapse of sanity lol).

  3. Dina
    March 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I have another question. If I bought something on sale at 30% off and then the actual price of the item gets reduced further and there's also 25% off that lower price, do I get the new lower price plus the 25% off when I ask for a PA? I was under the impression that was what I was getting in the past and haven't checked all my PA's on my credit card statement yet.

  4. Lori
    March 24, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I would be more excited if there was anything on sale that I wanted. I'll save my $ and wait for some newer tops to hit sale eventually.

  5. Kristina
    April 28, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Cute outfit! I wish we had a train station here to commute to various places. I'm a SAHM now for a while but when I was working I drove since it was in the city and I lived in the outskirts.

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you Kristina! The subway is certainly a bonus, I lived for a bit in a few cities that had none and it always feels a bit weird to me to have to drive everywhere!

  6. April 28, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Love the color combo in this OOTD! I also adore the red skirt in the pics. That is so sweet yet powerful!

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you Brenda!!

  7. Nataly
    April 28, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Love that dress paired with the denim jacket! Too cute!

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks Nataly!

  8. April 28, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I love your purse!


    • April 29, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you Lauryn!

  9. Bri
    April 28, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I love the print on this dress. You look great! Does madewell run smaller than anthropologie? I'm usually a 6/s in anthro, should I go with a med in this dress?

    • April 28, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      No I'd size down, the dress is very roomy!

      • Shari
        April 29, 2017 / 11:33 am

        Im a 6, a small definitely (and maybe an xs)

  10. Lindinha
    April 28, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    You look absolutely fabulous Roxy!! That's a well put together look and the yellow pumps are the ultimate pop of color ????

    Also I may need to borrow your photographer for my visit later this summer ??

    • April 28, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Do it! Bekka is so great.

  11. April 28, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Such a cute dress! The print is perfect for Spring.

    xo Jackie

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you Jackie! I agree, it's a great print.

  12. April 28, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    what a pretty print on that dress!

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Isn't it so fun! Like wearing a big red bandana.

  13. thebodytypestylist
    April 28, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Your to and from commute is so stylish!!! Love the dress

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  14. Steph
    April 28, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Such a cute look! Love your heels too.


    • April 29, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks Steph! They are ultra-comfy.

  15. sarasab
    April 28, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Such a cute dress and those yellow heels are the perfect touch!

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks sarasab!!

  16. April 28, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I really like Madewell too and you are right about how the shopping experience there. I am already eyeing the yellow sunglasses and the Marfa bag.

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      The yellow sunnies are super fun! I am wearing mine often.

  17. April 28, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    This color red looks so good on you & I'm loving that print!

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you so much Kimberly!

  18. elenasts
    April 28, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I really like the outfit and you have done a tremendous work styling it!!!

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you elenasts! Huge smile on my face. 😀

  19. Anthropolitan
    April 28, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Awwwww, Lou Reed. 🙂

    Cute outfit, and I so love that bag!

    Has anyone been able to use their survey code twice? My items are coming in, and already I know a chunk are going back. I'd love some more jewelry, though.

    • April 29, 2017 / 2:34 am

      Yes you can use it multiple times!

  20. momssmallvictories
    April 28, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    You look great! I love the red dress and the red eyelet mini skirt you linked to! And I have a serious weakness for pretty purses.

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Right there with you lady! One can never have too many bags…right? 😉

  21. April 28, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I love the denim contrasting the nice print. The 2nd Ave subway really looks great and worth that long wait.

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      It absolutely was.

  22. Wellchamps
    April 28, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Awesome outfit. What a nice collection of cute stuff. I like the Madewell sunglasses.

    Lorna Ye @savingchamp.com

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks Wellchamps!!

  23. Shannon
    April 28, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I love the pop of yellow with the shoes! Super cute combo! 🙂

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you so much Shannon!

  24. terristeffes
    April 28, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Thank you for the new thoughts! I am loving the new block heel sandals for summer, but I don't want them too high…I want a lower heel that will dress up summer dresses and skirts. Hard to find.

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Nordstrom also has so many block heel styles of varying heights!

  25. jessi
    April 29, 2017 / 12:03 am

    I love the print on that dress! It looks super casual and comfortable, which I adore! The shoes really set it off too! It just looks very casual yet put together.

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much jessi!

  26. emilyboucher2014
    April 29, 2017 / 9:25 am

    i love everything by madewell, always! thanks for rounding up some great picks!

    xo Emily

    • April 29, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      You're welcome emily! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  27. April 29, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Love Madewell and actually just bought a pair of jeans there yesterday! I love their online store, because it has so much more than the little store at our local mall!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Agree Karen! Even here in NYC where the stores are pretty big, there is so much more available online.

  28. April 29, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I am legit in love with your shoes, I love your whole outfit!

  29. April 29, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    This clothing line looks great.
    The outfit you chose looks very good on you!

  30. Jess
    April 29, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Cute pictures Roxy! I bought the round purse in the black and it's the perfect size for my needs. It's already my new favorite. Madewell just keeps dishing out the cutest things!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      That's awesome Jess, I love that bag! And I totally agree with your assessment, Madewell really does have tons to love right now.

  31. April 29, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Madewell is the best when it comes to clean and classic pieces! I'm in love with that color red on you!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Yep, agree, fun classics with a bit of a modern update!

  32. elizabethbrico
    April 29, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Creative shoot, I love that you did it in the subway

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  33. Lara Ruth
    April 29, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Hard to not like a photoshoot in the subway <3 I really like the spring line. It looks so easy to wear and stylish!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Right? It's the epitome of city fun.

  34. April 30, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I'm loving this dress, and how you styled it with the denim jacket and yellow heels! Madewell never leaves me disappointed!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you so much Rachael!

  35. Jeanine
    April 30, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Super gorgeous! I wouldn't ever think to snap some photos down in the subway, here it isn't as nice though. I adore your whole outfit but those shoes… I am loving those shoes!

  36. caitpatton
    April 30, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Love that dress so much! Madewell always has such great stuff

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Yes they totally do!

  37. April 30, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    The shoes are so cute, and really do make your entire outfit pop + look so chic! Sometimes I wish I had a commute via underground or train, but I just drive 15 minutes to work everyday! xx

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      15 minutes is so not bad though! I love how walkable NYC is, but now living in Brooklyn it's either biking or subway to work for me. The bike ride over the Manhattan Bridge is beautiful.

  38. adriana
    April 30, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Cute dress! I love how you styled it, it's perfect for spring

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks Adriana!

  39. April 30, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Love that dress. It is so fun and unique. I love how you styled it with the yellow pumps. That punch of color is fabulous.

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much Cindy!

  40. Azanique S. Rawl
    April 30, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    This dress is so pretty!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you Azanique!!

  41. Elise
    April 30, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Such a cute outfit!! Love that bag too!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you Elise!! This bag makes me so happy. 🙂

  42. April 30, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Love the pop of yellow!!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you Jaime!!

  43. April 30, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Madewell happens to be one of my favorite clothing stores. I love how simple and classic their style is and how “well made” the clothes are. I loved your outfit and enjoyed how you took photos in the subway! I live in JC so NY is only a short drive of path ride away and this totally inspired me to snap some pics in the subway next time I travel to the city. Love your style!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Yay!! I think you'll have a great time photo'ing in the subway.

  44. April 30, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I love, love, LOVE that bag! It looks like one of the backpack purses that I used to have as a teen but way classier!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Yes!! It brings me back to about those years too. 🙂

  45. darlingdearestblog
    April 30, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I wish I lived somewhere that had artwork like this available to take in on the way to work! I also love the idea of style as a from of art expression. Love the color of the dress with those shoes!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Thank you much! And I agree, one thing I love about living here is all the brilliant and beautiful public art. It can really cheer up the day.

  46. April 30, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Loving your look Roxy! The vibrant colors of the dress paired with those chic pumps are stunning. This season, I'm loving culottes and African print. Finally I can wear them a lot now that the weather is finally warming up.

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Oh I'm sure those look beautiful on you Louisa!! I love a good ikat or shibori myself.

  47. Eina
    April 30, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Colors and patterns that are made for you, plus that perfect yellow punctuation. The station has great artwork, but you manage to illuminate it.

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Awww thank you Eina!! =)

  48. Mariam (The Petite Bijou)
    April 30, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Love the pop of yellow with your heels!

    xo Mariam

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Thank you Mariam!!

  49. April 30, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Oh I love your selection of accessories. Details are everything and apparently tassles are a thing now. I'm going to have to head to Madewell for that bracelet. Great post.

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Isn't it just so fun??

  50. thestylelynnkind
    April 30, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    loving all of the colors here! So perfect for summer!

    xo, Roselyn

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you Roselyn!

  51. May 1, 2017 / 8:19 am

    What a fun outfit! I would never have thought to pair the yellow shoes with the red dress. It is super cute!

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you Kelly!

  52. May 1, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I am loving your outfit! It's perfect for Spring or Summer! It looks super comfortable and I love the colors as well. You styled it really beautifully.

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you much Carol!

  53. May 1, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Thank you Stace!!

  54. amandahrosson
    May 1, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Love what a bright and colorful outfit this is!! That printed dress is so fun and those shoes so perfectly tie the whole look togethert!!

  55. May 2, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I like the idea behind this, nice work!

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