Whether you’re interning somewhere or visiting for the weekend, anyone who aspires to be Blair Waldorf needs to spend some time in New York City, preferably on the Upper East Side. Of course, a successful transformation into Blair involves perfecting an ice queen demeanor and procuring a Chuck Bass of your own, but until that day comes, a visit to New York is necessary. Here’s the ultimate sorority girl survival guide.
1. Pack Black
While everyone in New York looks effortlessly chic, I look like I’m perpetually lost on the way to a tailgate. As hard as it is, you’ll have to say goodbye to seersucker, Lilly, and Norts for the summer–unless you’re on the way to SoulCycle or the Hamptons.
2. Sacrifice Style
You know how after freshman year you realized that beauty is pain, and heels go a long way? Once you’re in New York, you’ll forget about your wide assortment of wedges. Despite the fact that sky high heels helped you determine if a boy was tall enough for your personal ride (he was if he still towered) the extra height is unnecessary here. Avoid teeter-tottering all over town, and stick to sandals and–dare I say it–flats. You’ll thank me later, when you’re racing up subway stairs, hopelessly lost somewhere in Brooklyn.
3. Chivalry Is Officially Dead
Say goodbye to southern gentlemen. If you’ve spent time in the South, you’re used to a certain amount of chivalry. When you take an elevator, you’re first to disembark. If there’s a door, it’s opened for you. In the case of public transportation (if you have it) a gentleman will always give up his seat for you. In NYC, this is not the case. It’s every man (and woman) for himself, so get aggressive or you’ll get stuck on the subway until someone lets you out.
4. Permanent Bitch Face Is A Necessity
You might be used to having a perma-smile wrapped around your face when you strut around campus, but in the big, bad city, that equals stranger danger. When you first arrive, you’ll wonder why all native New Yorkers have perfected dead eyed stares that make your side eye look friendly. After wandering the streets with a smile, you’ll be casually accosted by hobos, hippies, and people who want you to join their pyramid scheme. Practice your evil eye in the mirror and you’ll be fine.