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What to expect at NYFW if you've never been before

Attending your first New York Fashion week? Congrats!

As you make your cool New Yorker rite of passage, you'll quickly learn that it's not all glitz and glam.

Prepare for NYFW by learning what to expect before you even take your seat at your very first fashion show.

Long lines

Great job scoring an invite to Fashion Week!
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Great job scoring an invite to Fashion Week! But this is still New York, so don't expect anything short of a long, long line to enter your pre-ticketed event. Unless your last name rhymes with Shwintour, you're waiting.

Long waits

Woke up early to get to your favorite
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Woke up early to get to your favorite designer's show at 10 a.m.? Good for you, though it probably isn't starting for at least half an hour. But that doesn't mean you can show up late; your seat may be given away! This is fun, isn't it? The good news: Models are waiting backstage too, so really you're just like a model.

No cell service

Oh, you thought you were going to match
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Oh, you thought you were going to match with a model on Tinder while you waited a year for your show to begin? How cute. Thanks to everyone on their phones, there's basically no signal to pick up. Some venues now have free Wi-Fi, but good luck getting that password. And getting it to work.

No food

All that waiting and lack of contact with
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All that waiting and lack of contact with the outside world make you hungry? Hope you packed a snack. Though Argo Tea provided complimentary beverages last season, you can't count on finding anything to eat inside the NYFW venues. And if you leave to grab a back of Skinny Pop at the nearest bodega, you'll have to wait in line before your next ticketed event to get back in.

Free swag

Okay, so the waiting and starving can be
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Okay, so the waiting and starving can be pretty miserable but here's something to look forward to: Free stuff. Sponsors like TRESemmé often offer free hair products, there's plenty of not-usually free reading material to grab (think T Magazine) and some designers even give guests gift bags with beauty products used on models on their runways, and more.

A neck ache

Yes, NYFW is quite literally a pain in
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Yes, NYFW is quite literally a pain in the neck. We all know first-row seats are reserved for celebrities and the World's Most Important Fashion People, but guess what, so are second-row seats. And third-row seats. Not-quite-A-list media, entertainers, social media personalities and more come in from all over the city and the world to take part in NYFW, so seats fill up quickly. Expect a limited view of the runway, at best.

All the sunglasses

Does anyone not wear sunglasses during NYFW? The
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Does anyone not wear sunglasses during NYFW? The answer is no. Everyone wears sunglasses pretty much at all times. Even dogs. Grab a pair, any pair, and you'll fit right in.

Lack of celeb interaction

You might feel like a Kardashian with your
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You might feel like a Kardashian with your NYFW invite, but there's no way you're getting near one. Thank body guards and security personnel for your lack of selfies featuring Beyonce, but if seeing the corner of your favorite star's head excites you, this could be your big day.

A depletion of self confidence

We hope you leave NYFW feeling great! But
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We hope you leave NYFW feeling great! But unless you spent the morning getting a blowout and a professional makeover, slipped into a designer outfit picked out by a professional stylish and have a black Escalade shuttling you around so you can wear heels and carry a tiny impractical bag, don't compare yourself to anyone else at NYFW. Here, blogger Lyndsey Zorich wears a dress by Phillip Lim, boots and bag by Yves Saint Laurent and glasses by Balenciaga and looks flawless as a professional photog shoots her safely in oncoming traffic. But we can't call have that. You're doing great! Have fun!

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