Every city has its own sense of fashion identity. From coast to coast, fashion is intrinsically different, with Harpers Bazaar stating LA has a fun and flirty vibe while NYC sees a little more structure and sophistication. The distinction is so evident that New York dwellers could probably spot a tourist from a mile away, judging them on their wardrobe choices alone.
With the Big Apple hailing as one of the top fashion capitals of the world, clothing options for a New York vacation have become crucial components of holiday preparations. So what exactly are the components of New York Style that will prevent visitors from sticking out like a sore thumb?
For one, you should never underestimate the power of black. Neutrals are the palette of choice for local residents; with black being the most important color you could have in your closet. An all-black ensemble may be too intimidating or dark for one’s taste, especially for those who are fans of vibrant colors. Black pants (not leggings) are a basic item that Focus on Style recommends you pack, opting for a slim ankle crop or a wide-leg pant.
While New York is a trend driven city that will have you wanting to refresh your capsule wardrobe every season with cams and crop tops, some of the essential silhouettes as noted by the curators of Lyst’s collection of contemporary tops, local fashionistas are all about finding the classics from a mix of brands. Looking for things that can be worn forever, New Yorkers have mastered the skill of marrying high end brands with fast fashion favorites, such as H&M. Rather than going broke from buying brand new designer items, try scoping out consignments and thrift shops for vintage treasures.
Walking is the main mode of transportation in NYC, so if your shoes weren’t made for walking, they definitely weren’t made for this city. Remembering not to tread too closely to running shoes or flip flops, Conde Nast Traveler suggests pairs like mid-heeled booties, oxford lace-ups, cool sneakers or slip-on brogues. But if you absolutely must take your sky high stilettos with you for nights out, don’t forget to pack a pair of ballet flats in your purse for when the pain is no longer manageable.
Finally, it’s about striking a balance between comfort and style, effortlessness and refinery. Once you’ve found that sweet spot, you’re ready to walk the streets of Manhattan.