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Traveling to the Big Apple? Find out how to dress like a New Yorker! Take a look at these four outfits to inspire NYC style!
How to Dress Like a New Yorker
Written By: Liz Warren
New York City attracts tourists from all over the world, and while you might be one of them, it doesn’t mean you have to look like it!
When you visit one of the top fashion capitals in the world, your wardrobe needs to be on point. You want to blend in with the stylish locals, but stand out when it matters – and that means packing the perfect mix of trendy, high fashion, and effortless pieces.
Here are a few New York outfits that will make people think you’ve lived there forever:
Keep it Simple
Ironically enough, the first rule to blending in with the chic residents of New York is to stop over-thinking your wardrobe. New Yorkers have a way of using the most basic pieces to create a fashion-forward outfit.
As long as you’re choosing the right fit, you can’t go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans combo. Throw on an oversized, structured coat and apply a bright lip color to transform your basics into an effortlessly chic ensemble.
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Choose Statement Pieces
The best part about keeping clothes simple is being able to spice up basic pieces with bold accessories. New Yorkers take the time to choose the shoes, bag, and jewelry that best matches their mood or destination that day.
So, switch out your diamond studs for a wild pair of earrings and trade in your everyday bag for a funky statement piece. After all, where else but New York can you wear a bright red purse with a gold deer dangling from it?
Use slim packing cubes to save space in your suitcase and travel carry-on only.
Be Fashionable, But Stay Practical
You’ll likely be outside exploring the city for hours on end. And while you may have envisioned yourself strutting down the sidewalks in stilettos like you see in fashion magazines, it’s not practical. In reality, you’ll be moving at a brisk pace to keep up with the flow of pedestrians who were smart enough to wear their walking shoes.
Pack a pair of feminine brogues for the days you spend outdoors, and choose your outfit with that same idea in mind. Think hooded jackets, scarves, and light, loose-fitting sweaters.
Even your makeup should be practical and ready for anything. Opt for a CC cream that moisturizes, evens skin tone, and protects you from the sun’s rays.
Pile on the Black
When in doubt, pack black. New Yorkers are notorious for dressing head to toe in the color, and that can seem a little dreary to those used to lighter palettes. But don’t fear the dark side!
There’s an easy trick for making an all-black outfit less Scary Spice and more Posh: just mix up your textures. Try pairing a sheer top with patent-leather heels and grab a velvety clutch to add more dimension to your look.
Whether you’re in Midtown, SoHo, or Brooklyn, your NYC outfit will scream, “I live here”. Now go out and own those sidewalks!
What are your tips on how to dress like a New Yorker? Share and comment below!
For more North America packing tips, please read:
- What to Wear in New York
- What to Pack for New York in Spring
- What to Wear in Las Vegas
- What to Wear in California
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Author Bio: Liz is a Boston-based writer with a severe case of wanderlust. She loves that her job allows her to combine travel and fashion, and she’s always dreaming up her next trip (and wardrobe to go along with it). Follow her stylish adventures on Instagram & Twitter.