Jetting off to the Big Apple this summer and fretting about what to wear?
Relax. Even though New York is the fashion capital of the world, you don’t need to worry about stuffing your suitcase full of all the latest trends in order to blend in.
For walking around, site-seeing and shopping, you’ll want to be casual and comfy. That being said, there are a few things you’ll definitely want to steer clear of to avoid looking touristy. Stylist Chantelle Collier has these style tips for what to wear and what not wear in NYC.
What Not To Wear
- Heavy Sneakers – It’s NYC and everyone walks everywhere, but please leave your clunky jogging sneakers at home. Instead try a comfy flat shoe like a gladiator sandal, ballet flat, athletic slide or sleek and stylish statement sneaker (this season’s hot casual shoe).
- The “I heart NY” tee – You know the one. This classic New York souvenir is available on almost every street corner in the city. By all means, pick one up (I have several!), pack it away to wear back home.
- The Fanny Pack – Yes, it’s convenient, but super frumpy too. Instead, choose a roomy tote with long straps that can be thrown over your shoulder. It’s a good idea to have a bag that zips closed to protect your belongings. When it comes to color, a neutral bag is best for travel as it will match all the outfits you have packed.
What to Wear In NYC Outfit #1 – White is Fresh and Summery
Summer in the city can be a scorcher, but you won’t catch local gals wearing shorts. So whether you plan to take a horse and carriage ride through Central Park or have a pretzel in Time Square, a pair of white skinny jeans, or tapered, cropped pants will look great. Wear them with a top with a summery feel like this striped one.
Comfortable sandals are a must for a day on your feet, so choose a pair that is cushioned and supportive.
As for accessories, you’ll want to wear a bag that is large enough to fit your daytime essentials and that can be easily thrown over your shoulder. A neutral coloured tote back with a long strap is perfect for this. Pop on an interesting piece of jewelry like a sleek watch and you’re good to go!
What To Wear in NYC – Outfit # 2 - You can’t go wrong in Black
You can’t get the full NYC experience without doing a bit of shopping. For an afternoon browsing the stores, you’ll need an easy outfit that is both comfortable and chic.
New Yorkers are infamous for wearing black so why not wear a pair of black skinny jeans and a simple classic tee. It’s super chic when styled the right way.
Choose a tee in a breathable cotton fabric that falls away from the body. Then infuse some black into your outfit with accessories. Wear your jeans with comfortable black leather sandals, a black leather crossbody bag to keep your hands free, and a pair of black and gold earrings. Finish off the look with a light summer scarf in a colorful pattern.
Deciding what to take to NYC doesn’t have to be hard. A little advance wardrobe planning will put you in that New York State of Mind, and make your trip so much more enjoyable.
Have you been to NYC lately? What did you wear? Comment below!