What To Wear (And Not Wear) In NYC

Deborah BolandJetting 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.

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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!

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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!

Updating Your Casual Wardrobe ~ 40+ Style Bloggers Show Us How

One of the biggest things on readers’ minds seems to be, “What do I wear to look casual but classy over 40?

A few days ago I posted a great solution – The Boyfriend Jacket. Other 40+ bloggers seem to agree. Here’s a street chic look at the boyfriend jacket and how these bloggers wear it to look Fabulous After 40!


Make It Funky

Inspired by menswear trends, jacket designer Nora wears her houndstooth boyfriend jacket with a pair of chic cropped trousers and a fun graphic print t-shirt.

To make it dressier, Nora has added heels and a soft, silky, art- inspired t-shirt from Zara. It’s interesting how something as simple as the right t-shirt can really add a lot of class to an outfit. Steer clear of concert tees or worn, messy tees that make you look sloppy.

The boyfriend jacket Nora is wearing is the “Beverly” and is part of Nora’s fabulous jacket collection which can be seen in its entirety at Jacket Society.


Make It Colorful

How do you pull off wearing colored jeans in a way that isn’t too loud? Susan has the right idea.

For a 4th of July dinner with friends, style blogger Susan from Fifty Not Frumpy wore a this pair of red denim skinnies by Nine West with a smart, lightweight, navy blazer.

The dark jacket cools down the bright jeans just a touch, but the look is still vibrant and on trend. Susan’s jacket also has a slight sheen to it, which helps give the outfit a dressier look. A basic white tank and statement necklace round out Susan’s patriotic outfit.


Make It Bold

Once you start shopping for a boyfriend jacket, you’ll find them in all sorts of colors, prints, and cuts.

Alison is an inspiration in her lemon yellow boyfriend blazer. To create some interesting contrast she has paired it with a bold, striped top and turned up the cuffs to create a sporty look.  Her gold tassel necklace adds a sophisticated touch. To see more of Alison’s unique and colorful style, visit her blog Get Your Pretty On.

For more tips on how to Tweak Your Chic® by incorporating color in your wardrobe, pick up a copy of my ebook, “Color Me Fabulous”.

Thanks Ladies, You all look Age-Amazing! Cheers, Deborah

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