A trip to New York in the summer is always a thrill because there are so many things to see and do. What will you be wearing when tour Times Square, go for a carriage ride in Central Park or take the ferry-boat over to The Statue of Liberty?
Here are five outfits you can wear sightseeing, plus some handy tips for what to wear in New York in the summer.
1. Wear Something Comfy
Don’t worry that because you’re in the fashion capital of the world, you have to dress up like a fashion model. Ninety-nine percent of the time you are going to be walking around( a lot!), shopping, touring and doing some casual dining, so it’s more about being relaxed and comfy.
Comfy, however, doesn’t have to mean sloppy. To look casual and pulled together, pay attention to your grooming, and add in some trendy accessories. Focus on that, and you’ll be all set.
2. Wear Something Cool
There are a ton of online searches for what to wear in New York in July and What to wear in New York in August, and that’s because these are the two most popular months to travel to the Big Apple. They are also the hottest!
Temperatures are often in the 80’s (and can even go as high as the low 90’s in August), and it’s sticky, muggy and sweaty. Be sure to wear something that is cool, and that breathes like this linen shirtdress, above.
Sleeveless tops are good, but if you are going to be in air-conditioned museums all day or you are a woman who likes to cover her arms, try wearing short sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves in a very light fabric such as cotton.
Sandals might be cooler than sneakers for you, but make sure they are flat or an easy to walk in flatform style.
3. Comfortable Walking Shoes are Your #1 Priority
Of all the points I’m making today, this is by far the most important. New York is a walking city. Everybody walks everywhere, and nobody is checking you out to see what shoes you have on. So do yourself a favor and find yourself the softest, most comfortable walking shoes, with arch support if necessary.
Comfortable shoes used to mean frumpy shoes, but now there’s so much choice from lightweight, flexible ballet flats to perforated suede sneakers or chunky, soft, scrappy sports sandals. And don’t ever take new walking shoes to New York without wearing them in at home first! Testing out new shoes in NYC is a mistake that will ruin your whole trip.
4. Pants are Perfect, and Shorts are O.K.
Many women wonder about pants and shorts, and the bottom line is there is no rule. Jeans are fine, but they can sometimes be heavy, so if you are going to wear them in summer, make sure you get a lightweight pair with some stretch. I like white jeans, but a lot of women worry the big city grime is going to mess them up. I don’t personally find that a problem.
Casual cropped pants that end just above the ankle are cooler and chicer than capris that end at mid-calf. Shorts are fine too, although longer, more tailored walking shorts have more sophisticated city style than short shorts.
5. Skirts are a Good Option
If you want to keep cool, but you don’t want to wear shorts, then do as New Yorkers do and wear a casual summer skirt. You can choose a denim skirt, a casual pleated skirt, a soft knit jogger skirt, a chambray shirt, or a tropical print skirt.
There are so many cute, casual skirts out there that you can dress down with a tee-shirt or dress up by adding fab jewelry and shoes. Skirts are very versatile and great for wearing in New York in the summer.
6. Casual Jumpsuits Work Well
Casual Jumpsuits in light summery fabrics are the perfect thing to pack for a trip to NYC, especially the cropped ones which have a stylish but relaxed vibe. Wear them to the theatre, out to dinner or to that new art exhibition you have been dying to see. You’ll look cute and right on trend.
7. A Hands-Free Bag Helps
When you’re checking out the goods at the weekend flea market on 6th Avenue, grabbing an ice cream cone at Rockefeller Center or walking The Highline, it’s nice to be hands-free. A crossbody bag or a cute backpack with a zipper is a good idea so you can move around and get involved.
Finally, don’t forget to bring along a pair of sunglasses. It’s bright out there, and a pair of hip sunglasses add a good dose of New York cool! A water bottle and sunscreen are also good things to carry with you.
Whether it’s your 1st time or 40th time to the city that never sleeps, do have fun, no matter what you end up wearing!
Are you going to the theatre? Here’s what to wear to a Broadway show in NYC?
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