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 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 want to steer clear of to avoid looking touristy. Here are some tips for what to wear and what not wear in NYC.
What to Wear In NYC – Outfit #1 – Cute Sundress = 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 shop, take a horse and carriage ride through Central Park or have a pretzel in Time Square, a casual summer dress will look great.
Comfortable walking shoes 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. Pop on a touch of jewelry, some big sunglasses 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.
Choose a tee with a v or scoop neckline- it’s most flattering. Wear with black skinny jeans, black sandals, and a neutral colored leather crossbody bag to keep your hands free. Finish off the look with a scarf and a dramatic piece of jewelry like this bold cuff.
What to Wear in NYC – Outfit # 3 Camo Look
Camo is always a popular urban look and with these colors you don’t have to worry about sitting anywhere and getting dirty. Lightweight olive jeans and a shide shirred tee, with a circle bag and ballet flats is a cool looking and comfortable outfit for the city that never sleeps.
What to Wear in NYC – Outfit # 4 – Shorts and a Cute Top
Yes, it’s a big city, but it’s a hot city in summer and shorts are just fine with a cute top and walking sandals. This look colorful and smart and would look great when you are riding the ferry to the Statue of Liberty or walking through Central Park.
What Not To Wear in NYC
- Heavy Sneakers – It’s NYC and everyone walks everywhere, so a pair great walking shoes are a must if you are sightseeing. A casual, comfy flat shoe like a gladiator sandal, ballet flat or stylish statement sneaker is perfect is you are going shopping or grabbing a bite close by.
- 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.
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.
Do you have a great idea for what to wear to New York? Comment below!
*Guest Author: Chantelle Collier
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