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A guide on what to wear in NYC: The Winter Addition

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I know I'm a bit late for the height of NYC's tourist season since Christmas and New Years just passed. The famous tree at Rockerfeller Center will soon be coming down along with the beautiful window displays on Fifth Avenue.  Even so, I felt it necessary to write this post because I've been seeing a lot of tourists that look either un-chicly comfortable or trying to be chic and very uncomfortable. This post is for anyone who wants to visit the city and feel a little less like an outsider, because whenever I travel I always try to 'dress like the locals' or as the saying goes . .  "Do as the Roman's do."

For starters the greatest NYC tourist fashion faux pas in my opinion are:

  • Under dressed girls/women- ie. short shorts, short skirts too thin leggings (no one wants to see through to your underpants)
  • Crocs even in winter, the worst is when they're paired with socks!
  • Lots and lots of fleece
  • Extremely over sized accessories that included backpacks, camera bags and umbrellas
  • Ugg boots

*Please note: if anyone is offended by that list, you probably do not have the same fashion taste as me, so don't keep reading.

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

At the very least I think anyone visiting New York should to do the following when planning their wardrobe, no matter the season:

  • Wear layers, even on the coldest day many thin layers is the best.  You'll often be going in and out of stores, museums and restaurants and you'll want to be able to remove some when you're inside.
  • Carry a medium to large handbag (ladies) or messenger bag (gentlemen), one with a shoulder strap is best. New Yorkers live and die with their bags, bags are their own little vehicles because as a NY-er you have to have something that can hold everything that your day will entail.  That often includes, along the usual essentials sometimes: make-up for after work happy hours, gym clothes, a camera for inspiration, IPads & Kindles, a pair of flats and maybe the last layer.
  • Good looking, comfortable shoes - which can include the right heels.
  • A scarf, because it's a great addition to any outfit for any season.

If you're coming here for the winter specifically there are some extra details that I'd like to touch upon. Including the list above there are a few tips that I think will help, and these are pulled from well dressed individuals who have been snapped by the top fashion bloggers, ie. The Sartorialist and Bill Cunningham.


Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Don't be afraid to layer even more and the trick is to have a great over-sized coat that can cover all of those layers. But, when going big on top, make sure you balance your body out with skinny fit jeans and boots.

Big Scarves are awesome! They're warm and super cute!

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Boots are necessary! Boots are warm, comfortable and chic.  They can always pull an outfit together. If it snows- put on a pair of Wellies or LL Bean Boots!

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

New Yorkers love their hats.  Whether they're knit caps, fur trimmed or large brimmed.  A hat can make all the difference.

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Wear gloves! Preferably leather, they just look much more chic! By the way, you can layer leather gloves under mittens or those fingerless knit gloves for a little extra warmth.

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Traditional wintery patterns are always in winter fashion.

Lastly, if you're a lady - a little bit of red will go a long way.

Special thanks to our fashion bloggers who keep an up-to-date chronicle of New York's Fashions and provide me with the necessary visual footage.  The Sartorialist, Face Hunter, The Cut, Sydney Wasserman of and Bill Cunningham - Thank You!