While some may believe that NYC women spend all day shopping designer boutiques and high-end department stores, we here at Style Salute know they have a different secret to their success. New York women have a flair for great style because they have their signature go-to pieces — and they wear them on repeat.
So how is it that NYC ladies always look so fashion-forward and great? For starters, they’ve mastered the art of getting dressed quickly, thanks to a few key wardrobe items. Plus, they have a keen ability to mix casual staples with statement pieces in a way that always is polished and cool. And everything from shoes to blouses and pants must be able to survive a long commute and pull double duty for after-hours. Keep scrolling to check out the nine fashion items every NYC woman depends on.
1. COMFORTABLE HEELS
Heels must be able to withstand blocks on blocks of walking and all day wear. Here are our favorite buys.
The Everlane Everyday Heel ($145) sells out almost every time they are restocked, so if you see it available in your size, snag it before it’s gone because, as the company says, this is “a heel you can walk in. All. Damn. Day.”
The Dear Frances Cross Mules ($295) is the perfect blend of two must-have summer trends — wearable mules and a chunky block heel. If our editors had to pick one shoe to live in this summer and through the fall, we’d choose these mules — and we guarantee once you slip them on, you will too.
2. A STATEMENT TOTE
In New York, there’s no such thing as traveling light. On any given day, New York women are going from work to the gym, after-work drinks, or maybe an event. This means that a stylish tote is essential. Here, some great options for under $50.
The SQLP Tan Leather Waterproof Shoulder Bag Tote Bag ($30) is the perfect bag for work. The neutral color completes any outfit and is the perfect pick for work, drinks, travel, and beyond.
Reach for the Hynes Victory Boutique Tote Handbag ($20) if you want to add a pop of color. It features a top handle with removable and adjustable shoulder strap so you can style it differently every time.
3. BUTTON-UP BLACK DRESS
There are few things more classic and stylish than a button-down dress. Here we’ve selected the best to wear for your nine-to-five and after-hours fun.
The Equipment Demi Button-Up Shift Dress ($129) is a timeless piece that can be dressed up or down and works no matter what your style sensibilities are. The lady-like ruffles are formal enough for work, yet are fun enough to transition to the weekend.
Hudson Jeans Peyton Shirt Dress ($95) is the ideal dress to keep at the ready when you need classic style with a dash of flirtiness. We’re especially loving the safari-inspired touch of front patch pockets.
4. RED DRESS
In a city filled with distractions, a red dress is a key investment for those nights when you want to grab a little more attention. Opt for a dress that is equal parts fun and functional, in a style that is guaranteed to make heads turn.
The A-line silo of this Lovers + Friends Orchard Dress ($228) paired with a sweetheart neckline can complement any figure. We think it’s perfect for your next date night.
Who can deny that this Bailey 44 Barbados Dress ($168) says confidence? The one-shoulder silhouette is coupled with a wrapped, flattering bodice that perfectly hugs the smallest part of your waist.
5. WHITE SNEAKERS
White sneakers are the unofficial footwear of the NYC uniform, and why not: They’re so versatile and do double duty in both casual looks and trendy styles.
COMMON PROJECTS Achilles Three Strap Leather Sneakers ($162) are decked out with a trio of straps and Common Projects’ signature gold serial number stamp. Wear yours with denim or midi skirts FTW.
Adidas Stan Smith Vulc Shoe ($70) needs no introduction. These sneaks look just as good with workout wear as they do with a day dress.
6. VERSATILE BLACK LEGGINGS
A pair of leggings is the MVP of New York fashion. When styled right, a pair can take you to any locale the city has to offer.
CompressionZ Capri Leggings ($30) are made with high-compression technology that contours the body and gives you the slim and sleek look you desire ⏤ all while providing a pant that performs great during a tough workout or epic walk.
These NIKE Zoned Strength Paneled Stretch-Jersey Leggings ($150) are ideal for running or jogging in Central Park. The brand’s “Zoned Strength” collection is constructed with compression panels that reduce vibration without restricting movement, making for a more supportive and comfortable run or low-key bar hopping.
7. A wear-anywhere BLOUSE
What Big Apple women wear to the office also needs to work for evening drinks or an event after hours.
LILBETTER Chiffon Blouse V Neck Short Sleeve Blouse ($15) will become your go-to breezy blouse for the office and life on the weekend.
EFINNY Summer Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse Tank Shirt Dark Blue ($9) is the wardrobe staple you never knew you always needed to frame your shoulders and décolletage.
8. STATEMENT EARRINGS
It’s no secret that our editors love statement earrings — and women in New York do too. Especially in the warmer months, a pair of statement earrings might be all you need to complete an OOTD.
The best part about these Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Tone Earrings ($20) is that they look just as chic with a sweater as they do an evening dress.
Don’t be alarmed by the price of these John Hardy 18K Yellow Gold Legends Cobra Small Hoop Earrings ($1950), because they are timeless hoop earrings you’ll be wearing forever. Designed to sit nicely beneath the lobe, the 18-karat gold stunners are worth the investment.
9. ANKLE BOOTS
Possibly the only footwear option that looks great in the winter as well as in the warmer months, ankle boots are trending in a big way in the Big Apple. They look good with a daytime dress, skinny jeans, mini and midi skirts, and are constructed specifically for long treks through the city — exactly why NYC girls love this shoe option.
Rag & Bone Moto Rain Boots ($225) are ideal for impromptu rainy summer days. Crafted from a waterproof shell, these stylish shoes are must-buys for women who commute. Keep them handy for messy outdoor activities.
It isn’t hard to see why the Madewell The Janice Boot in Suede ($218) is a cult favorite. The Western-inspired faded finish and low heel keep things casual while you make your mark on the city that never sleeps.
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