(Closed) NWR: what to wear in NYC, ideas for all year

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s so exciting! I moved to manhattan from Canada! I have been here a little over a month and love it. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Dark jeans, a black pea coat (both a winter one and a fall one), definitely boots if you can find some that are comfortable…

I’d just wear what you have for now, though, and check out what you see on the streets.  Walk a lot.  You’ll see a LOT.  Probably the biggest change you’re going to see is how much more you’ll walk as opposed to driving everywhere!  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So true Iwalk everywhere here it is awesome!!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It can get very cold, but it only snowed once last winter. I’d say bring snowboots and rainboots just in case.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@confettiegg2000:  I mean like a fall jacket, and a winter jacket, in that style…maybe it’s not called a pea coat!

I was thinking something like this:

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You definitely want a good pair of rain boots – Hunter makes really nice, durable ones, though you can get cheaper Wellies just about anywhere. For winter, make sure you invest in a good pair of waterproof boots – New York City is slushy and gross after a snowfall. Get a good, solid umbrella, too – in a storm, the buildings make the streets into windtunnels and cheaper umbrellas break really fast!

Your feet will get really dirty wearing flip flops in the city, so get some cute sandals for summer and comfy, cute flats (I like ballet flat style shoes, but some people like loafers or shoes with a little more support) for the rest of the year. A few cardigans or light jackets work for fall, and you’ll definitely want to get a warm hat, gloves and scarf – and maybe even earmuffs – for the winter. I also rock the long underwear (from LL Bean) when it gets really cold in the winter. And don’t forget flannel pajamas, in case your apartment gets chilly before most landlords turn the heat on in mid-October!

ETA: Do you know where to shop in Manhattan or would you like some shopping tips? Also, ny.racked.com is a good shopping website – a lot of the stuff they blog about is high end fashion, but a good deal is regular people clothes too. 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

34th Street between 5th Ave and 7th Ave has a ton of stores – the Macy’s flagship, two H&Ms, an Old Navy, a Daffy’s (like a TJ Maxx/Marshall’s kind of store) and a bunch of smaller clothes and shoe stores. There’s also the Manhattan Mall right around there, which has a bunch of chain stores, and the stretch of Fifth Ave in Manhattan that runs between like, 42nd and 59th has a few good stores, like Zara, tucked in-between the really high end shops and big department stores. 

For consignment stores, check out Beacon’s Closet (a few locations in Brooklyn) and Buffalo Exchange. There are cute little boutique-y stores all over the place – check out Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn – especially Goldy + Mac! They always have something great. 🙂 Also, Boerum Hill in Brooklyn has some great shopping blocks – Court Street and Smith Street south of Atlantic and Atlantic between Smith and 4th Avenue – there are lots of small independent stores with a range of styles and price ranges.

I also think Century 21 near Ground Zero is worth a browse, though I often leave empty-handed. It’s designer discounts and pretty hit or miss. But the hits are good!

 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi – I’d recommend being here for a bit before you buy a lot of new things. You’ll get a sense of your needs and what look you’re going for. You may find you want to wear sneakers less and boots more, but no sense in buying boots that aren’t comfortable if you realize you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Also, I particularly like the stretch of 5th Ave in the 20s for chain stores (jcrew, ann taylor etc.).

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve only visited NYC to see friends who live there, but I will say this – NYC always shocks me for how casual it is. I’m sure in some circles people are a lot fancier on a day-to-day basis, but from what I have seen, it’s just like anywhere else. I guess the media always glamourizes it so much I imagined everyone would be in heels and designer clothes everywhere – not true at all. Flats and comfy shoes (like TOMS) see to be a lot more popular – at least in the subway crowd (versus the “I can afford to take a taxi everywhere” crowd)

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

invest in a good coat. I have lived here all my life and winters can be brutal and summers can be freakin hot (like today)

I have a canada goose coat. Best $ I ever spent.

and no flip flops! you will have black dirty feet in an hour if you walk around in flips flops.

 

But yes I agree dont buy anything until you get here. And just be yourself!

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