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

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 17
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I second the Hunter boots. They’re pricey, but after a winter in NYC, they will be worth it. Don’t bother with cheap wellies, they leak and tear in the city. Grab Hunters – they often have good sales on them on Gilt.

Century 21 is great – if you go to the one in Brooklyn or Queens. The Manhattan ones are too overrun with tourists and picked over. I swear by the one in Brooklyn. 

Uniqlo is great – I especially love their lightweight thermal leggings (to wear with tunics/sweaters or under jeans) – they keep you warm! Uniqlo is kind of like a Japanese H&M/Old navy – you will love it. 

I find mysef, personally, spending money on big ticket items (Hunter boots, expensive bags, good shoes) and saving on things like tees and jeans (Everyone in my office is currently obsessed with the jeggings from american eagle). Since there’s so much walking, buy the Cole Haans, and buy your tees at Old Navy! 

Sadly, all the Daffy’s are closing (say it aint so!) but i’ve had good luck at the combo Marshalls/TJ Maxx on 6th avenue. Loehmanns is a NYC classic, sometimes you can find great stuff there, and theres one on the Upper West side in addition to the one in Chelsea. Nordstrom Rack is pretty miss though, for me at least. 


Post # 18
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You need to layer in the winter.  A knee length or short wool coat is good, but you will need scarves, hats, gloves.  Get nice dressy gloves, and also functional snow gloves. In my opinion you will also need a waterproof, warm down coat for the cold snowy days.

You need tights if you want to wear skirts in winter.  You can’t go barelegged when it’s cold. Flat (or small heel) knee lenght riding boots are great for wearing with skirts in the winter.

In the summer it’s hot as all hell so your Texas experience should help you. Flip flops in Manhattan aren’t a good idea, in my opinion. I see people do it every day though, but frankly, it’s just gross.  I love NY but let’s face it, the streets are dirty. Believe me when I tell you, the first time you accidentally step in a dirty puddle in your flip flops will be the last)

I’m not sure what industry you work or will work in, but I can’t imagine wearing a strapless dress to work in an office in NYC (maybe for a really creative field?). Other than that what you listed sounds OK for a business casual office. 

Also, my advice is to buy good shoes for Manhattan.  Cheap Payless type shoes will get destroyed very quickly if you are walking the way most NYers though, and they are not worth fixing at the cobbler (some of the cheaper shoes the cobblers won’t even tough -they aren’t “fixable”). NYers get their shoes fixed/resoled/reheeled all the time. Or you can wear sneakers on your commute if you want (I’d rather wear comfy flats or boots personally)

Oh, and the PP was right it only snowed once last winter but that was not the norm, it usually snows a few times and you definitely need decent snow boots, right after a storm the pretty white fluffy snow starts to immediately turn into dirty grimy slush which doesn’t go away for weeks.

Post # 19
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Welcome to NYC!! You’ve gotten a lot of good advice but I just wanted to pop in a say that I’ve lived here practically my whole life, and I just about live in flip flops (except to work or nicer events). Also, you can wear whatever you are comfortable in – there is every style of dress here.

How exciting that you’re moving here, what brings you here?  How did you choose Sugar Hill?

Post # 20
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

woot! welcome! my go to uniform is skinny jeans, ballet flats & a cute top. sundresses in the summer on the weekends. during the winter it’s skinny jeans, boots & a cute top. im boring 🙂


Post # 21
835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Welcome to NYC!!!! I live in Hamilton Heights which is right next to Sugar Hill! Cool! You’ve gotten a lot of great advice already! Last winter was very mild so I am expecting a brutal winter, so be prepared! Lots of layers, long johns, boots, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, the works! I would just take everything you currently have and bring it with you, the summer weather is still nice and you will have time to shop before it gets cool. It starts getting cool by the end of September/early October. Welcome!!!

ETA: Feel free to message me about anything since we live so close.

Post # 24
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hunter boots are great for rain but since you say you’ve got thicker calves, don’t order them online without trying them on first in person–they are definitely narrow at the top. I don’t think of myself as having large calves at all, but mine are pretty snug. As PP have said, get separate snow boots–they need to be waterproof, preferably insulated, with good treads (rain boots are slippery in snow). Uggs are a disaster with snow, By The Way.

For winter, rather than a wool coat, I would recommend getting a knee-length down coat, one that is machine washable. They are much warmer and lighter than a wool coat would be (cashmere would be as warm but that’s a lot of money, you can get nice down coats for less than $150 on sale). And since snow melts into lovely filthy slush puddles, you definitely want something washable–dry cleaning on coats gets pricy.

And welcome to NYC!

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