It’s effortlessly cool, casual, and sophisticated all at once. Basically, NYC girls are the edgy older sisters we never knew we needed, teaching us all the essential style rules in order to stand out of the crowd, but still be comfy and practical. The most important factor to rock all these garments? Confidence. Here are all the style tips you need to look like a baddie from the Big Apple.
1. Leggings definitely work as pants
And it’s even better if they’re leather! Real leather pants can be uncomfortable and sweaty, so opt for these leggings, which do what jeggings do — make it look like you’re wearing pants, while letting your waistline breathe.
2. All Black Everything
New Yorkers love black — that’s no secret. And there’s really never too much of it. However, you can always play around by layering different kinds of black. For instance — a leather pant paired with a sparkly black top, or shiny black patent leather shoes with a more matte top.
3. A leather jacket can change anything
A motorcycle jacket, or classic leather jacket, can be added to absolutely any outfit. With jeans and a white tee, it’s casual. With a long flowing gown, it’s punk rock princess. Take your pick and mix your aesthetics as desired!
4. Ankle boots are a must
Ankle boots lift you up just a bit — you can actually choose the height of the stacked heel that you’re comfortable with. Ankle boots pair perfectly with a skinny jean, and have less of an intense look than a knee-high boot. They’re versatile with any look.
5. Cool sneakers
You don’t need sky-high stilettos to be in NYC. Just think of all those horrific street grate accidents! However, stylish sneakers look just as attractive and can be worn with anything from a dress to a jumpsuit. The chunkier the better — go with all white or black if you’re a minimalist, but color-blocked options are very striking.
6. Plaid blazers
Blazers can look stuffy and overly formal, but not if you choose the right one. Opt for a classy plaid blazer that hits below the hip. Buttoned up with slacks, it can be a powerful and entrepreneurial look. Unbuttoned with relaxed jeans and a white tee, it’s the ultimate happy hour look.
7. White tee
A white tee is a basic essential in every New York girl’s closet, and it should be one for you too. We’re talking multiple white tees! A v-neck, a scoop-neck, and a cropped choice — they can dress an outfit up, or down. Don’t get these in a multi-pack from the dollar store. Invest in high-quality materials and items that truly fit your body — it’ll show.
8. Mom jeans
No, there aren’t boyfriend jeans. They’re high-waisted but relaxed, and make your booty look incredible! Skinny jeans are still a great wardrobe staple, but sometimes you just want to slip into a relaxed, faded pair of Levi’s. Pair with your favorite sneakers and a cropped sweatshirt for the ultimate NYC girl look.
9. Embrace neutrals
All-black is a foolproof look, but wearing neutrals is just as chic. Whether it’s gray, ivory, navy, or camel, these colors automatically make silhouettes wearable and sleek. This rings especially true for neutrals in materials like silk, wool and cashmere, so consider investing in a chic rent or kimono.
10. Statement tote
A statement tote can spruce up an outfit, but is a practical and functional addition to any outfit — even the most basic one. It’s stylish, but holds everything you need in an organized space and is a more mature look than a backpack. It doesn’t have to be a designer, but it should have a streamlined look that can be integrated with the rest of your wardrobe.
11. Every girl needs a slip dress
Whether you’re wearing this under a sheer or semi-sheer look, or just want a free and casual take on the LBD, a good slip dress is essential. NYC girls commonly wear it with over-the-knee boots and a choker like this beauty has styled it. It’s elegant and rebellious all at once — plus, it’s a lot more enjoyable than being sucked into a tight bandage dress.
12. Opt for slouchy silhouettes
We love a slouchy silhouette — it’s so high fashion, and simultaneously just as comfortable as wearing loungewear outside the house. Consider a slouchy, monochromatic suit for a total boss babe moment, or wide-legged pants, also known as palazzo pants. Slouchy sweaters and sweater dresses are also a must.