What to Wear in New York City

Posted on Jul 12 2013 - 2:28pm by Tyler Coleman

The New York City is one of the most chic cities in the world – both in terms of fashion and fashionistas! So, planning a trip to one such a city could really freak you out as you have to make sure you pack the right clothes. Herein, we give you a lowdown on what to wear in New York City so that you do not stand out as a tourist and not enjoy your trip while being a Fashionista, too.

What to Wear in New York City

Weather of New York

New York has a humid continental climate in general which varies throughout the year. In short, the city witnesses hot summers and wet cold winters. Its weather can change dramatically within a few hours and one must take it seriously when planning a trip here. The general weather in basic seasons is given here:

Fall Season – It starts from September and ends in November. These are some of the most pleasant months in this city with crisp and clear air and the sun shining at its peak.

Winter Season – Winters here start from December and the end of February, and during these months, the weather can get pretty cold and windy. It can snow and rain, too!

Spring Season – The spring months from March to May are often quite pleasant months with no scorching heat and cooler temperatures, yet warm enough to explore the city.

Summer Season – June to August is summertime and these months are marked by stifling heat and humidity. Even the nights are warm!

What to Wear in New York City?

Your clothing choices in New York City will depend pretty much on the activities you have planned and the weather, of course. Here are some suggestions:

Women – During summer months you will not need anything except shorts, skirts and short-sleeve shirts in cotton, but as temperatures go down, you will also need light slacks and long- sleeve tops and a warm sweater and coat for evenings, especially in November. During winters, it will get cold and wet and slippery, too, so pack warm and waterproof clothing. For going to museums or nightclubs, pack a dress and a coat if it is wintertime. Some restaurants require you to wear cocktail dresses and heels, so pack a pair of them, too!

Men – Summers will not require anything except t-shirts and shorts, but with a slight dip in temperatures, you will need jeans and full-sleeve shirts and lightweight sweaters. If planning to go out clubbing, you might consider a semi-formal shirt and pants along with a tailored sports jacket or a blazer. Wear proper fitting shirts and trousers and avoid baggy jeans and clothes at all costs. Some restaurants require that you wear formal shirts along with khaki pants and blazers, so pack them in case you are dining at such places. For winters, pack woolen sweaters and blazers or leather jackets. Also pack waterproof gear.

Kids – For your kids, you can pack shorts and t-shirts and skirts along with light slacks or leggings. If the temperatures see dips, then pack a light jacket or sweater. The winters here can be quite cold and wet, so pack coats and woolen jackets or you can also go for duffle coats and leather jackets. In case it rains, pack trench coats also.

Footwear – One thing that is absolutely necessary in New York is a comfortable pair of shoes. You can argue that there are subway system and taxis, but you will still find yourself doing a lot of walking around the city. So, make sure you have comfortable shoes. However, avoid flip-flops as they will not protect your feet from all the dust in the streets. Also, do not wear sports or tennis shoes on the road. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes while walking and sightseeing. For going upscale areas or nightclubs, you can pack heels and formal shoes.

Accessories – You will definitely need sunscreen and sunglasses in NYC, and to protect yourself from sun further, you can go for wide-brimmed hats or fedora hats. Avoid baseball hats though, unless you are going to a sports event. You can pack bold or subtle accessories to pair with your outfits. Also keep rain gear such as umbrellas and trench coats.

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