We do a lot of talking here at Who What Wear about what the stylish women of New York, Los Angeles, and Paris do that the rest of us stand to learn form. It occurred to us that perhaps there were some sartorial themes all city girls have in common—and we set out to figure them out.
Arguably, Los Angeles life is very different from New York life, and vice versa, so it stands to reason that these women (as an example) dress in very different ways. And for the most part, they do—but with some very important things in common.
Keep scrolling to see what style rules all city girls follow!
This one might seem like something more specific to girls who live in New York or Paris—both cities that are famous for being highly walkable—but even in Los Angeles, where walking is avoided like the plague, most gals carry an extra pair of flats in their cars. Even in cities where vehicular transit is the norm, it's always a smart move to be prepared; you just never know when a stiletto is going to break or a new blister is going to be born.
City girls know that when it comes to dressing for everyday life, three things are true: Layers reign supreme, lipstick counts as an accessory, and you can never go wrong with leather. Try living by these same dictates, and just see how instantly your style improves!
City girls need one big place where they can store a bunch of things; living life between apartment, subway, taxi, bus, and Uber means you need something transportable that will hold the things you need. An optimally sized clutch doesn't hurt either, but a tote is every city girl's go-to accessory.
Every city girl knows that the one place you don't skimp in the wardrobe department is your feet. Not only do you need high-quality shoes for all the walking you do around town, but additionally, the quality of your shoes can immediately elevate—and downgrade—an entire outfit.
Aquazzura Amazon Suede and Leather Pumps ($835)
Gianvito Rossi Buckle-Strap Ankle Boots ($1095)
It's true: City girls have a reputation for gravitating toward predominantly black outfits. But there's a good reason for this! City gals know that on those days when you just cannot seem to get it together, just reaching for an all-black look is the best route to sartorial happiness. It's a classic color, leaves minimal room for error, and is universally flattering. Win, win, win.