The 12 Pieces Almost Every New York Girl Owns

New York fashion


Sandra Semburg

Living in New York, it's not uncommon to walk down the street and spot one woman—or even an entire group of women—wearing the same outfit you put on this morning. While there's a certain aesthetic that comes with residing in the city (yes, it involves wearing a lot of black), it's also about practicality. Wild swings in temperature and chaotic commutes mean that we're drawn to clothing that looks good, but also serves a purpose (hello, tote bag).

Through our own scouting, we've started a list of the styles we see again and again on the stylish women of NYC. Now, just because these 12 items are staples doesn't take away from the wide diversity of dress in NYC. There are plenty of ways to wear a leather jacket or pair of stylish sneakers. But for anyone looking to bring a little bit of the Big Apple into their closet, these pieces are the place to start. Read on to shop them now.

1. A Moto Jacket

The classic leather jacket every New York fashion girl needs.

Available in sizes 1 to 3.

2. Ankle Boots

Ankle boots give just a hint of lift while still being practical for getting around town.

3. Leather Leggings

These versatile leggings have never made it easier to take a look from day to night.

4. Cool Sneakers

Because unlike in some other cities we could name, walking in NYC is a must.

5. Statement Sunnies

These cool-girl shades are always in style.

6. White Tees

The simple white tee. Dress it up or dress it down—it's chic with just the right amount of edge.

Available in sizes XXS to L.

7. Mom Jeans

Relaxed jeans offer just the right touch of cool.

8. Stylish Totes

This bag holds everything you need in one organized space.

9. Plaid Blazers

A blazer is the easy piece that takes a look from relaxed to polished.

10. Vintage-Style Dresses

Ask a New York girl where she shops for dresses, and chances are her go-to is Reformation.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

11. Leggings

Leggings aren't just for working out; they're an easy off-duty staple for running errands and relaxing too.

Available in sizes XXS to 3XL.

12. Comfortable Work Heels

Commuting in New York isn't designed for sky-high stilettos. We require heels made for walking.

Available in sizes 38.5 to 39.5.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Gina Marinelli. Want more? See what I stopped wearing when I moved to New York.