I've Moved Between L.A. and NYC Four Times—These Pieces Work in Both Cities

It's an age-old debate: Los Angeles or New York? I couldn't decide, so I moved across the country four times. Yes, that's right—four times. And not because I'm a deranged masochist. I had perfectly good reasons each time. First, I moved to NY from L.A. for college (I'm an L.A. native). Then, when I graduated, I came home for a job. A long-distance relationship ended up bringing me back East until 2018. At that point, my boyfriend and I were pushing 30. Better weather and more space became a non-negotiable and a final pilgrimage was made West where we now happily reside. 

Suffice to say, if there's one person you should trust when it comes to knowing which stylish pieces work in both cities, it's me. And in my experience, it's all about versatility. The six chic staples below can be dressed up or down, layered for the cold, or stripped down when it's hot. Whether you're in Soho or Silverlake, I've got you covered.

1. Statement Dress
printed party dress

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A statement dress is a great day to night piece on both coasts. I'm partial to HVN's fun prints and feminine silhouettes.

2. Tailored Jacket
best tailored jacket

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A tailored jacket is the perfect piece for those chilly L.A. evenings or a night out in NYC. I recently scored this Chloe one at the Cabazon outlets in Palm Springs. 

3. Comfortable Flats
best flats

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A comfortable pair of flats are essential for pounding both the NY pavement and looking chic running errands around L.A. 

4. Pullover Sweater
best sweatshirt

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Whether in the Big Apple or Hollywood, layering is key. I prefer vintage sweatshirts or a good knit pullover. If it gets too warm, I'll drape it over my shoulders.

5. Well-Fitting Jeans
most flattering jeans

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Okay, I hate to state the obvious, but a good pair of jeans in a flattering fit is essential no matter where you are. 

6. Cropped Puffer
cropped puffer jacket

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Considering it's winter, I had to include a puffer jacket. I've had this cropped one for a couple of years now, and you'd be surprised how many times I've reached for it on a cold night in L.A. 

Up next, check out these seven winter trends to look like a Parisian

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