The NYC Travel Capsule: 20 Fashion Essentials to Pack for an A+ Wardrobe

When it comes to preparing for tropical or beachside trips, the packing process is on the easier side of the spectrum. All you really need are swimsuits, lightweight separates, and a few fun accessories, and you're ready to go. When it comes to packing for the city, however, it can be a bit more of a challenge, especially in a place like New York that has so many different elements to take into consideration. 

As someone who was born in New York, I've learned exactly what staple items are necessary to look put-together while preparing you for anything. I've not only taken notes from fellow fashionable New Yorkers, but I have also learned from every experience. Below, I've rounded up the 20 staples that you should prioritize while packing for a stay in the city. From long walks in your favorite park to a reservation at the new hot spot, the items in this packing list will guarantee an A+ wardrobe.





Flat Boots


Trench Coat

Leather Jacket

Relaxed Blazer


Basic T-Shirt and Tank

Comfy Knit


Second-Skin Top


Straight Jeans


Relaxed Trousers

Cargo Pants

Dresses & Sets:

Cotton Poplin Dress