If you take a look around New York City, you'll notice that despite how diverse the people are, they have one thing in common: They love getting dressed. It's a city of hustlers who shift through late nights and early mornings without breaking a sweat. So if you're looking for inspiration on what to add to your closet, look no further than the people of New York.
I've decided to take a moment to commemorate how much I love New York style by putting together a list of items that every woman in this city probably owns right now. Think of these items as the trends that are here to stay. You'll wear these pieces for years to come.
1. Leather Jackets
While leather is certainly having a moment right now, and it's always been a staple for the women of New York. Like a good pair of blue jeans, a leather jacket is simply required for us. I'm currently ordering all of mine a size up because oversize is the way to go.
2. Wide-Leg Pants
I truly don't know any New Yorkers who aren't as obsessed with wide-leg pants as I am right now. The amount of outfits that you can create with just one pair feels infinite. If you love Scandinavian style, this one is definitely for you.
3. Oversize Totes
I love a good micro bag, but they aren't exactly ideal for living in New York. You likely don't have a car with you to store items you might need throughout the day, so the bag you choose is very important. New York women are known for being practical and stylish, so they love a good oversize tote bag.
4. Stylish Sneakers
As I just mentioned, being stylish and practical is a big part of what New York women think about when they're getting dressed. We are located in the home base of streetwear so, of course, we all have a good pair of sneakers to carry us through long days running around the city.
New Balances never go out of style—even when they're this distressed.
5. Statement Blouses
In New York, a good night out is always coming your way when you least expect it. That's why women in this city have a statement top always ready to be broken out at a moment's notice. It's the kind of top that you can pair with any jeans and still make a statement.
6. Punchy Platforms
Of all the heels in my closet, the most comfortable are platforms. I know for a fact that I can walk for over a mile in them without a blister. Plus, the amount of height that comes along with them is amazing. New York women agree with me that this is quite a functional style. You're bound to see many pairs of these on a night out.
As the weather gets colder, I'll still be wearing platforms by way of boots.
Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.
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