7 NYC Style Rules You Should Never Break

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@alyssainthecity

How do you define when you become a New Yorker? Different people say different things—like a decade to some and three years for others. But there's one thing that's absolutely true no matter how long you've lived here: New York changes you. So we asked seven New York transplants to explain exactly how living in the Big Apple changed their sense of style.

Below you'll find a breakdown of seven rules New York residents live by now that they're here for good. Some are all about how to be practical—like wearing the right shoes and carrying the right bag. Others are more about figuring out a sense of personal style. But no matter what city you live in, all seven are worth keeping in mind when it comes time to figure out what to wear (or do a little shopping for that matter). See what current NYC residents had to say about how the city changed their style below.

1. Comfortable Shoes Only

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@tylauren

"Flats or block heels only! Stilettos are not compatible with NYC streets."

2. Always Check Your Weather App

"Check the wind report before wearing a frilly skirt or dress. I had a major wardrobe malfunction just this morning."

3. Have a Practical Bag

"You have to buy a handbag that fits your entire life. You need to be able to hold shoes and a laptop."

4. Don't Play by the Rules

"Quit second-guessing your outfits. NY gives you permission to wear whatever the hell you want (except stiletto-heeled boots in SoHo)."

5. Master Transitional Dressing

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@vbiancav

"It's always best to wear an outfit that can transition from day to night. You never know what invite you might get at the last minute for something really exciting you don't want to miss, and you probably won't have time to run home and change."

6. Get a Desk Sweater (Seriously)

"Indoor and outdoor temperatures tend to be two very different things. A desk sweater has become a must for summer when the office turns arctic."

7. Be Prepared to Get Dirty

"Don't sit on the subway in white jeans. Generally, be careful about wearing light colors (and maybe keep a Tide to Go pen in your purse)."

Now you know the secrets to mastering NYC style.