New York City is already considered to be one of the world’s most stylish cities, but I think it’s important to point out that its inhabitants are also especially masterful at seasonal dressing. After all, they (actually we) have to figure out how to tackle beyond-freezing temperatures in the winter, high heat and humidity in the summer, and even transitional dressing for those fleeting moments in spring and fall when the weather is just perfect—all while walking around a lot.
That’s why, when I see that my fellow New Yorkers are all wearing different versions of the same thing (or, in today’s case, things), I feel compelled to share them with all our readers because I know they must not only be cool in fashion but functional too. So what pieces are all over the streets of NYC this summer? Just keep scrolling to see and, of course, shop all seven of them.
1. Smocked Dresses
As our UK editorial director pointed out, this dress style flatters everyone. Plus, it’s perfect for summer, so it’s no surprise NYC girls (including myself) are on board.
2. Thong Sandals
The endorsement of It brands and It girls everywhere tells me that, while they may be an acquired taste, thong sandals are definitely back in style and here to stay. Naturally, NYC girls seem to favor flat or low-heeled styles for walking around the city.
3. One-Shoulder Tanks
Just one of several trendy tank styles fashion girls everywhere are trading in their white T-shirts for, actually.
4. Athletic Shorts
Track-inspired nylon shorts are the latest micro-trend on our radar, and NYC girls are all over it. They're perfect for beating the heat but looking cool, and you can wear them with other sporty separates or juxtapose the shorts with a feminine and polished pieces like Leandra Medine.
5. Bucket Hats
Not just for the hot-but-rainy summer days in NYC (though they are perfect for them), the bucket hat is all over the streets and our feeds at the moment.
6. Dad Shirts
Whether they dress them up or down, NYC girls have figured out that dad shirts are the perfect light layer for going anywhere and everywhere this season.
7. Strappy Sandals
Last, but certainly not least, is my personal favorite footwear of the season: strappy sandals. For a shoe that’s more dressed up than the thong sandal but still gives off the cool-girl vibe we all strive for, look no further than a low- or kitten-heeled version of these bad boys.