The Items NYC Girls Don't Wear in the Winter

With freezing-cold temps and a commuter lifestyle, NYC girls are experts at dressing for the winter. Yes, they’re regularly hopping between subways, taxis, and walks down the streets of SoHo during extreme weather but still manage to look stylish at all times. So, what are the pieces they wear on repeat, and which fashion items will you never spot them wearing?

To investigate what the fashion set is wearing on the streets of Manhattan now, I took to their Instagram accounts for a glimpse of their outfits—including writers, influencers, and Who What Wear’s very own Nicole Eshaghpour and Lauren Eggertsen. Some pieces, like heels and basic coats, are noticeably absent from their wardrobes while NYC-girl staples like ankle boots and bold prints are in heavy rotation. Scroll down to see some winter style rules all NYC girls follow.

They'll choose a statement coat over something simple

NYC winter style: statement coat



In the winter, your outfit is 99% about your outerwear, which is why NYC girls tend to opt for pieces that make a statement—like this apple green fur-trimmed leather coat.

Again with the statement outerwear

Or, go for a cool pattern like this checked coat finished in shearling.

They ditch coats that won't keep them warm

NYC winter style: puffer coat



Puffers are essential, my friends. Not only are they extra warm for winter, but they're also a style staple.

They won't skimp on prints

Yes, NYC girls have closets stocked with basics, but they don't shy away from bold prints like leopard.

They have zero tolerance for uncomfortable shoes

Cold weather isn't the only factor when it comes to shoe choices. NYC is a commuter city, so walking is a must, i.e., comfortable shoes like these combat boots are key.

They'll favor sneakers over heels

NYC winter style: sneakers



Another comfortable and practical shoe choice? Sneakers.

They aren't afraid to pile on the accessories

NYC winter style: accessories



Hats, scarves, bags—they're all in the NYC-girl winter wardrobe. They definitely don't leave these at home.