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


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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


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

They ditch coats that won't keep them warm


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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


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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


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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


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Another comfortable and practical shoe choice? Sneakers.

They aren't afraid to pile on the accessories


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

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.