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While getting dressed, looking as stylish as possible is at the top of our list of priorities, but sometimes functionality is high up there too. That is, if you don’t want to freeze your you-know-what off at the peak of a New York winter. [I'm currently in the midst of enduring the chilliest season on the East Coast, so you can trust this is coming from personal experience.] For example, while a little rip in your favorite distressed jeans might not look menacing, I can tell you it literally has the ability to ruin your morning commute if the temperatures are cold enough. So what else should you avoid? We’ve broken it down into seven simple things and of course, included what to wear instead for a stylish NYC outfit. Continue to see what made our list of seven things you can't wear in winter in New York City and shop our picks of what to replace them with.
Avoid: Cotton Sweaters
Instead Wear: Wool or Cashmere
While a cotton sweater might look the same as its wool or cashmere counterparts, when the weather is really cold, you'll be sure to feel the difference.
Avoid: Mules & Sandals
Instead Wear: Pumps and Ankle Boots, or Add Socks
Unless you're prone to wearing a sock-and-heel combo (which we fully endorse), we'd suggest avoiding mules and sandals, as they'll not only look out of place with the rest of your cold-weather outfit, but they'll leave parts of your foot exposed that are less than desirable.
Avoid: White Pants
Instead Wear: Leather Pants
Between long walks, subway seats, and the elements, it's best to avoid white pants unless you're looking at a quick cab ride and minimal time outside. Dark leather pants, however, are more durable and will both keep you warm and leave you less susceptible to stains.
Avoid: Boots Without Tread
Instead Wear: Boots With Lug Soles
If you're doing any walking through snow, you want to wear boots that have a lug sole. Aside from the fact that your shoes might quickly ruin, more importantly, it's easy to slip and fall if you don't have something with traction.
Avoid: Ripped Jeans
Instead Wear: Regular Jeans or Add Tights
While a little hole at your knee might not look menacing, in sub-freezing temperatures, that inch (or even centimeter) of exposed skin can literally ruin your day. Opt for jeans without rips, or layer a pair of tights under your distressed ones to ensure full coverage.
Avoid: Leather Jackets
Instead Wear: Winter Coats
Since leather jackets are neither warm enough to wear alone nor light enough to really layer, unfortunately this fashion-girl favorite doesn't serve much of a purpose in real cold weather. Instead, opt for a true winter coat—we promise they can still be stylish.
Avoid: Bare Ankles
Instead Wear: Long Pants, High Socks, or High-Shaft Boots
Much like the ripped jean, a bare ankle is a definite no. However, this doesn't mean you need to ditch your cropped pants for the next three months if you don't want to. You can opt for boots with a higher shaft, or, of course, just add high socks.