One of the beautiful things about moving back to the East Coast from Los Angeles a few years ago is that New York is only an hour flight away for me (as opposed to the five-hour flight I used to dread taking from the West Coast). Thanks to this newfound convenience, I now travel to New York several times a year, for both work and play.
Truth be told, packing for NYC can be a bit of a beast. Luckily, I lived there for a few years after college and got a lot of wardrobe mistakes out of my system then, so I feel pretty confident in my packing skills for my visits to the city these days. (I'd say that being a fashion editor helps too!)
Because the climate in New York varies greatly throughout the year, I've broken my ultimate NYC packing list down by year-round essentials and summer and winter staples. But the most important thing to remember when packing for New York is it's a fast-paced city, and you don't want to wear anything that will hold you back. I fully support looking stylish, but unless you plan on taking Ubers literally everywhere, you want your wardrobe to be functional too.
Keep scrolling to shop my NYC essentials, chosen from years of experience.
I don't remember the last time I went to New York and didn't bring a pair of white sneakers (I prefer Veja or Adidas). You can wear them in any season and with everything from dresses to shorts to trousers.
I hate riding the subway and sitting in taxis and Ubers with short shorts on, but it's often way too hot in New York for jeans in the summer. The solution: a pair of polished shorts with a longer hemline.
Close-fitting basics that can be worn under other items are so important to pack for New York. Just ask any NYC girl how they stay warm and they'll chalk it up to bodysuits, leggings, tights, and tees that trap in heat.