This week in New York, there has been an exceptionally stylish set of tourists who've descended on the streets, the subways, your ride shares, the hottest restaurants in town, etc. Obviously, they're here working fashion week, and it's hard not to focus on what they're wearing. Still, let us assure you: It's just as telling to take a look at what they're not wearing as what they are.
From L.A. dwellers to Australian natives, the five women ahead claim there's at least one trend that's an absolute no-go when it comes to spending time in New York. Blame it on the city's breakneck pace or the subway grates that scuff your shoes, but these pieces stay at home or, for those who dwell in multiple cities, stored away. Scroll on to see which trends are not NYC-approved and what to shop instead.
"I sometimes pack but rarely use my exercise clothes. I do so much walking during market appointments that I don't need to exercise. I'm clocking 20,000 to 25,000 steps a day." — Sherri McMullen, owner of McMullen boutique in Oakland, California
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"I never carry big bags, if a bag at all. Most of the time, I just go with my point-and-shoot, phone, and a credit card and metro card in my back pocket. Otherwise, I just find that I end up packing too many just-in-case bits and pieces that I end up losing. Keep it compact." — Margaret Zhang, photographer and Australia native currently based in New York
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"I never wear super-high stiletto heels during fashion week; it's just not a smart move. When I'm rushing around the city from show to show, the last thing I want to worry about is my heel getting stuck in a sidewalk crack or my feet hurting." — Noor, influencer based in Florida
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"Dressed-down jeans. Maybe it's because I'm most often in town for fashion week, but if I wear jeans, I definitely feel the need to dress them up a bit with a heel or a top that does most of the heavy lifting." — Kat Collings, editor in chief of Who What Wear, based in Los Angeles
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"I travel back and forth to New York all the time, and honestly, one item I never pack when I come here is heels. Sounds crazy, but I'm always running around the city, so it isn't practical for me to be wearing heels. I'm always in sneakers and flats. Although, you will never catch me wearing the 'dad' sneakers!" — Emily Men, stylist and designer based in Los Angeles, New York, and Texas
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