What to Wear in NYC, According to a Stylish New Yorker
It's true what they say: there's no place quite like New York City. Arts enthusiasts can enjoy a Broadway show and get lost in the galleries at world-class institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Guggenheim. For fashion lovers, NYC is practically the epicenter for all things street style, where visitors can admire a seemingly endless parade of sartorial inspiration. Shopping options are abundant, from the iconic Fifth Avenue to designer vintage at What Goes Around Comes Around in SoHo to picturesque boutiques like Kiwi in Brooklyn. Often, the best strategy for sightseeing and shopping in a city as stimulating as NYC is to pick a neighborhood and let the mood lead the way.
"New York fashion, just like the city itself, is a wild mixtape of styles, like you decided to hit shuffle on your wardrobe," says Kristina Lopez Adduci, founder and CEO of the luxury smoking accessories brand House of Puff. After living in the city for more than 20 years, Lopez Adduci has learned that a key part of nailing NYC style is mixing high and low pieces.
Take the quintessential stylish New Yorker, "Sex and the City"'s Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), whose daily rotation of 'fits often included unexpected pairings of luxury labels and vintage finds.
"It's throwing on a Chanel bag with Crocs, rocking a vintage tee you snagged from Beacon's Closet, slipping into your Levi's jeans, and then sliding into those Bottega boots you'd trade your firstborn for," Lopez Adduci says.
New Yorkers, she explains, also have the tailored-top-meets-wide-leg-trouser combo "down to an art form," and when considering footwear, practicality usually comes out on top. "We're smart about our shoe game, especially when it comes to conquering those subway stairs."
Check out the agenda ahead for what to wear and what to do in New York City.
Where to Stay in NYC: Modernhaus Soho
For a stay in the heart of Soho, look no further than ModernHaus Soho. Conveniently located on 27 Grand St, the luxurious hotel is next to such popular haunts as Aire Ancient Bath, but it doesn't skimp on space and style. It boasts artfully-designed rooms with spectacular city views, glass-enclosed bathrooms, heated floors, and more.
For New Years Eve, the hotel is offering a special package including penthouse accommodations, a welcome bottle of Dom Pérignon, dinner for two at Twenty Three Grand restaurant, a reserved table for two on the rooftop of ModernHaus SoHo at the JIMMY NYE bash, breakfast in bed for two, and even in-room IVs for two by IV Me Now NYC for rejuvenation — available to book from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3.
What to Wear in NYC: Sequin Dress
For a night of dining and partying in Soho, consider something that feels festive without being over-the-top. This easy one-and-done dress is covered in shimmering pailettes for a glamorous touch. Accessorize with neutrals or throw to some of the iridiscent colors with blue or lilac add-ons.
Where to Stay in NYC: Lotte New York Palace
If a chic, uptown, "Gossip Girl"-inspired experience is more your speed, then Lotte New York Palace should be first on your list of hotel options. The NYC landmark provided the backdrop for the show's most memorable moments, and it certainly lives up to the characters's lavish lifestyles. From the modern, marble bathrooms to the gorgeous city views to the luxurious amenities and delicious in-room dining, it's an experience fit for New York royalty.
This holiday, Lotte New York Palace is offering a myriad of festive experiences, including its iconic courtyard Christmas tree; an outdoor bar with warm drinks; specialty cocktails in the Gold Room; and weekends with the Rockettes and Santa. There's also a special holiday package featuring 3 nights in the Champagne Suite penthouse, four tickets to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, a VIP experience in Rockefeller Center with skating and photos with Santa, and more — available from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. All proceeds will benefit the Rizzo Foundation which supports pediatric cancer patients and their families.
What to Wear in NYC: Red Suit
Whether grabbing cocktails in the Gold Room or sightseeing in Midtown, a chic red suit is NYC power dressing at its best. This Open Edit suit boasts a fitted-waist blazer and barrel-leg pants that feel modern, stylish, and even sexy.
What to Do in NYC: Stroll the Brooklyn Bridge
No NYC trip is complete without a sunrise or sunset stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. This iconic engineering marvel is awe-inspiring when seen in person, and it provides an unforgettable backdrop for photos. From the bridge, you can take in sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, the East River, and the Statue of Liberty. Swing by Brooklyn Bridge Park for even more stunning cityscapes. A walk at night is especially beautiful and romantic — date night, anyone?
Madewell Wide Rib Turtleneck Sweater
Complement the city's stunning water views with nautical-inspired touches, such as this cozy striped knit turtleneck. Size up for a baggier fit and pair with your favorite faded, worn-in jeans. Top off with dainty gold earrings for a look that's nearly as timeless as the bridge itself.
Where to Sightsee in NYC: High Line
The High Line is a must-visit for sightseeing in NYC. The one-of-a-kind public park is built on a historic elevated freight rail line that runs through the West Side of Manhattan, offering fresh perspectives of iconic landmarks. Besides the stunning views of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, the park is also a prime people-watching destination. Plus, the High Line is home to several public art installations that are always changing, and you can pick up a snack from one of many vendors dotting the park pathway.
Free People Righteous Onesie Shine
A day of sightseeing calls for peak comfort without sacrificing style. This onesie enables max movement and flexibility when you're on the go, and turns into an essential layering piece from season to season. Pair with a hoodie, sneakers, and a baseball cap for a relaxed 'fit, or add some texture with a leather jacket and satin ballet flats.
Where to Stay in NYC: Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
With its spacious rooms and sparkling interiors, the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is a top choice for your NYC visit. Conveniently located in bustling TriBeCa, you'll be in close proximity to countless food and entertainment options. If staying in is more the mood, the hotel spa offers several luxury services, including massages, manicures, and facials. After indulging in a little self-care, grab a bite to eat at Cut by Wolfgang Puck, located just off the first floor lobby.
Skims Soft Lounge Long Sleeve Dress
Packing your NYC wardrobe means prioritizing versatility. When not lounging in the plush hotel robe, reach for this super soft maxi dress that strikes just the balance between chic and casual. It gives your loungewear a bit of a boost (no sweatpants or T-shirts here), but it can definitely still be dressed up for dinner with strappy heels and stacked jewelry.
Where to Eat in NYC: West Village
With its charming cobblestone streets and historic brownstones, West Village is a picturesque neighborhood that the foodie traveler will more than appreciate. Restaurants, cafes, and specialty food shops are on nearly every corner. There's a little something for everyone, including Italian (such as the iconic Dante NYC), Japanese, French, American, among countless other cuisines to choose from. In addition to top-rated restaurants, charming cafes like Birch Coffee provide an ideal setting for a midday break.
Theophilio Rasta Printed Backless Mini Dress
A night out in NYC provides the perfect excuse to unveil the dress you've been saving for "a special occasion." This backless number will be the star of the show, whether worn with black heels or crisp white sneakers. Top off with gold hoop earrings for a head-to-toe look that stands apart from the rest.
Ana Luisa Paris Mini 14K Gold Twisted Hoop Earrings
Gold hoop earrings add just a touch of edge to any ensemble that feels so perfect for NYC style. This pair adds even more interested with a twisted design — and its mini size means its versatile for any event on your social calendar.
Where to Explore Art in NYC: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Modern and contemporary art enthusiasts will likely need more than just an afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). With its world-renowned collection and innovative exhibitions, MoMA houses numerous iconic works, such as Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night and Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. Exhibits and educational programs are in constant rotation, so each visit is sure to inspire something new.
Nisolo Carmen Water Resistant Chelsea Boot
This Chelsea boot, with its foam insole and water-resistant material, is as functional as it is stylish. Not only will it stand up to NYC weather, it will look super sleek with your jeans, cargo pants, and even dresses.
Where to Shop in NYC: SoHo
Searching for a shopper's paradise? Then SoHo in New York City is here to make all those fashion dreams come true. A roster of luxury brands have outposts in the trendy neighborhood, including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. For those in more of a shop small business mindset, take your pick from several independent boutiques that sell eclectic clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Beyond buying for your closet, SoHo is also a reliable destination for finding unique home décor.
Levi's Quilted Fleece Long Teddy Coat
Levi's Quilted Fleece Long Teddy Coat ($130, originally $200)
During the chillier months, strolling from shop to shop will require a cozy outerwear piece that's warm but not unwieldy and bulky. This quilted fleece style features a longer silhouette, so your limbs stay nice and toasty. Even better, the material is surprisingly lightweight if you have to carry it around while browsing in-store.
adidas Gazelle Bold Platform Sneaker
If a pure sneaker feels a touch too informal, go for the platform option. This style delivers additional height without subjecting your feet to walking miles on a super thin heel. These will complement just about any item in your NYC wardrobe, from maxi dresses to wide-leg trousers, ensuring you get the most out of your carry-on.