It’s effortlessly cool, casual, and sophisticated all at once. Basically, NYC girls are the edgy older sisters we never knew we needed, teaching us all the essential style rules in order to stand out of the crowd, but still be comfy and practical. The most important factor to rock all these garments? Confidence. Here are all the style tips you need to look like a baddie from the Big Apple.
1. Leggings definitely work as pants
And it’s even better if they’re leather! Real leather pants can be uncomfortable and sweaty, so opt for these leggings, which do what jeggings do — make it look like you’re wearing pants, while letting your waistline breathe.
2. All Black Everything
New Yorkers love black — that’s no secret. And there’s really never too much of it. However, you can always play around by layering different kinds of black. For instance — a leather pant paired with a sparkly black top, or shiny black patent leather shoes with a more matte top.
3. A leather jacket can change anything
A motorcycle jacket, or classic leather jacket, can be added to absolutely any outfit. With jeans and a white tee, it’s casual. With a long flowing gown, it’s punk rock princess. Take your pick and mix your aesthetics as desired!
4. Ankle boots are a must
Ankle boots lift you up just a bit — you can actually choose the height of the stacked heel that you’re comfortable with. Ankle boots pair perfectly with a skinny jean, and have less of an intense look than a knee-high boot. They’re versatile with any look.
5. Cool sneakers
You don’t need sky-high stilettos to be in NYC. Just think of all those horrific street grate accidents! However, stylish sneakers look just as attractive and can be worn with anything from a dress to a jumpsuit. The chunkier the better — go with all white or black if you’re a minimalist, but color-blocked options are very striking.
6. Plaid blazers
Blazers can look stuffy and overly formal, but not if you choose the right one. Opt for a classy plaid blazer that hits below the hip. Buttoned up with slacks, it can be a powerful and entrepreneurial look. Unbuttoned with relaxed jeans and a white tee, it’s the ultimate happy hour look.