If you are heading to NYC for spring break, you have probably already started packing to get ready to live your Gossip Girl dreams. Dressing for New York in March can be challenging since the month is a mix of winter and spring. If you aren’t sure what to pack remember that layering is key since afternoons get warm while mornings and evenings can be chilly. NYC’s aesthetic is a mix of modern luxury with leather, and neutrals & black, perfect for the cement and steel background of the sidewalks and skyscrapers. And of course, NYC is a mix of cultures and opinions, so if you want to wear pink cowboy boots — go for it! NYC is the perfect place for you to express yourself.
Remember, the guide to dressing for NYC is based on incorporating your personality and adding chicness to workwear and casual pieces like jeans. Below are a few pieces that are a must-add to your luggage for trips to NYC if you’re still scouring the internet for looks.
A Leather Blazer
Spring in New York can come with some super confusing weather. With a forecast made up of both snow and sunshine, dressing can be super difficult. A leather blazer (Nasty Gal, $22) is the perfect layering piece that adds the modern attitude of New Yorkers with the professionalism the city is known for. Plus this one is on sale!
Sensible Shoes with Style
While there is nothing wrong with being a tourist in the city, one tell tale sign is always the shoes. So, if you want to be comfy, while also trendy, try a pair of sneakers like high top Chucks (Converse, $75). You need to be ready for lots of walking, so this is a perfect moment for your go to sneaker.
A Pair of Trousers
Is anyone else still obsessed with trousers for daily wear? Same. These pants (Abercrombie & Fitch, $90) are sure to keep you warm and add a bit of “career chic” to your NYC ‘fits.
A Tote Bag
Don’t bother with the tourist trap shops with “I <3 NY” stuff, unless you are super committed to the campiness of the classic shirt. Instead, support a NYC-based business before your trip and use your new NYC tote (NYON, $45) for the whole trip.
A Classic Pair of Jeans
For early spring trips to NYC, I always avoid ripped jeans because it can still get pretty chilly and windy around the city. Style a classic pair of jeans (Zara, $50) with a cozy sweater and a leather jacket for the perfect NYC outfit.
Bringing a scarf (Amazon, $20) to NYC in mid-March is a must. Add some color to your otherwise neutral look and get some added warmth, too.
A Baseball Cap
Root for the home team with a Yankees cap in your favorite color. Plus, it adds some New York authenticity to your outfit.