Newsflash: New York City gets cold during winter. Sure, we may not have enormous six-foot snowdrifts like the Midwest, but leaving our cozy apartments and trekking around the city by foot has its own challenges. Still, this doesn’t mean locals are doomed to months of dowdy sweaters and North Face jackets. If anything, New Yorkers have proven that you don’t have to sacrifice style for warmth and comfort. Here are seven style tips for winter in NYC – even during those sub-zero temps.
Choose insulated footwear.
Those cute ballet flats and leather ankle boots aren’t going to cut it when the temperature dips below freezing. During winter in NYC, opt for insulated footwear such as fleece-lined and waterproof boots, like the Nine West Women’s Gellen Mid-Calf Boot. You’ll be happy you did when crossing those street corners with deep pools of slush.
Sport thigh-high boots.
Thigh-high boots may sound sexy, but these showstoppers from Net-a-Porter work to keep your whole leg warm as well. Just make sure to choose flat styles with enough room for thick socks. When you’re trying not to slip on the NYC sidewalks, stilettos are the last thing you want to deal with.
I’m the type who likes to wear sunglasses until the moon comes out and it looks too pretentious. That’s how I figured out that shades also double as a fantastic shield from those cold blasts of air that make their way down the side streets. Sub-zero temps are one thing, but you’ll be glad to be wearing shades once the wind starts blowing. These Kate Spade Amaras sunglasses for women are great looking.
Make a statement via headwear.
Of course, you want to keep all your extremities covered during winter – plus, most of your body’s heat escapes through your head. But there are several stylish ways to wrap up your head besides the regular knit beanie. Dress up your wintry outfit with statement headwear like thick headbands or earmuffs.
Embrace faux fur.
As Regine Hunter mentioned in Living Single, faux fur is warm, chic, and ethically sound. Whether you sport faux fur on your gloves, scarf, or a full-on headpiece, it’s a surefire way to stay warm without compromising your style factor. We love this faux fur Russian cossack style hat for the style and price. 🙂
Double up on leggings.
While attending fashion week in February one year, I learned the hard way that wearing one pair of leggings during NYC’s sub-zero temps doesn’t suffice. Sure, they looked fine tucked into my high boots. But after walking to the Union Square station from Chelsea Piers, I arrived home to find my legs numb and bright pink – and I didn’t regain full feeling in them for almost two days. Do yourself a favor and double up on legwear, be it two pairs of leggings or a pair of tights under your jeans. Tracy swears by these inexpensive yet durable plain black leggings.
It’s always good to go green in New York City. But in this case, I’m referring to Pantone declaring “greenery” as their official color for 2017. Be the epitome of style this year by incorporating green accents into your winter wardrobe, from a stylish handbag to a gorgeous coat.
What are your style tips for winter in NYC?