New York is the country’s most fashionable city. Walk down the street, and you’ll spot an eclectic mix of high-fashion labels, cool streetwear, vintage pieces, and even the simplest outfits styled to perfection. And then there are the stereotypical tourists (don’t worry, we still love you), with cameras hanging from their necks, fanny packs around their waists, and selfie sticks in tow. Why not use your visit to New York City as a chance to up your fashion game and feel like a New Yorker? We came up with some easy style tips on how to avoid looking like a tourist in NYC.
Wear stylish flat shoes.
Walking around the Big Apple can wreak havoc on your feet, so it’s important to have footwear that can take you around the city in comfort. But ditch the worn-out sneakers and slip on a chic pair of ballet flats. We love Tory Burch’s foldable flats, which are ideal for packing. If you do prefer a sturdier shoe, opt for stylish high-tops like New York’s urbanites. Locals love their Converse Chucks.
Carry the right handbag.
It’s hard to avoid looking like a tourist in NYC when you’re wearing a bulky backpack, and unknowingly knocking others around on crowded subway rides and sidewalks (some locals do this too). Trade in those touristy knapsacks for an oversized tote from Longchamp (you’ll see them everywhere here), which can fit everything from your camera to an extra pair of shoes. They’re also waterproof, just in case you get caught in a random downpour while walking around town. For a hands-free option, you can’t go wrong with a quality messenger bag to pull your ensemble du jour together.
Layer with quality basics.
The thing about NYC style is that it’s not necessarily “in your face” – that is, New Yorkers have mastered the art of wearing something as simple as jeans and a white tee, but making it look impeccable. Invest in quality basics like t-shirts, tank tops, and cardigans, so you can mix and match different outfits while visiting. Not only will you always look well put-together, but you’ll also be comfortable enough for hours of sightseeing.
No more mom jeans.
Speaking of quality basics, those “mom jeans” have got to go. Wearing this baggy-hipped, awkward-length, tapered leg style is pretty much the easiest way to look like a tourist in New York. A well-fitting pair of cropped straight leg jeans look fabulous when rolled at the bottom and paired with flats, and can be tucked into high boots if you’re visiting during the colder seasons. Alternatively, an on-trend pair of high-waist jeans with a flared leg always looks fabulous with wedge heels.
Sport a little black dress.
The beauty of LBDs is that they can seamlessly transition from day to night, so you don’t have to stop back at your hotel for last-minute outfit changes. It doesn’t get much more comfortable than a jersey dress from James Perse, which looks cool and casual with a denim jacket, and sleek and sexy on its own. Loose-fitting slip dresses also look great with any jacket, cardigan, or layered over a t-shirt.
Pack the right wardrobe essentials, and you’ll never look like a tourist in New York again. Bonus: These versatile pieces will save you tons of space in your suitcase, so you have more room for souvenirs.
If you have any other suggestions how to avoid looking like a tourist in NYC, let us know in the comments. 🙂