|In New York City, weather is a big deal.–credit|
Even when there isn’t a Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on the five boroughs, the average New Yorker’s
lifestyle puts him or her at odds with the elements on a daily basis. Wondering how to survive your first New York winter? Know that last year’s mild season wasn’t a “real” New York winter. This year, temps are already dropping, so we may not be as lucky. Be prepared and gear up early. Read on for five NYC winter survival tips.
1. Start at the bottom.
Proper footwear is a key component to any New Yorker’s life, because — let’s face it — we walk everywhere. My rule of thumb is to err on the side of waterproof. If excessive rain, snow, ice, or the severe melting of the latter threatens your day, it’s best to dress as if you’re about to step into a foot-deep puddle of sludge, because you probably are. Think boots—high boots.This is not to say that you shouldn’t stock up on cute suede ankle booties, oxfords, winter flats, and so on. But save those for the dry days and embrace your wellies when it’s wet outside.
2. Dress for success (i.e. survival).
When selecting a winter outfit, it’s important to plan for every stage of the game: the subway, the street, the office, the post-work hangout, etc. And while city streets will expose you to the cold air (and maybe
wind) at large, subway platforms and trains tend to be warm and toasty — often too toasty.
My first winter here, I had a 75-minute commute to deal with, and frequently arrived at work sweating
despite the frigid weather. To avoid this conundrum, I recommend investing in layers and removables like ear-covering headwear, scarves and gloves, and a cardigan under the jacket for the trip on the subway. Wear a tank top or tee as your bottom layer so when you start heating up at that pub after work, you can peel off and cool down while sipping your martini. And if you can’t stand the bundles, opt for the poofy yet occasionally stylish down coat (you’ll see a zillion New Yorkers wearing them in every length and color). I promise, you’ll never be cold in that. This can also transition into the fashion dressing section below.
3. Dress for SUCCESS (i.e. fashion).
We all have difficult decisions to make in this crazy world, and one of them is this: Should I make an effort to look cute in this subzero weather, or snuggle up in my shapeless North Face and hope my personality shines through the layers upon layers of cozy insulation? In my experience, the answer is to do both. On certain double-digit days with less wind (30 degrees and higher), despite the chill, it might be in your best interest to don a lighter pea coat, which will make for a better wingman than a heavy down jacket. I suggest ordering a Venti Caramel Macchiato on these days for added warmth. An alternative option is to go for the lighter, more stylish version of the down.
|Stay warm, yet be fashionable–-credit|
and, OK, maybe prepare to die alone. (But just for the evening, I promise.)
|Lulu’s in Brooklyn has delish warm drinks in the winter.–photo courtesy of Yelp|
It’s important to at least try the outside world every day, because in between those freezing, snowy days, there will be the occasional mild, in-the-40s moment when a walk around your neighborhood will prove a pleasant and refreshing experience.
A New York winter? This is war. –credit
knows what’s up. And the worst part is that sometimes I have to regret it until 8 or 9 p.m. when I get home.
When you’re leaving your apartment for the day, you’re often committing to 10 to 12 hours in your not-up-to-the-weather shoes, flimsy fall jacket, or other winter faux pas. So be smart, and if you start to doubt your outfit, fix it before you go. Skip the Starbucks to avoid another “tardy” marked on your record. You didn’t really need that caffeine anyway.