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If you’re visiting New York City from a place with warmer average temperatures, or have recently moved to New York City from California like I have, you may understand the challenge of packing the best New York winter outfits.
I’m here to help a girl out and let you know the top five things you must pack for a trip to New York City.
1. Tall or Over-the-Knee Boots
I still remember my first pair of over-the-knee boots. They were suede and the heels were about 3″ tall. It was an affordable pair that I wore EVERYWHERE I traveled to where the temperature dropped below 50°F. I also got a ton of wears out of them while living in San Francisco (the temperature drops quite a bit at night time). I can’t remember where I got them exactly, but here is a similar pair from Amazon:
This $50 pair is perfect for the girl on a budget and will be the focus of any New York winter outfit – even the baggiest looks 🙂
For those willing to spend a bit more than $50 on a comfy pair of boots and would rather go with a lower heel height, I recently invested in this pair of Blondo over-the-knee boots.
After hours and hours of research, this pair was the best height, most weatherproof, and most chic-looking of all the boots I found. Oh, and still within a decent price range, between $150-200.
This pair is for the practical gal who likes to walk everywhere when they travel. The lower 1″ heel will allow you to last longer and still look super chic.
2. Glove Liners w/ E-tip
Once the temperature starts dropping below 40°F in New York, it’s really hard to even be outside without any protective wear for the hands!
I recommend glove liners rather than full on snow mittens (like the ones you’d wear skiing) because you’re going to need easy access to your fingers when you want to use your cell phone. Buying liners with tech tips will allow you to use your phone without having to take your gloves off – this is both annoying and defeats the purpose of having gloves in the first place.
THE NORTH FACE
My partner has a pair of these liners, and I often steal them for my own use because they fit. me. so. perfectly!! I’m pretty sure he bought the wrong size for himself.
They are slim enough where I can stuff them in my pockets or purse as needed. Plus the tech tip (or Etip as they call it) actually works.
However, these gloves do come at a hefty $60. For those looking for a more budget option, I recommend doing a quick search on Amazon and choosing one that’s well reviewed even if you haven’t heard of the brand.
I found these gloves that are $17 and pretty much do the same thing that the Nordstrom gloves do…so yeah.
3. A Wool Coat
If I had to rank the must-have New York winter outfits in order of importance, a nice coat will definitely be the most important.
This is likely something that you have already, but if not, here are a few places to begin your search. And I recommend starting your search with the classic wool coat.
& OTHER STORIES
& Other Stories has some of the chicest pieces for women, and the quality ain’t bad either.
Founded in the UK, the brand has a European vibe. This makes it all the more perfect a store to find pieces to assemble your New York winter outfit.
I’m obsessed with Canadian clothing brand Aritzia, and I know one day I’m going to buy one of their coats!
This red coat is not only perfect because the shape is chic AF, it’s also such a fun color and would look great in all the pictures you’ll be taking with the city’s bright lights and skyscrapers.
If you arrive in New York City without a wool coat, do not fret! & Other Stories and Aritzia both have a couple of physical locations in New York City, including locations in the shopping district SOHO.
4. A Puffer Jacket
Considering how difficult it is to pack winter clothes (carry-on travelin’ am I right??), a wool coat may be enough for your New York winter outfit collection. But if you’ve got room for one more outerwear, I’d recommend a puffer jacket!
& OTHER STORIES
This cropped puffer jacket is the only puffer jacket you’ll need this season.
It goes perfectly well with all the high waisted jeans and leggings you’ve bought over the last few years, and is guaranteed to keep you oh-so-warm.
5. A Beanie or Two
Another essential item to add to your winter wardrobe for New York is a beanie. It’s something you’ll want to pack in your suitcase in case it gets a little colder than you can handle! In other words, you’ll thank me once the temperature drops to the 30’s.
I’m a big fan of beanies with pom poms. They make for a great winter accessory and can turn a simple New York winter outfit into something slightly more elegant and cute.
RAG & BONE
If knit hats with pom poms are not your thing, here’s a simpler option from Rag and Bone.
For girls with dark hair like myself, or those who like to wear all black, a white knit hat could really help your outfit pop.
A Very New York Winter Wardrobe
Unlike preparing outfits for a tropical vacation, preparing a winter wardrobe for a trip to New York can be a daunting and expensive task. Hopefully this guide can help you narrow down the items you need to bring with you and help you focus more time on planning your trip!
Ready to move on to actually planning your New York City vacation? Here are some guides to help you get started: