How to find the perfect mix of style and practicality for your trip to the Big Apple
New York City has a fashion scene as diverse as its inhabitants, and when you can truly do everything in this bustling destination, it can be overwhelming to know what to pack. When preparing for any trip, think about the weather and itinerary before you pull out a single t-shirt. After all, the cute outfit you brought is useless if you have nowhere to wear it. We love this helpful packing guide from Un-Fancy that helps you keep your activities and the temperature in mind when choosing what to wear! Now without further ado, here are our top tips for what to pack!
1. Build your wardrobe from the ground up
Walking from the Empire State Building, around Central Park, to Times Square and across the Brooklyn Bridge can easily mean miles of exploring every day. Bring one pair of comfortable flats or sandals and a pair of trendy sneakers for the daytime, and a pair of low heels for an evening out. Depending on the season, espadrilles, loafers and chelsea boots are comfortable yet fashionable shoe options for men and women.
2. Take a capsule closet approach
A capsule closet is a thoughtful selection of items you can mix and match to create a large variety of outfits, focusing on well-made basics in a minimal colour palette. Use this same strategy when packing your suitcase, and you’ll never have to sit on top to zip again! A white tee, high-rise jeans, a black dress and a mini or maxi skirt are a few essentials we never leave home without. Don’t forget a stylish tote bag and a simple cross-body purse, and opt for bags with a zipper to protect your valuables from pickpockets.
3. Choose multifunctional outfits
If you’re a traveller who loves packing your day full of activities, you may not want to pop back to your hotel for an outfit change. Think about what outfits can easily transition from day to night. Flowy maxi dresses and tailored jumpsuits are like a blank canvas – throw a sweater on top for a comfortable sightseeing outfit, and simply add a leather motorcycle jacket and a swipe of red lipstick for a Broadway show or fancy dinner and drinks.
4. Athleisure is here to stay
Wherever you fall on the “leggings as pants” debate, be sure to pack at least one athletic outfit. Maybe you want to join the locals for a morning jog in Central Park or try a creative boutique fitness class (hip-hop yoga, trampoline-based cardio and underwater cycling to name a few). It’s a great way to get those exercise endorphins and experience a local side of the city.
5. Don’t forget unique accent pieces
While New Yorkers notoriously love black, they’re also unafraid to take fashion risks. Whether it’s a brightly patterned scarf, artsy earrings or a chic hat, pack a few items that make a statement. If you book a Flytographer shoot with one of our talented local photographers, a pop of colour can add visual interest and set you apart from the background.
Now that you have the perfect balance of comfort and style that works for you, get ready for an amazing trip to New York City!