New York City is a melting pot of different cultures and therefore, styles. As I was completing my research on this topic, I came across some debate over whether or not New Yorkers were all about wearing black but it all came down to how it used to be phase and New Yorkers do in fact embrace color and patterns in their styles. Even Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of Vogue in NYC always advises against wearing all black and claims that “It seems too gloomy.”
Lifestyles can heavily influence style. New York calls for busy out-all-day kind of days and most of the commute happens on foot. This calls for less high heels and flatter shoes. The clothes are rarely tight to allow easier movement and versatility around the city and handbags play a significant role in one’s everyday style. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not about having a different bag everyday but more about having a signature bag that can complete all your outfits.
Our jobs, income, and even neighborhoods can define our styles. Therefore, every different neighborhood naturally has its own style. Whether it’s the eco-cautious community that supports sustainable and local brands, or the socialites and influencers that are dripping in designer labels, each neighborhood can be defined by its residents. But it’s also important to point out that many of the iconic looks that we see throughout the media of NYC street style are photographed during the fashion week periods so it is expected to see stylish and trendy outfits.
All in all fashion plays an important role in NYC. It has the Met Gala, the fashion shows, many fashion offices including Vogue, great fashion schools, and many fictional characters with great styles. Fashion always seems to gain more importance when a show or movie is set in NYC or if the plot is about fashion, the setting is probably going to be NYC. These include Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, The Devil Wears Prada, and even Rachel Green from Friends.
Other than the bold and vibrant looks, let’s not forget the hectic lifestyle that will mostly call for casual wear in neutral and darker colors. We previously talked about how Parisians maintain a balance between formal and casual wear. However, this is slightly different in the States and instead of a balance, it’s usually one or the other. After all, it’s easy to be invisible in a busy city like New York, but it can be just as easy to stand out with a fabulous outfit.