Let’s face it, New York never gets old. The allure of the city starts with its ‘anything can happen here’ reputation but is further enhanced by the style of New Yorkers. Their ironically chic look, bustling lifestyle, and sheer confidence is something fashion lovers around the world can admire. So how do you achieve New York style and sensibility?

We’re giving you a sneak-peek into the must-haves every New York Trendsetter has in their closet. Check out these five items to stock your own closet whether you’re a New York transplant, planning a trip to the Big Apple, or just emulating that classic Carrie Bradshaw style from the other side of the globe.

A Carry-All Bag

Whether you’re just visiting NYC or a homeowner balancing a career and social life, you need a bag that can keep up and keep you prepared for anything. A chic carry-all oversized tote lets you pack up your layers, beauty necessities, and whatever else you may need throughout the day so you’re always ready to take on the town. We love this leather tote from Baggu that comes in classic black and caramel, perfect for your refined style.

A Pair of Great Flats

Comfort is essential when it comes to commuting in New York City. The average New Yorker walks between two and five miles each day between work, home, and social life. Sure, there’s the subway too, but there really is something about taking in the sights and sounds of the city. But comfort doesn’t mean you get to sacrifice style in this city. Every New York lady needs a great pair of pointed toe flats to get them where they need to be. Another necessity when it comes to picking comfortable shoes for NYC: versatility. New Yorkers like to keep their momentum throughout the day, so having a shoe that can go from day to night is the only way to go. Rothy’s makes super comfortable and stylish flats for the urban woman; we love The Point to wear for long commutes from the Upper East Side all the way down to SoHo. This city never stops, and with a great shoe on your team, you won’t have to either.

A Classic Coat

With the exception of a quick summer, it’s always best to be prepared with a coat in NYC. As a new transplant or visitor, you can expect to experience rain, snow, and bitterly cold wind in our fine city from September and even into May evenings. New Yorkers often consider a classic rain coat and warm wool our winter coat staples. This beige textured wool coat from Karl Lagerfield is perfect for those cold winter months and is such an iconic New York look we love.

Simple Shades

New Yorkers often get a bad rap for being cold introverts – and while it is true that sometimes they crave moments of solitude, you can rest assured that nothing is meant by their aloofness. After a day among all of the hustle and bustle of the city, you may need some shades to guard yourself from the sun and your fellow urbanites in true New York style. Plus, a pair of cool sunglasses can be the touch that finalizes a great outfit and gives you the sensation of life as an NYC native. These sunglasses from Raen are a fun-but-timeless statement piece perfect for any season.

Personal Style

It’s not all about neutral tones and bustling crosswalks in New York City. There’s such a vibrant sense of individuality and personal style here, it’s inspiring to take it all in as you’re exploring the brownstone-lined streets and elegant avenues of the city. Don’t be afraid to show off your unique style with statement pieces you love. Need some inspiration? Head over to the Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen flea markets for vintage finds and uncommon goods.

With these five New York must-haves you’ll fit right in with the city’s most chic socialites whether you’ve just moved to the city or are just drafting an NYC packing list for your weekend trip. But what’s the most important thing to remember while you’re in the Empire City? Enjoy yourself – don’t focus too much on “being” a local, just take in the magic and revel in all of the unique foods, attractions, and character we have to offer.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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