We’ve all read those lists detailing what a smart, successful NYC woman should have in her closet. Well, this isn’t one of those lists. We’re not going to tell you to buy a white button down or a pair of sensible ballet flats, because frankly, to quote HBO’s Girls, “One can really go through their whole life wearing shorty-shorts and offend almost nobody.”
The items that NYC women should have in their closets shouldn’t be blanketed in practicality. In fact, they should be anything but. They should embody our wants, not our needs, and not only elevate our sense of style, but also enhance our lives.
1. OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS
Not since Cinderella and her glass slippers have shoes harnessed the power to transform an outfit from ho-hum to amazing. But over-the-knee boots do just that! Unlike traditional riding boots or ankle booties, over-the-knee boots elongate your legs, and create more of a statement than any chunky gold necklace ever could.
2. LACE UNDERWEAR
Thongs and barely there g-strings have their time and place, but sometimes, the sexiest undergarments are the ones that leave a little to the imagination like these lace hipster panties by Hanky Panky. They’re comfortable enough to wear everyday—and on special occasions.
3. BIKER JACKET
Few things in life are as versatile as a black biker jacket. Scratch that, nothing in life is as versatile as a black biker jacket. Pair it with jeans and basic white tee when the fall chill sets in, or layer it over a slinky red cocktail dress to add a hint of edge.
4. BRIGHT COLORED MINI SHOULDER BAG
Neutral hues like black, brown or navy are ideal for everyday wear, but when you’re buying a handbag to carry for wild nights on the town don’t be afraid to experiment with color! Bonus points if you opt for neon.
5. PUSH-UP BRA
Forget padding—a little lift goes a long way. Make the most of what you’ve got regardless of your cup size with an embellished push-up bra.
6. LITTLE BLACK DRESS
You know that friend you call when you’re down in the dumps who always manages to talk you off the ledge? That’s your little black dress. Your go-to, feel-good, pick me up that you can count on day or night.
7. JEAN SHORTS
New York summers are hot, humid, and sticky—and let’s face it, clingy maxi dresses just don’t cut it. To survive the steamy concrete jungle of Manhattan loose jean shorts are key.
8. GRAPHIC CASHMERE SWEATER
Some days, it’s fun to get gussied up in a dress and tights. Other days, putting on pants with an actual button feels like a feat. For those times when you need to look somewhat presentable, but all you want to do is crawl back into bed, throw on a cozy, cashmere sweater in a cool graphic print and you’re good to go.
9. STATEMENT NECKLACE
The best kind of jewelry is the kind that makes a major fashion statement with minimal effort. And that’s exactly why we love statement necklaces. Dress up solid tees and tanks or take bandage dresses to a whole new level. Wear them to work or on the weekend. The possibilities are endless.
10. STUD EARRINGS
Between board meetings and black tie affairs, who has time to remember to switch out their earrings? No one. That’s why every New York lady needs a chic pair of studs that she can leave on day and night. Gold and silver work fine, but for a hue that complements every skin tone, choose rose gold.