The energy of New York city is bolstered by millions of people walking the streets and using public transportation, rather than personal vehicles, for their daily commute. This means that millions of chic New York women are subjected to cold weather elements and must dress accordingly. They are battered by wind, sleet, snow, puddles and ice while they stay devoted to their sense of personal style. As with any great seasonal wardrobe, building on versatile pieces to create a variety of looks is the cornerstone of limited closet space; the bane of most New York womens’ style existence.
Footwear is a top priority as the state of sidewalks and streets will vary from one block to the next. Office heels are usually kept at the office or ride comfortably in a large tote bag on the train commute. Rain boots often double as snow boots when paired with thick, woolen socks or a fleece insert. A boot that reaches up to the knee ensures that pants and tights stay protected from splashes, which is why shorter snow boots lose their function in dirty subways and streets. The customary rain boot to have in NYC is a pair of Hunter Wellies, which set back their purchasers approximately $125. Uggs are also going strong, but are worn in cold, dry conditions.
Leg wear is the next consideration heading upward in a winter outfit. New York women don’t let their dresses and skirts hibernate in their closets, instead choosing to pair them with opaque tights. While there is every pattern and color of tights on the market, the women in the city stick to classic black or navy. Skinny jeans and leggings are especially useful in cold weather as they are easily tucked in to boots, are warmer than tights and provide for cozy layering on top.
As we move up further still, the coat is put over any variety of top. Heated offices allow women to wear light weight blouses in winter, if they choose. Sweaters and cardigans are layered on particularly cold days. The type of coat a women chooses is based on her personal style. Puffer coats take on their own style due to their functionality in the dead of winter. From Brooklyn to Manhattan, long and short versions are worn usually in black. The coveted brand name is North Face. Wool Toggle coats or knee length double breasted coats are a classic New York look. Recently, a wool or puffer coat with a fur lined collar or hood has been making its prevalent debut.
No New York woman is completely outfitted in winter without her hat, gloves and/or scarf. While hats can seldom be seen in other parts of the country women in all boroughs of the city embrace them, especially in winter. From simple knit beanies to the more trendy trapper hat, keeping her head warm and her hair protected from the elements is crucial. A sleek pair of leather gloves or the mitten/fingerless combination knit glove is common. Thick, chunky-knit scarves in cream or dark colors are embraced and worn with stylish flair and verve.