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And if we may add—there is no perfect time to visit New York City because any time is perfect. It always has something new to offer its visitors, whether it’s a brand new neighborhood or a slew of new restaurants, a stay in the City That Never Sleeps is always exciting.
So if you’re planning on spending a weekend in the city this summer catching Broadway shows and strolling through Central Park, you are up for a memorable trip. You may have heard that New Yorkers have a penchant for dressing in all black (and that’s true), but you may want to stay away from dark shades in the hot months. While we have nothing but love for the Big Apple, it tends to turn into a scorching-hot place in July and August so walking around clad in all black is really not a good idea. Instead, opt for neutrals or bright prints in breezy fabrics such as silk or cotton. If you must wear black, do it at night—an LBD is timeless, just like the city itself.
To help you prepare for your next summer trip to NYC, we rounded up the most essential fashion and beauty items to bring with you.
Isabel Marant Étoile Elfa Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Skirt
Whether you are checking out an exhibit or having brunch in one of the city’s newest eateries, this pretty floral printed skirt will keep you looking effortlessly chic.
To buy: $370, modaoperandi.com
Proenza Schouler Hex Small Paneled Textured-leather Tote
This stylish small tote will fit all of your daytime essentials while you’re in the city. It even turns into a shoulder bag thanks to a removable strap.
To buy: $795, net-a-porter.com
JOSEPH Pete Cotton and Silk-blend Poplin Shorts
Made from lightweight cotton and silk blend fabric, these utility-inspired shorts are a great daytime option for the city, especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing.
To buy: $425, net-a-porter.com
Current/Elliott Bonn Cotton-Jersey T-shirt
A cool white cotton t-shirt will get you a long way in the city, especially in the summer. We’d buy at least a couple of those from Current/Elliott because you can pair them absolutely anything.
To buy: $125, modaoperandi.com
Gucci NY Baseball Cap
The New York Yankees are the most popular team in New York City, so it’s only natural you’d opt for a baseball cap with the team’s logo on it.
To buy: $530, gucci.com
Moscot Miltzen Sun Sunglasses
New York-based and family-owned eyewear company, Moscot, has been around since 1915. The Miltzen frame is part of the company’s Heritage collection and even though it was first introduced in the 1930s, it still looks so cool to this day.
To buy: $300, moscot.com
Rick Owens Lilies Halter Dress
Chic, flattering, and sexy—what else could you ask for in a dress? It’s perfect for a night out in the city.
To buy: $725, intermixonline.com
By Far Libra Patent-leather Mules
These gorgeous patent leather mules are stylish and versatile. And while they are high, the heel only measures about two inches so you can still walk a few city blocks in them without ruining your feet.
To buy: $365, net-a-porter.com
Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
Carry this rose and coconut-infused face mist in your purse and use it whenever your skin feels dry and dull.
To buy: $32, herbivorebotanicals.com