Chic Pieces to Pack for a Summer Trip to NYC

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“There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy,” said the great Walt Whitman of the Big Apple, and really, no one can argue with that.

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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.


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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


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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


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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


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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


Courtesy Gucci

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


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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


Courtesy Intermix

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


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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


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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