About a million years ago, I lived in NYC for a few years. While I now live in the South, I do feel like I have some knowledge about what to wear in the city, even though I just visit for a few days at a time now. I would even argue that traveling to NYC often makes you as much of an expert on what to wear there as living in the city does—hear me out! When you can only pack a limited number of items, you need to be very intentional about what those items are, really thinking through their practicality and utility for the location you’re traveling to.
Over the years, I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) what does and doesn’t work in that big, busy, dirty city that you can’t help but love. When I pack something that I end up not wearing or being uncomfortable in, I make a mental note not to pack a similar item next time. Scroll for my list of no-go items for an NYC trip (I just returned from one, so the list is fresh!) and shop items that I recommend packing instead.