Q&A: What to Wear for Springtime in New York

April 14th, 2009

Q: I’m going to New York in April.  Could you tell me what I can wear if I’m going to go on a tour in the city?  I’d like something comfortable but, at the same time, fashionable!

What to Wear in New York
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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: New York in April is breezy and rainy - so make sure to pack accordingly.  Think temperatures ranging from lows in the 40s to highs in the 60s.  Here’s what you need to bring for your tour of New York city:

Outerwear: Pack a waterproof trenchcoat with character to add a dash of style–and protect you from the rain.  Bonus style points for a brightly colored trench.  Also bring a good basic medium weight jacket for the days that the weather is clear.

Tops: A few layerable tops and a couple of lightweight sweaters will form the core of your sightseeing wardrobe.  Also pack a few brightly colored tees for your base layer.

A couple of pairs of long pants and a pair of well-fitted jeans should do the trick.

Bring a classic dress for fancy lunches or dinners, or for when you catch a play or Broadway show (or head out to a nice club).

Shoes: Closed toe flat shoes that are suitable for walking are going to be key.  Styles like comfy ballet flats, sport sneakers, or flat boots will be your friend.  You may also want to bring a pair of heels for any dressy occasions.

A roomy handbag to hold extra layers of clothes (and any small purchases you make), a beautiful layering scarf, and an umbrella are going to be your three key accessories.

Last words?  New York is a heaven for foodies - if you’re looking for some great eats, try: the hot chocolate (and mac and cheese) at City Bakery, the smoked salmon pressed rice sandwiches at Takashimaya, the bar steak at Pastis, the gelato at Grom, the chocolate at Maison du Chocolat and Kee’s, and a beautiful three course lunch at Jean Georges.

Have a great tip about what to wear in New York? Share it with us in the comments!

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  April 14th, 2009 at 6:35 am

    A strong second to flat, closed-toe shoes. A MUST in NYC during messy spring weather!

  • 2. Trisha  |  April 16th, 2009 at 2:08 am

    And wear them before you go on your trip…nothing worse than breaking in a new pair of shoes as you’re making your way around Manhattan!

  • 3. jennifer  |  April 17th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I am in New York mid May from Aust – do you think the weather will be similar?

  • 4. ninfa garcia  |  May 11th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    i am going to jew york city on may 25th 2009 can you tell me what to wear

  • 5. Red trench coat  |  June 23rd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    The trench coat is a must! It keeps you warm, but still makes you look stylish, especially in the rain.

  • 6. Robin  |  September 8th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am going to NYC tomorrow, 9/9/09 to see some sights, eat at some nice restaurants & attend the US open on Thurs.
    As of now it looks like it will be cool, breezy & some rain.
    I must pack light b/c I will be flying stand-by.

  • 7. Robin  |  September 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Leaving for NYC tomorrow, 9/9/09 to attend the US open among other things. Need to pack light. It looks like it is going to be cool, breezy & maybe some rain. Any suggestions on what to pack?

  • 8. cassidy  |  April 20th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    that funny becuse i was planing to where the same thing the.lol

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