Preparing Your Style for the Streets of New York

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New York is a huge state and is home to the city that never sleeps. New Yorkers are experts when it comes to fashion and style. They know exactly what to wear and when to wear it, they know the perfect number of layers to put on during each season, and they know if their outfit will be suitable for the entire day they have ahead.

Photo of Sarah Funk at the Empire State Building
Photo of Sarah Funk at the Empire State Building

There is a certain aspect of the organization required to thrive in such a busy place. Each area of New York offers a certain style theme that is easy to replicate if you don’t live within that region. You just need to know these themes in order to purchase and pack the right clothing items for your time there. This is especially important if you are there on business because you need to make sure you look smart and prepared, so you appear professional.

To help you on your way, here is some advice for men on how to prepare your style for the streets of New York when you travel on business.

THE TYPICAL IMAGE

The typical image many business professionals in New York display includes a slim cut shape and clean lines. If a man wears a suit, it will most likely be tailored to fit, even to the point where their shirts and jeans have been made to measure. This image allows someone to look professional, prepared and tidy. Many New Yorkers will choose some fancy accessories to complete their outfits. These will normally change during each season. If you are in the city, you will need to remember that it isn’t the cleanest place due to garbage and pollution, so keeping your clothing and body clean each day is extremely important as a business professional.

Photo by  Jacob Blankenship  on  Unsplash
Photo by Jacob Blankenship on Unsplash

BLACK IS ALWAYS SAFE

Most New Yorkers like to go for an outfit that is suitable throughout the day. The dress code in your workplace will determine whether this is a possibility or not, but if it is, then you should definitely take advantage of it, especially if you need to or want to spend the entire day out and about. This will save you time and money on traveling back and forth to your hotel room for an outfit change. This makes black a popular shade to dress in. Black stays clean, it’s smart, it matches, and whether it’s a coat or a pair of socks, everything comes in black and the majority of people suit it. However, breaking the outfit up with some color will do a lot to soften the look.

Photo by Tina from  @ofleatherandlace
Photo by Tina from @ofleatherandlace

FOOTWEAR IS ESSENTIAL

Some designer sneakers are perfect for the city of New York, even if you are there for business. They’re comfortable, will make it easy for you to keep up with the pace on the streets while maintaining a smart and sophisticated image for yourself. Fendi, Gucci, Moschino and Valentino are all unmistakably classy and highly desired brands to consider. If you want to get your hands on your own pair of Fendi sneakers, you should browse SSENSE.com and take a look at what’s available. You can find many high-end brands on this website, including a large number of different styles and designs, which means there is something for everyone.

Photo by Tina from  @ofleatherandlace
Photo by Tina from @ofleatherandlace

PREPARATION IS REQUIRED

It’s very important that you prepare yourself before your business trip to New York. Preparation will ensure that you blend in and will help you feel as comfortable as possible in this unique and busy environment. Things can get expensive in the city and it can get pretty hectic in the stores, so if you bring all the necessary items, you will save you time and money. For example, if you go during the winter, then you will need to research temperatures and pack the right items to prepare yourself for the cold. You should also look at the location where you are staying to help you stay safe and to find the best transport links.

Photo of Sarah Funk in Times Square in December
Photo of Sarah Funk in Times Square in December

EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT

There are so many types of businesses and different people and cultures in New York, so it isn’t a surprise that there is a wide array of styles in circulation. Your own individual fashion preferences, alongside the nature of your business, will determine the style you decide to go for. However, there are many types that exist within the community. These include the ‘Sophisticated Hipster,’ the ‘Manhattan Mod,’ the ‘Wall Street Wolf’, and ‘Accessories Swag.’ It is good to be aware of these styles beforehand because then you will know how to associate people who are dressed in a certain way to a situation.  

Photo by Tina from  @ofleatherandlace
Photo by Tina from @ofleatherandlace

New York is full of people, many varieties of businesses and heaps of tourists. Due to all this diversity, blending into your environment won’t be as difficult as you think. The main thing that you need to remember is to prepare yourself for the weather, the busy streets, and the best ways to get where you need to be.

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