Usually people email me their questions, but last week I got this inquiry via Twitter.
I’m California Girl too (♥) and although I can’t stand the cold, I do love the fashion it inspires. Luckily for us, West Coast style can be easily revamped for the streets of New York City. Lets start from the bottom up:
New York is a walking city, so you want to make sure you pack stylish kicks that you can walk a mile in. During the fall, I love to wear boots with a flat heel. Of course, a shoe with heels is the sexier choice, but keeping your balance so that you dont fall down in a pile of snow or lose your balance on a slippery ice patch is ALSO sexy. Flats help me navigate whatever is on the ground while keeping my speedy New York pace (p.s. I have a pair of flat boots with buckles up the back that are so vixen-like, you don’t even notice the lack of a heel).
Because you’re going to be packing things into a suitcase I suggest you look for a pair with a slouch. These will be more mailable so you can roll them up just like your clothes. I did a quick google search and maybe something like this could work.
I’m willing to bet that you already own some heels that you’d like to bring along on your trip. Because of the warm weather in LA, they might be open toed, so just slip some tights on (perhaps in a fun color) and open toed shoes are still be wearable when its 30 degrees out.
I would suggest making them NYC-proof by getting the soles/heels rubberized. You can get this done at a shoe repair shop for a pretty cheap price and again, this will ensure that you wont go sliding down 7th avenue or something.
Leggings are an obvious staple for this trip and this is where California style comes in handy. In the winter I actually prefer to wear dresses because then I don’t have to worry about the bottoms of my pants getting ruined on the sloppy slushy sidewalks. Tuck your tights and/or leggings into your knee high boots, throw on one of those summer dresses I’m sure you own and then put a cardigan over it to cover your arms and voila you’re bundled up in a cute way.
The look I’ve outlined above may not seem like enough layers to you, but when you add your gloves, scarf, hat and coat, you will be fine. There are many times I’ve overdressed and by the time I’ve walked 10 blocks in my coat and 3 layers of clothing, I’m actually sweating. So don’t overdo it.
Oh! a quick note on gloves: With our cell phone/blackberry/iPhone lifestyles gloves can be sooo annoying because you cant punch buttons. I discovered gloves like this and I won’t wear anything else. The flap comes on and off in 2 seconds freeing your fingers and making life so much easier.
I hope this was helpful, keep me posted on what you end up packing!
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