A Fashion Guide for Traveling to New York City

New Yorkers stick to a sophisticated style that values comfort and convenience just as much as fashion. With all the amazing restaurants, museums, and neighborhoods to explore, you’ll want to pack strategically in order to fit in with the stylish locals instead of sticking out like a tourist. Here are the key pieces and accessories you should bring on your next trip to New York City.

Fall Fashion

Come September, NYC is already starting to cool down after its most sweltering period in the summer. You’ll want to pack items that can layer easily – like this cute poncho – for the unpredictable temperatures. It can be quite chilly in the mornings and then rise to the high 70s to low 80s by mid-afternoon. Plus, rain is always possible in the city no matter what season it is.

Bring along skinny jeans in a classic denim or black color. New Yorkers love denim and wear it year-round, so you’ll blend in among the locals. A denim jacket is also a great option and can be easily layered on top of sweaters, t-shirts, or even a comfortable dress. This look is effortless and practical.

If you want to go a little more daring, opt for a black motorcycle-style jacket. The stereotype that New Yorkers wear all-black frequently is totally is true (and they’re more than OK with that). You’ll stay comfortable and look really, really fashionable by NYC standards.

Winter

Winter in NYC is cold. Very, very cold. On average, the temperature stays in the 30s, but can also drop to the 20s and teens during December, January, and February. The wind chill will also make it feel a lot colder than it actually is, so prepare for all of this by packing a warm coat or jacket. A wool pea coat or puffer-jacket are the most ideal. It may sound unfashionable, but most locals actually do rock the below-the-knee puffer to stay warm from head-to-toe. Layer a sweater and long-sleeve t-shirt underneath–it gets warm on the subway, so you’ll want to unzip and cool off while getting from point A to B.

Stay clear of bulky snow pants and go with black or dark denim, as well as thermal tights if you plan to wear a dress or skirt. You should accessorize with a good hat, warm scarf, and pair of gloves to protect your skin from the harsh wind and cold temps. (Pro-tip: bring a pair of gloves that are phone-friendly). Keep your outfit trendy by bringing in a pop of color with a unique handbag. As for shoes, riding boots or comfortable booties are perfect for walking around the city for hours as well as protection against potential puddles.

The reality of visiting NYC is that driving really isn’t an option because of traffic and in the cold, icy winter, it can often be tricky if you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle. Most locals don’t own cars, and if they do, they have compact cars that are convenient to park (when parking is an option). This fact means that you’ll blend right in when walking down the street in your puffy jacket.

Spring

Similar to fall, spring can be a tad unpredictable in terms of temperature and weather conditions. Winter can last well into April, so expect it to be a mix of chilly and warm as the city blooms into spring. Every New Yorker will be overjoyed that they can finally shed all the extra layers and you should plan to do the same. This is also a great opportunity to pack some fashionable jewelry because it won’t be hidden under a mountain of layers.

Pack a light-weight jacket and raincoat that you can easily fold-up just in case a downpour occurs. You’ll also want to carry around an umbrella, so you never get caught in the rain unprepared. This will also ensure you don’t have to buy a plastic poncho on the street like many tourists end up doing.

Waterproof booties or fashionable sneakers like Adidas or Golden Goose are the perfect footwear choice. They’ll be comfortable and look cute, plus many New Yorkers wear these for commuting around the city all day.

Summer

Summer in NYC means two things: hot and humid. Everyone who lives there is ecstatic about finally being able to sit and eat outside, but dress appropriately to not overheat. Think all natural, breathable fibers like cotton and avoid synthetic fabrics that can cause you to sweat more. Denim shorts and skirts are always in style, paired with a simple t-shirt or top. Black shorts also work if you’re trying to stay chic.

The best remedy, however, is a classic dress either in a solid color like white or a pretty floral pattern. This will keep you cool and while also blending in with the other fashionable locals. Do bring a sweater along for when you’re indoors though–most places like to blast the air conditioner. Casual sandals will help your feet breathe in the heat while walking around, but flats also work as well, just be sure to break in whatever you wear.

It’s also helpful to pack a picnic blanket, sheet, or towel you can use for spontaneous picnicking around the city. Central Park and Bryant Park are perfect for this and don’t forget a reusable water bottle so you don’t have to keep buying water while out and about.

The key to looking fashionable while traveling NYC is so be comfortable and practical. New Yorkers are more concerned with getting from place to place on time and dry than they are with looking at your outfit. If you carry a camera around your neck and break out the poncho when it rains, you might as well carry a sign that says “tourist”. Otherwise, just bring your favorite outfits and comfortable walking shoes and you’ll fit right in! Safe travels.

Colombian Design Keeps Rising!

Colombia’s creative boom is not only wowing the whole country, or South American continent, but the whole world!

Generally speaking, Latin American designers are having a great moment, with more exposure than ever before! But Colombia has mesmerized everyone with its Johana Ortiz ruffles, Aquazzura heels and Esteban Cortazar sophistication. These are only three of the great brands being showcased at the best stores around the globe like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Intermix, Neiman Marcus among others. But others are starting to emerge as well, Silvia Tcherassi has fascinated us with her most recent collections inspired by Colombian heritage and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s literature. Stephanie Mattos, creative director from La Couture Maison impeccable taste has captured everyone’s eye, specially Nina Garcia who recently wore one of her pieces.

From our very own designers: Laura Davila golden daring pieces have been spotted multiple times on celebrities like Louise Roe and Caroline Vreeland. Palma Canaria has completely changed the meaning of a “strawbag” by innovating these baskets with new materials, shapes and interventions. Tres Almas latest Divas Embroidery Collection has been one of the must have statement earrings of the year, and lets not even begin talking about Daniela Salcedo’s success with her evil eye rings, star earrings and now lip earrings!

When you own a unique handmade piece (which we value tremendously), that has all this story, tradition and work behind it, you can feel it! It just gives it a complete different meaning and aesthetic to the whole outfit! Which is the reason why we think the overall response to all these emerging designers has been so positive.

At By Malka we are continuously working on adding new emerging designers from all over Latin America, and share all this talent, designs and passion with you!

By Malka Online Experience

 

By Malka online boutique is not just a website, it’s a shopping experience.  We are connecting you to Colombia’s luxury market, sharing with you the most well-known and acclaimed jewelry and accessory designers.  With over 15 brands, By Malka will transport you to Colombian surrealism with textures, colors, shapes and uniqueness.

Every item is handcrafted by Colombian artisans and carefully designed by talented designers.  So, when you shop with us, you’re not just getting some earrings, or a bracelet, or a clutch, but you’re getting a work of art.  Browse around our “Brands” section to discover new designers, each month we are introducing new upcoming brands, and we are sure you will fall in love with the aesthetic and look of at least one of them.

Read about our designers, trends, events and much more in our life and style blog in collaboration with our By Malka Bloggers as well as Miami-based Colombian blogger Victoria de La Cruz-Sartorial Dreams.  And please, don’t hesitate in letting us know if there is an specific topic, subject or interview you would like for us to do.

We also always have online sales and promo codes going on, so there is always a chance for you to buy that piece you are so in love with! Our goal is to keep on providing great design within reach, with the best quality, from a click to you!

So stay tuned, we have many upcoming surprises and big reveals!