5 Things I've Added to My Wardrobe Since Moving to NYC
Three months ago, I made the casual decision to move 2,771 miles from my home of Los Angeles to New York City. Being born and raised in California, particularly LA, cloaked me in a veil of sun-soaked privilege that I never fully noticed until I was so far from home. It’s easy to forget that in most places, summer isn’t year-round and a threadbare band t-shirt isn’t enough for the average November day. Read on for five things I’ve found myself needing since moving to a city that actually has seasons:
A Big-Girl Winter Coat
I used to consider myself somewhat of a coat connoisseur, I had more pieces of outerwear than California had days in which I could actually wear them. However, it took one 50-degree day for me to realize that my skimpy Topshop moto was simply not going to cut it here.
All. The. Beanies.
I’m not sure if it’s because of my dreams to reincarnate as a mid-90’s skater boy, or my deep hatred for the baker boy cap that has dominated my Instagram feed for the last two winters, but I somehow now own this beanie in five colors.
Hoodies, but ~Fashion~ Hoodies
Previously reserved for lounging at home or midnight fast food runs, hoodies have staked a major claim in my NYC wardrobe. I began swapping my ratty high school merch for some high-caliber alternatives, now I throw them on with anything from faux fur coats to track pants.
A sturdy canvas tote
As I live car-less for the first time in my life, I’m forced to realize how much I relied on my car-not just for transportation, but for storage. When the subway is your only mode of transportation, and home is a 20-minute ride away, you’ve got to pack light and pack smart. The right canvas tote can hold a laptop, phone charger, metro card, and overpriced protein bar without looking too hoarder-y.
I was a sneaker person before moving to NYC, but walking upwards of six miles a day has converted me into a dad sneaker person. Obnoxious, chunky, I-will-turn-this-car-around dad sneakers. The chunkier the better. Matching fanny pack not required, but strongly recommended.