New York – it’s big, bright and loud. It’s also one of the tallest cities in the world. With over 200 buildings measuring 500 feet or more, this city really is scraping the sky.
Back on the ground, NYC is a hive of activity, with the bustling atmosphere of Times Square, the heritage of ‘museum mile’ and the stunning Central Park.
While you’re never going to be able to take in all of New York in just a few days, you can certainly take a good bite out of ‘the big apple’.
New York is an international fashion capital, and the fashion there can be as bold as the glowing billboards that dominate the streets. But while just about anything goes, we’ve chosen a mixture of classic American styles, bold prints, along with top picks from the fashion giants of America, to create our essential New York wardrobe. Here’s what to pack for a weekend exploring NYC:
New York’s iconic skyline may be worlds away from barren deserts, drifting tumbleweed and the Rocky Mountains, but this bold t-shirt from Diesel is a great homage to the American landscape. The finishing touch is the Diesel logo etched onto the mountains.
This New-York-fit shirt is ideal for, well, New York! Tommy Hilfiger knows a thing or two about the preppy look and has summed up the classic American style with this bold over-sized check design. This casual shirt has an urban feel
in muted, masculine colours and is the ideal choice for a trip to baseball field – you’ll fit right in as you’re cheering on the Yankees’ home run.
New York can get pretty chilly in the autumn and winter, so it’s a good idea to pack plenty of warmer layers. This fleece-backed sweater with cotton knit raglan sleeves and a chunky ribbed bomber collar is the ideal choice. Whether it gets a bit nippy soaking up the views on Brooklyn Bridge, or you just fancy wrapping up in something warmer, this classic navy sweater from G-Star Raw is a great choice.
This Barbour International jacket is another great layer for wintry days in the city. Made from dark rinsed denim, the jacket ticks the box for that all-American look, topped off with a pointed corduroy collar and a cosy wool blend lining.
For a smarter look, throw on this Paul Smith blazer. With a two-tone woven wool and cotton blend, the blazer has a textured look, which works brilliantly against clean lines and a tailored fit. Whether you’re sampling a modernist plate of New York cuisine or hitting the town to try some first-class cocktails, this jacket will ensure you look the part.
There’s one thing you can never be sure of – and that’s the weather. However, this stylish waterproof jacket, from Danish brand Rains, is on hand for when the heavens open. A crisp and clean design, this raincoat combines practicality with style and looks great with a classic pair of jeans.
Wherever you’re heading, no man should travel without a trusty pair of jeans in his suitcase. And you can’t go wrong with this pair from the denim giants, Levi’s. Steeped in 140 years of all-American style, this slim fit pair in ‘acre rinse’ stretch denim are a great choice, for every occasion.
Exploring a city like New York on foot is going to take its toll on your feet. Pack a classic pair of Converse All-Stars to take you from sidewalk to sidewalk in comfort and style. Plus, with the brand’s strong ties to the NBA, your feet can’t get more American than wearing a pair of Converse.
In the bag
Along with a few essential garments, you need a bag to get you from A to B. This stylish holdall from Rains is ideal, with a sleek black design which fits snugly into the overhead luggage compartment for that seven hour plus flight.
Get ready for your trip with this stylish book, showing the history of the city in a series of stunning photographs. From central park to the iconic city skyline, this book is breath-taking portrait of one of the most exciting cities in the world.
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