Hi She She Me! I am in a fall fashion quandry. My family and I are headed to New York for Thanksgiving this year. Fun, yes? Only if I can figure out what to take! We are going to a great restaurant, The View atop the Marriott Marquis, and two Broadway shows. Any suggestions for what to wear? I want to look elegant and stylish and I am desperate not to give away my tourist status. Love your blog!
Oh you lucky girl! I am so envious. As far as fall fashion goes, do as the New Yorkers do and wear black! I know, I know, it is such a cliché, but it is absolutely true. I'm not talking goth here, just sleek and elegant black attire. Black wool trousers and a cashmere sweater. A calf length skirt and an elegant silk blouse. A gorgeous little black dress.
For daytime tourist type activities, go with dark washed jeans, a crisp white blouse and a warm wool coat. Also, I would strongly suggest comfortable boots; boots that you can walk all over town in, jump rain puddles and curbs in, and step over dog poop in. It's November in New York, rain puddles and poop are a way of life.
An elegant little black dress is perfection for an evening out, dinner and a Broadway show. One suggestion, keep the heels mid height, no stilettos. Stilettos are difficult enough to walk in when you are on familiar territory, let alone trying to snag a cab at midnight in midtown.
Top tips for not looking like a tourist: Never stop in the middle of the sidewalk to gawk. Never, never, never block the flow of bodies in forward motion! This means not stopping at the top of the subway stairs to figure out where you are. If you aren't sure, just keep walking about twenty paces, then move out of the flow of bodies and regroup. Also, when traveling with a group, do not walk side by side by side. This, once again, blocks the flow of bodies in motion. You can walk in pairs, but just keep it moving!
Dont's: Never wear a fanny pack. Never wear white tennis shoes. When with a group, do not wear matching tee shirts.
Do's: Get a city map and a subway map and study them! Preferably before you get to NYC. Learn the basics. Avenues run north and south. Numbered streets run east and west. You can even download maps onto your cell phone. Do see all of the tourist sites! There will be a zillion other tourists there and when they see you in your chic attire, walking briskly and with a purpose, they will say, "Wow, there goes a native New Yorker!"