In a city of 8 million, the easiest way to stay on-trend is to find your own style—building a collection of things you love, and picking up pieces, season by season, that work with (not against) what you already own. For New Yorker Cyndie Spiegel, an international business coach, that means keeping her look “a little bit bohemian, a lot eclectic with a shot of rock ’n’ roll.” She doesn’t let what’s happening on the runways dictate her wardrobe; for example, she “never” wears anything tight. Here’s what you should pack—and what you shouldn't—for your perfect weekend in NYC.
Always have a lightweight scarf. You need one all year round if you'll be spending time indoors. Public spaces (museums, etc.) are always freezing cold regardless of the weather outside. (I'm partial to cashmere scarves in heather grey or very bright colors. Look for one on eBay Fashion.)
A classic denim jacket. You can never go wrong with a classic denim jacket. It's always a cool item but also super functional.
ALLURE'S PICK: Look for a jacket in a medium wash—as opposed to very dark or very light—and you'll be able to wear it year-round. Find your perfect layering piece on eBay Fashion.
Think function first and then aesthetic when it comes to footwear. New York is a walking city with cement, cobblestone and very long streets. Don't try to be cute wearing heels unless you're being driven around. Heels are awesome for a "one- or two-stop" night on the town but not for a day out. Trust me. And if all else fails, Chuck Taylors are always in style. Get yourself a pair!