Spoiler Alert: We’re Still Wearing Black

In the immortal words of Miranda Priestly, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” New Yorkers are known for three things: walking fast, “resting bitch face” and wearing only black, all the time. The last one gets kind of difficult in the spring when the weather is warm and all your favorite stores are stocked with bright colors and patterns. However, there are plenty of ways to keep your all-black New York aesthetic intact without overheating or appearing to be mourning your GPA.


1. Overlay Dresses

It seems the trend of the year has been the layered look. It combines elegance with edge, and is easy to dress up or down with a few wisely chosen accessories. Best of all, it’s light and won’t make you sweat while you’re rushing down Broadway to class.

2. Ripped Jeans

If you’re less into the softness of the mesh dress and looking for something a little more punk rock, try ripped jeans and a T-shirt. Black skinny jeans ripped to expose some knee are all over Washington Square these days. Pair these with a black shirt if you’re feeling monochromatic, or look no further than thrift stores in Greenwich Village for interesting vintage tees to give your outfit an old-school feel.

3. Slip Dresses

Slips are great for keeping cool and looking cool in the summer heat. Wearing a slip is a super simple way of looking chic: it can be accessorized to fit just about any style. To ramp up your outfit, try a cardigan, a duster coat or a pair of statement sunglasses. For more on styling slip dresses, check out this article on the blog.

4. Leather

Your leather jacket might be better suited for the fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t channel your inner motorcycle girl this spring. Leather skater skirts are a perennial favorite precisely because of their versatility and edge — invest in a good leather (or pleather) skirt for the ultimate cool-girl look this spring.

With the last of the snow gone, spring has finally sprung in the city. You can hear it every time somebody on the street curses Mother Nature for the snowstorms in April, and you can see it in the changing storefronts. Everyone may be breaking out their bright spring collections, but with a few key pieces, you can still dress like the all-black-wearing New Yorker you are.


Written by: Gabrielle Roehr

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