What to wear in New York

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New York is a fabulous and popular destination for a short family break. There are plenty of savvy ways to keep your costs down on a holiday in New York, but how can you make sure your preparation for the family holiday is a quick and painless process?

We take the thinking out of your packing with this quick and easy guide on to what to wear in New York this spring.

Clothes in New York

The key to what to wear in New York is to keep your look really casual.

New Yorkers, both men and women don’t dress up for much, even the theatre. As you might expect in the home of denim, jeans of all shapes and styles are really popular. Eclectic and funky are good in NY too and will help you to blend in; and as with London, black and grey are also always great favourites.

If you’re travelling this spring you can pretty much expect the same temperatures as here in the UK ranging from a daytime high of 19C to a cooler night time 10C with some chance of rain. So sunglasses and a brolly are both must pack items.

Dressing in layers will also help you cope with the temperature changes through the day into the evening.

The only way to see New York is on foot, which means your shoes need to be comfortable; our advice is to pack flat or low-heeled shoes and make sure they are well broken in. However, it is the capital which gave us Sex & the City too, so take some glamorous shoes with you too for the evening, if you love your killer heels.

The suggested packing guides for what to wear in New York are for a seven-day or longer trip. For a short hop to New York we would reduce the trouser/skirt combo and shirt numbers. There are cleaners galore – either drop your dirty laundry in to one on the street while you shop, or organise it through your hotel.

You only need to pack very light. The shopping’s fabulous, so it makes sense to keep some holes in your case to fill with new treasures. At Macy’s stop off first at the Visitors Centre and pick up your 11% visitors discount card and department store map.

For mums & daughters

  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 pairs trousers or opt for an extra pair of jeans
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 dress; make it versatile, something you can wear sightseeing, but also to dine out in the evenings
  • 3 plain tops; one in each of your 3 favourite colours. Cashmere and wool work well for this season
  • 1 smart cardigan or unstructured jacket
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 pair comfy flat shoes
  • 1 pair of killer heels for the evening ( if you love them)
  • A light weight belted raincoat
  • Swimwear if your hotel has a pool or you plan a trip to a spa
  • A large day bag with plenty of room for all your day trip essentials
  • A simple clutch bag for evenings, or a travel wallet than can double up as a clutch bag
  • Belt ­
  • 3 casual tops; perhaps a shirt in your favourite colour would tie in well here. Check that the colours of your trousers, skirt and dress coordinate
  • Pashmina; take a colourful wrap on to the plane to keep you warm, and then wear it as a scarf, or in the evening as a wrap for a little extra warmth
  • Accessories; these will transform even the simplest outfit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella

For dads & sons

  • Jeans
  • 3 pairs trousers or extra jeans
  • 1 jumper / fleece
  • 6 casual shirts for the day and night time
  • 1 casual jacket
  • 1 pair comfortable shoes for walking
  • 1 pair of shoes for the evening
  • Swimwear if your hotel has a pool
  • Sunglasses
  • Belt
  • A waterproof jacket

Helen Hutchings heads up WhatToWearOnHoliday.com which aims to help take the stress out of what to pack for holidays. It includes packing guides and tips on how to pack less but wear more, how to save money and be appropriately dressed wherever in the world you go!