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What to Wear When Visiting NYC: Fall 2012 Edition

We’ve surveyed our guides, our favorite fashion mags, and the handful of NYC designers we know personally to bring you this list.  If you have a trip to New York coming up, and you want to fit in, here are some suggestions for you.  Bonus tip:  leave your white tennis shoes at home.

Jewelry:  Get a Little Rough and Tumble

Maybe jewelry is the last thing you pack… and therefore most likely to forget!  But here at Shop Gotham we believe accessories, like shoes, can make or break an outfit.  This season fashionistas are wearing rugged, metallic jewelry with just the slightest hint of bling.  Check out this stainless steel bracelet for inspiration.   Yes, the website says it’s for men.  But this trend leans toward the masculine.  Be bold!  This is New York!  You can find the perfect piece on a Shop Gotham Soho Tour.

Faux Leather

The famous red leather jacket

The emergence of veganism coupled with the economic downturn has led fashionable New Yorkers to embrace faux leather.  And it’s so much fun too!  Not since Michael Jackson’s Beat It album has leather been this daring.   So pick up a flashy, fun, fake leather jacket at trendy retailers such as H&M or Forever 21.  You won’t regret it.  And you’ll fit right in in New York!

The “Uniform

Maybe you’re only headed to New York for a quick weekend of theatre and dining.  Maybe you’re checking out a local university, or maybe you’re in town to catch up with old friends.   We did a quick survey of our guides, asking them, “If you had to pack one outfit, what would it be?”  Shop Gotham president Marla Hander put it most succinctly:  “Tight jeans or pants, shortish leather jacket, long cool top, ankle boots.”   This comfortable ensemble dresses up or down, fits easily into a suitcase and won’t wrinkle or rip easily.  New Yorkers wear it for pretty much every occasion.  “On the Upper East Side,” Hander adds, “I’ve even seen it at pre-school pick-ups.”  You can’t go wrong!

The NYC "Uniform"

What to Wear: Fall 2012 Special Shoe Edition

It’s that time of year, ladies!  Time to crack out the comfy sweaters and short jackets that characterize an autumn wardrobe.  At Shop Gotham we believe the secret to staying in style lies in adding new touches to last season’s classics.  Read on to find out the fall trends that will easily update your fall ensemble.

The Royal Touch:  Brocade!

Remember how over the summer you kept seeing things in native American fabrics?  While this trend was sometimes cute and cozy, it could easily turn into a fashion don’t. Luckily, Navajo is on its way out, and brocade is on its way in.  So from Asian-inspired patterns to Elizabethean bargello, feel free to feel fancy this season! Remember:  a little bit of chinoserie can go a long way.  These Dolce and Gabbana tights and heels  make for a good place to start… although only the most adventurous will pair them together!

Smoking Loafers

Another season, another excuse to buy a new pair of shoes.  At least that’s how Shop Gotham sees it!   As Joanna Coles, the stunning new editor of Marie Claire, put it in her own magazine, “After a summer in high sandals, I am embracing the smoking loafer and the ankle-skimming pant.”  (This comfy attire looks great with or without the actual cigarette!)  So throw out your ballet flats, which have to be in tatters after so many  seasons, and sink your feet into a shoe that is part slipper, part sensible indulgence.

Ankle Boots

Whether slouchy or straight, stiletto or stacked, this seaon’s ankle boots have one thing in common:  sexiness!  We love boots at Shop Gotham because in addition to being consistently stylish, they are warm, sturdy and offer the option of a comfortable boost in height.   This season’s ankle booties pair well with everything from dresses to skinny jeans.   Pick up a pair on a Shop Gotham Soho tour today!