There’s truly nothing like NYC in the summertime! The city feels alive, the parks are full of people sunbathing and hanging with friends, sidewalk streateries are buzzing, and New Yorkers flock to waterfront activities (like sailing on the Hudson River!) Dressing appropriately for summer in NYC can help you feel stylish and comfortable despite the heat and humidity! Today I’m rounding up some of my tried and true summer in New York outfits to help you beat the heat while staying NYC chic.
What To Wear in NYC in the Summer
When dressing for the heat and humidity that comes with being a New Yorker in the summer, I tend to stick to breathable fabrics that don’t show as much sweat. Between walking (almost) everywhere and taking the subway, you will be sweating! I like clothing made from breathable cotton, linen, and silk (or moisture-wicking Nylon) in the summertime. I also tend to stick to silhouettes that allow for movement — think flowy dresses and tanks, anything that doesn’t sit too close to the body and will help you feel less stifled in the NYC heat.
Linen shorts are one of the go-to items I reach for during the summer. I love how chic tailored shorts look, plus the lightweight linen fabric is perfect when the temperatures are soaring. It’s nice to feel put together but not be sweltering!
Don’t forget to pack a comfy lightweight tank for a summer trip to New York City. Pair with shorts and skirts or jeans — a classic tank is a mix-and-match workhorse in my wardrobe! Pair this with shorts for the day and change into a trouser or skirt for night.
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of denim shorts in the summer! And your legs will thank you!
The definition of easy and breezy, especially for a hot summer day in NYC! I love throwing on a linen dress and sandals in the summer. Don’t miss What Shoes to Wear With Summer Dresses.
I’m a sucker for a slip dress, the silhouette is just so sleek and it’s easy to dress up or dress down. A slip dress is great to wear to dinner and a show, one of my absolute favorite NYC activities.
Midi length has been one of my go-to dress styles this summer. I think it’s a super flattering length, I can’t get enough!
I adore the smocked Hills House Nap dress. It’s a dress I reach for over and over again on a summer day in NYC! One of those throw-on-and-go items in my closet.
You can’t make a trip to the Big Apple without a fabulous statement dress! Whether it’s a show, a fun dinner, or another special event — there’s always an occasion to dress up in NYC.
For those moments when the air conditioning is on full blast, I always tuck a lightweight cardigan into my bag so I’m not freezing.
8 Summer Outfits In NYC
1. Linen shorts and tank
These Reformation Mason shorts paired with a tank have become my unofficial summer outfit. I’ve gotten tons of wear out of this super affordable ribbed tank. I also love this option from J.Crew and this Everlane tank.
2. Slip dress
The J.Crew Gwyneth slip dress is one of my favs, I also love this version with a fabulous flower detail. I think this silhouette with a higher neck line is also so chic, as is this Jenni Kayne slip dress. Also love this linen slip dress option.
3. Midi dress and sandals
While the dress above is sadly sold out, I love this pink dress with side cutouts (more on my favorite cutout summer dresses here), this dress from Abercrombie is a great price, the open back on this dress is so fun. Paired above with my beloved gold bow mules!
4. Nap dress
5. Linen dress
While the dress above is sold out, this sleeveless tank dress is so cute, this midi dress is polished but still casual, the white buttons on this dress are a darling detail, and this Abercrombie number is a great price point.
7. Denim shorts and white tee
8. Statement dress and heels
I think this gorgeous Andie Anderson inspired yellow dress, this dress with a dramatic open back, this adorable bow dress, this mini dress, this gorgeous maxi dress with delicate lace details, and this chic white dress are all fabulous for a night out with friends. These are my favorite summer heels; I own them in white, nude and black.