What to wear for fall, winter in New York CityPosted on September 11, 2013 | by Sharanya Sathyaprakash
Summer in Washington Square Park is filled with sunshine, shorts and sandals. However, in a few weeks, the Northeast will swiftly descend into a bitter autumn and then winter that many NYU students may not be well-equipped for.
In preparation for the change of seasons, students from warmer regions who are unfamiliar with the colder conditions in New York should be sure to stock up on weather-appropriate clothing pieces.
This is the beginning of wonderful fall weather. The days will continue to be warm, so summer outfits are still useful. Evenings tend to cool down but are comfortable. Keep a cardigan or a light jacket for your night- time strolls. Although J. Crew is known for their cozy sweaters, they can be expensive. Try J. Crew Factory for the same quality at better prices, like the Factory Always Cardigan ($29.50) in a variety of colors.
Fall weather officially begins in October. The weather is cool, crisp and perfect for wandering the city. Thick knit cardigans and pullovers will be staples. H&M has a comfort- able, beige cardigan ($34.95) that will keep you cozy in the chilly weather. Jeans are also a classic fall item, and Urban Outfitters’ BDG brand offers a variety of styles and colors to mix up your look. A comfortable, stylish pair of closed-toe shoes are worth the investment. Stores like DSW will prove useful in finding stylish but sturdy fall footwear.
While the weather is chilly, the wind chill is almost unbearable. It’s time to break out those warm boots and jackets from the back of the closet. If you need a new pair of boots, Charlotte Russe and LuLu’s both carry a selection that will keep you warm until snow falls and you need something more water-resistant. A fleece jacket designed for winter weather may be a worthwhile investment, and gloves and a hat may be necessary towards the end of the month — in case a snow flurry occurs.
As Christmas approaches, so does 30-degree weather and snow. Look for a winter coat that is both water-resistant and insulated. Reasonably priced brands that fit well can be found at ASOS, H&M, North Face and Land’s End. Always dress in layers. While the outdoors will be freezing, it will typically be quite toasty in stores, subways and other destinations. Another necessity is weather- resistant boots. Look for comfortable shoes that will keep your toes dry — brands like Merrell, Ugg, Bogs and Hunter are good options. Holiday sales can be a great way to save on these essentials. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park to walking past the holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue and enjoying the Rockefeller Christmas tree light up at night, New York City in the wintertime can be truly magical. Be sure to stock up so you can enjoy all the city has to offer.
A version of this story appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 11 print edition. Sharanya Sathyaprakash is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.