7 Summer Wardrobe Staples NYC Girls Never Forget to Buy

Much like London, summer in New York City is one of a kind. Alfresco dining, park picnics, and long evening strolls are all common, and the sidewalks are filled with tourists and locals alike dressed in their favourite warm-weather pieces. While it's a fantastic place to visit on holiday, the not-so-glamorous side of Manhattan summers (again, like London), is the heat and humidity. Sure, it's better than a snowstorm but if you're braving an 85-degree day, your wardrobe should reflect it for doing all that sight-seeing. You probably know all the basics by now: Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, avoid black unless you want to get heat stroke, and always wear sunscreen. However, if you're curious to know which items specifically bode especially well in the city then continue ahead to see seven standout pieces NYC girls never forget to buy once summer rolls around, so you can dress like a local. 

White Cotton Dress

A breathable, airy white dress is a summer style companion that should always be in your rotation, no matter where you live. 

Breezy Bottoms

Once temperatures spike in the city, even a pair of blue jeans can feel stifling. Instead, reach for a pair of breathable, relaxed slacks that you can wear with an easy top and sandals.

Easy Tee

An easy tee is a must if you're visiting New York City. Thankfully, it can be dressed up or down as needed, and subtle or statement as you desire (we're so feeling a tie-dye version right now).

City Sandals

If you live in Manhattan or London , you're unfortunately aware of how dirty the streets and subways can be, but you might not if you're a tourist. Ideally the kind of sandals you want to be sliding into sandals better be resistant to aforementioned grime. Thankfully, the sport sandals trend is alive and well and works perfectly for city summers.

Breathable Workout Set

A summer workout wardrobe should consist of ultra-breathable separates that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your sweat session.

Sneakers for Walking

We love the idea of a pretty floral summer dress paired with sneakers. 

Straw Bag

Ditch your leather tote for a minute; grab a straw bag instead. It's festive but can still hold all your necessities.

Up next, the biggest autumn/winter 2019 trends you need to know. 

The piece was originally published on Who What Wear U.S.