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New Yorkers have a uniform all their own, one that's based on the principles of utility, versatility and metropolitan polish. Click through to learn which key pieces make up every NYC woman's wardrobes—and to shop versions of each!
Ankle Boots

For work, play and everything in between, a heeled ankle bootie is the ideal way for New York girls to get from A to B in model-off-duty-approved style. Inherently seasonless and endlessly versatile, this shoe style's an absolute must.

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Striped Shirts

At this point, the striped shirt—like the plain white tee and basic skinny jean before it—has arguably reached essential status. Whether tucked into a high-waisted skirt or teamed with denim, it's a foolproof foundation piece for any New York wardrobe—and yes, the fact that it's French girl-approved just makes it that much more of a must-have.

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Leather Moto Jackets

Dressing down a button-up and pencil skirt, topping off a weekend jeans-and-tee look, slung over a cocktail dress—basically, there's no outfit a little leather jacket won't work with.

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Hold-It-All Handbags

When morning spin classes are followed by long hours at the office and chased with after-hours cocktails in different boroughs, you need a bag you can stuff to the brim—without it losing its shape.

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Bold Lip Colors

In the city that never sleeps, colorful lips are the new nail art.

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Statement Sunglasses

You can't go wrong with a classic Wayfarer in the Big Apple, but any sculptural, somewhat oversized set of frames will do. Manhattanites wear them 24/7—especially after a late party night.

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Denim With a Twist

While classic skinny and wide-leg styles will always have their place in a New York girl's heart (and closet!), most NYC'ers prefer to experiment with unexpected styles of blues, from overalls to boyfriend jeans to moto-style zippered ones.

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