I’ve Lived in NYC and Miami—These Are the Biggest Style Differences

After a decade, I made a decision it was time for my time in New York to return to an finish—for now. And so, like many New Yorkers did this 12 months, I packed up my one-bedroom residence into my automobile and drove down South to the subsequent finest metropolis (in my view): Miami. Granted I’m solely on my third month of residing down right here, and maybe I’m nonetheless within the honeymoon part, however I’m adjusting simply high quality to this new way of life. Okay, I completely find it irresistible. Although I’ll admit, my greatest concern shifting all the way down to Miami was the type. Being a style editor in New York for nearly over a decade, I used to be nervous about how I might transition my minimal Manhattan wardrobe into a colourful, summer time year-round closet. And candidly, the variations between the type in New York and Miami are polarizing.

From the drastic distinction between a New York winter and a Miami one (if it may be even referred to as that, as I sit right here penning this in 85-degree climate in December) to the innate vitality of every metropolis, the type similarities between New York and Miami are exhausting to return by.

As a style editor, getting into new type territory has been an satisfying activity to tackle during the last a number of months. I’ve traded a majority of my pants, from denim to workout leggings, for shorts and skirts, and I’ve kissed most of my boots goodbye in the meanwhile and have ushered in a plethora of sandals. And sure, I discover myself asking why I felt the necessity to pack all 100+ of my sweatshirts and sweaters. New strikes at all times foster new beginnings, and I’ve realized it has additionally introduced out a distinct type facet in me. Although it’s no secret that I love bikinis, I’ve begun to faucet right into a extra colourful, flirty facet of style.

Whereas I’ll at all times be a Manhattan lady at coronary heart, I’m embracing Miami’s tradition, and most significantly, having enjoyable with the style. Maintain scrolling to find the primary type variations between NYC and Miami, and resolve which one is for you.

There isn’t any doubt that climate performs an enormous function within the type distinction between these two cities; thus, I’ve slowly begun to file my as soon as go-to boots within the “don’t want proper now” closet and have adopted new important footwear that also permit me to remain true to my private type. I discover myself rotating between three shoe kinds down in Miami: minimal flip-flop sandals, low-heel mules, and a chunky white sneaker. It’s humorous how footwear I believed had been my ride-or-dies in New York have slowly light to the background—till we meet once more.

After I was residing my life in Manhattan, each pre-pandemic and the new-normal of now, I opted for smooth, useful purses that would carry me by my commute. Or if it had been a weekend or informal evening out, I used to be at all times going for a structured, top-handle quantity. Now, in an entire 180, my purses encompass straw or canvas seashore luggage, bold-colored clutches, or silk mini luggage. Although the bag kinds are utterly totally different, I nonetheless decide to the significance of performance in every purse and like luggage that may carry extra of my important objects.

I’ve to confess, the jewellery type variations stunned me probably the most. In New York, I at all times thought of myself a minimalist when it got here to jewellery; I wore easy, on a regular basis items that consisted of delicate gold stacking rings, refined gold hoops, and a dainty, private necklace. I by no means thought that will change. And whereas I nonetheless love minimal jewellery, I’ve discovered myself gravitating to extra dynamic gold items, like snake chains and thicker rings, and I like an anklet. In true Miami style, I’m slowly however absolutely, introducing shade into my rotation by earthy pinks and pops of orange that go with my sunkissed pores and skin. 

Gone are the times of exercise leggings; it’s merely simply too scorching. I’ve needed to redo my exercise wardrobe utterly, and I’ve formally turn into a workout-shorts lady, from the basic biker shorts to a variety of yoga shorts. I’ve additionally ditched all the long-sleeve crop-tops, zip-ups, hoodies I used to layer over my exercise garments when operating alongside the East River and changed them with a hat my accent. And, after all, I like colourful activewear now. Who would’ve ever guessed?

The distinction between my on a regular basis ensembles in these two cities is kind of comical. I had my outfit system all the way down to an artwork in New York: cardigan sweater + high-rise, straight-leg denim + knee-high boots. I might constantly put on totally different outfit variations and magnificence them with totally different coats and purses, relying on the season. Nonetheless, in Miami, I dwell in a bikini. And if not a bikini, most certainly a loungewear crop-top paired with a breezy linen trouser that’s each snug and classy. I’ve discovered in Miami climate that it’s finest to go for looser-fitting clothes like wide-leg pants or a maxi gown to remain cool all through the day.

This type distinction got here as no shock to me. Although I’m not technically “going out” in the meanwhile, I’m nonetheless having fun with weekends outdoors with mates, and even then, I do know the type distinction in night seems can also be a stark distinction. In New York, the nighttime look nearly at all times consists of one thing black, whether or not it’s your total outfit or simply the highest. In Miami, I’m experimenting with night outfits by mixing bright-colored items or subtly revealing attire. Going-out outfits in Miami are undoubtedly extra playful, whereas in New York, there was extra sophistication to a night look.

Final, however definitely not least, the colour in these metropolis’s type is probably the most vital distinction for me. My type in New York errs on the extra minimal, impartial facet, and in Miami, I’m swiftly obsessive about carrying shade. Possibly it’s the nice and cozy climate or view of the ocean each day, however one thing about residing in Miami has made me love integrating vivid colours into my wardrobe—particularly pinks and yellows.

Up subsequent, discover out the one trick that makes any outfit look cool. 

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