Take an internationally recognized fashion scene, add some downtown edge, a healthy dose of functionality and, OK, a whole lot of black fabric…and you’ve got the formula for NYC’s unmistakable style identity. These seven pieces are the cornerstones—how many do you have?

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Black Ankle Boots

Whether you opt for heeled or flat, simple or embellished with rock-star details, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of (literal) mileage out of these ever-versatile booties.

Get the look: Steve Madden ($98); Isa Tapia ($231); Alexander Wang ($595)

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Distressed Jeans

We take our Negronis strong, our bagels everything and our denim broken in just so.

Get the look: Levi’s ($70); Madewell ($135); Frame ($229)

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A Crossbody Bag

Not surprisingly, our favorite pieces just happen to be the most functional—like a purse that stays put even when we’re racing to catch the L.

Get the look: Topshop ($48); Rebecca Minkoff ($195); Shinola ($395)

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Cigarette Pants

We’re pretty sure New Yorkers invented the whole day-to-night thing (because who has time to go home and change?). A pair of tailored wool trousers looks polished at work and menswear-cool everywhere else. 

Get the look: J. Crew ($90); Nic+Zoe ($128); Diane von Furstenburg ($298)

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A Leather Jacket

Blame the Ramones: You couldn’t pay us to give up our beloved moto and the instant attitude it adds to any outfit. 

Get the look: BlankNYC ($59); AllSaints ($560); Barneys New York ($795)

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Dainty Stacking Rings

Statement jewels are great and all, but barely-there bands are our adornment of choice (not least because they won’t get caught on everything we touch). 

Get the look: Catbird ($44); Vanessa Lianne ($135); Blanca Monros Gomez ($160)

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Blanket Scarf

An accessory that looks chic while protecting us from arctic winds is our favorite kind of accessory. 

Get the look: Treasure&Bond ($69); Aritzia ($85); Acne Studios ($210)

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