If there’s one group that understands the power of a good outfit, it’s the ladies of NYC. No matter where they’re headed, they somehow always manage to master a look that’s elevated yet still laid-back. So what’s the secret? Turns out, it’s nothing more than a few sneaky tricks. Take a peek and start adopting these to your current wardrobe, stat.

Monochromatic

Embrace a Monochromatic Palette

NYC ladies know the power of wearing one color--or one family of colors. In a pinch it can instantly help you to appear more put together. And luckily, this sentiment goes beyond basic black. This season, test-drive a monochromatic look by wearing a tank, blazer, culottes and sandals in muted hues like blush, ivory and nude.

Get the look: Veronica Beard jacket ($1,595), top ($695), culottes ($395)

Color Combos

But Don’t Shy Away From Unexpected Color Combos

J.Crew's Jenna Lyon is known for pushing the style boundaries, but she also proves that something as simple as a new color combo can completely transform an everyday look. Apprehensive to try in your own wardrobe? Start small by merely copying inspiration--like this robin's egg and poppy here.

Get the look: Milly top ($295); J. Crew skirt ($70)

Details

Pay Attention to Details

You see that perfectly executed half-tuck? How about the slightly frayed hem of the jeans? Oh, and we can’t forget about the jacket expertly draped over the shoulders. It all comes down to a little zuhzing, folks.

Get the look: The Arrivals jacket ($485); BLK DNM jeans ($86); Dior shoes (price upon request)

Jumpsuit

Think Beyond the LBD

The little black jumpsuit is now the attire of choice for all future formal events. Trust us, it’s more than acceptable--it's fierce.

Get the look: Roksanda jumpsuit ($1,510)

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Commit to the Sneakers + Dress Ensemble

Contrary to popular belief, NYC ladies love comfort...but in their eyes, comfort is not synonymous with sweatpants. Team the ever-popular white sneaker with a flouncy dress to get the best of both worlds: dressy yet downtown cool.

Get the look: Elleozhang dress ($162); Adidas sneakers ($75)

RELATED: 15 Outfits to Wear with Your New White Sneakers

Vest

Be Smart About Outerwear

Learning how to properly layer in NYC is almost as important as learning how to flag a cab. Rule of thumb: During the in-between seasons when it’s too warm for your trench, but still too cool to go bare, invest in a sleeveless vest. It will help to dress up your jeans or everyday workwear, and it also happens to be extremely versatile.

Get the look: Helmut Lang vest ($860); TPN jeans ($288); Bally shoes ($1,150)

Vest Feminine

...And Repurposing

Which brings us to our next point: New Yorkers know how to remix almost anything in their wardrobe. That sleeveless vest you were just wearing? Try it as a dress next time. 

Get the look: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 ($158); Marc Fisher shoes ($160); Henri Bendel bag ($350)

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