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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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

...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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