I dressed to do New York City on the cheap: walking almost everywhere and taking advantage of free attractions like Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, and the New York Public Library.
I packed and wore a capsule for three, cool and mostly rainy days in New York City and two days of coast-to-coast travel. I wore jeans for the travel days and a pleather skirt or denim shorts in the city. My color palette was red, gray, black, white, and denim.
These are the capsule items:
Sweaters – 2 (Banana Republic)
Leggings – 2 (Amour and C9)
Tees – 2 (thrifted short sleeve and C9 long sleeve)
Beanie (Who What Wear for Target)
Scarves – 2 (DSW and consignment)
Purse (Rebecca Minkoff)
Backpacks – 2 (Spirit of the Red Horse and Toms)
Earrings – 2 (self-made and gift)
Sunglasses (Marc Jacobs)
I wore the plaid, knit Chaps jacket much more than was documented. It only appears in the Monday OOTD pic, but I wore it, at some point, every day but Thursday.
Here’s how the capsule played out:
Pros: I was quite satisfied with my footwear, layering options, and outerwear. The colors worked well, together, although the red certainly stood out in a sea of black! I packed my lightweight Toms backpack in my luggage to wear in the city and used my heavier, leather backpack to transport my tech and camera gear in the airports and on the planes. I will definitely do that, again! The cloth backpack took up hardly any room and was great to carry my extra layers and camera gear around the city.
Cons: I wish I had brought a tee or base layer for each day. My long-sleeved C9 shirt was not fit to wear again after the 15 miles of walking in Central Park. I could have done without the jeans. I would have rather worn a knit tunic and leggings for the travel days.