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How to Own Summer with the Best in NYC Fashion

April 28, 2016 - by Heather Rabkin
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The arrival of Memorial Day heralds the start of something good: summer in New York City. Highs include steamy temps and a blessed uptick in Mister Softee ice cream truck sightings. Among our favorite lows are less crowds at the newest downtown restaurants and the refreshing chill of the a/c that blasts through the cavernous Met Museum. NYC has everything one requires for a proper summer weekend, from beaches to sprawling leafy expanses to various cultural haunts (shops, of course) to chill off in. You just need the perfect look. The days around Memorial Day are the time to shop New York for the best of summer ready-to-wear and accessories. Read on for how to find the best summer fashion for New York 2016.

Memorial Day Shopping NYC: Designer Apparel

Tory Burch

Tory Burch’s cutout top has it all: denim and metallic yarns woven together with flattering crossover straps in the back, and even fringe at the bottom. This is just the thing to wear meandering through SoHo with an iced coffee from Dean & Deluca in hand. Tory Burch, 797 Madison Ave. toryburch.com

Maje

Infuse a dash of cool girl French style into your NYC weekend with one of Maje’s deliciously flowy jacquard dresses. This one features ruffled cuffs that will look lovely when worn for a leisurely afternoon boat ride on the Central Park boat pond. Maje, 417 Bleecker St., maje.com

Ulla Johnson

Native New York designer Ulla Johnson knows her way around a frock. Her dresses are handcrafted and often feature ornate embroidery and globally inspired motifs. This cotton voile peasant dress is breathable with unique touches like a ruffled hem and tassels at the neck. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., barneys.com

Memorial Day Shopping NYC: Shoes & Accessories

Bruenllo Cucinelli colorblocked sandals
Antiqued leather sandals made in Italy are as stylish by day as they are by night. Brunello Cucinelli’s colorblocked sandals will keep your feet comfy and cool from your morning bagel and coffee to your post-dinner ice cream cone. Century 21, 22 Cortlandt St., c21stores.com 

Mark Cross handbag

Inspired by the handbag Grace Kelly’s character toted in Rear Window, this rattan-and-leather bag from Mark Cross practically exudes sunny vibes. It can be carried from its top handle, or with an attachable strap that lets the purse be worn cross-body. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., bergdorfgoodman.com

 Retrosuperfuture

Andy Warhol’s illustrations for Harper’s Bazaar in the fifties were the starting point for a set of limited-edition sunglasses designed by RETROSUPERFUTURE. We’re partial to the cheeky heart frame style dubbed Ultracandy.  MoMA Store, 11 W. 53rd St., moma.org

Chloe

Sling this beauty of a bag by Chloé over your shoulder and get to Riverside Park for sunset drinks at the beloved Boat Basin Café. The mini suede bag has just enough room for all the essentials. Chloé, 850 Madison Ave., chloe.com

 Guggenheim Store

Abstract expressionist Ad Reinhardt’s 1949 Yellow Painting makes a perfect print for this silk scarf from the Guggenheim Store. Scarves are summertime lifesavers on evenings when the wind picks up and you’re caught without a cardigan. Guggenheim Store, 1071 Fifth Ave., guggenheimstore.org

 Illesteva

Mirrored lenses may be a nineties flashback, but they look positively 21st-century chic on this pair by hipper-than-thou label Illesteva. The mix of materials makes this pair decidedly fresh. Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., bloomingdales.com

 Isabel Mararnt

Besides sandals, espadrilles are (in our humble opinion) the shoes of summer. We adore this paisley pair by Isabel Marant worn with sundresses or denim cut-offs along the Coney Island boardwalk. Isabel Marant, 469 Broome St., isabelmarant.com

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