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The first time you set foot in NYC during February, you'll have one dominant thought in your mind -- baby, it's cold outside. With average temperatures ranging from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to a scintillating 26 degree, you'll need to be ready for anything from neck-breakingly icy sidewalks to sleet to snow to howling wind. Dress warmly, certainly, but don't forget that you're in one of the most style-conscious hipster cities on the globe. This ain't a camping trip, honey -- leave your shapeless hoodies at home and pack up winter-wear that will keep you toasty and fashionable.
On a February NYC trip, your coat isn't just something you throw on over your outfit while you're running to catch the subway -- it's an essential part of your wardrobe. It will be the first hint of your personal style-savvy that most NYC-ers will see of you since you will be wearing it every time you venture into the cold. Do you really want the first impression to be that you're a fashion-challenged Pillsbury doughboy in an uninspired jacket? No. Go for a figure-flattering woolen pea coat, swingy camel coat or a belted trench. Neutral colors are good but, if you're a bold lass looking to make a splash in the Big Apple, by all means, invest in one in an eye-popping solid color or trendy plaid pattern. If you can afford it, consider also taking along a well-insulated, form-fitting jacket for days with seriously horrendous weather conditions.
Hats, Scarves and Gloves
Don't even attempt to travel around NYC during a nippy February without a hat, scarf and gloves. You'll be miserable without them. But, just like your coat, make these accessories work double-time by choosing a set that adds unique zing to your appearance. Find a set that is sturdy, cozily warm and that features bright colors and patterns that appeal to you, and will help you stand out from the drab wintertime masses. It's wise to get yourself one set that is waterproof and lined with fur or fleece and another, snazzier set for those days when style trumps the need for warmth. If your hat doesn't feature earflaps, have some fun picking out earmuffs. Faux fur ones never go out of style.
Master the art of sophisticated layer-dressing before your winter NYC trip. When most women hear "layers," they think that it means forcing themselves into grandpa-style long-johns, baggy jeans and a thick knitted sweater or three and, in the process, appearing as if they've gained 15 pounds. This doesn't have to be your fate if you layer with many thin layers instead of a few bulky ones. Start with a finely-knit thermal vest or sweater, and leggings or tights topped with well-cut jeans and a long-sleeved knit shirt or thin knit sweater. Round it all out with a stylish knitted jacket or cardigan and a few pairs of thin wool knee-high socks and all that's left is to throw on your coat, boots and accessories before braving the elements.
Rain, puddles and inches of snow happen frequently during an NYC February, so you'll want boots that prevent your feet from squishing around miserably in wet socks all day long. Your best bet is a neutral-colored, waterproof, well-lined pair that's got rubberized grip-the-ground soles so that you don't slide all over the place every time you hit a frosty patch. These don't have to look like they're only appropriate for clomping around in Antarctica. Spend some time finding a pair that reflects your unique taste in style.