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I am travelling to New York in February (for the entire month) and I need to buy winter and (I'm assuming) snow gear. Coming from Sydney we don't really experience this weather so I was wondering what type of clothing I should pack and what are good, reliable brands that I should look at (and any websites that may be good).

At the moment I generally know that I'll need thermals, a winter coat, waterproof flat boots, scarves, beanies and gloves... Any other tips however would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks :)

Katie

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    If you can get your hands on some Sorels, you'll dominate the city in whatever weather it decides to throw at you (http://www.sorel.com/)

    Don't go all out and buy too much. New York is all about layering. One moment you'll be outside and another you'll be in a warm cafe sipping on hot chocolate. Use the clothes you have from Sydney (t-shirts, with jumpers over top) under a warm winter jacket.

    If you're planning on going outdoor ice skating (which I highly recommend) make sure you wear some leggings under your pants. And stay away from jeans in the winter- they don't keep you very warm and they stiffen up in the cold.

    Enjoy! over 6 years ago

    Answered by Alicia via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    i'd go for the warmest fiber around; something alpaca!
    www.shopmayu.com is a good start for super cute accessories that are eco-friendly and fair trade certified.
    good luck, stay layered, be warm! over 6 years ago

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    thanks so much guys!!

    Sorry Alicia, just one more quick question... if I stay away from jeans what do you reccomend instead? over 6 years ago

    Answered by Katie Hale via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    by the way, make sure you wear a hat, scarf AND gloves. keeping the head warm is the most important thing you can do (oh, and carrying around a thermos of hot tea works well too!) so the heat doesn't escape from your body! over 6 years ago

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    I lived in New York for a couple of years, so I have experienced all the weather conditions it has to throw at you. I am assuming you mean New York City as opposed to colder climes of Upstate NY. Yes, agree that it's about layering (bring the hat, gloves, scarves) but it is also a city not a snow-ladened ski village, and rarely do the temperatures reach sustained sub-zero levels.

    So if you want to look like a local, do bring jeans, sweaters, shirts, skirts/tights whatever you would wear in a city. The hotels/restaurants/pubs/subways and clubs are all heated to the gills, such that I often found myself stripping down to a T-shirt or blouse. The biggest winter asset for a female is a longer coat that keeps your legs warm while you traipse the streets (always ducking in somewhere for a coffee/bite) If you forgot something, just head to Century 21 department store on Cortland Street & Broadway (next to ground zero in the Wall Street area) and buy what you need. It's a shoppers discount paradise. about 6 years ago

    Answered by Tunnsey via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Thank you so much :) about 6 years ago

    Answered by Katie Hale via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I would also recommend leather boots with heels that go up your calf that you can wear wool socks under. These can be worn under jeans or with tights and a skirt and will keep you warm and your feet out of the rain. Make sure that they get waterproofed:) about 6 years ago

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    thank you :) about 6 years ago

    Answered by Katie Hale via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Would definitely go with the layers - silk or cashmere underwear is worth an investment, followed by t-shirt, shirt, jumper and then coat. Agree that a longer coat that covers your bum and your thighs is great.

    Gloves, hat and a long scarf that you can wrap round your face to protect from the chilly winds. I also used a slick of vaseline as the wind can feel so much colder - it almost seems to strip your skin !

    Boots with a good grip or walking shoes - I really like Merrell's http://www.merrell.com/UK/en-GB/Gallery.mvc.aspx/W-F/Women/Footwear/Filters/Style/Boots?filterGalleries_Style=W-F-F-S-BO as they are lightweight but waterproof and go from jeans/trousers to smarter if necessary.

    You asked if you dont wear jeans what else you could wear. For me, under any trousers, I had to wear tights! And then ontop of that I either wore jeans or wool trousers, but these are not great if they get wet! You could try thick linen or perhaps a long skirt. about 6 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com

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