So, being from Southern California, I was more than anxious about my first NYC winter. The #1 piece of advice from all my friends who live on the East Coast was: GET A GOOD COAT. I did. It turns out their advice was right.
(FYI, you will spend about $1000 on your winter coat. A pricey (read: quality) winter coat will be more than worth the money. It bought my ability to get through winter).
I don’t think you need a ton of clothes for a cold winter. You do need pieces that you can wear on repeat…ALL WINTER LONG. Quality over quantity. Here are my top 4 pieces to get through an NYC winter:
Dead of winter coat: #1 winter priority
Mackage Akiva $990
Vegan option here $450
All weather shoes that aren’t hideous: because you’ll be walking around in the snow
Cashmere because it is 100% warmer than cotton
You’ll be so happy you have long underwear for the 10-15 days you’ll really need it
Uniqlo Heattech Leggings $14.99