I Live in NYC, and You Can't Walk One Block Without Seeing These 7 Staples

People-watching is my passion. When I'm asked what my hobbies are, I have to hold myself back from saying, "Sitting on a bench in Washington Square Park and just taking it all in." But it's true—the greatest highlight of moving to New York City has to be the people. Even the ones who you never interact with can make such a mark on you. Nothing influences me more than an effortlessly chic stranger.

I recently saw a pair of shoes that I had admired from afar but never thought to purchase due to a hefty price tag. A very Parisian-esque woman walked past me in them, and the next day, they were in my living room. Overarching trends in New York City tend to find their way into my closet in the exact same manner. Today, I'm going to take you on a stroll with me through my favorite city by sharing the wardrobe staples that I've been seeing the most lately. Prepare to be amused.

1. Cargo Pants

Cargo pants are no insider secret. We've been talking about them for a few months, and they've finally fully taken over. Everyone is ditching their jeans for this comfortable and fun trend.

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There's a reason these are best sellers.

We love a good leather jacket, but what we're loving even more is one that looks like it's been through the wringer. After seeing this trend all over the runways, fashion people have already adopted it into their closets. 

You can't go wrong with this silhouette.

3. Corset-Inspired Tops

I love anything that is influenced by my lingerie collection, so corset tops are right up my alley. They're strategically shaped to flatter the waistline and look so good with low-rise pants if you're uncomfortable showing too much tummy. I'll be wearing them all summer long.

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After seeing this, I need to take myself to the beach.

Your new favorite going-out top.

4. Micro Miniskirts

NYC spring fashion staples: mini skirts

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@devapollon

Miniskirts are no stranger to the fashion person's closet. Our current obsession with all things Y2K has made them smaller than ever. Once a wardrobe staple and now a fashion statement, this piece is never going out of style.

NYC spring fashion staples: baggy denim

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@linhniller

You might think that oversize and baggy denim looks sloppy, but a sweatshirt has never looked more put-together than when it's paired with this staple. Something about the shape makes the legs look longer.

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This pair keeps selling out, so move fast.

I haven't stopped thinking about these jeans since I first laid eyes on them.

6. Retro Sneakers

Chunky sneakers no more. We're loving sleek and retro styles more than ever right now. A good logo, a combination of leather and suede, and sophisticated colorways come into play here.

7. Vintage Baseball Caps

NYC spring fashion staples: vintage baseball caps

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@chasemarieee

Any look is instantly taken to the next level when you add a baseball cap. And if it has a vintage-inspired logo, even better.

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I'm seeing this hat with a white cotton poplin dress.

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