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Help in Bars Fashion for the Ladies in Manhattan

pam_po_23 Sep 8, 2013 01:47 PM

Hi there,
my sisters and I are visiting this October (we're about 30's) and need advise in fashion at the bar scene? Please help! Much appreciated!

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  1. Ttrockwood RE: pam_po_23 Sep 8, 2013 02:01 PM

    Generally speaking new yorkers wear a lot of black (a cliche, but true). I see a lot of skinny jeans with heels and a flirty top, or a minidress and heels. Bright lipstick and dark manis are having a moment right now.
    Think bcbg, dvf, kind of contemporary fashion.
    I always take a small handbag i can keep close to me with just the essentials, on busy nights some places can be super crowded.

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      pam_po_23 RE: Ttrockwood Sep 17, 2013 08:44 PM

      Good to know I can wear skinny jeans... I thought I'd be under dressed. Thanks for the tip.

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      Ann900 RE: pam_po_23 Sep 8, 2013 03:42 PM

      Agree with the last poster.Hard to go wrong with black in Manhattan- but avoid anything super blingy or skin tight (i.e.
      Real Housewives of New Jersey)

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        small h RE: pam_po_23 Sep 8, 2013 03:44 PM

        Wear whatever makes you feel attractive and comfortable. There's a place for everything here. We've seen it all (or at least, we like to think we have), so you may as well just be yourself.

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          Sneakeater RE: small h Sep 12, 2013 10:19 PM

          And we'll all make fun of you behind your back if we don't like it.

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            small h RE: Sneakeater Sep 13, 2013 04:06 AM

            Well, sure, but that's not unique to Manhattan. No matter what you cover yourself with, someone somewhere is going to think you look weird.

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              pam_po_23 RE: Sneakeater Sep 17, 2013 08:43 PM

              Thanks lol

          2. loratliff RE: pam_po_23 Sep 8, 2013 04:45 PM

            Nothing blingy or too short unless you're in Meatpacking. Even then... ew.

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              foodwhisperer RE: loratliff Sep 12, 2013 07:00 PM

              No No, ok no blingy , but the shorter the better :) <cough>

            2. ttoommyy RE: pam_po_23 Sep 10, 2013 03:51 AM

              Why blend in if you are visiting? Wear something you find fashionable and tasteful and you'll be fine. This is New York where anything goes!

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                pam_po_23 RE: pam_po_23 Sep 11, 2013 10:30 PM

                Thanks so much for all your replies! If you guys have any recommendations on bars to hit...those are welcome too :-) Thanks again!

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                  Ttrockwood RE: pam_po_23 Sep 12, 2013 02:18 PM

                  I suggest you make a new post and be specific, like "downtown cocktail bars" or "best people watching with wine" kind of thing. Nyc has 100s (1000s?) of bars and such.
                  Expect most cocktails to be $13+, wine $12+, and happy hours from 5-7ish.

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                    pam_po_23 RE: Ttrockwood Sep 17, 2013 08:41 PM

                    Thanks so much for the tip. :-)

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                  Shirang RE: pam_po_23 Sep 12, 2013 11:08 PM


                  click on New York, Female

                  1. Monica RE: pam_po_23 Sep 13, 2013 05:52 AM

                    Most gals don't dress like Kerry Bradshaw btw.

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                      kathryn RE: Monica Sep 13, 2013 06:13 AM

                      Also that show ended ten years ago!

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                        small h RE: kathryn Sep 13, 2013 06:37 AM

                        Now we all dress like Hannah Horvath.

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                          kathryn RE: small h Sep 13, 2013 06:58 AM

                          God forbid. (Though I had the same thought.)

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                            loratliff RE: kathryn Sep 13, 2013 07:08 AM


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                            pam_po_23 RE: small h Sep 17, 2013 08:41 PM

                            I had to look up who that is. lol

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                        hungrycomposer RE: pam_po_23 Sep 13, 2013 06:50 PM

                        A friend insists that brand new shoes will instantly expose you as an out-of-towner. (Because we wear shoes out so quickly in NYC.) Wear what you're comfortable in and what you think looks great. On the weekend my neighborhood fills up with people in their "going to New York" outfits, but I swear the restaurants and bars treat you better if they spot a local. But don't worry too much, you can get away with anything here.

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                          sugartoof RE: pam_po_23 Sep 13, 2013 11:16 PM

                          There's no standard dress code at NY bars. The clubby meat market type places are going to be filled with some overdressed suburban types in spike heels and tight Kardashian clothes. There are bars that draw a Vegas/Florida type look, but that's a specific scene that turns off a lot, if not most New Yorkers. The cocktail bars will be filled with eclectic looks, some plain, some fashionable. If you walk in somewhere and it's not your crowd or you feel over or under dressed, just leave. We've all done it at some point. It's not uncommon to see very natural, and casually dressed people at a lot of popular bars.

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                            ttoommyy RE: sugartoof Sep 14, 2013 05:00 AM

                            "It's not uncommon to see very natural, and casually dressed people at a lot of popular bars."

                            This is the most sensible thing said in this whole thread.

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