New York City – Summer Outfit Guide

As a New York City resident, I know firsthand how important it is to dress appropriately for the summer months. With temperatures rising and the city buzzing with energy, it’s essential to stay comfortable and stylish. In this article, we’ll compare outfit tips for June, July, and August, so you can make the most of your summer in the Big Apple.

Comfort and breathability are key when dressing for the summer in New York City. Keep the city’s humid weather in mind and pick clothes accordingly. Always bring sun protection items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

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Our suggestions for what to wear and what to bring to New York City in the summer will have you prepared to take in all the city has to offer during the summer months.

Monthly Overviews

In New York City during summer, wear lightweight and breathable outfits to stay cool. Opt for shorts, skirts, or jeans, paired with short-sleeved shirts or tank tops. Don’t forget a light jacket for cooler evenings and comfortable shoes for exploring the city’s vibrant streets.In comparison, the three summer months in NYC each bring different weather conditions and outfit considerations.

June offers a gentle introduction to summer, with milder temperatures and occasional cool evenings that call for light layers and versatile clothing.

As the hottest month, July demands breathable fabrics and minimal layers to help you stay cool and comfortable during the scorching days.

August remains warm but starts to cool down as the season winds down, so it’s essential to incorporate transitional pieces that can adapt to changing temperatures.

By understanding the subtle differences between these months, you’ll be better equipped to choose the right outfits for a stylish and comfortable summer in New York City.

June Overview

In June, NYC experiences milder temperatures compared to the peak summer heat. The average temperature ranges from 60°F to 80°F (16°C to 27°C), making it the perfect time for layering.

  • Tops: Opt for lightweight shirts, tank tops, or blouses.
  • Bottoms: Shorts, skirts, and capris are great choices. For cooler evenings, bring along a pair of jeans.
  • Dresses: Choose flowy sundresses or maxi dresses for a comfortable yet stylish look.
  • Outerwear: A light jacket or cardigan is essential for cooler evenings and air-conditioned spaces.
  • Footwear: Sneakers are suitable for walking around the city. Also, pack flats for those days when you won’t be walking too much.
  • Light jacket

💡 Tip: Find our complete outfit guide for June below!

July Overview

July is the hottest month in NYC, with temperatures averaging between 70°F and 85°F (21°C and 29°C). Prepare for the heat with breathable fabrics and minimal layers.

  • Tops: Stick to lightweight and breathable materials like cotton and linen. Sleeveless tops, tanks, and camisoles are perfect.
  • Bottoms: Shorts and skirts in breathable fabrics will keep you cool.
  • Dresses: Opt for short, sleeveless dresses or rompers.
  • Outerwear: A lightweight jacket for windy nights and air-conditioned places
  • Footwear: Comfortable sneakers are ideal for hot days and flats.

💡 Tip: Find our complete outfit guide for July below!

August Overview

August is still warm, with temperatures ranging from 68°F to 84°F (20°C to 29°C). However, you may experience cooler evenings as summer begins to wind down.

  • Tops: Continue wearing lightweight tops, but consider bringing an extra layer for cooler nights.
  • Bottoms: Shorts and skirts remain the best options. Keep a pair of jeans handy for cooler evenings.
  • Dresses: Midi or maxi dresses with short sleeves are perfect for transitioning from day to night.
  • Outerwear: Bring along a light jacket or cardigan for evenings out.
  • Footwear: Stick to comfortable footwear like sneakers or flats.

💡 Tip: Find our complete outfit guide for August below!

NYC Summer Basic Packing List

To ensure you’re prepared for any summer day in NYC, use this packing list as a guide:

  • Lightweight shirts, tank tops, or blouses (3-5)
  • Shorts or skirts in breathable fabrics (2-3)
  • Jeans or capris
  • Flowy sundresses, maxi dresses, or short-sleeve midi dresses (2-3)
  • Light jacket, cardigan, or shawl (1, for June and August)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers, sandals, or flats)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Compact umbrella (for unpredictable summer showers)
  • Tote bag or backpack for daily essentials

💡 Find packing lists for each month below!

Essential Clothing Items

These are the must-have clothing items, including tips and explanations, for an unforgettable summer in the city:

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are my top choices for summer outfits in NYC. I appreciate their versatility. I think there’s nothing better than combining them with a t-shirt for exploring the city all day long. You can also pair it with a cotton shirt – it’s classic and stylish, and you’ll be ready to visit a rooftop bar at sunset with these.

I also enjoy wearing them with cropped tops and bodysuits. If you’re not a fan of denim, you can opt for linen or cotton shorts. Natural fabrics are still the best choice for the summer in the city.

Pants/Jeans

Depending on the month you visit, pack a pair of pants. Especially when going out at night or visiting anything indoors with the air conditioning on full blast. I like light blue jeans – those with destroyed details are a fantastic choice for the summer months in the city.

Dresses

You can pack maxi, midi, or short dresses for your trip. Use them with sneakers, flats, or sandals. Just be careful with short dresses with light fabrics because of the wind we have during the summer, especially when walking on Brooklyn Bridge.

Skirts

These are always great pieces for your summer outfits in NYC. Depending on your preference, opt for short, mid, or maxi skirts. Personally, I prefer the midi and maxi ones because they are very comfy and you don’t need to stress about accidentally “showing too much”. Mix and match your t-shirts and alter your outfits using either skirts or shorts.

T-Shirts

T-shirts are my preferred tops for the summer in NYC. I love mixing and matching them with my shorts and skirts, depending on the day and how I feel.

Sneakers/Flats

As you will be walking a lot, pack sneakers and flats. Flat sandals are a good choice for those days when you are not gonna walk everywhere. High heels are only required or places that demand a dress code (some restaurants, rooftops, or dance clubs) and you can usually find out about this on their website.

Light jacket

A light parka, or a denim jacket, is good for those days that are too hot or during a cruise or a boat tour when it is usually windy, especially in June and August. However, we recommend bringing one light jacket for July as well, as some nights can get windy.

June Outfit Guide

Brooklyn Bridge: Tourists wearing light clothing items.

June is a mild time of year in NYC, with warm days and slightly cooler temperatures in the early mornings and at night. It rains occasionally during this month, so pack rain gear and light layers.

By the end of June, it’s warmer and you may want to wear tank tops and shorts. It’s also a good time to wear summer dresses. We like to wear biker shorts or similar shorts under dresses and skirts as you will be going up and down stairs a lot in the subway and people may be able to see up your skirt if you don’t have any shorts under it.

If you plan to attend upscale events such as Broadway shows or go to lounges, bring evening wear such as a nice pair of shoes or low boots (not tennis shoes), a button-down shirt for men, and a dress or skirt for women. Avoid open-toed shoes like sandals for formal affairs.

Shoes

The best way to get around New York City is by walking and taking the subway so bring comfy sneakers. Make sure you “break them in” and walk in them regularly for at least a week before your trip so you know they’re comfortable. Also, pack light rain boots or water-resistant shoes for those rainy hours.

Women’s Tips for June

Women pack lightweight clothing and a jacket or hoodie to stay warm on nights that may get windy. Bring short-sleeved shirts, tank tops, jeans, a jacket or hoodie, and rain gear. Also, don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen for sunny days.

You may also want to bring summer dresses or skirts, especially if you plan to go out to clubs or formal events. If you are traveling to NYC in late June, you should bring summer tank tops and skirts or shorts for hot weather.

Be prepared for some rainy days with water-resistant shoes, an umbrella, and a poncho or light rain jacket.

Tops

Wear summer clothes including short-sleeved shirts or tank tops as well as jeans or skirts for your June trip. Most days will be warm or even hot by the afternoon, so wear a short-sleeved base layer with jeans or a skirt that you can dress up or dress down.

Sometimes the nights get chilly in early June so bring a light jacket or hoodie. We often wear jackets or hoodies in the evenings as the temperatures may get cooler after the sun goes down. If you’re planning to go out at night to lounges, clubs, or theater events, bring some evening wear such as black boots or flats, a nice jacket, and a dress or nice shirt with a skirt.

Jacket

June is generally a warm month here, but sometimes it gets windy and chilly at night so it’s good to bring a jacket. A jacket can also help you dress up an outfit if you are going out to a bar or night-time event.

There are several rainy days in June in New York and a rain jacket will keep you dry as you sightsee. Check out our recs above for jacket suggestions.

Shoes

Pack comfortable shoes because these will keep you the most comfortable in the walking city of New York. You will be seeing lots of sights and walking a lot in warm weather, so comfortable sneakers are a must. (Check out our tips on the best NYC attractions to hit at the end of this article!).

Comfortable sneakers in dark colors won’t show dirt from the subway or city streets. Ankle boots or dress flats are also a versatile way to dress up if you’re going out in the evenings. Make sure you break in any new shoes and walk in them before your trip so you know they’re truly comfortable.

If you are dressing up and going out in the evening, consider wearing your comfortable walking shoes and bringing heels or dress shoes in your bag for when you get to your destination.

In New York, we like to be able to walk easily on the subway and city streets and often use this method of carrying dress shoes. Also, bring rain-resistant shoes to keep your feet dry on rainy days.

Pants

Jeans are a staple in the city, and you can pair them with different tops to dress up or down. For hotter days in June, you can also wear shorts or skirts to stay cool.

Accessories

June in NYC is warm and mild so the only weather accessories you’ll need are sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for shade.

For going out at night, bring a purse or small bag. During the day, you may need a larger bag for carrying water, your wallet, phone, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer.

Also, we highly recommend a bag with anti-theft features (see our recommendation above) to keep your belongings safe in the city!

Men’s Tips for June

Men should bring jeans, t-shirts, water-resistant boots, a jacket, sunglasses, and an umbrella. You’ll also want to pack comfortable sneakers to walk around the city. If you plan on going out at night or attending theater events, also pack a nice button-up shirt to dress up.

Tops

June is the beginning of summer here, with warm temperatures and some rainy days. The hottest part of the day is in the afternoons, and nighttime can be cool to warm.

The temperatures can be hot and humid, especially at the end of the month. Wear summer clothes during the daytime and bring a light jacket or hoodie to stay warm at night, when it sometimes gets windy and cool.

Jacket

June weather in New York is generally warm or hot, with some rain and humidity. Sometimes it is winder and cooler at night. Bring a light jacket or hoodie for cooler nights.

Jeans

Jeans are a staple for versatile outfits that you can wear casually, with sneakers and hoodies or t-shirts, or dress up with a button-up shirt and boots.

Rain Gear

Be prepared for June rain showers with an umbrella, rain jacket, and weather-resistant shoes.

Shoes

Pack comfortable walking shoes that you will be able to explore the city in. We like to wear dark sneakers that don’t show dirt. Also, pack waterproof shoes or rain boots for your June trip to New York.

June Packing Checklist
  • Light jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Sneakers
  • Jeans
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Hoody
  • Hat for shade
  • Tank tops
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Poncho or rain jacket
  • Shorts
  • Toiletries, including sunscreen

July Outfit Guide

July is a hot time of year in NYC, with hot and humid days and slightly cooler temperatures in the early mornings and at night.

During this month, it rains occasionally, so bring an umbrella or a poncho. It’s a good month to wear tank tops, shorts, and summer skirts and dresses.

💡 If you plan to go to clubs or theater events in July, bring some evening wear such as a nice pair of shoes, flats, heels, or low boots (not tennis shoes or open-toed sandals), a button-down shirt for men, and a dress or skirt for women.

Shoes

New York City is a walking city. Even if you take the subway, you will be walking and standing a lot so bring comfortable shoes. Make sure you “break in” your sneakers and walk in them regularly for at least a week before your trip so you know they’re comfortable.

Women’s Tips for June

Women should pack lightweight clothing and a jacket for nights that sometimes get windy. Bring short-sleeved shirts, tank tops, jeans, shorts, a jacket, and an umbrella or poncho.

Furthermore, don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen for sunny days. You may want to pack summer dresses or skirts, especially if you plan to go out to clubs or formal events.

Local Tip: We like to wear biker shorts or similar shorts under dresses and skirts. When you take the subway, you will be going up and down stairs and people may be able to see up your skirt if you don’t have any shorts underneath.

Tops

Pack lightweight summer tops like tank tops and t-shirts for your trip. The afternoons will get hot and humid so pack shorts or lightweight jeans to go with your tops.

Bring a jacket for possible windy nights. If you will be attending nighttime events or lounges, pack some evening wear such as flats or heels, a nice jacket, and a summer dress or skirt.

Jacket

July is usually hot here, but sometimes it gets windy and cool at night. Bring a light jacket for nights out, and make sure it’s stylish for clubs or evening events.

A jacket can also help protect you in case it rains. Check out our top picks above for jacket suggestions.

Shoes

Shoes are your most important asset in NYC as you’ll be walking a lot on your trip. Pack sneakers to explore the city. (Check out our tips on the best NYC attractions to hit at the end of this article!).

Wear comfy sneakers in plain dark colors because they will be easy to match with your outfits and will not show dirt from the city streets. Also pack ankle boots, heels, or dress flats if you plan to go out in the evenings or attend Broadway shows.

Make sure you try out new shoes before your trip so you know they’re truly comfortable.

Local tip: If you are dressing up and going out in the evening in heels, consider wearing your comfortable walking shoes and bringing the dress shoes in your bag for when you get to your destination. In New York, we like to be able to walk easily on the subway and city streets and often use this method of carrying heels.

Pants

Summer in NYC is good for shorter-length jeans, shorts, and skirts. Stay cool with lightweight bottoms.

Accessories

July in New York is usually hot, so pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for shade.

When you go out at night, bring a purse or small bag. During the day, you may need a larger bag for water, your wallet, phone, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Additionally, we always recommend a bag with anti-theft features (see our recommendation above) to keep your belongings safe in the city!

Men’s Tips for June

Pack jeans, shorts, short-sleeved shirts, and a hat and sunglasses for sun protection.

Bring your most comfortable sneakers for exploring the city. If you plan on going to theater events or clubs, bring a nice button-up shirt and dress shoes or boots.

Tops

July is often hot and humid in the city, particularly in the afternoons. Wear lightweight summer clothes and jeans during the daytime and bring a light jacket for nights that can be windy or when you want to dress up.

Jacket

This is a hot month here but sometimes it gets cooler and windy at night. I suggest, bringing a light jacket for nighttime excursions.

Jeans

Jeans are versatile for traveling in New York, and you can create different looks by wearing a variety of shirt styles, including t-shirts and button-up shirts.

Rain Gear

There are usually mild rain showers in NYC during the month, so bring an umbrella or a poncho for protection.

Shoes

Wear comfortable walking shoes for your trip so you can enjoy exploring the city. We like to wear dark sneakers that don’t show dirt.

Packing Checklist

  • Light jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Sneakers
  • Dress shoes
  • Jeans
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Hat for shade
  • Tank tops
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Poncho
  • Shorts
  • Toiletries, including sunscreen

August Outfit Guide

New York: SoHo, Manhatten in August

For your NYC trip in August, take the chance to create some colorful, bold outfits. (Hot tip: don’t overdo it, sometimes just a pop of color can elevate an outfit.) There is no dress code in NYC, so however, you choose to present yourself is perfect.

Pack summer clothing for an August visit to New York.

You can wear shorts, skirts, lightweight pants, t-shirts, tank tops, and crop tops. Be sure to also include a few loose cardigans, hoodies, or sweaters as heavy air-conditioning is frequently used indoors.

💡 It’s hot and often very humid in NYC during August. Therefore, we suggest just wearing very light clothing. No need to bring a jacket for the evenings. However, a light sweater is useful as the air conditioners are on full blast in restaurants and hotels.

Swimwear: While there are not many opportunities to go swimming in and around the city if the few that are available should be of any interest, pack one or two swimsuits.

Shoes: New York City involves a lot of walking. Come prepared. Prioritize stylish summer sneakers over sandals. If you plan on exploring New York’s nightlife, perhaps include one fancier shoe or heel that can go with multiple outfits.

Heat/Sun Protection: In regards to protective summer gear, please make sure to pack sunscreen and an ample amount of cute sunglasses for your August visit. You may also want to include a small umbrella, just in case. Pack a few colorful handkerchiefs (cotton-based, preferably) as well. They can come in handy to soak up any sweating you may experience when exploring the city.

Ladies | Outfit Tips

For the ladies, we advise packing clothing that either leaves space for airflow (such as sundresses or flowy skirts) or items that leave a certain amount of skin exposed (such as tank-tops, shorts, crop-tops, short sleeves, open front/back tops).

The humidity can get quite intense during August in NYC if you’re not used to it. It tends to make clothing that hugs tighter on the body feel a bit sticky. However, for those of you planning on exploring the nightlife, go ahead and pack something in that area for the humidity will start to clear by nightfall.

Our Shoe Tips for Ladies:

An example of a stylish outfit perfect for New York City in August might be a scarf top, a lightweight colorful long-slitted skirt, a pair of neutral or color-matching sneakers, and a color-coordinated or black small shoulder bag, purse, or (if you have) a characteristic cloth tote is always a good way to go.

Special Tip: Another alternative for those of you wanting to save luggage space as well as look good exploring the New York City streets in August, playsuits or jumpsuits can be a great option to bring along.

Shopping Tips
Tops
Jacket

August is generally a warm month here, but sometimes it gets windy and chilly at night so it’s good to bring a jacket. A jacket can also help you dress up an outfit if you are going out to a bar or night-time event.

Sneakers/Boots

Pack comfortable shoes because these will keep you the most comfortable in the walking city of New York. You will be seeing lots of sights and walking a lot in warm weather, so comfortable sneakers are a must. (Check out our tips on the best NYC attractions to hit at the end of this article!).

Pants

Jeans are a staple in the city, and you can pair them with different tops to dress up or down. For hotter days in August, you can also wear shorts or skirts to stay cool.

Accessories

August in NYC is warm and mild so the only weather accessories you’ll need are sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for shade.

For going out at night, bring a purse or small bag. During the day, you may need a larger bag for carrying water, your wallet, phone, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer.

Also, we highly recommend a bag with anti-theft features (see our recommendation above) to keep your belongings safe in the city!

Men | Outfit Tips

For the guys, we advise bringing along lightweight short-sleeve t-shirts for your August trip in New York City. You can elevate an outfit quite easily by incorporating a graphic t-shirt. A thicker, casual jacket would also be a good addition for when it gets slightly chiller in the evenings.

Add a nice button-down shirt to your luggage for nights out. In regards to bottoms, lighter-weight pants are your friend! For example, stylish casual trousers or looser-fitting jeans.

If you’re the kind of guy that likes a good pair of knee / thigh-length shorts, be sure to bring those as well. Something that might also go well with the summer weather is a stylish co-ord set.

When it comes to packing shoes, take with you a minimum of two to three shoes (depending on how long the trip will be). Avoid bringing any shoes too fancy, such as dress shoes. We advise keeping your shoe selections to sneakers (or if you’re a sandal person, add a pair to your luggage. More than one will most likely not be necessary).

Sneaker culture is very much prevalent in New York City. That being said, bring with you sneakers that are both stylish, and comfortable, and have the ability to be either dressed up or dressed down.

You’ll also want to bring with you either one larger day bag or a large day back (for example, a backpack or a satchel), double that as part of your carry-on during travel, and a smaller cross-body bag to walk around with (for example, a sling bag or a saddlebag).

Packing Checklist

  • Shorts/skirts
  • Shirts (t-shirts, short-sleeve, blouses, crop-tops)
  • Tank-Tops
  • Pants (lightweight material / light-wash jeans)
  • Light cardigan / hoodies
  • Light Scarf or Shawl
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Sneakers (i.e. comfortable walking shoes)
  • Dress shoes
  • Stylish day and night bag (i.e. compact purse, shoulder bag, small backpack, or cloth tote)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (not very necessary, but if you prefer hats bring one or two)
  • Accessories (jewelry, handkerchiefs, hair scarves, belts, etc.)
  • Sleepwear
  • Adapter
  • Portable charger
  • Reusable, portable water bottle
  • Toiletries

Must-Visit Attractions

Summer is a popular time to visit New York City for festivals, and sightseeing. The warm weather makes it easy to get around on foot, by bike, or on public transit.

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities like visiting Central Park, having outdoor brunch, and enjoying rooftop bars, music festivals, street festivals, and many outdoor sites. Summer is one of the busiest seasons for tourism in NYC, so get advanced tickets for major attractions like the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock), and the Statue of Liberty.

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