The one thing that can be said with certainty is that these two cities have at least one thing in common – exceptionally well-dressed people. That being said, given the differences in climate as well as lifestyle habits, numerous differences can be spotted between the signature styles of a typical New York and Sydney woman.
Yes, to a certain extent, globalism has done its job and the differences are hence more difficult to notice, but they are certainly there, so after keeping a close watch we bring you some of the most poignant differences in styles between these two great cities.
The beach life does its work
Given that Sydney girls have quick access to some of the world’s most stunning beaches in the world, the fostering of the bohemian style doesn’t come as a surprise. Practical as they are, it’s not uncommon for a Sydney girl to take her beach-y, colorful and boho dress to dinner straight from the beach. In New York, on the other hand, a typical low-key dinner still requires a certain amount of effort, but in the sense that you have to look effortlessly cool. The bohemian look is pretty much out in New York, and while a Sydney girl might be aware of the trend’s fading, abandoning it just doesn’t fit into her lifestyle.
Behind the times
As amazing it is to see the athleisure trend transcend into a lifestyle in New York, as well as other US and European cities, the people of Australia have been fostering the look for many years now, so for them, it’s not really new. This can be attributed to the ever-active lifestyle that consists of yoga, hiking and general connectedness with the nature.
While it’s clear that in NY the rise of the trend also stems from the change in lifestyle and the increasing focus on both wellness and practicality, it’s safe to assume that many have been adopting it not because it coincides with their lifestyle but precisely because it’s the latest fashion trend. This is not the case in Sydney. The truly active people have been rocking their Nike sneakers and leggings for a very long time, so it seems just a touch more authentic when seen on them.
What’s the take on black?
Melbourne and New York girls would probably have much more in common in terms of fashion, particularly when asked about their take on black. The girls from both cities love their minimalism and black, which is something a typical Sydney fashionista probably couldn’t relate to. As Sydney-based stylist Claire Fab points out – No-one in the world does an all-black look quite like our Melbourne style sisters.
The women of Sydney, again, probably because of the mild climate that allows them to do so for most of the year, love experimenting with colors and aren’t afraid of mixing and matching, sometimes even putting together a single outfit out of diametrically opposing garments. And while the result is still quite sophisticated, it is so in a very playful and bold way.
Peel the onion
Sydney girls definitely don’t have the layering skills New Yorkers have, and that’s simply because the climate and lifestyle have never pushed them towards mastering this art. A well-dressed New Yorker will always look impeccably well-dressed, even if she has ten items on herself when she steps outside to face the New York winter. Contrary to her, a Sydney girl can step outside in a pair of jeans, a blouse and a light coat and be completely comfortable and warm. This is where New Yorkers win, as it does take a tremendous amount of skill to pull off a ‘multi-layer but still not busy’ look.
Almost in common
Australia in general has been turning to local manufacturers and emerging Australian designers. The ‘locally made’ movement has definitely been gaining momentum in the land Down Under in the last couple of years, and while Americans are definitely beginning to lean towards brands that foster ethical production and offer sustainable fashion, they will still in most cases resort to fast-fashion retailers and latest trends. For the good of their local economy, let’s hope that they will follow in the footsteps of fellow Aussies.