With all its diversity, varied industries, and wildly creative undercurrents, New York and its signature style can't be condensed into one cookie-cutter category. After all, we've already discussed how the city's sartorial expressions can be dissected into multiple micro-neighborhoods. But there is one capsule collection of must-have items that does populate the closets of any self-respecting New York girl, from arty-posh Chelsea to hipster-cool Brooklyn—because a classic leather moto jacket goes just as well with a sculptural Commes des Garçons dress as it does with a boho Apiece Apart eyelet top and beat-up mom jeans. Plus, real New Yorkers walk and take the subway (or "the train," as we say) everywhere, so a good pair flats is absolutely crucial.
Check out five easy-chic ways you can co-opt New York Girl style—and, yes, there's a lot of black. Come on, it's New York.