For all the amazing perks of being a New Yorker, we city-dwellers sure tolerate a lot of inconvenience. Need groceries? Only buy what you can carry on two hands. Procrastinated on laundry? Haul your entire closet back up to your fifth-floor walkup. Going from the gym to work to dinner? Too bad you don’t have a car trunk to store ten different changes of outfits.
Luckily, we’ve found ways to hack these daily annoyances, like learning how to dress smarter. By this, we mean filling our wardrobes with easy-to-match, any-weather essentials that allow us to pack light while still looking sharp as we transition from morning to night. And when it comes to comfortable, versatile clothing, Uniqlo is a New Yorker’s best friend. The Japanese casual-wear retailer offers items meant specifically to improve the lives of urban dwellers, like breathable basics and light, compact outerwear you can throw in your backpack. Made with the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship, you can be sure your Uniqlo staples will stay intact (and fashionable) year after year.
Ready to declutter those three bags you drag along your subway schlep every morning? Here are three wardrobe essentials for the on-the-go New Yorker.