How To Dress Like A Teenager In Manhattan

From a purely anthropological standpoint, I am fascinated by the teenagers I see around town after school when I’m out running errands. Mostly because, apparently in Manhattan, it is 1996.

They say that fashion is cyclical and I guess they are right. The teenagers in my neighborhood are wearing ditsy floral dresses over shredded black tights, oversize denim jackets over chunky knit sweaters, their hair is expertly mussed and parted deep to the side, their eyebrows are thick and untamed. They look amazing. Like Angela Chase incarnate. I have yet to see any overalls but I am holding out hope! It is delightful!

After the jump, I’ve put together a little guide on how you can get that Manhattan Teen look. For your daughter. Or for yourself! I won’t judge. Docs are insanely comfortable, after all.

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  • MOTO Oversized Western Jacket 1 of 5
    MOTO Oversized Western Jacket
    Ah, the boxy denim jacket. I'm willing to bet you still have yours somewhere too!
    Get this look at TopShop for $84.00
  • Milano Linear Legging 2 of 5
    Milano Linear Legging
    Leggings are ubiquitous in the city. I've picked a good, thick pair here, to keep you nice and warm.
    Get this look at Witchery for $149.95
  • Leather Backpack 3 of 5
    Leather Backpack
    A lot of these Manhattanite teens apparently come with big checkbooks. I've seen more jaw-droppingly gorgeous leather backpacks since moving here than I've seen my entire life. But don't worry, the old throwback Jansports are also a pretty popular option.
    Get this look at Forzieri for $498
  • Fisherman Sweater 4 of 5
    Fisherman Sweater
    You'll want to get this in a few sizes too large, to look authentic.
    Get this look at JCrew for $19.99
  • Dr. Martens 5 of 5
    Dr. Martens
    Look, I am every bit as stunned as you are. They're really, really back. I know.
    Get this look at Dr Martens USA for $130

 

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