empire state of mind

miranda kerr takes on new york with mango.

photo by inez and vinoodh
Sometimes we put on our Carrie Bradshaw voices and wonder, "What does it take to be a real New Yorker?" Is it knowing the location and validity of every Ray's Pizza? Having the most niche coffee shop in your 'hood that no one has ever heard of? Or knowing the most underrated, least crowded local bar to grab a beer with friends?

Perhaps the most important part of being a New Yorker is dressing like one. It's safe to say that we can spot a tourist from a mile away based on just their outfit alone. Lots of bright colors, dramatic silhouettes, and heels are a tell tale sign of an out-of-towner. For a lesson in what a New Yorker really dresses like, take a peek at Mango's new fall lookbook starring the one and only Miranda Kerr. 

Despite Kerr being Australian, she pulls off the New York look to a T. The secret is dark hues, layers, and nonchalant mix-and-matchable pieces. We're thinking specifically about her loose sweater and sheer blouse combo or her boyfriend jeans and moto jacket outfit. When you walk everywhere all day, the secret is no-fuss comfort. Even a party dress is pared-down, with no jewelry and windswept hair. 

Start your Being a New Yorker 101 lesson by checking out all the photos by Inez and Vinoodh in the gallery and watching the video of the shoot below. Then get yourself a bagel and start watching Seinfeld on repeat. That's Being a New Yorker Lesson 201, FYI.