It goes without saying that what the stylish citizens of NYC wear is the subject of much fascination. I think the reason has to do with the fact that New York gets all four seasons, and the people who live there must dress accordingly. (And of course, there’s the fact that it’s one of the fashion capitals of the world.) NYC girls need functional clothes that are also chic (and will keep you cool in the summer), so they’re a great resource to look to when you need some fresh new basics yourself and don’t know where to start.

After more than a year of buying enough loungewear to clothe ten people, I’ve recently found myself with nothing to wear (“nothing to wear”, that is). I often stare at my closet for a longer time than I care to admit, making a mental list of all of the summer basics that would make getting dressed easier. So instead of just thinking about it, I made a pared-down list of the best basics for summer, with a little help from some of the coolest NYC girls on Instagram. Read on to find out which pieces they all seem to own, and shop my picks for each.

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