LifestyleStyle City-inspired style: Represent NYC without looking like a tourist By NINA RUGGIERO October 5, 2014 12:43 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Foam Statue of Liberty crowns. Plastic, apple-shaped sunglasses. Matching I love New York T-shirts. We New Yorkers have an unmatched sense of pride in our city, but the thought of buying almost anything sold in a souvenir shop makes us cringe about as much as the idea of hopping on a red, double-decker bus. Luckily, high-end designers and Etsy's creative types are catching on to the fashion appeal of showing NYC pride, minus the cheese factor. Designer Elie Tahari is so taken with the Big Apple, he made it the focus of his fall DesigNation for Kohl's collection. As Tahari put it, "I am thrilled to... create an accessible collection that draws influence from the city that inspires the rest of the world-- New York City." And we're thrilled to live here. Here's how to rep your hometown without looking like you just stepped out of Times Square. Photo Credit: Kohl's With sheer chiffon sleeves and an iconic cityscape graphic, Elie Tahari's 'Taxi Georgette' top is ideal for pairing with your downtown-cool ripped jeans or leather track pants; $54 at kohls.com. Photo Credit: Nasty Gal We're all about sporty-chic this fall, and what represents New York better than the Bronx Bombers? In the rebirth of the letterman jacket, this vintage 'Damn Yankee' jacket is king. Throw it over a dress to add just the right amount of attitude; $298 at nastygal.com. Photo Credit: Kohl's Now you can rock the full skirt trend with a city-slicker edge thanks to Elie Tahari's skyline fit and flare dress; $58.80 at kohls.com. Photo Credit: Dana Walden The Brooklyn-based husband and wife design team behind Dana Walden draw inspiration from New York City street culture, and this hand-engraved, recycled sterling silver and brass necklace is an ode to their hometown; $60 at danawaldenjewelry.com. Photo Credit: Kate Spade Unraveled, this Kate Spade scarf doubles as a map of Manhattan, because even locals get turned around sometimes. (Just don't stop and study it in the middle of the sidewalk, please); $128 at katespade.com. Photo Credit: Betsey Johnson New York City style scene staple Betsey Johnson gives a shout-out to her city the best way she knows how-- with fashion-forward studs, of course; $39.98 at betseyjohnson.com. Photo Credit: Brandy Melville This Brandy Melville scoop neck boyfriend tee is simple and to the point-- just how New Yorkers like it; $23 at brandymelvilleusa.com. Photo Credit: Kate Spade Kate Spade's whimsical, taxi-inspired 'Go' flats are so kitschy-cool, we can't look away. And who knows? Maybe they'll help you flag down your next cabbie; $278 at nordstrom.com. Photo Credit: Studio Manhattan This city never sleeps, and chances are, neither do you. So dress up the one accessory you always have with you on the go-- your phone-- with NYC scenes captured by Ayhan Kimsesizcan, photo documentarian and founder of Studio Manhattan; $22 at studiomanhattan.com. Photo Credit: Scoop NYC This Electric Love Army tee may not spell out NYC, but it sure screams the city mindset, thanks to creator Kelly Cutrone, the tough-as-nails founder of NYC fashion PR firm People's Revolution. Cutrone has barked these exact directions at New York Fashion Week models, but they work on crowded streets, too; $75 at scoopnyc.com. Photo Credit: BStreetShoes BStreetShoes' Etsy shop sells hand-painted TOMS, Converse, Nike and Vans sneakers, and NYC-skylines are very much within their repertoire. You can rep your borough (these are filled with Queens landmarks) or ask for a different city on each foot, if New York doesn't own your whole heart (but know we're judging you); $309 at etsy.com/shop/bstreetshoes. By NINA RUGGIERO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.