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What to Wear in New York City in March (Helpful Packing Guide)

What to pack for New York City in March
Sweater Cardigan | Pants | Similar Shoes | Red Bag

Trying to figure out what to wear in New York City in March? I got you! I currently live in NYC and have spent the better part of the last 10 years mastering NYC March outfit ideas. Longtime readers know I’m not keen on small talk, let’s cover everything you need to know!

Visiting NYC in March (Average Weather)

Visiting New York City in March presents a unique challenge for packing, given the city’s unpredictable spring weather. Early March can still feel like winter with average temperatures ranging from the low 30s to mid-40s Fahrenheit (0 to 7°C). Late March often sees a noticeable shift towards milder spring weather, with averages temps moving up to 40-50°F (4 to 15°C). Here’s how to navigate your wardrobe choices for both early and late March in NYC.

What to Wear in New York City in March

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Visiting NYC in Early March (Packing List)

Typical Daily Temps (March 1 through March 15): Lows: 33°F to 41°F to highs in the mid-40s Fahrenheit (0 to 7°C). Rainy days are not uncommon!

Winter Coats for New York City
Great Parka | Similar Sunglasses | The BEST Jeans

#1. Coats to Pack for NYC in March

There’s two coats you’ll want to wear in New York City in March. The first is a down jacket (parkas are great!) and the second is a nice wool coat that can elevate any outfit for a special evening on the town. If you’re looking for a great parka, here’s the one I’m wearing in the photo (I love it and own it in both black & white).

Shopping on Madison Ave in the Upper East Side
NYC March Outfit Ideas: Wool Coat (size down) | Boots | Sweater | Scarf

As for high-quality wool jackets (at a reasonable price), my one hit wonder is this exact jacket. All told, I’ve had it for 4 years and it still looks new. I can’t recommend it enough.

I’ve collected various colors over the years, because I like it so much! If you only take away one bit of advice from this list of New York City March outfit ideas, let it be this: the best investment you’ll make is purchasing a good quality (preferably stylish) wool coat that will keep you warm in the evenings.

What to wear in NYC in March
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#2. Comfortable Sweaters

Cozy middle layers, like fleece or a thick sweater, that can be easily removed as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day. When thinking about what to wear in New York City in March, consider packing sweaters that are breathable and light — they make layering a breeze.

Speaking from personal experience, I’ve learned to purchase mostly cashmere and wool-blend sweaters. Long-time readers know that my most worn sweater is this gem (worth every penny), closely followed by this one (which I have in 2 colors).

If helpful, here’s the exact sweaters I have on rotation in my wardrobe:

This sweater in navy
Cozy and loose cream-color sweater (my favorite!)
My most complimented sweater

March Outfits for NYC

#3. Base Layers

The key to comfort while visiting NYC in early march is layering like a pro. Everything starts with high-quality base layers. Longtime readers know that my go-to brand is this gem. Affordable and effective, what more could you ask for?

#4. Accessories

If you’re wondering what to pack for NYC in March, don’t forget a warm scarf, gloves, and a comfortable beanie. These small accessories make a big difference, especially during chilly mornings and evenings.

#5. Comfortable Walking Shoes

When people ask me for advice on what to wear in New York City in the spring, without a doubt I always mention that good shoes are non-negotiable. The second your sneakers get wet or your toes freeze because there isn’t enough insulation in your shoes, misery kicks in. You want nothing more than to head back to the hotel and call it an early day.

If helpful, I’ve owned these boots for three years now and recommend them to anyone and everyone. You May Find This Helpful: 10 Best Shoes to Wear for Walking Around New York City (by Season)

Visiting NYC in Late March (NYC Outfit Ideas)

Typical Daily Temperature (March 16 through March 31): Lows: 33°F to 41°F to highs in the mid-50s Fahrenheit (0 to 7°C). Rainy days are not uncommon!

what to wear in NYC in the Spring

#1. Trench & Wool Coat

The big question: What to wear in NYC in March as the temps start to transition away from winter into spring. In late March, a lighter coat is more appropriate. Skip the parka (unless you run cold) and consider packing a trench coat or a lighter wool coat instead. Waterproof options are ideal, as March can bring sudden rain showers.

Practical and stylish, a classic trench coat is an ideal choice for NYC’s moody spring weather. Spring in the city can be unpredictable, from unannounced showers to fluctuating temperatures, having a coat that’s water-resistant, lightweight and warm is a must when visiting New York City in March. If interested, here’s my go-to trench coat (I’ve owned it for years, it’s a great deal for the quality).

West Village in autumn outfit ideas

#2. Comfortable Sweaters

If wondering which sweaters to wear in NYC in March, a mix of lighter sweaters for warmer days and a few thicker options for cooler evenings is ideal. Cardigans are also a good choice, offering flexibility with changing temperatures. Always check the forecast closer to your trip, as late March can sometimes bring late winter chill or early spring warmth.

#3. Base Layers

By late March, you can lighten up on layers a bit. A long-sleeve shirt with a light sweater or cardigan might suffice, allowing you to adjust to warmer afternoons.

#4. Accessories

While you might still want a scarf, you can likely forego the heavier gloves and hat. However, a light pair of gloves might still be comfortable for cooler evenings, completely up to you! I typically run cold, so I always pack a pair of gloves.

Post Summary (What to Pack for NYC in March)

Early March NYC Packing List

  • Parka & Wool Coat
  • 2-3 Comfortable Sweaters
  • Base Layers (Long Sleeve Shirts)
  • Accessories: Hats, Gloves, Scarf

Late March NYC Packing List

  • Trench & Wool Coat
  • 2-3 Comfortable Sweaters
  • Base Layers (Long Sleeve Shirts)
  • Accessories: Hats, Gloves, Scarf

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