New York City’s Upper East Side is a posh area that overlooks Central Park, spanning blocks and blocks of urban terrain. A common phenomenon you’ll spot in this area is the Upper East Side socialite. A socialite is a woman who is a member of “high society,” either through marriage or birth. There is a distinct style associated with socialites from the Upper East Side. Here are a few ways to achieve their look.


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Own the classic little black dress. Socialites are required to attend lots of public events, including fancy weddings on East Hampton or ritzy benefits in Manhattan. The classic staple is the little black dress. Every socialite most own a timeless, black dress with a great cut. Make sure your little black dress is made by a well-known designer, such as Marc Jacob or Gucci, for true socialite authenticity.

Do most of your shopping on Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue has all of the quintessential stores for a proper Upper East Side socialite. Everything from Prada to Miu Miu to Saks Fifth Avenue. If it isn’t high end designer style, it’s not fit for a socialite. Almost all of your shopping needs can be found on Fifth Avenue, although there are many designer boutiques located downtown in Soho.

Buy your makeup at Bergdorf Goodman or Henri Bendel. It is important that a socialite own the highest quality of makeup and beauty supplies. For example, Creme de la Mer moisturizer can run up to $500 a pot and is available at only the highest quality department stores, such as the above mentioned.

Acquire a designer bagg. A proper socialite is never seen without an authentic designer bag, such as the classic Louis Vuitton monogram canvas bag. These handbags can cost you from a few hundred to even thousands of dollars. Another good Upper East Side socialite bag is Hermes’ Birkin Bag, which can cost up to $5,000. If you do not have that type of cash to spare, Coach or Dooney & Burke bags are quality bags and you can purchase them for a lot less (around $300).

Get perfectly coiffed hair. A socialite always has perfectly updated and styled hair. Highlights are always fresh and performed at a reputable salon such as Serge Normant or Rita Hazan (hairstylist for none other than pop star Jessica Simpson). An Upper East Side socialite would never dare go out in public with visible roots or an outdated hairstylee. Make sure to get your hair colored, cut, and styled at only the most posh salons in Manhattan.