New season, new shopping list. Topping mine right now: a straw bag in a cool shape, a pair of fantastically clunky sandals, and a pair of distressed jean cut-offs that do not make me feel like a Coachella runaway. Here are 10 of the best buys in Philly right now, so you can kick off summer in style.
The Clunky Sandals
Chunky soles and Birkenstock leanings are sartorial perfection this summer. Kelsi Dagger sandals, $100 at Vagabond, Old City.
The Straw Bag
Massive, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink straw bags are ubiquitous come summer. I'm getting my raffia fix with a circular clutch instead. $98 at Anthropologie, multiple locations.
Pair with a white linen button-up, a gladiator sandal and some great shades (they're coming up next), and you're set. Frame Denim Le Cutoff shorts, $158 at Eaves, Wayne.
I love this modern take on the classic aviator shape. Plus, look closely and, I swear, the color looks just like a shell. Thierry Lasry sunglasses, $375 at Joan Shepp, Rittenhouse.
The Crop Top
It's (still) everywhere. I'm updating the silhouette with Cameo's brand-new sculptural top (with matching shorts!). Coming soon to The Geisha House, Old City.
The Beach Sandal
Trudging through sand in flip-flops is no fun. These authentic Pons avarcas stay on your feet and look great. $77 at Style Camp, Chestnut Hill.
The White Dress
It's a summer staple. Plus, at this price, you won't care too much if it's stained and soiled by the end of summer. White lace dress, $72 at Smak Parlour, Old City.
It's the coolest way to tote your stuff this season, and it leaves your hands free for beach towels, ice cream or, you know, a cold beverage. Waltzing Matilda Beau bag, $420 at Waltzing Matilda, Wayne (online only).
Perfect for the beach, a resort pool, or just a particularly hippie-ish Saturday. Pilyq dress, $154 at Everything But Water, King of Prussia.
The Fancy Tee
Even party dressing feels more low-key in the summer. Instead of a dress, opt for cool separates, like this fabulously fancy tee. 3.1 Phillip LIm embellished top, $295 at Knit Wit, Rittenhouse, Margate and Bryn Mawr.