When Shoppist and lifestyle intern Marina Lamanna popped into my office sporting these kicks, I instantly loved them. And though studded sneaks have been a thing for a while now, there’s something about them that seems less trendy and more eternally cool than, say, the wedge sneaker. When Marina told me she studded the Chucks herself, I loved them even more. Here, how she scored cute kicks on a college-student budget.
The Look: “Studded Converse are not anything new, but they’re totally my style, and I just never jumped on it until now. Free People had a pair of studded Converse, but they were normally $130. On Black Friday they were only $40. I went to order them and they were sold out of my size. I called stores in Texas and Florida to try to find them but they were sold out everywhere, so I decided to make them myself. I already had a pair of cream, overly pristine Converse sitting in my closet. They still really need some scuffing.”
How I Did It: “The silver and gold studs came together in a pack from Michaels, and I also got glittery ones in the same size to sprinkle throughout. I attached them all with a hot glue gun. There were lots of Band-Aids afterwards from burning myself. I tried to be careful of where pressure points are because those studs are going to pop off more easily.”
Total Time: An hour and a half.
Total Cost: Around $56 (including Converse shoes; studs cost about $6 total).
Last winter, when Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra came to Philly for an event benefitting Dining Out for Life, I chatted with the fabulously bespectacled designer about some of his upcoming projects. One he was most excited about was a “dope” eyewear line he was creating for SEE, which, coincidentally just opened a store locally in Suburban Square. Called simply MONDO, the collection is on shelves just in time for the holidays and, for you gift-givers, there are options for nearly everyone on your list — from the hip, eccentric auntie to the gay bestie who has crafted a signature look with his arsenal of fashion frames.
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How to look put-together and still stay comfortable when you’re braving the crowds at KOP? Ditch the high heels and huge coats, look for pants with a bit of stretch (our pick from J. Crew above is on sale now!), and invest in a timeless cross-body bag. Finding a close parking spot at the mall? You’re on your own for that one.
“Oh, don’t even tell me she’s trying to look all cute in those tight pants on Thanksgiving.”
Three Super-Obvious Things Not To Wear On Thanksgiving:
1. Spanx. C’mon. Give yourself a break.
2. Tights. (These will inevitably roll down and begin to cut off your circulation around whatever course includes stuffing.)
3. High-waisted anything.
I have, at one point or another, worn each of these on Thanksgiving and I still regret it. My secret weapon? The pajama pant, that gift from the heavens that is both slouchy-chic (yes, that’s a thing) and wonderfully, blissfully, eat-all-the-freaking-food-you-want comfortable. Here, five pairs of pants (and what to wear with them) that are blessedly free of pesky things like buttons and zippers and belt-loops, so you can eat as much as you please without feeling restricted.
You’re welcome. Now pass the stuffing. (And maybe don’t tell my friends over at Be Well Philly about this, okay?)
Your most comfortable Thanksgiving ever awaits!
Our always-chic, jet-setter photo director, Jess Webster, pairs pieces from New York, Palm Beach, Philly and Bucks County for a thoroughly cool look.
The Look: Ray-Ban Clubmaster glasses from Blink on Chestnut Street (“They have really hard-to-find stuff and they curate what they sell really well”); Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace; Per Se sweater (“I used to hate leopard until this season”); Sandro top (“It’s my favorite piece. I love Sandro everything”); Vince pants from Saks; Rag & Bone boots; Hermès bracelets; Cruciani macramè bracelets (“My husband and I bought them in Palm Beach on my birthday. Different designs mean different things. The lady at the store gave us both one that means ‘infinity’ because we’d just gotten married and we haven’t taken them off since”); Rolex Yachtmaster watch (“They make a women’s style, but I have the wider men’s version”).
My Style: “A touch of modern and trend-driven, but I mostly go for basic pieces that transcend seasons and trends. I swing wide: my day-to-day is modern, simple pieces, but when I get dressed up, it’s one extreme or the other, and I can go very feminine is ’50s-ish dresses. I grew up in Vermont, and the Vermont tomboy in me comes out on weekends. I love an oversized sweater, a huge boy shirt. I like to hide in my clothes sometimes, but I think every girl does.”
Where I Shop: “I really like Shop Sixty Five in Doylestown [Editor's Note: They've also just opened a Gladwyne location, too!]. My guilty, preppy pleasure is J.Crew Collection. If I need a last-minute dress, I go to Barneys or to David Witchell in Newtown, especially now that they’ve opened two new stores just for clothes and accessories.”
Photo by Morgan Beye.
Our choice for Best Men’s Boutique is the new Suitsupply in Rittenhouse. Photo by Jenna Stamm.
MEN’S BOUTIQUE: Suitsupply
You wouldn’t know it by the jersey-and-sweatpants-wearing slobs who meander among us (straight girls, please do something about your men!), but Philly is becoming a city for the stylish gent. Exhibit A: the opening earlier this year of this temple to male sartorial splendor — a dizzying, two-story repository of off-the-rack suits that look bespoke, elegant accessories, and the nattiest salesmen in town. 1601 Locust St., 215-383-1500, suitsupply.com.
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Most brides two days pre-wedding look frazzled. Not Philly Mag’s associate art director, Alyse Moyer. I caught up with her last Thursday, her final day of work before she left for her Saturday wedding at Terrain. And despite all the last-minute wedding prep she had to do, she still managed to look chic in a Chanel-esque tweed blazer, black skinnies and a heap of gold accessories.
The Look: Tweed jacket from Old Navy (“I never shop there. I went with a friend and I tried it on and actually liked it. I’ve had it since the summer, and this is my first time wearing it. I debated for 15 minutes this morning before I put it on”); Gap Ultra Skinny pants; Zara shoes; Ann Taylor Loft necklace; Forever 21 bracelet.
My Style: “It’s kind of casual but I like to mix and match boyfriend jeans and heels. I never buy all my clothes at one store. I have a lot of black. I try to add more color. It doesn’t always work. I like oversized sweaters for the winter. I always wear a necklace. An outfit isn’t complete without a necklace. And I usually wear more than one bracelet. I will wear three bracelets on my wedding day. At least three.”
Where I Shop: “Zara for shoes. And I got my leather pants there. For basics, Forever 21. For classic stuff, I go to Gap. I got a white wool coat on Piperlime, and I love it.”
Brooke Dorothy poses at her station at American Mortals in Wash West.
HAIR STYLIST: Brooke Dorothy, American Mortals
Having perfected her skills with American Crew, this tatted-up ally can work a men’s haircut like nobody’s business. Her client list is full of gays, so she’ll regale you with Steel Magnolias–worthy salon gab, and grin and bear it when, say, you get the urge to sing Whitney as she snips. (Guilty!) 727 Walnut St., 215-574-1234, americanmortals.com.
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1. The TWINLUXE SHAVE TOWEL features two hand pockets at both ends designed for patting your face dry and wiping away excess shave cream, and it can also be placed in hot water, then used to gently exfoliate pores. Fellas, it’s time to ditch the washcloth. $38 at twinluxe.com.
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Mack Weldon has forever changed the way you’ll shop for underwear. “There simply had to be a better way,” the company says in its online bio. “The experience of buying underwear – from the pilgrimage to the department store, to the endless sea of ever-changing product – had to be fixed. A tattered mess of underwear and socks, and an ambitious goal to change the status quo, is why we created this brand.”
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