Fur is everywhere this season, popping up in unexpected places: the back of a heel, the cap sleeves of a sweater, an entire skirt. Whether you prefer yours in poufs or full pelts, here are the best ways to move beyond mink this winter.
Diving into winter’s best color palette is like unwrapping a roll of Smarties: icy blue, powdery mauve, the palest pistachio. It’s a refreshing alternative to staid winter whites, and the sweetest twist to cold-weather dressing.
Forget “Look at me!” fashion. This fall, embrace discreet, anti-trend dressing (known as “normcore”) with posh, understated classics that let you blend in — albeit stylishly — with the crowd.
Looks so comfy-cozy, right?
This week, I got Be Well Philly assistant editor Adjua Fisher to give us the scoop on her effortlessly cool look. What you can’t see in the photo: The back of her top features lacy black panels, and that lipstick of hers never comes off. Here’s how she does it.
The Look: Denim Shirt by Vintage Havana; Levi’s 535 denim leggings in Black as Night; Steve Madden boots; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Matte Lip Tar in Harlot (“Literally the greatest product of all time. It’s a super-high-pigment lip stain that lasts all day, even through a Chipotle burrito lunch. It’s that good.”)
My Style: “I wear some form of jeans and black booties Every. Single. Day. Even in the summer. So I have a pretty laid-back uniform of sorts, I guess.”
Photo by Jessica Vermeer H. Webster
Maeve Gavin is an events marketing manager here at Philly Mag, which means she goes to a lot of parties. Perhaps this is how she’s perfected her party look: equal parts form (that dress!) and function (cool tights keep her legs warm). Keep reading to find out where she scored her look, and her favorite places to shop, both in Philly and online.
The Look: Warby Parker glasses [editor’s note: You can find the brand at Art in The Age in Old City!]; Ann Taylor earrings; “Mrs” necklace from Kate Spade, “Love” necklace from Open House [editor’s note: You can also find this at sister store Verde]; gold bracelet from Morocco (“It was given to me by my aunt. Total keepsake item—the only day I’ve taken it off was my wedding day”); Anthropologie dress (“I love emerald green”) [Psst: It’s sold out, but this Anthro frock packs a similar bright green punch]; Nicole Miller tights (“I got these at Philly Mag Shops this year!”); Nine West shoes.
My Style: “Feminine, girly, romantic. I love wearing bright colors to brighten up the cold winter months.”
Where I Shop: “I love to shop at Anthro, Ann Taylor for workwear, Rue La La (80 percent of my clothing and gifts come from here!), and Verde amd Open House.”
Photo by Jessica Hawkes.
Alana Tosti is in charge of sales and marketing for Philadelphia Wedding (Wedding Wednesday at the PHS Flower Show? She launched the first one) and she’s also a new mom. What’s equally as impressive as her work-baby juggling act? The fact that she wore those nearly six-inch-high YSL boots when she was eight months pregnant. Here, a peek at what’s on this former New Yorker’s style roster.
The Look: Alice + Olivia dress from Per Lei in Media; Nicole Miller leather bomber jacket; YSL boots; Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace; vintage Elsa Peretti earrings from Tiffany & Co. (“They were never actually sold in stores. My mom used to work with Elsa at Tiffany’s and she collected a lot of cool pieces that never made it to market.”)
My Style: “I used to live in New York so I own a lot of black. I do make an effort to buy more colorful pieces now, but my style has always been a little edgy. I like mixing highs and lows, like a Theory blazer over an H&M dress or a Chanel bag with a Gap sweater. My favorite designer is DVF, and I’m a huge fan of leather, lace and zippers on everything. I believe that a great shoe can make anyone feel fabulous. I have a little bit of a shoe obsession actually.”
Where I Shop: “All over the world! My favorite pair of shoes are from Harrods in London, but Philadelphia has some amazingly cool boutiques that have great finds. If I am looking for something new to wear to a Philly Mag event, I visit South Moon Under or Knit Wit on Chestnut Street, or BCBG and Intermix on Walnut Street. For something dressier I go to Nicole Miller in The Bellevue or Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, and for everyday staples (for me or the baby!) I love to shop at Gap.”
Photo by Jessica Hawkes.
I brought photo intern Morgan Beye out from behind the camera to dish the details on her casual but chic outfit. The University of the Arts student tells us how she transitions her look from school to interviews, and why she’s so excited about those jeans she’s got on.
The Look: BCBG necklace (“I bought it to wear to Fashion Week”); Express button-down with studs on the pockets; “very old” jeans (“I’ve had these jeans since I was in eighth grade. I found them in my closet this morning and I was excited I actually could still fit into them so I wore them” [Editor’s note: We have no words for this]; Diba boots from DSW (“I wear these just about every day”).
My Style: “This is me at my most casual. I usually wear skirts and tights as much as I can. I wear heels all the time. With these heels I’m 6’1″. In clothes, I need something that can transition from school to office to interviews. I have a leather circle skirt and black tights that I wear with this top for interviews.”
Where I Shop: “I love the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People brands. I do a lot of online shopping at Nordstrom. I’m on a student budget, and for shoes, DSW has a great selection at great prices.”
Photo by Claudia Gavin.
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).
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.
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.”