This spring, the luxe texture—in versions both real and faux—edges out splashier leopard and zebra prints. It’s more muted and generally rendered in softer, spring-perfect shades. Consider the print a neutral, which means it’s a wardrobe workhorse. But be mindful of fit. For instance, a snake-print dress with a second-skin fit can skew cheap. Look instead for a shift; the boxier shape keeps the look modern and chic. Here’s how to wear the reptilian look without looking cheesy, like, er, well, this.
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The updated twist to Out of Africa dressing is less rugged and more regal — silk instead of khaki, stone instead of wood, flashes of rose gold, and all-neutral everything.
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It still feels a touch too wintery for bright, sunny florals. But there’s no need to forego prints altogether. The best transitional prints now are those with big personality, from birds and records to superheroes and scribbles. Here are eight picks that you can wear now, and all spring long.
Images courtesy Alice + Olivia by stacey Bendet, Stella Jean, Mary Katrantzou, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Stella McCartney, Club Monaco, Stone & Strand.
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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.
Images via Neiman Marcus; Elie Saab; Farfetch.com; Bcbgmaxazaria; Neiman Marcus; Eugenia Kim; Vince; Saks Fifth Avenue.
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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.
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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?
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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.”
Where I Shop: “I love Vagabond and Sugarcube in Old City. And I’m always ‘window-shopping’ on NastyGal.com and Freepeople.com.”
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.”
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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.