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).
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.
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.”
Our photo editor, Jessica Webster, always rocks it out in the shoe department. (Seriously, this girl’s shoe closet is to die for.) A few weeks ago, she waltzed in wearing her Charlotte Olympia kitten-heels (they are actually the most literal kitten heels ever). And then early this week, she wore these. Here, all the details on where she picked them up, how you can get a similar look, and why she’s taking animal prints to the next level.
Can you say puppy love?
This week, Philly Mag’s design director, Michael Wilson, took a turn in front of the camera. The former Esquire designer is always impeccably turned out, with a flair that mixes prep with a bit of edge (you can’t see in the photo, but he’s got amazing tattoo sleeves).
The Look: Slim-fit blue oxford button-down from Club Monaco; 484 jeans from J.Crew (“I like them because they aren’t super-skinny”); belt from a store in Durango, Colorado (“The store was called Hell Bent Leather. Anything named after a Judas Priest song, I have to go check out”); Allen Edmonds for Brooks Brothers shoes (“It was a limited collaboration, but I have a few pairs from Allen Edmonds on 17th and Chestnut; they’ve got a huge selection of shoes”); Baron-Wells black corduroy sport coat (“It was a gift from my wife”); Timex Weekender watch.
My Style: “Somewhere between Oxford English professor and New England fisherman. I lean towards way more traditional stuff. All the better if its made here in the states. [My philosophy is] keep it simple. Wear things that fit. Find a good barber. A good haircut goes a long way. Buy some new socks.”
Where I shop: ”J.Crew, Allen Edmonds, Club Monaco, Duke & Winston, Commonwealth Proper, Suitsupply, Ralph Lauren, H&M, and I. Goldberg for Levi’s and wool socks for winter. Sometimes they have those big awesome army parkas. I bought one there years ago.”
Photo by Morgan Beye.
This week, Shoppist takes a look at the spot-on styling of Philly Mag editorial intern and Temple student Layla Jones (who rocks one of my favorite pairings).
The Look: Circa-1930s dress from a vintage store in London (“I tried it on just for fun and it fit me perfectly. I had to have it!”); Olsenboye patent ankle-strap shoes from JCPenney; knit headband from Mango in Chestnut Hill; lace-trim ankle socks from Topshop.
My Style: “My mom calls me ‘boho chic.’ Some of my friends call me ‘hobo chic.’ And I’ve recently gotten into the feminine vintage thing.”
Where I Shop: “H&M, ASOS and random second-hand stores.”
Photo by Claudia Gavin.
Today I got Shoppist super-intern Marina Lamanna, a Drexel junior, to dish about her borrowed-from-the-boys, preppy-with-an-edge look.
Get her secret for finding stylish (and less expensive!) pieces for petites here.
Today, I got Kristen Radcliffe, Philly Mag’s marketing content associate, to spill the details on her adorable work-to-weekend outfit.
You’ll never guess where she bought that jacket.
I’ve worked at Philly Mag for years now, but there was a time when I worked at a place where people wore stuff like suits and ties and pencil skirts and button-ups. Needless to say, I didn’t quite fit in. Here at Philly Mag, it’s quite a different story. The writers sometimes come in rumpled, those long-suffering journalist types. The sales team nails professional, chic “I have to meet a client” style. The marketing team is always on-trend—and they constantly look naturally tan, too, like they just got off a fabulous beach somewhere. My fellow editors, we get to play around a bit: leather pants, sequins in the afternoon, tee-shirts and rhinestones. I’ve realized that I can never go back to a regular sort of office again. Read more »