How to Get Dressed for a Date

My favorite places to shop in Philly. Plus: Some advice about Mom

Hi Monica,
I am new in town and I’m looking for stylish boutiques for date night clothes. Do you have any suggestions? — K.R., Old City

Clothes shopping, now we’re talking. Next to relationship advice this is my forte. In Center City there are a few stand out places. I like going with jeans and a knock out top for date night. This is the trend that’s seen in Philly’s hippest restaurants. Some great stores that carry this look are Plage Tahiti and Barney’s Co-op. For a totally different and unique style try Joan Shepp. At this point, hop in your car and drive to Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Stop in to see Kelly at the Chanel cosmetics counter. If you can time it right, swing by the day of your date. Kelly can brighten you up on the spot, as well as give you fabulous beauty tips. Your next stop should be Elizabeth Maar in Haverford. Joyce has the best taste, and the clothing is stylish and reasonably priced. Here you will definitely find the perfect top for your jeans. Up the street in Bryn Mawr is Skirt. Aynsleigh is terrific at putting together fashion-forward outfits. Don’t leave without a pair of AG ripped jeans. The final stop on your shopping spree should be the King of Prussia mall. The second floor of Neimans has everything from shoes to cocktail dresses. As far as accessories go, Henri Bendel has a boutique store with the best clutches. The piece-de-resistance, the Tory Burch shop, is about to open. All you need now is your wallet, and a smile on your face. You will look amazing on your date!

Hey Monica,
I am in my late 20s and happily dating, but no one serious. My mom is driving me crazy about getting married. How do I get her off my back? —Frustrated in Manayunk

My first thought is for you to tell your mother, in plain English, to ease up. You sound happy and confident, and you are so young. There is no reason to settle down any sooner than you are ready to. Assuming that your future goal is to be married, assure your mother that when the right guy comes into your life, she will be the first to know! Rushing into marriage because of parental pressure would be a huge mistake. I am sure your mother wants the best for you, but decisions about life long happiness have to come from within.

Monica Mandell, Ph.D. is the Director of the Philadelphia office of Selective Search, the premiere (off-line) upscale matchmaking firm for the most eligible singles.
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