Neighborhood Watch finds Philly's most fashionable. This week: First Friday.
(21) loves to keep 'em guessing. "I love to mix genres of fashion and add feminine touches to ethnic pieces," she says. Tonight's high-waist shorts and modern striped top are the product of a mixture of eras. Her colorful crossover bag, which makes for her "ethnic piece
" was purchased during a visit to Brazil
, and it beautifully complemented her beaded earrings. The Mt. Airy girl's fave second-hand shop is Buffalo Exchange
and she loves Janelle Monae
"for her confidence in her own individuality." The student's favorite designer is Marc Jacobs
. "His pieces are youthful and fun to wear," Kim says. "They kind of feel like you're playing dress-up."
Topstitch Boutique model Em S.
(21) is definitely not your typical centerfold. Her bold flair and unpredictability give her a serious edge. The Queen Village native says her look for Summer 2010 is "80's glam rock trash
" even down to the toes. "These shoes cost me like 20 bucks, literally. Some random ghetto-store-find
. Those are my faves actually," she says. As for the hair, Em says she had a shaved head for about two years. "I've been growing it out and this is what it turned into," says Em. What's her simple motto? "Keep it trashy
(38) says she chose her jersey-knit, wrap bubble dress for First Friday because it's "fun and easy for a warm, summer night." This P. Luca
piece is "comfy, yet upbeat and fashionable." Her Clarks
gladiator sandals were also a great accent for cute, relaxed look. "I'm pretty versatile but I gravitate toward a lot of Euro designers. I also like '40s-'50s vintage," she says. The Old City native says her favorite local boutique is Matthew Izzo
(151 S. 3rd St., 215-829-0606) for its "great jewelry and great mixture of styles." Melissa says her favorite celeb in style is Sarah Jessica Parker
. "Her look is sophisticated and fun. She's the perfect city dresser," she says. In Melissa's book, one should "keep it simple, adding one or two accent pieces. It all depends on the occasion and where you're going."
(24) says First Friday was a bright colors kind-of-night for her. Her yellow linen skirt is by Forever21
, the tank is Le Tigre
and the accessories are vintage pieces. "I don't follow celebs but I bridge a lot of styles," the grad student says. "I like masculine and feminine pieces, I do bright colors and darks." But one combination you'll never catch this U. City girl in is jeans with sneakers. "That's a big no," Kate says. "But you'll always catch me in jewelry. I never leave the house without it.".