Miley Cyrus in Philadelphia

Posted on August 27, 2012

We think we might piss off a lot of Philly girls when we say this, but you know us; always shooting our mouths off. Besides, everyone else on the internet has already weighed in on the hair change and we’ve got to get in on that action.


Miley Cyrus goes shopping in Philadelphia.

Top by Brian Lichtenberg [Not pictured]. Sebastian McCall Skinny Jeans. ‘Heart’ Satchel by Dr. Martens. ‘AGGY 1490’ Boots by Dr. Martens.

Everyone assumes we live in New York; readers, editors, stylists, journalists – everyone always makes that assumption. Granted, we’re there a minimum of 2 or 3 times a month (and may actually have broken our record with five trips in July; three of them overnights), but T Lo Manor and its surrounding acres are located in Philadelphia, land of the cheesesteak and Mummer. As we started making our way through the fashion circles of New York and people found out we lived somewhere off the island of Manhattan (which is always, and without fail met with an ambivalent “Ohhhhhh. Okay.”) we’ve been asked several times what the style scene is like in Philly; what the look is that defines the city. Obviously, there’s no accurate way to answer that question because like any city, it comprises vast swaths of people of various backgrounds and types. The best anyone can do with a question like that is offer one’s own observations. The one that we settled on: “Art School Chic.” That’s what we say when people ask us about what we see on the streets of our home town.

The irony of Miley’s look here, which everyone’s been nattering on about, is that if she wasn’t famous, she’d fit right into Philly, walking around Rittenhouse Square; one of a huge number of art school, film school, and theater school students, not to mention an army of barristas and shop girls. Does every girl in Philly look like this? Of course not. Is this a look that originated in Philly or is somehow recognized as a Philly look? Again; of course not. But it’s a very persistent look here, more so than in other cities we’ve been to. Hipster Brooklynites and other such enclaves work a more hardcore version of this look, but Miley’s striking that perfect Philly balance of conventionally pretty, with a little bit of an attitude. She’d only need a leather cuff, a tattoo, and a lit Camel to complete the look. The first time we saw Pink, before we ever heard her speak, and knowing nothing about her, we said “That’s a Philly girl.”

Yes, Philly girls; there are plenty of preppy girls and professional types and drag kings and fashionistas and divas, but on a weekend in town, doing some shopping and getting something to eat, we’ll pass this girl on the street or have our order taken by her more times than any other girl. We think she looks adorable here.


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  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I feel as though I am looking at entirely different person.  Good for her. 

    • mjude

      i agree…good for her. i actually quite like the look, i only wish i was young enough to get away with it.

    • Sobaika

      Yup. I know the internet lost its shit with her haircut, but she looks sort of awesome.

      • mjude

        you would have thought it was the end of the world. 

      •  I couldn’t understand all the hate. For once, she looks comfortable in her own skin.

        • Dr. Derf van der Derf

          Yeah people act like hair can’t grow back…besides she looks better and like she is having fun

        • THIS, you can just tell she loves it and she’s having fun. I kinda love it, I would never have the cojones to pull it off though (It doesn’t help that I have an office job and I am 27 years old).

    • Agreed. I think she look awesome. Good for her.

  • ChiliP

    I wish the shirt was just a shirt, and didn’t have that back cutout.  Then again, I guess it wouldn’t be “edgy” enough for Miss Miley if it was just a shirt. As for the hair, the cut doesn’t bother me (in fact I think it’s kind of cute), but the bleach blonde look has got to go.

    • Yeah, I wish she hadn’t felt the need to fry her hair.

      • poggi

         But if you have to fry your hair, short is better than long.  Short hair can stand up to this kind of abuse far better than long.

    • Violina23

      Yes, I hate HATE HATE HATE the cutout shirt.  Other than that, she looks her age, and she looks happy. Good for her.

      • ChiliP

         I think the problem is with how the cutout is hanging. I actually wouldn’t mind a cutout since Miley’s so young, but this looks…sloppy. Like she took scissors to the back of it this morning and the remnants are just drooping and flapping in the wind. But yes, everything else if cute. I actually love the exaggerated hoop earrings- for some reason they make the outfit for me.

        • Violina23

          It’s like the fad in the 90’s with the boys wearing the pants that hung halfway to their knees. It just looks sloppy for the sake of being sloppy. Blah!

    • I normally really hate bleached hair.  I mean really really, but I think this suits her very well.  Good for her for just doing what she wants with how she looks.  She looks natural and comfortable.  It’s about time someone as exposed as her said fuckit. 

  • She finally looks young and not like she’s trying to hard. I think the hair change did wonders for her!

    • Spicytomato1

      Oh, I’d beg to differ. I was going to post that her hair just screams of trying too hard. She looks cute but she seems very self-conscious, too, not at all relaxed in her own skin. 

  • At long last, she looks her age.  Brava.

    • My thoughts exactly. Tho if I were her mother (which, sadly, I’m almost old enough to be), I’d tell her to go put on a bra, young lady, this instant.

      • RedRaven617

        That was my thought exactly! But I think she looks adorable and age appropriate.

      • And tie her bootlaces before she trips over them and falls down in the street, leading to all kinds of speculation about her health and sobriety.

      • AudreysMom

         my daughter is Miley’s age and her boobs are as small and perky as Miley’s. Meaning that there’s not a huge difference if she’s wearing a bra or not. More importantly I’ve learned what happens when I’ve made such fashion ‘recommendations’ to my kid. That said, Miley’s in public here (and she isn’t Sharon Stone for godsake). My daughter would most certainly be wearing a little psychological support.

        • I was similarly-sized at Miley’s age, but just in case one walks into a cold room, I think it’s good to have a little coverage/support. (And no, I didn’t listen to my mother either.)

  • origami dreamer

    She looks beautiful.

  • Roosevelt 85

    OMG my mind is BLOWN…I soooo thought you guys lived in Manhattan! I need a moment to process this…where’s my turban and lounge chair.

    • SublimatedRage

      Thank you.  I am glad I am not the only one.  I feel like I have grown up with these guys!  I have been a faithful reader since the early days and I never considered that they could live anywhere but Manhattan.  

      And looking back, it does make sense to all those “We are packing a bag to attend Fashion Week…”  I just assumed they were going to a hotel further uptown to be closer to the action.

      Ya learn something new every day!

      • Roosevelt 85

        EXACTLY! I totally thought they were just getting a room near the shows or doing some gig…never occurred to me that they would live anywhere else! 

      •  I knew all along that they’re from Philly, and I always thought that they were our (Philly’s) secret treasure. 😉

        • MilaXX

           years ago they made a passing comment about the mummers plus they used to stay with Laura Bennet when they started attending fashion week. I just put 2 & 2 together

          • fursa_saida

            I feel like I have always known this but have no memory of when or how I found it out.

          • formerlyAnon

            I feel like their physical location has come up many times over the years – maybe more so the year they (I think I remember this right) moved apartments. It was a while back, several years.  I wish it didn’t make me feel so stalker-ish that I remember this . . .

        • as a ne ohioan i’m feeling pretty proud that TLo live that much closer to me 🙂

          • ASK26

             I wonder how many NE Ohioans are here?  I spent a lot of time in DC but am from NEO as well.

          • dawnboo

             I live in PA now, but grew up in NE Ohio (Niles).  Where are you from?

          • ASK26

             born in Cleveland lived in Parma most of my life  – I worked in PA for awhile
            (an old friend colleague lives in Warren and commutes to strongsville every day!) 

    • Can I hand you a drink and your jade cigarette holder? I agree with you. I think the earth’s magnetic pole just shifted a few feet.

    • Vanja

       I was shocked too. I’m like this right now.

    • Scoobydrew

      I too, am surprised! I knew you didn’t live in the actual city – but I thought you lived close enough you could see it from your window… like West New York, NJ …

  • MsALVA

    She needs to break in those Doc Marten boots a bit more. They’re too shiny and new to look anything other than what Miley’s doing right now: a 19-year-old going through a “punk” rebellious phase. Like we all did. That said, I do love her new hair and props to her for ditching the big hair/sequins/Lea Michele starlet route.

    • CurbGirl

      Looks like she’s breaking those boots in herself, in public….what a rebel!

  • lalahartma

    She looks great!  So happy she changed.

  • TLO! you’re in philly?!!! YAYYYY!!! me tooooo!!! well the suburbs, but STILL. i count this as a victory! and i don’t think what you’ve said is offensive at all, a lot of girls in philly look like this but not all.  

    • MilaXX

       I lived in Jenkintown for a few years but had to come home to Philly.

      • librarygrrl64

        Jenkintown is so cute! When I was looking for my current place, I also looked at places like Jenkintown, Glenside, etc. Montgomery County has a lot to offer. 🙂

        • Bridget Beauchamp

          Yay Jenkintown!  Grew up here, returned to raise the kids. 22 minutes to Center City on the train–can’t beat it. Never thought I’d see us name-checked here, though!

          • librarygrrl64

            I found out about it, ironically, from a friend who moved there after graduating art school at Tyler. Evidently there is a tight little artistic community there. Or at least there was when she lived there. 🙂

  • Anathema_Device

    That’s a great haircut. The hair color and her dark brows bring to mind the looks of 1980s Madonna and Annie Lenox.

  • miagain

    I think she looks NORMAL… just lose that stupid t-shirt.  And she would look right at home down here in Washington.

    •  What I love about this look is that she could fit in just about anywhere as a cute, quirky, stylish art student. We have quite a lot here in Philly, but I seen this look in DC, NYC, and Boston too.

      • Reneesance

        I think it’s a look that a lot of art school heavy towns seem to cultivate. She could be from RVA (Richmond, VA) too.   Way to go Miley you look cute and sassy 🙂

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I definitely think that this look suits her a million times better than those long, ratty extensions.
    She looks really really cute.

  • JackieOBlue

    I, too am a Philly girl, although quite a bit older than the art school set, but I would have to agree that Miley would fit right in as a Philly girl with this whole look. 

  • newleaf1

    She looks like the kid that she still is.  Good for her.  

  • nannypoo

    I like the hairstyle, but she still looks trashy. And maybe it’s time for a manicure.

  • harleydear

    I’m a Philly woman and I 100% agree. You both NAILED it. Nailed it. Bravo.

  • SewingSiren

    She has the perfect face for that hair cut. Bravo for her to have the courage to cut it.

    • Rebecca J.

      This kid has courage and balls in big fat bird-flippin’ spades.  Love her!

  • dsco3031

    Oh I am so happy to find that I share turf with TLO! This is a great look for Miley, and I agree fully– this is the kind of look you’d see anywhere in Philly, from South Philly through University City and the Northeast. 

    •  This is DEFINITELY South Philly. If you go down to Passyunk Ave right this second, you’ll see tons of some variation of this look.

  • I’m from Philly and you guys are dead on.

  • gabbilevy

    I really don’t love the hair cut (actually, the color more than the cut) but it’s the obvious absence of a bra that I don’t like here. Even some nipple tape would have been fine. Otherwise, the look seems to suit her.

    • charlotte

       I think she’s young enough to get away with no bra.

      • gabbilevy

        I dunno… even at 19 I don’t think I would have thought that was OK, nor did any 19 year olds I knew. But then again, I’m not a child star with a famous dad who’s already engaged before 20, so what do I know?

        • MilaXX

           At 19 when the girls were still perky? I would have rocked that shirt hard.

          • gabbilevy

            Visible nipples was the cause of embarrassment of the highest order. Although none of us were exactly fashion plates.

        • formerlyAnon

           I went braless a lot of the time in late teens/early twenties. Of course, at 32 A (barely A) it’s not like it made a big difference.

    • kimmeister

      I think that was her whole point of choosing a shirt with a back cutout.

  • I grew up a Philly Girl, and I completely agree. And, yes, a lit cigarette would have been slightly more authentic.

  • I grew up a Philly Girl, and I completely agree. And, yes, a lit cigarette would have been slightly more authentic.

  • moreteawesley

    As a Philly girl, I agree – this looks fits in perfectly here.

  • Amy

    You guys are in Philly?! Every time I’m in NYC I always secretly hope I will bump into the two of you and I will compliment your no doubt stylish duds and we will grab a coffee and gab about all the celebrities we hate! Well color me shocked. I hope I can make a trip down to PA one day. 🙂

  • homespunner

    I kind of love the t-shirt.

  • Eva Whitsett

    Agree! She looks adorable and I love her hair.

  • I totally did think you were in NYC!

  • cmb92191

    Philly tried and true.  Many moons ago, I had that very same haircut,  wearing my combat boots (couldn’t afford Doc Martens) strolling down to Zipperhead on South Street.  Cue Deadmilkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”.  And yes TLo, I knew you were in Philly.  I saw Tom on Chestnut St once but didnt want to be stalkery

    • MilaXX

       My sis & I were just bemoaning the changes on South Street. I mean they have a Gap now!

      • librarygrrl64

        I remember being a bit up-in-arms about Tower Records (a chain!!!). Now I miss it, especially the Classical Annex. The Gap has been there for decades, unfortunately. However, the best cheese steak place in Philly, Jim’s (suck it, Pat’s and Geno’s!) is still there. And because it’s just down the street from the TLA, there is often a celebrity musician sighting. It’s been a few years since I’ve hit Jim’s, but the last time I was there Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and their band were at the table next to us. We were seeing them in concert right after. 🙂

        • MilaXX

          I know. A friend and I went to see La Ley there. We were of course literally the only brown gals there and got hooked up with back stage passes. I still have drumstick from Marcucio (SP?). Nowadays I only go down there to shop at Essence or to get my piercing changed at Infinity

          • librarygrrl64

            Coolness! I used to know a guy who was a techie and occasional tour manager for a few UK bands, and two of them (Idlewild and Doves) actually played at the TLA as part of their US tours. That and also having a bestie who used to work for Capitol Records were the only times I got any kind of backstage or VIP passes. Because I was and am far too uncool to get them on my own merit. 😉

          • MilaXX

            AWESOME! I get them occasionally but I work my butt off for them. Then again being one of the few black people at a concert is a good way to get noticed by the band,

          • librarygrrl64

            Rock that shit! Now that I’m in my 40s, I would have to pretend that I’m someone’s mom. I can’t even pull off “hot aunt” any more. 😉

          • librarygrrl64

            BTW, I always mentally say your screen name like it rhymes with “chillax,” but I suspect it’s more “meela” + double x, right?

          •  I didn’t realize that you were a brown gal too. It always amuses me when I’m the only one in a theater. 😛

          • MilaXX

            It was really funny when I was heavily into my Spanish pop & Rock en Español phase. People were always surprised when we knew all the lyrics.

        •  I’m SO glad someone else prefers Jim’s over Pat’s or Geno’s!

          • librarygrrl64

            Jim’s forever! <3

      • cmb92191

        I know.   Back in the late 80’s, it was much more interesting.  Now you can buy sensible shoes there (Benjamin Lowell… I’m looking at YOU!)   Being in the over the river NJ burbs, the Tower Records was the most interesting store we had — Sam Goody was CRAP!  I remember there was another store but I’m forgetting the name-  it used to have posters called wall size, apartment sized and I think mansion size.  I bought a few apartment sized Siouxsie Sue, Kate Bush and Cure posters there.  Did it start with an S?  

        • MilaXX

          My sis was more into poster than me. I liked the weird clothes so Zipperhead was my love.

        •  I just remember not being allowed to go to South Street when I was a kid because my mom didn’t approve of all the risque stores. Now it’s weird to have a few of the risque stores still there, but just a few blocks away from fancy-schmancy restaurants.

    • librarygrrl64

       OMG, Zipperhead. And Condom Nation. Takes me back….

      • cmb92191

        I know.. and there is another store I forget the name of… started with an S..comments upthread.   My Zipperhead story:  My dad, a Vietnam era tough as nails career military man- walking in with me to Zipperhead! (guess he wanted to make sure these “hoodlums” weren’t disrespecting his daughter.  Horrified by this restriction, I still went in with him- it was a Sunday afternoon.  No real “hoodlums”.   )  To my dad credit, he didn’t say anything about the pierced and tatted clerks and even talked to a few of them about the army gear sold  (boots).  I saw a Sid and Nancy shirt for sale and my dad bought it for me.  Even though he didn’t truly “get” me at the time, he still went to attempt to understand.   Father daughter bonding at Zipperhead- who knew?

        • librarygrrl64

          That’s awesome! My dad was also in the service and grew up in Germantown and Upper Darby (and was pretty much a juvenile delinquent), so I doubt Zipperhead would have phased him much, either. But I really didn’t discover South Street till college. He was hoping I’d stay a sheltered suburban girl. 😉

  • Judy_J

    Glad to see Miley looking like a young woman instead of an old lady, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.  She would totally fit right in here in Austin (well, she might need a few more piercings and tattoos.)

  • I am the quintessential prepster/professional Philly girl, but Miley would fit in PERFECTLY here, and I mean it in a good way. I think she looks great! A little edgy, a little sexy, and very original. *LOVE* the hair!

  • Athenasweetd

    As a Philly girl myself, I have to say that I agree with TLO on this. Miley does look like a Philly girl here. I no longer fit this group since I am over 40.

    • Lilak

      Ditto every word  . . .

    • librarygrrl64

       I feel your pain, fellow 40-something.

  • Well, I’m in the minority, but I like the ventilated shirt.  It’s modest enough, and it looks breezy for summer in the city.

    • And it’s actually age-appropriate for her. She might as well wear it now while she can get away with it!

    • MilaXX

       I think she’s at just the right age to wear that shirt. She looks cute in it.

    • formerlyAnon

       Agree. It’s not fair, but clothes like that are the province of the young and lithe.

  • mhleta

    We were in Philly this past winter during restaurant week. Philly has come a looong way from the dreary city I remember from the 70s. We were there looking at colleges with our daughter, so were really cued into the styles of young people, students and professionals alike. I would agree whole heartedly with your assessment of the city’s predominant style of “Art School Chic.” I love Miley’s look here apart for one thing. It’s unearned, contrived, forced, an imitation of something she wishes were authentic. I dislike this for the same reason I dislike the pretensions of self-proclaimed Goths who use their parents’ credit cards to shop head-to-toe at Hot Topic but pretend they’re living on some sort of precarious philosophical ledge. Art School Chic is for artists, people who have done a fair amount of exploration of self and the artistic world, people who have a real sense of themselves and a genuine aesthetic. This is merely another costume from a lost, spoiled child with more time and money than she knows what to do with. 

    • Spicytomato1

      I’m with you…I’ve thought it felt contrived and was/is a cry for attention. That said, it does good on her. I’m guessing, though, it won’t be long before she tires of it and switches to another look.

      • formerlyAnon

         I don’t know if it’s any more a cry for attention than what any 19 year old wears – and, pretty universally, if they have a home and food to eat & aren’t hermits they’re ALL more or less making a statement with what they wear, including “I refuse to make a statement with my clothes because that’s all sooo bogus” (Except I’m sure no one uses “bogus” anymore).

        I totally agree that she’ll probably move on to something new soon enough. Hopefully it’ll suit her as well as [I think] this does.

  • I also like looking at the backgrounds and knowing exactly where she was!

  • Vfor

    As a Philly Girl-Adjacent (and by that I mean a Delaware Girl who just wished she lived in Philly and goes there all the time) I not only agree but I’m happy that Philly gets to claim you as theirs. Screw NYC we need a little fab in the Delmarva area.

    • MilaXX

      The paps often hit Center city if a celeb is in town dining or making a movie.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like this on her.

    I grew up in the land of pretty girls wearing the hair of country singers – they start with it at about 14 and except for it getting first more highlighted & frosted as they get older & heavier, then flatter and more fried as they get overwhelmed by kids & life & finally, shorter or wig-augmented as they hit retirement, it’s all much of a sameness. I MUCH prefer young girls trying out a bit of an edge, even if some think it looks pretentious or just like “a phase.”

  • Judih1

    If she had flip flops on instead of Doc Martens, should could be a San Francisco girl

    I am glad that TLO is not located in NYC – goes to show the good fashion taste and good writing are not the exclusive to the folks who live on the Island of Manhattan.

  • SapphoPoet

    First, bless you, TLo, for using “comprises” correctly. 

    She looks really cute. And, man, does she have a long stride.

    • Spicytomato1

      I know, her long stride reminded me of the scene in Elf when Buddy the Elf rides an escalator for the first time and ends up in an inadvertent splits!

    • Lilithcat

      I once got into a huge argument with a dear friend over the proper use of “comprise”.  I was right and he was wrong, though he still won’t admit it.  

  • Nice_Shirt

    My teen daughter and her circle of friends tend to dress like this.  Miley would fit right in.  (As a Mom, though, I want to tell her to stop chewing her nails.)

    • bookish

      I’m 27 and have always bit my nails. A couple months I looked in the mirror at work to reapply some lipstick, only to find that my front tooth was chipped. It happened from biting my nails. I had to get a filling in my front tooth, and the dentist warned me that front tooth fillings are very fragile and could chip again if I’m not careful (no nail biting, no using my teeth to open a bag, etc.) I even had a friend warn me a couple months prior that nail biting can chip the teeth, but I didn’t listen. Feel free to share that info next time you’re telling someone not to chew his/her nails! 🙂

      • I started getting manicures to stop myself from biting my nails – if I spent $ I wouldn’t want to mess them up.

        • LesYeuxHiboux

           Same thing worked for me

        •  Worked for me too!

  • piecesofconfetti

    Haha, before I read your commentary, I saw this pic and said, “She looks like any one of the art students walking around town.” 

  • You are so right about Philly. As a long time Philly resident and current Temple student, I can’t tell you how many times a day I see “Art School Chic.” Hipsters, hipsters everywhere. She looks just like someone I would see around campus.

    • MilaXX

       TU Alumn here! Sadly I probably graduated before you were born, but …..

      • Woohoo! Go Owls!

        • Kristen Williamson

          So many Temple students on TLo! I love it!

  • Julie Parr

    Totally Philly! I am so excited that you’ve so perfectly captured what’s happening in Philly. LOVE IT! LOVE that you live in Philly. ALL GREAT! 

  • Julie Parr

    One more thing … she would have a LOT more visible tattoos if she were hanging out on Passyunk. 

    • MilaXX

       I think she’d have a lot more tats if she lived here period. Germantown gals like to get inked up as well.

    •  You do have a very good point here.

  • I think it’s refreshing to see a young celebrity who has had a camera on her since she was a tween do something completely normal for a change — try out crazy looks in her late teens/early 20s. The 20s are time to have fun and push yourself out of your comfort zone. When I first saw the cut, I thought “Oh, dear. She’s gone full-on Britney Spears psychological meltdown cry-for-help.” But it’s surprising that the new look hasn’t come with any major questionable behavior or shenanigans. Good for you Miley. Experiment with being “normal” for a while. I’ll even vow here and now to follow her on twitter if she decides to dye her hair with kool-aid and take courses at a community college.

  • LambeeBaby

    LOVE that hair! She looks cute, young and “East Coast Hip”.

  • a_liking

    She looks like a decently hip young woman. I love it. And I love the hxc bleached hair.

  • lilibetp

    Conventionally pretty?  I guess I have a different idea of what makes one conventionally pretty.

    Incidentally, she does have tattoos.

  • karena10

    The whole outfit looks a little too expensive and new to qualify as Art School Chic.  Art School Chic (at least what I’ve seen around Philly) implies a student’s lack of money and either some thrift shop items or wearing what she owns for a long time.  Also more visible tatoos and piercings would really make the look.

    •  I kind of disagree. Yes, everything is “name brand,” but other than the obvious Doc Martens, (which incidentally once upon a time I saved and saved and saved to buy), her look doesn’t scream “money.” Skinny jeans, a t-shirt that some of the craftier girls out there could probably make, and the boots — pretty standard, and not overtly moneyed, IMO.

  • abfidy

    I don’t know if I can agree with you here TLo. As a PA girl, what I love about Philly is that it doesn’t feel like everyone is art school chic. Philly is one of the few cities that still feels urban, that doesn’t seem quite so gentrified. When I think Philly, I don’t think hipster haircuts, tiny waistlines, and steel-toed boots. I actually don’t think of white girls at all. It’s the black community of Philly that defines the city’s style. To me anyway. Miley here is rocking what looks like NYU style to me.

    • Leslie Streeter

       I’m a black girl from Baltimore, and having been to Philly a lot, I agree. Philly was rocking, say, the natural hair and the 90s Afro chic neo soul and the ethnic prints far, far before anyone else. Yay.

    •  Actually, I think TLo are spot on. The hipster/art school chic look may have started in Brooklyn (?), but it definitely blossomed in Philly over the last ~5-10 years, and among all ethnic groups/cultures.

      And believe me — SERIOUS gentrification has been going on in Philly for *years.*

      I’m sure that it all depends on perspective and background, though. I’m black, and was born and raised in Philly, but went to suburban schools, and now I definitely fit into the gentrifying yuppie category. So I see girls dressed like Miley everywhere I go, every single day.

  • MilaXX

    What I like more than anything about this look is that Miley *finally* appears to be acting and dressing her age. Not sure if its the relationship, the fact that she no longer lives at home and maybe is no longer taking fashion advice from her mother, the weight loss or what. She finally looks like a 19 year old. Can’t say I ever thought this was a Philly style. I agree she does look like a gal I could see in any of Philly’s neighborhoods, I just never thought of it in those terms.
    Love the Docs she’s wearing. I came across a wing tip pair I had years ago and was a bit bummed that they no longer seem to fit. Seriously does everything have to spread with age? *sigh*

  • I hate her earrings, but everything else, including bralessness looks good and age appropriate. 

  • Man, I really hope short hair is making a comeback.  I’m sick to death of extensions.

    BTW, Miley looks great.

  • THIS. Having lived and worked in Philly during my college and post-college years, she looks true to the area and age group. And I love her hair. I wish I had the hair to pull it off (damn you cowlicks!).

  • I like the haircut, her old hair style made her look old. This one, and the color, really flatter her face. 

    •  I’m also just noticing that she doesn’t seem to be wearing 50 pounds of makeup, further enhancing the age-appropriateness of her look.

  • Linderella

    LOVE her new look!  For once, she’s styled in an age-appropriate manner.  I think the hair is the perfect complement to her whiskey & Pall Malls speaking voice.

  • I love it. Young and looking fun and fabulous.

  • Wellworn

    I have never been a fan, only because I’m older than dirt.  But I think she looks really cute.  And real.

  • Cool! That is so great that I now I have to find an ostrich feather fan to go with it!

  • sk8tfan

    She’s at the perfect age and has the figure  to wear these clothes and that hair. She looks like an artsy college student. If she was older, she couldn’t pull it off. (lookin’ at  you, Madge.)  I love the cut of the hair; the bleaching not so much. My biggest issue with the hair wasn’t the hair itself so much as the fact that the photos she took made her look drugged out of her mind.

  •  She looks pretty good, considering it’s Miley Cyrus. The back of that shirt is ridiculous and the earrings are pretty hooker-ish, but she mostly looks great.

    I see this look a lot up here in Northampton, MA, too, except usually the girl has purple/blue/green hair & sports multiple facial piercings and tattoos.

  • librarygrrl64

    Pegged it. This is almost exactly what this (suburban) Philly girl wore as a theater major in the 1980s. The jeans were looser and the Docs didn’t have quite as thick a sole, and we’d need to add an armful of jelly bracelets, but otherwise…yeah. Even the haircut is bringing me back. She looks adorable and age-appropriate. Wish I could still get away with this!!!

  • Imasewsure

    Love this look for her… cute, clean but real life city chic (in CA it would have been with shorts (obligatory Starbucks) and those damn UGGs)…. loving the East Coast vibe – and without the cigarette (I’m looking at you LOHAN!!)…

  • Kayceed

    I really like this haircut – I wore it the second half of the 80s. What goes around…

  • ASK26

      I think she looks good

    except not loving the bunny phone and the over sized hoops

  • Nailed it, per usj. This is almost spot on what I looked like in the late 80s, except the jeans were baggy and high waisted (ugh, never again). I love the way she looks, and every time I see her I start singing “Miley is a punk rocker, Miley is a punk rocker, Miley is a punk rocker now ow ow ow.”

  • fashionablylate

    All I can say is I LOOOOOVE this look so much, it’s ridiculous!

  • Trisha26

    Cute but…she needs a bra.

  • unbornfawn

    This look suits her. She’s looking her age. Good for her.

    I find giant hoop earring incredibly tacky though….

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I really like the new hair, I think it’s super cute, but I don’t think it will accomplish what Miley hopes it will.  Her outfit here is comfortable and cute without tipping over into skanky, as she so often does. I like the jewelry. Well played, Miley.

  • Leslie Streeter

    Adorable. Absolutely. And as a former Pennsylvanian myself (8 years in York!) I say, have a Krimpet for me! Or, walk by and smell the wrapper for me, if you don’t want the calories.

  • AngelaGreen

    I agree, TLo, cutest I’ve seen her.

  • ccm800

    I’m a Philly boy too and I agree ONE HUNDRED PERCENT what you said here about Philly – about look and about how effing cute she look.s Pinup retro and this Urban Gorilla girl –  are all CC Philly.  I think she looks FANTASTIC!  I do.

  • yes, good look, miley.  i have to say i like a lot of what she’s wearing these days and i do like her hair. 

    i’m from philly, too, but raised in lower bucks, home of the bristol stomp.  i was always kind of afraid of local girls, to tell you the truth.  they all looked like pink and they all could beat me up.  i went to college in new england.

  • MissKimP

    She looks like a CAPA kid (Philly people will know what I mean) who may have spent a little too much time in LA….  Too squeaky clean looking to be truly Philly!   BTW, I am always on the look out for you guys when I am out and about in town…

  • dress_up_doll

    I’m a Philly woman (I live three minutes away from the location of these images) and have known the secret from day one. Anyway, as usual, TLo nailed it. And Miley nailed the look as well. She looks adorbs.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    She’s really cute.  She reminds me of how I used to dress at 19 or 20.

  • I think she looks great and just like someone her age should!

  • TieDye64

    Love her new cut so much, and I’ll always be partial to this type of look. The look, as a whole, suits her really well. Fantastic.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love this!

  • Zippypie

    As a Philly girl, I approve this message!

    And I love her new cut.  The outfit is perfect without trying too hard.  Suits her a lot better than the faux Stevie Nicks thing she had been into. *shudder*

  • julnyes

    She looks good (and is taking some looong strides)

  • Kathryn Devlin

    Philly girl here, and I was pleasantly surprised by your assessment of Philly girl style. By the way you prefaced it, I thought for sure you were going to say Phillies t-shirts and yoga pants.

    • PhillyJen

      Well, they did say “Style.” Phillies tee and yoga pants is more like a uniform. 

      That said, she looks cute, but ugh, humidity+boots=EWWWWW

      • Yes to the Phillies tee, and no way to the yoga pants unless I’m actually going to yoga. And I generally only wear the Phillies gear if I’m going to a game!

  • That was meeeeeeee! Up until I got all older and busier and married, and then moved out to Mt. Airy and went and had a baby. Now I look like Working Artist with Baby, which is kind of like that, only minus any dangling jewelry and plus many, many stains.

  • Esz

    I dont mind the t-shirt actually – she’s still enough of a kid to pull it off. LOVE the new hair cut.

  • Jacquez Preposterice

    I fucking love her haircut.  

  • William Thill

    Bravo TLO:   Indeed, this is a VAST improvement over her past looks.    

  • Patricia Gillett

    As a Philly girl (formerly a NYer), I concur. The girl who wears this outfit takes the Broad Street line to UArts (her fixed gear got stolen). She lives in NoLibs and works part-time at an independent coffeehouse serving organic free trade brew. 

    •  You nailed it. Although she can be seen on the ‘Yunk, too.

  • la_lala

    I always indifferently thought she was kinda cute in a teenybopper way, but now that she’s really being herself, she looks gorgeous.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I LOVE HER HAIR AND HER CLOTHES.  Also she looks like my daughter now – except mine has a green piece in the front of the hair. Love this look.

  • voter1

    Horray for Philly.  You guys need to do some kind of meet up for your Philly area fans.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    She is dressed exactly like my neighbor. Who is over 40 and lives a thousand miles from Philly, in the middle of the prairie. The hair, the hoops, the cross, the gray T, skinny jeans, big clompy black shoes. She’s a manicurist. Oh, she has more tattoos than Miley, I guess. And I’ve never seen her with a cutout in the back of her gray T. But otherwise… This is so her.

  • guest2visits

    I think the haircuts fine. But still, like anything she does including the bleach crop, and the TMI outfit; it’s about maximizing
    attention. It’s Miley, after all. 
    And to put it bluntly; her nipples have nothing on Sharon Stone’s, or anyone else on parade for attention. Youngs’ got nothing to do
    with the taste level or the intention. It’s the same as posting her own self-taken pics to the world. Caption: seeking attention.
    Not something most people would be happy or proud of their daughter doing… unless of course you’re Billy Ray.
    But cute ? No. I will never think of anything she does as uncontrived after that phony attempt to smear Annie Leibovitz for the sake
    of some hot publicity. And to confirm a lack of personal ethics and judgement, there was that follow-up weirdness on the CMAs; a
    harsh performance with her dad, that rightfully tanked. And then there’s the idea that she should be a star for young girls to follow.
    So I have a basic dislike for all things Miley. 

  • Mefein

    I do agree she looks adorable here.  I love everything from the haircut to the undone laces.  I have to smile at that picture of her on the phone because it looks like she’s playing a game of “Mother May I (take one giant step)” with whoever is on the other end.  That’s one large step, but it does happen to make for a great photograph, as I’m sure she knows.  Looks like she’s managing to squeeze in some modern dance along with all the art classes.

  • quiltrx

    I like her hair (other than the color)–I hope this was a change SHE really WANTED, and not “someone she’s trying to be”.  All power to her if she’s being herself.  We all should be.

    I am dismayed that that bag is ten times cuter when NOT being carried, and is a little shapeless in action. 🙁

  • Lisa Kramp

    If I were her publicist, I’d be happy with this look. If I were her mother, I’d be happy with this look. She’s fabulous and totally real.

  • Mary Phinney

    I hate the bleach blond on her because it doesn’t suit her coloring.  And I really can barely tolerate her, in all honesty.  But she looks quite cute here, and definitely looks age appropriate.

  • Lisa

    “The first time we saw Pink, before we ever heard her speak, and knowing nothing about her, we said “That’s a Philly girl.”” Yup, I thought the same thing too – it never even surprised me that she was from Philly!  I was born and raised in Atlantic City, which isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds, so we’d take off for Philly whenever we wanted to have some fun – we were only an hour away!  I love Philly, it’s one of my favorite places in the world, and a huge, huge part of my childhood – I had lots of happy times there. 

    And yes, I think she totally fits in with the Philly look – she looks adorable, and she completely reminded me of Pink (not just the hair).  I love this on her – she’s only 19, she looks great, and she absolutely fits in with that town.

  • adnama79

    Miley looks adorable and I assumed y’all were in NYC.  Good job laying out and managing expectations there.

  • 100% imitation of ROBYN.  NOTHING original.  Still, super rock and roll and couldn’t agree more that it’s awesomely Philly.  But even down to the cutout shirt, with that haircut, and of course the shoes… right out of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” video!

  • NNgela

    I’m a Philly girl, I go to art school here, and T Lo you couldn’t be more right. 

  • fursa_saida

    I love this. With a couple of small changes it could easily be mistaken for an outfit of mine. And I, for one, am a big fan of the new hair.

  • Cute. I love the hair. Glad she finally seems to be exploring herself.

  • imspinningaround

    Yup, that’s pretty accurate.

    And I am delighted to know that you guys rep the 215 too.

  • silaria

    Dude.  She looks like the hot barrista I’d giggle over and watch covertly from behind my latte.  And that’s better than she’s looked in years.  Whatever prompted the change, it’s a good thing.

    And TLo is totally right.  I went to school in Philly and my freshman year room mate was a version of this girl.

  • ojosazules

    Love the new hair and she does too. Happy and cute as a sack of buttons.

  • Alisa Rivera

    I went to school in Philly back in the 80s. I worked as a hostess at the Hershey Philadelphia Hotel (before it became a Doubletree) across the street from the Academy of Music and lived in an apartment on 48th and Osage. A friend of mine worked as a security guard at the American Apparel store on Rittenhouse Square and we’d go dancing at the Black Banana. I had a buzz cut and my friend wore his hair in a lion’s mane with platinum streaks. Good times.

    Oh yeah, and Miley looks adorable. Love her look so much.

  • I’m so sad I’m just finding out you’re in Philly NOW! I was there last summer, and absolutely loved it. Miss it.

  • I thought you guys live very close to Laura Bennett…..I don’t know why, but I have had this impression since the first time I found your blog back in 2007.

    • Lisa

      I didn’t know you were in Philly either, TLo.  I had remembered you mentioning that you weren’t in NY, actually, but for whatever reason, I thought you guys lived in Baltimore.

      • Leslie Streeter

        Everyone should live in B’more! ;0

  • Qitkat

    I agree. While I’ve never paid much attention to her, this look suits her ever so much more than anything she’s done before. If you can’t dress and style yourself like this at her age, you’ve missed your best opportunity.

  • I love this look for her – youthful, a little sweet, a little tough and very “I’m in my 20’s, screw you.” Well done Ms. Cyrus.

  • minnye

    Another member of the “I wore it when” crowd here, in my case as an engineering student in New Mexico in the late 80’s. It’s a classic edgy/young look. I have to say, the skinnies work much better than my old pegged cargo pants.

  • I knew it! I knew you lived in Philly; your dinner tweet about Amis a few weeks ago confirmed it for me.

    Totally agree with your style assessment. Northeast ladies may do it trashier, and Chestnut Hill maidens may do it preppier, but “art school chic” is the perfect way to describe the basic style of the Philly girl. 

  • For once, she LOOKS like a young woman and not someone’s mother.  I think she and the haircut are great here. 

  • NatalieD28

    I’m a born & bred Philly girl and so happy to see our local streets on the site!

    That said, a few friends ran into her up here and said she was absolutely insufferable. I don’t know about her look, though…I feel like everything is a character with her, and I don’t know who she really is. Maybe that’s just me though. I do adore the hair!

  • Melanie Lyon

    Oh I’m so excited to find out you live here too!!!!  I love Philly.  I’ve only lived here for a few years but I’m weirdly affectionate about and defensive of this town.

  • When I saw the first two sentences on the home page I started laughing, because she does look like any girl you’d see walking around Rittenhouse. Glad to hear you’re both locals!

    (and she looks cute. Casual. Which is allowed)

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    I dressed this way when I went to school in Philly on Rittenhouse Square.  I lived in South Philly, though, and would get weird looks walking to the train.

  • iCouture

    Miley has 15 tattoos, just an fyi.  I randomly read it in a magazine last night 🙂

  • oohsparkley!

    Her new haircut is cute and her style is young and hip.  I think I would get tired of the hairstyle and find it hard to “dress up” for the red carpets.

  • i’m from philly and when i lived in nearby nyc, i used to hear, “You’re from Philadelphia?  Good place to stop for a cup of coffee.”  i mean, i heard that a LOT. 

  • carpediva

    Honestly, I think this is the best she’s ever looked in any photo I’ve seen of her, EVER.

    And call me nuts, but I love the unexpectedness of the top being more than a cute gray tee. Besides, just think of all the other celebrities who would’ve worn it the other way ’round and consider ourselves lucky! 🙂

  • malbert123

    Those jeans actually aren’t by Citizens of Humanity. They are Sebastian McCall. The designer gave Miley this pair a few days before these photos were posted. If you look at the picture of her from the side, you can see the side of the back pocket embroidery featuring the Sebastian McCall logo, not the Citizens logo. 

  • Hey!!  I didn’t know you guys were in my ‘hood!!  That makes me love you even more… 

    And I totally agree with this post.  Not representative of ALL of Philly Girls, but representative of Philly nonetheless.  Not a look for me, but I think she looks kinda badass, which makes me like her a little more.

  • elzatelzabelz

    This entire time I thought you were New Yorkers! Oh, and I think Miley looks age appropriate and fun in this look.

  • lucasuk82

    I don’t love the color, but she looks like she feels great and that make almost anything successful.

  • phillllllygirl

    I’m a Philly girl myself and I just have to say this post definitely ranks in my all time faves. Everything about it is so unbelievably on point and true. I had no idea you two were from Philly, and being a mere hippy Mt. Airy girl, this post strikes deep.

  • Yes yes yes. I live in Philly and Miley looks like 90% of my friends here. I love her look but then again, it’s very philly. 
    I’m so happy you guys are from here!!

  • Also, I could totally see her chilling outside of Johnny Brenda’s with a Yeungling and a Marlboro 

  • When I saw her haircut, I liked Miley for the first time ever.  I’m partial to short hair myself and it’s something, as a girl, we seem to do for ourselves and not for others.  Does everyone expect her to be Hannah Montana forever?

  • Susan Crawford

    I think the new cut and color are fabulous, and for the first time, Miley looks comfortable in her skin. In these photos, she is cute, a bit edgy and entirely “cool-girl”. I LOVE the heart bag from the Doc, and may need to add it to my fall wish list.

  • Cheri Lee

    I think I’m in love with this bag.

    • lintvedta

      I spluttered my coffee when I read this.  Then I realized you probably literally meant ‘the bag’!

  • she looks great. Like she finally told everyone to bugger off and is dressing like a normal person.

  • BrightsideSusan

    I think she looks great.  I love it when young women defy the long hair standard and go for it!

  • I would like the cut more if she had gone honey-blonde–but still, great aesthetic for Ye Miley.

    (Also, Philly? Holy crap, I thought you were in Los Angeles this whole time! 🙂

  • My daughter has been combing the streets looking for her. She looks great, but I’ll bet Dr. Martins are hot in this heat.

  • Totes adorbs! Artsy is so much better for her than old lady!