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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