Three of Philadelphia’s style experts present different ways to dress for a memorable evening out.
Owner, Knit Wit
One of the hottest looks for fall mimics the sophisticated and feminine style from one of my favorite eras, the 1950s. Simple yet chic, this belowthe- knee skirt by Halston Heritage is bold but pairs with a soft, flowing satin body for a stunning combination. Roll your sleeves a little to show off these gorgeous leather gloves by Carolina Amato. A vintage alligator-skin handbag is the perfect addition to the outfit. The sparking Lionette necklace adds just enough flash to finish off the outfit without being too gaudy. 1718 Walnut St.; knitwitonline.com
Patent Tula shoe, Bloch ($185). Leather gloves with bows, Carolina Amato ($60). Vintage alligator purse ($450). Necklace, Lionette ($230). Ribbed crew tee, Michael Stars ($54). Print skirt, Halston Heritage ($345).
This season’s clothing will demand nights on the town. Jewel tones are fall’s new neutral; in cocktail and daywear, think garnet over khaki, sapphire over navy and emerald over black. Up the texture quotient with velvet, the simplest way to add serious chic to your wardrobe. A final note on shape: Widen your horizons with a ’70s-inspired evening pant and tunic, updated to fit and flatter. 1706 Locust St.; adressephiladelphia.com
Public Relations Manager, Neiman Marcus
Your cocktail attire should be “lady chic:” a look that is deliberate and polished, yet very present-day. Dresses are still in, but opt for a saturated shade of Bordeaux or be timeless in a tuxedo jacket and wide leg pant. Pair subtle trims and statement toppers with a fur capelet and a handheld bag in a deep exotic skin. Finish off the look with bold gold accessories—a fashion investment you can bank on—and a pair of black and gold pumps, the ultimate “lady chic” shoe. King of Prussia Mall; neimanmarcus.com
Duvet heel, Christian Louboutin ($675). Fur jacket, Marcelle Danan ($860). Gold link necklace, Oscar de la Renta ($620). Python handbag, Nancy Gonzalez ($3,360). Hutton jacket ($425) and Hutton pants ($275), Rachel Zoe.