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How To Stay Chic When Philly Heats Up

Here are a few accessories you need to stay cool and where to get them.

From stylish hats to unique sun gear, here's what you need to keep your outfit looking cool in the warmer weather. 

The Hat

Whatever the occasion, Hats in the Belfry has the perfect hat. For a weekend in the city choose one that shades but doesn’t overwhelm. The Belfry Giselle, which comes in dusty blue or natural, has a just-big-enough brim that can be dressed up or down.  For the guys, the Belfry Darren—a lightweight shantung straw in neutral off-white with black band—exudes easy, sophisticated summer style. 633 South St., 215.922.0303

The Sunglasses

Warby Parker transformed the eyeglass world by offering high style glasses at affordable prices, plus a free try-at-home service. In Philly, though, you can try the collection on in person at Art in the Age. This season, you’ll find updates of popular styles featuring bolder frames and bright colors. The Downing 16 with polycarbonate polarized lenses makes a sunny statement in Lemon and they’re a steal at $95, with the option to customize with your RX. 116 N. 3rd St., 215.922.2600

Warby Parker sunglasses found at Art in the Age.
Warby Parker sunglasses found at Art in the Age. (Courtesy of Art in the Age)

The Bag

Instead of the expected straw bag, go for something with a bit more city chic. Nicole Miller Artelier’s “Très Bon Tote” is streamlined yet roomy and its scrumptious, lightweight leather means your bag won’t weigh more than what you stash in it.  In Midnite Blue it adds a bright pop of color to a white ensemble, or choose the subtle sheen of Gold metallic that goes with everything. The Bellevue, 200 South Broad St., 215.546.5007 and at 4249 Main St., Manayunk, 215.930.0307

Nicole Miller
The Tres Bon Tote in midnite from Nicole Miller. (Courtesy of Nicole Miller)

The Cover Up

Wearing beachwear as streetwear is a great summertime fashion secret, and South Moon Under’s smartly edited selection makes it easy to achieve. Slipping one of their LA Made Basic Layering Camis underneath a colorful mod print Trina Turk or sweet floral crochet Z+L Europe Corporation tunic will take you seamlessly from hotel pool to lunch at Parc. 1731 Chestnut St., 215.563.2298

The Sandals

Add pizzazz to a LBS (Little Black Sundress) by adding a killer pair of shoes. Bus Stop Boutique has many styles to tempt, but my the pick this season is the just-in-from-London Kat Maconie “India” sling back. With its chunky high heel and dramatic detailed embroidery, all you need is a swipe of red lipstick and you’re set for the evening. 727 S. 4th St., 215.627.2357

Bus Stop Boutique
Kat Maconie india embroidered sandal from Bus Stop Boutique. (Courtesy of Bus Stop Boutique)

The Must Have 

The one summer accessory you don’t want to leave home without is sunscreen. The skin experts at Blue Mercury recommend  for its super lightweight SPF 50 and slight tint to prevent that white mask look. Get it at Blue Mercury’s two center city locations: 1707 Walnut St., 215.569.3100 and 3603 Walnut St., 215.222.2366

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense at Blue Mercury. (Courtesy of Blue Mercury)
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense at Blue Mercury. (Courtesy of Blue Mercury)