Fall in Philadelphia brought gloriously mild weather, but we couldn’t escape the cold forever. Winter is upon us, and while the first snowfall may be magical, come February the city is collectively and officially over the weather. Fight freezing temps by dressing in appropriate—and stylish—winter gear. Here are a few of our favorite spots around town to effortlessly winterize your wardrobe.
Founded in Paris in 1879, Jacques Ferber has a long and rich history outfitting the stylish set. The family opened their Philadelphia Flagship on Walnut street in 1927, and though they still specialize in fur, they have expanded their wares to other luxury outerwear and accessories, including leather, shearling, and fur-trimmed and lined coats, hats and wraps. Statement-making investment pieces like the Fox Trooper hat and Rex Rabbit infinity scarf are wear forever classics, while the White Fox wrap is an elegant (and cozy) addition to a winter wedding. 1708 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 215.735.4173
Located in historic Old City, Sugarcube caters to an expansive international, national and local clientele with a suitably wide range of price points and labels. There are plenty of covetable pieces for women — from denim to delicate jewelry and silk jewel-toned shifts — but don’t miss the men’s section. Stocked with all the elements for a dapper winter wardrobe, there are classic leather motorcycle jackets from French-designed Datona 73, slim-cut flannel shirts from Copenhagen, small-batch, handmade jeans hailing from Asbury Park Clothing Company and super soft Ace & Everett socks to add a pop of color to gray days. 124 N. Third St., Philadelphia, 215.238.0825
Since 2004, Philadelphia Runner has been outfitting runners of all stages and abilities. Staff expertly fit each runner with the perfect shoe, and when the temperature drops, intrepid athletes who continue training outdoors can find an extensive selection of windproof and waterproof wear. Long sleeve shirts, vests, jackets and other lightweight, high endurance gear will add an extra layer of warmth without slowing you down. And there’s no shame in picking up a pair of remarkably comfortable fleece-lined tights for other winter activities, like hibernating on the couch with a long-neglected Netflix queue. 16th and Sansom Streets., Philadelphia, 215.972.8333
Uniqlo, the Japanese brand synonymous with simple, quality basics outdoes itself with its annual, affordable line of gorgeous cashmere. Made with two-ply, 100% cashmere yarn meticulously sourced from Mongolian goats, straightforward styles like V-necks, crew necks and cardigans come in a host of soft hues. Women’s sweaters start at $80, while men’s start at $100. Look out for sales, which typically knock off an extra $10, and stock up on luxurious layers for less than the cost of a wool sweater at other retailers. 1608 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 877.486.4756
Boyds, an independently-owned department store, is a Philadelphia institution. With complementary valet parking, custom alterations, personal shoppers and even interpreters available to assist some non-English speaking clientele, Boyds promises a personalized shopping experience reminiscent of the days when visiting a department store was an elegant affair. For winter, find a comprehensive selection of designer coats for women, including casual classics from British brand Belstaff, soft wool in perfectly-cut silhouettes from Harris Wharf London and Max Mara and down parkas with fur-trimmed hoods from luxury brands Moncler and Mackage. 1818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, 215.564.9000
When the weather turns from cold to downright frigid, wind your way through the seemingly endless selection of discount designer goods at Center City’s Century 21— the first to open outside of the New York Metro area—to find the women’s shoe department for boots in an array of shapes and sizes. The well-organized selection ranges from sleek (and perhaps a bit impractical) suede ankle booties and leather knee-highs to fur-lined options sure to keep tootsies toasty on the most Arctic days. On the second floor, there are plenty of choices for men and children, too. 821 Market St., Philadelphia, 215.952.2121
When you’re searching for something special to inject a little fun into the dreary season, find it at The Geisha House. From updated basics to flat-out statement pieces, there are loads of options that will transition seamlessly from office to an evening happy hour. Look out for cool and unusual sweaters from LA-based brands Knitz by For Love & Lemons and LNA, as well as racks of fun frocks perfect for parties— all a refreshing alternative to the Little Black Dress. Just be prepared to constantly field the question: “Where did you find that?” 149 N. Third St, Philadelphia, 267.886.8110