Philly's Niche Neighboorhood Finds

These eclectic shops will beef up any wardrobe in true Philly style

Philly’s distinct districts are packed with eclectic shops to beef up anyone's wardrobe. While Old City’s trendy scene takes its cues from the neighborhood's many modern art galleries and vintage furniture shops, Rittenhouse Square offers an upscale, refined shopping experience. Over on South Street, the strip's musical legacy and alternative vibe inspires its edgy style.

Artsy Old City
At Third Street Habit (153 N. 3rd St., 215.925.5455) women find a mix of clothing and accessories from international brands and emerging designers. Fashion is fun at Smak Parlour (219 Market St., 215.625.4551), a hot spot that mixes glam and luxury in its inventory of girly clothing, accessories and housewares. Three Sirens Boutique (134 N. 3rd St., 215.925.3548) stocks feminine and flirty women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories from brands like Press, RD Style, and Hard Tail.

Ritzy Rittenhouse Square
Committed to social sustainability, SA VA (1700 Sansom St., 215.587.0004), specializes in sophisticated style for modern women. Knit Wit (1729 Chestnut St., 215.564.4760) exudes a chic vibe with European and American designer collections from James Perse, Haute Hippie and Paul Smith, among others. Visitors can gear up for cold weather with fur, shearling and leather garments from Jacques Ferber (1708 Walnut St., 215.735.4173). Don’t miss Joan Shepp (1616 Walnut St., 215.735.2666), a Philly go-to destination for designer clothing, shoes and accessories for over 40 years.

Rockin' South Street
Open since 1999, Platinum (526 South St., 215.599.7528) stocks coveted brands like French Connection, Citizens of Humanity and Hugo Boss. Stop into Urban Princess (620 S. 4th St., 267.909.8317) for locally made clothing, purses, jewelry, home goods, gifts, bath products and more. Greene Street Consignment (700 South St., 215.733.9261) offers secondhand shopping in a bright, boutique-style setting. Just off of South Street, Crash Bang Boom (528 S. 4th St., 215.928.1123) outfits glam, punk and goth shoppers with studded jewelry, neon hair dye and band T-shirts.

Amy Gordon
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