third of 2017 is gone; a little more than half remains to do it right. According to Chinese astrology, 2017, the Year of the Rooster, is meant to be lived with confidence, diligence and intensity. Roosters, both the animals and those born under the horoscope, are flamboyant with feathers in the shades of fire.
Never mind that they wear sunglasses in the shade, umbrellas in sun, fur in the furnace. Roosters never back down from the fight to look good, and neither should you. Here’s how to set fire when you hit the town.
Stray away from the basic and gravitate to the bold. Pair red with black, and fishnets with sparkles. Bold accessories — bow-ties, round rims and plaid scarves — pack that last punch. Kayla Bernstein wears a red blazer and black pants from South Moon Under. Bowtie from Metro Mens Clothing. Shirt model’s own. Azariah Harris wears stylists’ own clothing. Oberon Kim wears a scarf from Metro Mens Clothing. Pants, shirt and jacket model’s own.
Red accessories get the blood pumping in an otherwise neutral outfit. Boots model’s own.
In the Night
Since the mid 19th century, Philadelphia’s Chinatown has provided city residents with both grit and glamour.
Who needs a crown when you can have a dutch braid? By crossing them under rather than over, your strands will reach incredible heights. Bernstein wears a scarf from South Moon Under.
A furry scarf and sunny dress cooperate to pull each other into the in-between season. Bernstein wears a dress from South Moon Under.
Going out does not have to mean donning all black. Vivid colors like red and yellow are meant to dance under the city’s neon lights. Harris wears all stylists’ own clothing. Kim wears a blazer and bowtie from Metro Mens Clothing.
Rompers take you back to your days playing with cards and toys, while an open back keeps it mature. Put your hair up to further accentuate the fun and flirty aesthetic.
Color the Town
Who says umbrellas have to come in boring black and only be worn when pouring outside? With a little whimsy and blast of shades, your parasol will transform into an accessory worthy of nights on the town. Umbrella stylist’s own.
It takes a dandy to know a dandy. The stylish secrets lie in the details. The glimmer of a gold bowtie; the raised polka dots on a blazer — they are only visible at the right angle.
Transition to floral shirts and white pants to embrace the breezy atmosphere of bike rides in the spring. Kim wears all his own clothing.
Whether it’s high, laced or slipped on, ankle boots still feel right in the spring. Bernstein wears a dress from South Moon Under.
Roosters don’t shy away from showing off the richest of materials. Leather, silk and velvet? Pile. It. Up.
Steady Head on the Shoulders
The shoulder continues to reveal itself this season. Feeling cold? Toss on a feather boa. It may slip off, but that’s the point. Boa stylist’s own.
Under the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, even the most cocky of fashion can share the same stride.
Photos by Caroline Gibson. Styled by Emily Cieslak, Mehdia Haider, Tiffany Kim, Olivia Klein, Frances Liu and Bailey Reed. Makeup by Perren Carrillo.