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Girls of Summer: What the Philly Girl Needs

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Summer has finally arrived in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ so what exactly does a Philly girl need to look fabulous?    Slouch Bag

Well, we’re here to give you the complete run down: bright jewelry, bold-print dresses and big bags are the summer essentials, according to Leehe  Fai, owner of Leehe Fai in the Rittenhouse ‘hood. “The 80’s are making a nice comeback with feather earrings, gold and copper accent pieces, such as chunky necklaces,” says Leehe. (click below right for photo gallery)

The maxi dress is the ultimate- must have. This summer is all about color, bright prints in neon and hot pink- we’re leaving black at the door, ladies- and these dresses are as versatile as they are sexy. They look good on just about any body shape, and there are so many styles to choose from. “This summer dress can be dressed up with heels or down with flats,” Leehe points out. From the $595 Rebecca Taylor dress to the Tie Dye Maxi Dress by Charlotte Russe at $29.99, the styles range in fabric, print and price.

In keeping with the bigger, bolder theme this season, the bigger the bag, the better! The Besso Slouch bag in silver is a favorite of Elizabeth, the knowledgeable Leehe Fai employee who showed me around. “This bag looks great with anything, and is at a good price, at $165.”

Hand blocked print Gandhi bags from Ruka are also cute and summery at $12.50, made in India. My summer bag of choice is a purple and green  slouch no-name bag off the Jersey boardwalk. I usually carry my suede patchwork Lucky bag, but not so great around sun, sand, and suntan oil.

This summer, there are no more rules, Leehe says! Get out there, mix and match styles, colors and fabrics and have fun.

Written by Christine Tarlecki (engchik@comcast.net) (http://engchik.blogspot.com/)

 

Leehe Fai is located at 133 South 18th Street. 215.564.6111. www.leehefai.com

Ruka is located at 114 S. 19th St. 215.751.0331.  www.ruka.com