The streets of Philadelphia are an eclectic combination of national, international, and independent retailers that create an unparalleled platform for shopping. Around every corner, a bold fashion statement can be found on men and women alike, who source their style from the treasure trove of boutiques in and around the city.

Taking a look at the 2011 fashion scene in Philadelphia, one can gather that the style seen walking the streets daily is as eye-catching as it is relevant. The demand for self expression through fashion is at an all-time high. According to the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance, the dollars of retail demand within one mile of City Hall is an astounding $710,935,036 — an indication of how much of a shopping destination Philadelphia has become.

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To that end, here are five stand-out fashion trends that were seen throughout the city on shoppers, party goers, and city dwellers.

Prints and Patterns
Regardless of the occasion, bold colors and statement garments were go-to items for turning up the volume on any outfit. Fresh off a visit to Philadelphia, Gilt Groupe Women’s Editorial Director, Melissa Liebling-Goldberg stated that she is always “pleasantly surprised with the prints she sees on people and in stores in Philadelphia.” Be sure to check out Smak Parlour for the brightest prints and patterns.

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Celebrating the Silhouette

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Someone wearing leggings with a tunic on the streets of Philadelphia is common. However, this trend is definitely more than meets the eye. Whether they know it or not, women are celebrating their legs and using the influx of amazing tights, leggings, and tapered leg pants in stores to redefine the female silhouette. Not to be outdone, there is also a growing population of men who dare to redefine the masculine shape with skinny jeans and form fitting bottoms. Celebrate the silhouette and shop this look at Papilio in Philadelphia.

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Whether the look is casual or business, men and women in the city are draping themselves in intricate wovens, knits, and jacquards. These textures add undeniable dimension and depth to any wardrobe. This trend is more evident in the cooler months, as amazing sweaters emerge. Be on the look-out for fabulous textures at Vagabond.

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Philadelphians have saddled up to this trend by pairing equestrian inspired boots with a variety of looks ranging from casual to boardroom. Buckles, straps, and broaches combined with leather (or faux leather for animal-friendly folks) provide a refreshing hint of edge to an otherwise boring ensemble. Be sure to jump on this trend at Aldo.

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Modern Gentleman

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The men of Philadelphia have stepped up to the plate when it comes to dressing to impress. They can be found adding signature touches to their outfits with a bold tie, stylized blazer, or an amazing belt. Brooklyn Industries has the accessories and pops of color to spice up every man’s wardrobe.

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Michelle Conron is a freelance writer and a style and fashion enthusiast residing in Philadelphia, Pa.  Her work can be found on

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