First in an occasional series documenting the fashions of Pittsburgh's people and places.
Fashion is what is featured in storefront windows or paraded down a catwalk. Style is the personality people bring to their clothes in day-to-day life.
Pittsburgh Street Style: Lawrenceville
A snapshot of style seen on the streets of Lawrenceville. First in an occasional series documenting the fashions of Pittsburgh's people and places. (Video by Ye Zhu; 6/11/2014)
Look closely and you’ll notice that each of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods has its own personality when it comes to personal style -- from athletic to ornate to chic and sophisticated, and in some cases a melange of many things. The Steel City is no Big Apple with corridors of high-fashion shops crammed side by side. But it doesn’t need all that. Pittsburgh’s style scenes tend to be more modest and exist in pockets, each with its own unique look and vibe that are eager to be shared.
Lawrenceville is one such style hub. In recent years, it has evolved into a stretch of savvy boutiques such as Jupe and Jules Pittsburgh, where the city’s hip and trendy tend to flock. Shoppers here also seem to have a keen awareness of where their clothes come from, with stores like Mid-Atlantic Mercantile and Glitter & Grit bridal boutique catering to those who care about shopping domestically made apparel and eco-friendly looks.
Spend a few hours wandering around Lawrenceville and you’ll spot some of these urban trendsetters. Here’s a snapshot of a few who passed through the neighborhood on a recent Sunday afternoon.
-- Sara Bauknecht, Post-Gazette style editor
Style sights from around Lawrenceville
Anna Finley, 29, of Polish Hill, pictured above, draws most of her sartorial inspiration from the Pinterest boards of her 26-year-old sister, Clara Finley of Point Breeze. Clara considers her fashion sense as a vintage, ragtag look peppered with preppy pieces.
Jill Kushner, 23, of Shadyside mixes textures for a refreshing take on the popular print pairings of seasons past. The muted tones in her lace shorts and cheetah print top keep the look from becoming too overwhelming and give her the freedom to experiment with colorful accessories, such as her red rubber riding boots and deep turquoise frames.
Anya Weitzman, founder of the local jewelry company Mod Evil Studio, creates a mixed-media accessories look that appears to be inspired by a key piece, in this case, her ASOS satchel. The set of black rings and black cuff, which she says is her go-to piece, are her own creations. The gold horseshoe bracelet is from a designer in St. Croix. Ms. Weitzman is 24 and lives in Garfield.
For Luke Cypher, it’s all about simplicity. Headed into a day of work at Piccolo Forno, the 27-year-old from McKees Rocks combines thrifted threads with basics from H&M. Some of his favorite places for secondhand styles in the city: the Red White and Blue thrift store and Avalon Exchange.
Nicole Boss, 26, of Lawrenceville turns to Pageboy Salon & Boutique for “new” things to wear and a fresh cut for her hair. “They’ve already picked the good stuff,” she says, referencing the struggle of sorting through endless racks of vintage clothing. She draws fashion inspiration from her friends, with whom she frequently trades pieces at clothing swaps. For Ms. Boss, style is all about “learning what you feel comfortable in.” Her go-to piece: the perfect pair of black pants.
Rebecca Lipski’s rain boots are a quirky alternative to a plain pair. The rubber bows and raised heels provide an added feminine touch to the durable shoes for Ms. Lipski, 22, of Highland Park.
“There’s so much abundance in the city,” says Justin Lubecki, 29, of Bloomfield. He describes his style as “found” and says he stumbles upon the items that build his wardrobe. His vintage Pirates hat pairs surprisingly well with the hues of his plaid shirt and khaki pants. The Mason jar in which he totes his morning coffee adds even more character.
Alison Verplaetse, 28, of Cleveland combines Madewell basics with items she has thrifted over the years. She says she does most of her shopping online and sticks to a simple strategy — search for the sales!