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A Gay Guy’s Guide to Fashion Shopping in Pittsburgh

Photo by Jason Shavers.

Fashion is not usually the first image that comes to mind for those thinking of Pittsburgh.  We think bridges, the three rivers, sports teams – for the fashion sense, we think of acid wash jeans and sports paraphernalia, especially Steelers jerseys.

Regardless, for the fashionistas, or in this case, fashionistos, of the Paris of Appalachia, when it comes time to shop, there’s no need to fly to Chicago or New York for the best of the best, when we have some of the most converted places to shop in our own backyard.

TRIM Pittsburgh

We know that the gays love their underwear and undergarments, but TRIM Pittsburgh has a phenomenal selection of ready-to-wear, and of course some fun pieces to wear underneath.

TRIM offers an array of casual clothing options, including quite an impressive collection of socks. If you’re looking for some more ‘fun’ options, head up to the second floor! Upstairs, you can find swimwear and athletic wear by brands such as C-IN2, ST33LE and Vuori. If you like underwear, TRIM is definitely the store for you. All of your favorite brands are here: Andrew Christian, Diesel, Good Luck Undies, Nasty Pig, and more! 

3508 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


MODA

MODA. Photo courtesy of MODA.

Now with two locations in Pittsburgh, Shadyside and Lawrenceville, MODA has some of the best designer brands on the market and some very covetable pieces that you can’t find easily west of Philadelphia.

5401 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
3701 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Larrimor’s

Larrimore’s. Photo by Corey Miller.

The Grande Dame when it comes to getting the finest in suiting in Pittsburgh, Larrimor’s has been around for eighty-plus years dressing the most fashionable in the city. With a major push on custom suiting to custom shirting, you will for sure be the only one in town with these looks.

249 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Social Status

Social Status. Photo courtesy of Social Status.

If you want the pinnacle of streetwear, look no further than Social Status. With two convenient locations in downtown Pittsburgh and East Liberty, those hard-to-come-by collaborations of Ivy Park, Off-White and Nike, just to name a few.

717 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
5929 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Vestis

Vestis. Photo courtesy of Vestis.

With everything at times seemingly so similar, something avant-garde might be more to your taste. Vestis offers a wide range of fantastical indie American and European brands to complement your wardrobe.

4415 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Franklin & Mercer

Franklin & Mercer. Photo courtesy of Franklin & Mercer.

If denim is your fetish, then swing by Franklin & Mercer for some of the best Made in America denim you’ll find in the city. Prop your feet up, relax and have a beer while shopping in this quaint Lawrenceville boutique. 

3507 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall

Since the closing of Saks Fifth Avenue downtown nearly a decade ago, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall has thus entered into a sort of renaissance, obtaining some of the most sought-after European brands from Balenciaga, Gucci, Dior, Celine, along with a slew of modern and contemporary designers. And don’t get me started on all of the phenomenal services the stores offer clients… (tailoring, delivery, we can be here all day).

1000 Ross Park Mall Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Ross Park Mall

This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the most popular mall in the region. Ross Park Mall went through a major redevelopment in 2008 with the opening of Nordstrom, and since then has seen major retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Burberry joining forces.  But stay tuned, with more brands such as Psycho Bunny, which opened this past weekend, and Gucci set to join in the new year.

Aaron Valentic
A transplant from NYC, Aaron always had a passion for helping and supporting the community in any way that he can.  Aaron hopes to bring to Central Outreach a sense of fun and laughter, but also compassion and empathy for all that are in need.