Our men’s shopping scene is growing more robust and varied with each season, and we couldn’t be happier. For those looking to avoid the big-box and mall scene, here are 10 of the best men’s boutiques in the city now, whether you’re looking for fashion-forward pieces (bold floral shorts) or easy-wearing basics (Chukka boots, button-downs). Consider it proof that there’s more to men’s shopping in Philly than J.Crew. Read more »
Though the Hermès Birkin is the crown jewel of purses, it seems few remember that the bag Jane Birkin usually carried was far more humble. Birkin actually spent much of the sixties and seventies with a wicker basket slung over her arm (and Serge Gainsbourg on the other). The basket-as-bag defined Birkin’s insouciant style — never try-hard, always chic —and I think of it as one of the best accessories in sartorial history.
But in the muddle of the past few decades, the basket has played second fiddle to the now-iconic Birkin bag — and it’s a shame. The wicker bag is unassuming, a perfect accompaniment to breezy summer looks. (Or you can take a cue from Birkin, who carried hers in all seasons, pairing it with floor-skimming dresses or a fur coat and flared jeans). Pinnacle of luxury it’s not, but what it does telegraph is certainly more important: an easy sense of style, one that doesn’t pin itself to labels and price tags.
It’s rather difficult to track one down; your best bet is to look on Etsy, or in fair-trade shops like Ten Thousand Villages. (I’ve found nine options for you; buy them below!) Once you’ve settled on one, don’t be afraid to pair it with outfits both high and low. It adds a bohemian flair to casual looks, but also takes fancier frocks down to earth.
Dare I say the basket is the new status bag?
- Here are 15 major — and modern! — fashion faux pas to avoid in 2015. (We’re looking at you, graphic tees.) [Refinery29]
- Blake Lively has teamed up with cult-fave denim line Rialto Denim Project for a handful of limited-edition hand-painted (and gorgeous!) jeans. [Vogue]
- Some of pop culture’s biggest names (Pharrell, Katy Perry) own the Apple watch, but are fashion heavyweights buying in? Not quite. [Fashionista]
Superstar Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis is taking a turn as a designer. The 13-year-old Taney Dragons pitcher, known for her 70mph fastball, has dipped her toe into the fashion world once before (see: that Teen Vogue shot). But now, her fashion footing is even more secure, thanks to a just-released sneaker collection she designed in collaboration with M4D3. Read more »
Today’s need-to-know sale news involves Joan Shepp and shoes. (Do I have your attention?) Today only, the Rittenhouse stalwart is offering 20 percent off shoes — they carry everyone from whimsical Sophia Webster and Nicholas Kirkwood to aggressively modern Trippen and Marsell. You have until 8pm tonight to shop, and the sale is in-store only. Can you say lunch break?
How to bare shoulders without going strapless (or spiraling downward into tube-top territory)? Wear one of the season’s best picks, an off-the-shoulder top. The style — seen everywhere right now — is a perfect way to show off sun-kissed skin and shoulders, plus it conceals the upper arm, which is often a prickly source of insecurity for women. Here, my top tops to spring for now.
Cool sale news over on our sister blog Be Well Philly: Fitness boutique Indigo Schuy is having a huge sale now. This means you can finally look like the stylish workout queen you are (I always feel much more athletic when I wear great-looking workout clothes) and you can stop wearing your husband’s college t-shirts to the gym (I’ve been guilty of this).
The sale, which kicked off this morning, runs through Saturday. Go here for the full rundown of what you’ll find (hint: really good stuff).
The Details: Indigo Schuy, 8432 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill.
Chloé pieces are like little slices of heaven: romantic, slightly bohemian, feminine, and endlessly wearable. But they’re often also pretty pricey; even dresses from the brand’s lesser-priced sister line See by Chloé can run upwards of $500. Lucky for you, savvy shoppers, steeply discounted Chloé pieces are popping up all over (well, at least in my inbox).
Here’s how to snag the brand on sale: Century 21 is discounting both lines by up to 60 percent now, both in-store and online. The clothing is primarily See by Chloé, but you’ll find mostly Chloé shoes and bags.
Over on The Outnet (my online bargain-hunting secret), it’s all Chloé, and nothing from See, which means you’ll pay a bit more, but you’ll get more high-design finds. Here are some of my fave picks— but scoop them up quickly! Read more »
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- These 10 brilliantly simple shower hacks will fight rust stains on your shaving cream bottle (ugh), keep your products organized and clear off your cluttered bathtub ledge. [Cosmopolitan]
- A peek inside Brooklyn-based Bindle & Keep, a company that crafts gorgeous bespoke (and androgynous) suits for the LGBTQ community. [Styleite]
We’ve all been there, shuffling out of a fitting room in a half-zipped dress, jeans around your ankles, craning your neck to find your friend while other shoppers pretend not to notice your granny panties. Enter: private shopping, which sounds intimidating until you realize that it’s actually a super-efficient way to shop. No politely picking your way among other customers, no feeling awkward about coming out in an Ivan Grundahl concoction and admitting you have no clue how it’s actually supposed to be worn. (We’ve all been there.)
Thankfully, Erdon has just introduced private shopping appointments in its Old City location. As of today, the Philly boutique won’t be open to the public on Mondays, but they’ll be taking private appointments all day. Call the store to reserve a solo shopping appointment; give at least 48 hours notice. “It will give exclusive attention to our clients who want one-on-one,” said shop owner Donna Sandoz in an email. Which means extra help finding sizes and curating looks, and less time spent peering out of a fitting room door. Read more »