Is It Possible to Shop at Old Navy and Still Be Fashionable?

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Blanket, jumpsuit, mini and matchy-matchy.

Old Navy has been in the headlines a lot lately. When it comes to GAP’s finances, the discount retailer is like the little engine that could, chugging the otherwise floundering parent company to a profit (or, at least, to survival) with its reasonably priced basics. Then came last week’s news that its former CEO was poached to helm Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren. I scribbled it in my ideas notebook: OLD NAVY. Something was in the water over there, and it was time to check it out.

The last time I shopped at Old Navy – like, really shopped – I was in high school. It was 1999, and I’d won $500 in some high school contest. I took that money and went straight to the blazing marquee lights, whereby I bought whole shopping carts worth of sundresses (at least 15) and tops and shoes and surely other things, but now I only really remember the sundresses. So. Many. Sundresses. Read more »

Inside Skirt’s New Rittenhouse Store


Skirt’s new city outpost. | Lauren McGrath.

Two weeks after its soft opening, Skirt’s new Rittenhouse location is gleaming-new and inviting. It’s a refreshing addition to South 17th Street, nestled next to Manor Home & Gifts and across the street from Papyrus in a bright, open space that formerly housed luxe bedding shop Duxiana.

While the shop’s footprint isn’t huge, the high ceilings make it feel expansive. And though the racks of clothing begged to be rifled through – more on those later – it was the fitting rooms that first caught my attention, as they’re awash in the most gorgeous pink wallpaper I’ve ever seen. (It’s by Brooklyn-based Flat Vernacular; I’ve already bookmarked the website for future powder room remodels.)  Read more »

Shop Talk: 7 Burning Men’s Style Questions, Answered!


The guy’s guide to layering. | Stefano Tinti /

  • Navigating the rules of men’s style is a tricky thing: Should you wear a winter coat over a suit? Are lightweight men’s scarves douchey? Here are smart answers to the top seven questions of sartorially minded guys, including whether or not it’s okay to tuck your pants into your boots (only if it’s particularly slushy out there). [Wall Street Journal]
  • Crazy moves in the fashion world: After Alexander Wang’s departure, Balenciaga has hired a new creative director. The choice? Young Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia, the sudden fashion star and founder of Paris-based Vêtements. (By the way, if you aren’t familiar with this two-year-old line, check out its Instagram account now.)  [WWD]

Next: The makeup launch you need to sign up for — now.

5 Perfect Fall Shopping Day Trips

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Pretty enticing, right? | Photos: Lambertville (Jauhien Sasnou); Terrain (via Terrain); Peddler’s Village (Instagram).

Sure, mall shopping is sometimes necessary, but when the leaves are crispy-crunchy and the air smells like it does right now (read: heaven), it’s much more fun to spend time shopping and wandering our best main streets. Here is where and how to spend a perfect fall afternoon outside of the hustle of the city. Think of it as a shopping map, filled with my must-hit shops and even where to grab coffee and a bite to eat along the way. Happy shopping! Read more »

How-To Tuesday: Your Guide to Wearing (and Actually Pulling Off) Bellbottom Jeans


The *illusion* of legs for days. | Lauren McGrath.

It’s no secret that I have an unwavering affinity for flared jeans. Even when they were out of style, I wore them — and I’ll still wear them when they go back out of style, which will surely be soon, as denim companies will need to switch up the silhouette to get people to keep buying The Latest And Greatest.

My first flare love was a pair of Seven dark-wash bells. I can’t find the exact pair, but these are a terrific option that may or may not be in my shopping cart at this very moment. I wore them until the crotch wore out. (Literally: I patched them twice and finally realized it was a losing battle; the thigh rub was too strong, and the denim fibers had long lost their will to live.) My new go-to flares are really more like bell-bottoms. They are J Brand from Denim Habit, with a widely fluted side panel in a slightly darker wash.  Read more »

Scout Salvage in Old City Closing to Make Room for Cool ‘Boutique Collective’


Before + after. | Photos via me (!) and N3rd Collective Instagram.

Scout Salvage is one of the quirkier stores along North 3rd Street (also called N3rd Street, a marketing move that reminds me of Pharrell’s band and this song, which – random Monday night fun fact! – has a music video featuring Randy Quaid. Who knew?). If you haven’t been there, think of a flea market/vintage shop, and check out my handy Instagram photo above. Cute, right? Well, it’s about to get even better.  Read more »

Shop Talk: 4 Style Tricks to Copy Right Now

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Rethink the way you accessorize for a new fall look. | Shutterstock.

  • Adopting fall’s new trends doesn’t necessarily mean a full closet overhaul. These four inexpensive styling tricks will instantly update your look now: 1) Skinny scarf! Get one and knot loosely around your neck. 2) Wear a belt over your sweater/dress/jacket and loop the end in a knot á la Olivia Palermo. 3) Wrap a strip of fabric around your neck as a choker. 4) Pile on the brooches! [The Zoe Report]
  • Things aren’t looking so great for the controversy-courting King of Unitards. American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy, after five consecutive years of losses which total $338 million. Last year, the company fired founder Dov Charney, who warned that the business would crash if they ousted him. Charney’s hoping someone will buy the company out of bankruptcy and let him run it, but there are a few speed-bumps to that plan, namely the existence of a computer server filled with Charney’s personal porn collection and nude photos of him. Vom. [Business Insider]

Next: Rick Owens features human backpacks at his spring 2016 runway show.

UPDATE: This Weekend: Shoppist’s Pop-Up Market at the Midtown Village Fall Festival


Your Saturday plans. | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.

UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, we’ve made the decision to cancel our Shoppist Pop-Up Market at tomorrow’s Midtown Village Fall Festival. (Sadly, tables of small gift goods and 40mph winds is not a good combination.) The good news? The Midtown Village Fall Festival is still on! Stay tuned for more Shoppist events coming soon.


Dear Shoppists: Don’t even think about wasting the weekend in a Netflix binge-fest. The best way to ring in fall is Saturday’s Midtown Village Fall Festival, an annual event, now in its tenth year, that brings together the best food (all of the 13th street stalwarts, plus countless food trunks), drinks (um, four beer gardens) and shopping.

More on that last part: While you’ll be able to shop goods from the neighborhood’s coolest shops, like Open House, Duross & Langel and Verde, you’ll also get the chance to shop some of the city’s other retail gems at Shoppist’s Pop-Up Market, located in a big tent on the corner of 13th and Chestnut. The market was curated by yours truly, and it features some of my favorite shops in the city: Omoi Zakka ShopOccasionette, Aoki Boutique and Philadelphia Independents. Click for more details.

You Wish You Worked Here: Philly’s Prettiest Photo Studio


Nell Hoving in her whitewashed Kensington studio. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

We’re serving up some serious office envy in our new series, You Wish You Worked Here, where we take you inside the city’s most covet-worthy jobs. From fashion-focused careers you didn’t know existed to just plain gorgeous desk setups, take a peek inside
the glam life of Philly’s corporate and creative elite.

If you’re a fan of Shoppist’s print counterpart — the Scout section of Philly Mag — then you’ll probably recognize the work of Nell Hoving, the bubbly, redheaded photographer who shoots some of our prettiest pictures. Hoving’s airy studio, located in a light-filled corner of an old soap factory in Kensington, is a place of inspiration, with whitewashed brick walls, a sprinkling of vintage curiosities and huge windows that wash it all in light.

We spent the day with Hoving shooting our November Covet page (see a sneak peek here!). In between shots, I picked her brain about her “office space,” her on-set uniform, and how to make it as an editorial photographer in Philly. (Oh, and because you’ll want to know, her gorgeous strawberry hair color is natural. Consider us very jealous.)  Read more »

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