6 Philly Stores That Will Turn You Into a Hat Person

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Hat attack. | Shutterstock.

When it comes to polarizing accessories, a few items stand out for the intensity which with people either love or hate them: mules, jeggings, and hats. That last one is particularly tricky: Hipsters have all but ruined the fedora for most people, Britney Spears killed the newsboy, and Princess Beatrice took the fascinator to a new, terrifying level.

But it’s not all bad. In fact, the hat is making a stylish, wearable comeback (see: the berets at Gucci’s fall 2015 show; the wide-brimmed  toppers at Lanvin’s fall 2015 show). And with summer’s crop of styles, it’s never been easier to dip your toe into the trend. Here are Philly’s top shops for hats — from floppy to fedora, subdued to splashy, and everything in between.

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Market Report: How a Fashion Editor Shops on a Budget

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Savvy style. | Shutterstock.

  • Yep, a former Condé Nast fashion editor shops the sale racks. Here are her secrets to scoring the best, affordable fashion finds. Tip 1: Ignore seasons and don’t be a complete fabric snob. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Jessica Simpson is planning to open freestanding boutiques for her billion-dollar eponymous fashion empire, which is now sold at stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s. [US Weekly]
  • Okay, this is amazing: Marilyn Manson took to a Reddit AMA on Friday to divulge his makeup routine. Shocker: He really knows his brands. [Styleite]

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9 Selfies of the Movers and Shakers of Philly’s Style Scene

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Some people have made a living taking selfies (cough, Kim Kardashian). Others have made a living doing far more interesting things (chefs, fashion designers, pro-surfers). For our August issue, we reached out to the latter, and persuaded them to give us their best Kim K. The result? Seventy-five selfies, each an intimate peek at the behind-the-scenes lives of Philly notables.

Some selfies were cute (Congressman Bob Brady with his tiny great-granddaughter); some were sexy (um, did you see the cover?); some were not sexy (the Geator in a Speedo); and some were hilarious (Fergie Carey in fur, lamé and sunglasses I actually think I own, too). Below are pics from Philly’s style and shopping scene; check out the entire roundup — including that Geator Speedo — here.

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The 6 Most Ridiculous Things in Free People’s Home Collection (Including a $68 Stick)

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These sticks are for sale. | Free People.

Every summer, my style veers off into bohemia, probably the last vestiges of my semi-hippie college self. It’s when I wear the two Free People items of clothing I own — a high-neck, sheer wisp of a dress and a lacy slip I layer with everything. But even though I can appreciate the store’s dreamy, summer-perfect clothes, I cannot forgive them their absolutely insane home collection, which seems like a huge joke they’re playing on us, laughing in their Navy Yard offices while we spend $28 on a bag of nails. Here are the six most ridiculous items in their decor lineup.  Read more »

Market Report: The Crazy Truth Behind Trying to Buy a Hermès Birkin Bag

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  • Yes, trying to buy a Birkin is just as crazy as you think it is. (Think two-year waiting lists, sales associates determining whether or not you’re “deserving.”) [Racked]
  • Coming this fall: Project Runway for teens! Lifetime’s new spinoff of the design competition will focus on aspiring designers between the ages of 14 and 17. (Yep, Tim Gunn is still co-hosting.) [Fashionista]
  • Rebecca Minkoff is dipping her toe into the athleisure game with a collection of workout basics like sports bras, leggings, tanks and gym bags, set to launch in August. [Well + Good]

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10 Amazing Local Sales to Shop This Weekend

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It’s shaping up to be a rainy Saturday, so you might as well abandon beach plans for retail therapy. Here’s where to get your shop on this weekend, including sales at Third Street Habit, Terrain, Boyds and Joan Shepp. Happy shopping!

Third Street HabitThe Old City boutique just kicked off its bi-anual sale. Why to go: 40 to 60 percent off the spring 2015 collection, all past seasons, and accessories. 153 North 3rd Street, Old City.

Terrain: Get up to 75 percent off at the garden emporium’s annual sale. (Our pick: This vintage-looking garden bench, now $150 from $600.) 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills. More sales here.

Nic Grooming Brings Old-School Barbershop Vibe to Rittenhouse

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The charming storefront — motorcycle and all. | Josh Middleton.

It’s hard to miss Nic Grooming along the promenade of businesses around 20th and Locust. Sure, there’s a barber’s pole outside the door, but the real standout is the bright red vintage motorcycle in the window. The space has been a barbershop for nearly 40 years, though it was recently taken over and given a modern update by Nick Berardi, son of the owner of Richard Nicholas Hair Studio in Rittenhouse, where he’s worked for several years, taking on a majority of the male clientele.

Inside, the no-frills shop is cool but compact. There’s an exposed brick wall, three barbers’ stations, a sink for washing and a small waiting area, where you scribble your name on a chalkboard and await your turn. Berardi created the business to pay homage to the old-school, super-personalized barbershop experience, but added in some luxe salon-type amenities along the way (think: hot towel massages, a free beer with every cut). It’s ideal for guys who want to keep their locks in check without all the fussiness of a salon.  Read more »

Makeup Mobile From ‘Shark Tank’ Is Coming to Old City This Afternoon

The Lip Bar van is doing a national tour now. | The Lip Bar.

The Lip Bar van is on a national tour now. | The Lip Bar.

Shopping tip of the day: The Lip Bar, a national makeup truck specializing in candy-bright, vegan lipstick and lip glosses, is rolling into Old City later this afternoon and setting up shop in front of The Geisha House. (If The Lip Bar sounds familiar, that’s because you saw the founders on an episode of Shark Tank—sadly, they walked away without a deal.)

From 4pm to 7pm, shop the makeup truck’s selection of lip colors both splashy (blue, purple, grey) and subtle (nude, pink, red). Talk about lip service.

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Market Report: 6 Ways to Make Beach Coverups Look More Stylish

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  • Beach coverups don’t have to always be caftans and sarongs. This is how you can rock the coverup game with pieces you’ll want to wear long after you’ve taken off your swimsuit.  [Vogue]
  • Here’s a sneak peek of all of the items from Target’s collaboration with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo. (You’ll want them all.) [PopSugar]
  • After conquering the fashion world with The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are breaking into the beauty sphere with body oils and hand cream. We’re adding these to our shopping list now. [Byrdie]

Up Next: Audrey Hepburn’s weird (and semi-dangerous) beauty trick.

Warning: Wearing Skinny Jeans Is Bad For Your Health

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Could these harm your health? | Shutterstock.


It’s a cautionary tale for fashion victims around the world: An unidentified 35-year-old woman from Australia spent the day squatting in her skinny jeans and ended up in the hospital. As a result, doctors have now issued a warning about the side effects — namely muscle and nerve damage — from squeezing into the polarizing pant style.

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