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 »
The Case for Baskets Instead of Bags
Take a cue from Jane Birkin.
Lilly Pulitzer for Target Launches Sunday
An expert game plan to make you you score the best stuff.
Philly’s Spring/Summer Flea Market Calendar
The season kicks off this weekend!
Madewell Opening Suburban Square Store
Opening day is May 5th.
Fans of America’s Next Top Model will fondly remember the perennial “go-see” episode. Contestants were challenged to go to — and book — as many go-sees at design houses as possible. Inevitably, one model tries to squeeze in one last visit and returns late (a huge no-no), or someone gets hopelessly lost 15 minutes out of the gate. It’s television crack.
The reason I bring up ANTM (besides being a hopeless fan) is because I found my absolute favorite, can’t-live-without-it summer t-shirt and it’s Toggery Brand‘s Go-See Tee (bam!). Silky-soft and pristinely white, it’s comfy but still has a modern fit. Plus, since it’s made from 93 percent jersey modal and 7 percent spandex, it won’t get stretched or lose its shape. It’s a bit of an investment, but it’ll put your Hanes v-necks to shame. 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?
Frequent visitors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are familiar with its biannual art photo competition. It attracts a host of standout submissions with the winning works then featured in the PMA. Previously, you had to visit the museum to see the photos, but as of tonight, you’ll be able to own one. Yep, you can buy PMA-backed art for your home at Atelier Rittenhouse tonight. Read more »
Stylish guys, we have a challenge for you: Find The Tie Bar bus! As part of its ‘ultimate style road trip’ men’s tie and and accessory haven The Tie Bar has hit the road and is visiting Columbus, New York City, Washington DC, and, today, Philadelphia. The VW bus’s team of well-dressed dudes is doling out style advice, debuting new pieces, and giving out lots of free stuff like socks and mystery gift cards. Want to score free stuff? You’ll need to find ‘em. But be quick: They’re leaving after today. Read more »
Craving a getaway to Denmark, Singapore or Portugal, but would rather not shell out for pricey flights? It’s not quite an American Airlines gift card, but Geography 541’s new postcard-inspired collection might be the cure for your case of wanderlust. Designer Madeline Tolle uses miniature metal looms and various threads and materials to craft tiny woven tapestries that you can actually wear. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and rings in at $198, so peruse the selection (this moody Minnesota piece will surely become a staple) and move quick.
Those that don’t see their dream destination offered can order a “Make Your Own Unique Postcard Piece.” Simply select the option here and they’ll contact you for a photo and then weave you your very own custom piece. Say it with us: Best. Gift. Ever.
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- 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.