7 Stores Philly Desperately Needs Right Now

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We want Muji. | Image via Muji.

We love Philly retail — that’s what Shoppist is all about. However, we also see some gaps in the market that totally need to be filled. I mean, Target finally realized the need and capitalized on it, so it’s only a matter of time (we hope) before other stores start doing the same. If we had it our way, we would add a few home places, a few places to help us organize our lives, and a some great stores to bulk up our wardrobes. Retailers, we hope you’re listening — here are the seven stores Philly needs ASAP: Read more »

Study Shows Men Spend Just as Much as Women on Skincare Products

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Image via iStock/PeopleImages

Hold up. Everything you thought you knew about gender and beauty stereotypes is wrong. According to this study, men and women are spending the same amount of money when it comes to beauty products. But how can this be? Men are supposed to be ambivalent towards skincare and things that are typically classified as “feminine”… right? What are they doing? What, exactly, are they using? We’ve hit up the estheticians of Philly’s most renowned spas to finally debunk the mysterious beauty habits of men and really break down the best in men’s skincare. Read more »

7 Surprising Mall Stores for Summer Fashion Finds

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Shopping at the mall, in all its escalator-ed, food court-ing glory, is a pastime that, we’ll admit, we miss every once in a while. I mean, where else can you go for new shoes and a Build-A-Bear and veggie lo mein all in one stop? Too often malls get the short end of the shopping stick, painted in a sad light as many outdated department stores shutter their doors. However, malls are actually home to some great wardrobe items — you just have to know where to go, lest you find yourself in a sea of sad sweaters and ill-fitting blazers and tableware (So. Much. Tableware.). We’ve rounded up the best mall stores for summer fashion right now because, believe it or not, there’s some gems out there.
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DNC Outfit Ideas: 5 Stylish-Yet-Professional Looks to Land You on the Best-Dressed List

Images via Rent The Runway

Images via Rent The Runway

On July 25th, thousands of skirt-suited women and pleated-pants-wearing men will converge upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Wells Fargo Center to watch Hillary Clinton (finally) be announced as the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee. As any brief trip to Washington, D.C. will show you, fashion isn’t necessarily the point of focus on Capitol Hill. However, that’s good news for you, fashion-minded DNC goer, because you can easily wow the nation’s leaders with your political savvy and style sense. Here are five outfit ideas that will land you on the DNC best-dressed list, featuring the five most requested items for the DNC from Rent The Runway. Whether you’re a wrap-dresses-only type of gal or jumpsuit addict, we’ve got the best outfit combos to get you through the Democratic National Convention in style.

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7 Ways to Win at Online Shopping Every Single Time

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She only put on pants as a courtesy | Image via iStock/Squaredpixels

Let me just begin by saying shopping local is the bee’s knees, not only because you actually get to hold and try on whatever you’re buying, but also because supporting small businesses in your town is just plain good karma. That being said, online shopping has pretty much taken over — especially when it comes to millennials — and there are lots of reasons why people love it, including (but not limited to):

  • Getting to shop in your PJs
  • That rush when you open the box like it’s Christmas morning
  • No sales tax
  • Never having to leave the house and chance awkward encounters like running into that mean girl from high school
  • Did I mention shopping in PJs?

Always looking out for your best style interests, we rounded up the best apps, sites and tips to help you find online shopping savings every time so that your hard-earned money goes even further. Read ’em and weep (knowing that you’ve been paying way too much for online purchases until now).  Read more »

Shop Talk: Get to Know the Stylist Behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Formation Tour

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  • This 7/11 (see what we did there), meet Beyoncé’s celebrity stylist, Marni Senofonte, who’s responsible putting together the to-die-for bedazzled leotards for the Formation Tour and amazing Southern-gothic looks throughout Lemonade. [Pop Sugar]
  • Chances are, if you’re gonna drop major cash on the latest highly anticipated beauty release, you’re heading to Sephora — so why not get the most bang for your buck? Uncover these little known Sephora perks and learn how to shop like a real beauty insider. (Hint: It involves free makeovers!) [PureWow]

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Summer Obsession: How to Wear Elevated Denim Like a Boss

ELEVATED DENIM 1Denim is a wardrobe classic that’s withstood the test of time in the fickle world of fashion. This summer, denim is elevated to new heights, with sharp silhouettes, interesting embellishments, and high-style twists that make it fresher than ever. Get to know elevated denim, and start incorporating it into your wardrobe, whether you’re slipping out of some blue kicks to dip your toes in the pool or rocking an all-denim jumpsuit like a model off-duty. Read more »

5 African Designers Giving Philly a Great Name

It’s hard to miss advertisements for the Art Museum’s latest global design exhibition, Creative Africa. For starters, they’re everywhere, and the vibrant, eye-catching prints certainly stand out on telephone poles and billboards. The exhibit is a colorful celebration of the visionary works created by African artists, with an emphasis on contemporary photography, fashion, architecture, and even centuries-old sculpture. Here are five Philly-based African designers who — just like those featured in Creative Africa — are reveling in their blackness and injecting a little bit of Africa into our city. Read more »

15 Things Your Closet Needs That No One Ever Tells You About

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For starters, those sunnies. | iStock/Paul Tarasenko.

Building a collection of clothes that reflects the vibrant, savvy queen within is no small feat, which is why every fashion outlet out there is always compiling lists of how to build a classic wardrobe. Trust me, they’re fantastic headlines that get me to click every time, but in my quest to compile the perfect wardrobe bucket list, I’ve noticed something about those articles. If you strictly follow the 30-things-to-own-before-you’re-30 lists, you’ll wind up with a really boring closet full of clothes. Sure, every woman needs an LBD, classic heels, a tailored blazer, a trench coat, a plain white tee, blah, blah, blah. But if that’s all you’ve got in your closet, you’re going to wind up looking — dare I say — basic.

Always looking out for your best style interests, we’ve compiled a list of things your closet needs that no one ever tells you about. Sure, every gal needs some classics as the foundation for her wardrobe — but don’t you want your personality to show through in rad ways too? Consider this list the ultimate antidote to getting bored with your clothes, and start dressing for that badass within. Read more »

We Found the Only Sunglasses You’ll Need for Summer

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Nothing says summer quite like some cool shades. | Photo by Nell Hoving for Philadelphia Magazine.

Hold your horses and step away from Sunglass Hut — not that there’s anything wrong with Sunglass Hut, but we already found the only sunglasses you’ll need for summer. There are so many reasons why we love these sunnies (the shape! the metallic accents!), but the greatest of all may just be the fact that these frames just make us so darn happyRead more »

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