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 »

Shop Talk: 12 Ways to Style Fall Sweaters (Without Skinny Jeans!)

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Say hello to sweater weather in a whole new way. | Shutterstock [1] [2] [3].

  • Hallelujah! Finally, a list of 12 ways to style your fall sweaters like a fashion blogger (that means giving the skinny jeans a rest). Seriously, these tricks are so cute and so easy: over a denim dress or flirty summer sundress, with matchy-matchy colors for a monochromatic look, or under a long trench draped over the shoulders. [PopSugar]
  • Looking to maximize your height in any way possible? Look no further than Gigi Hadid’s trick to looking like you have legs for days: Wear heels the same color as your skin tone. Find some cute nude patent leather pumps like Gigi’s and prepare to strut like a supermodel. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Kerry Washington’s hairstylist (you know she’s the real deal) explains the proper way to detangle textured hair to avoid breakage. Top tips include using a wide-toothed comb, deep conditioning beforehand, and taking a little advice  from Caesar: Divide and conquer. [The Fashion Spot]

Up Next: Cindy Crawford’s beauty secrets and proof that bra sizing is a total mess

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 »

Shoppist Guide: 6 Best Watch Shops in Philly

Shoppist Guide Watches

Martin Pulli’s charming Manayunk storefront; a quirky selection of watches from the shop. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

Though horology has been whittled down to a glimpse at an iPhone, classic watches (with faces, not screens) will never lose their luster. Here’s how to get back to basics. 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.

Weekend Shopping Report: 6 Must-Hit Sales and Events

Weekend Sale

From left: Melete bags at Egan Day this weekend; Meadowsweet Mercantile in Old City.

Forget Joaquin. This weekend has a ton of great shopping in store, from trunk shows and vintage pop-ups to antique sales and fall festivals. Here are six of the best sales and events going on this weekend. (Plus: Where to find Shoppist’s pop-up market!) Read more »

Shop Talk: How to Dress Like the Coolest Girl in Any Room


Cool as a cucumber. | Images via Shutterstock [1] [2] [3].

  • Do you have that one friend/celeb girl crush whose sick style always stands out in a crowd? Turns out, it doesn’t take a ton of effort to look like the coolest chick in the room – all you need is a little moxie to follow this simple style rule: Break all the rules. Wear a short skirt when the dress code calls for long; be the sparkly embellished flats in a sea full of black stilettos; leather pants, thigh-highs and a big fur vest are always a good idea. [Marie Claire]
  • Get to know the three designers who are doing Native American-inspired goods right (finally, someone). Jessica Metcalfe makes a mean beaded, fringed handbag. Kristen Dorsey’s jewelry designs take “statement piece” to the next level. And finally, meet Bethany Yellowtail, who somehow combined elk teeth and appliqué to make the most gorgeous LBD of all time. No, seriously. [Style.Mic]

Up next: Breast deodorant, a magic brush (really) and leather’s new competition.

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.

A Sneak Peek at Drexel’s World-Class Costume Exhibition Opening Tomorrow

Drexel Costume Collection

Intricate beading and craftsmanship from the collection. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Fashion junkies, aspiring designers and blogger wannabes alike: The greatest fashion resource in this city is about to open its doors to the public. Starting tomorrow, you can now view treasures from the expansive Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in a free exhibition, Immortal Beauty, running through December. We got an exclusive look at the exhibit to see if all the hype and mystery surrounding Drexel’s costume collection was worth it. The short answer: Absolutely. Read on to catch a sneak peek at some of the highlights. Read more »

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