How to dress for the office this spring and still be ready for post-work cocktails: a blend of loose, airy white pants, a structured denim jacket (a collarless neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves and bolero fit keep it from feeling too casual), a mixed-media necklace, and a pair of strappy sandals (they look sleek beneath a pant cuff, but give just a hint of sexiness when your legs are crossed). Here’s where to get the look: Citizens of Humanity Thalia jacket, $468 at Third Street Habit, Old City. Lizzie Fortunato ‘Fast Lane’ necklace, $495 at Peter Kate, Greenville. 10 Crosby Derek Lam white trousers, $395 at Intermix, Rittenhouse. Stuart Weitzman ‘Ria’ pumps, $498 at Stuart Weitzman, Rittenhouse.
If anyone knows the power of a smart jacket, it’s Walé Oyéjidé, who has worn his fair share while working as an attorney. Outside the courtroom he pursues his Philly-based menswear line, Ikiré Jones, which turns out sharply tailored versions with splashes of West African prints, a nod to his Nigerian heritage. The standout of his spring/summer collection: this unstructured double-breasted linen jacket, with wide peak lapels and a bright wax-canvas interior — also seen on the underside of the collar. It’s proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Or, just maybe, that you should always judge a jacket by its lining. $750 at Ikirejones.com.
There’s a fine line between being stylish and being, well, church-appropriate. (Trust me. I’ve gotten a lot of side-eye from the priest at my church—partly because I rarely go to church, and partly because when I do go, I wear stuff like this.) Here’s how to toe the line for your first spring holiday. Not religious? Invest in one of these pieces to celebrate the official end of the Worst Winter of All Time: Anveglosa laser-cut leather jacket, $795 at Boyds, Rittenhouse; Komono Stella sunglasses in pale blush, $62 at Omoi Zakka Shop, Rittenhouse; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi skirt, $760 at Net-a-Porter; Manolo Blahnik BB striped grosgrain pumps, $655 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd.
Spring’s cropping up, which means it’s almost time to break out your maxi-dress/cardigan combo. Or your capri pants/blazer combo. And then wear them. Over and over and over again. Here’s a fresh way to spin your workweek look: Invest in a whoa-bold pencil skirt (this should hit below your knees), sharpen it with a cool take on the button-down—like this zip-up cropped top, which won’t even show a sliver of skin with a higher-waisted bottom—heels that deliver a splash of color, and a metal collar necklace (which you’ll wear over top of your buttoned-up collared shirt, not underneath). You won’t wish for casual Fridays ever again.
Orange gets a bad rap in the color family. “It makes me look like a pumpkin” is a comment we’ve heard more than a few times. (Really.) But let’s be honest: You can make that type of statement about any color, and it certainly hasn’t stopped us at Shoppist (hello, highlighter yellow). So in order to celebrate this new incarnation of orange, we’ve chosen four different ways to look decidedly un-pumpkin: Stella McCartney Clara Whispering lingerie set, $65 and $125 at Net-a-Porter; Alice & Olivia Gianna strappy sandals, $345 at Shopbop; lock clutch, $295 at Loeffler Randall; Valentino macaramé dress, $5,599.88 at Far Fetch.
As I walked around the city on Saturday, I witnessed a lot of bad fashion. (Thanks, Erin Express.) Bad green t-shirts. Bad green knee socks. Bad green shamrock headbands. Bad green makeup. It’s safe to say that it’s easy to do green very, very wrong on St. Patty’s Day. I get it: You don’t want to wear satin Marc by Marc Jacobs kicks when you’ll most likely be standing in puddles of beer (and puke). But you also don’t want to wear any of this. Here’s how to the holiday right. (First, though, start by avoiding the Erin Express.) Otswald Helgason dress, $990 at Browns Fashion; Natasha Couture iPhone 5 case, $48 at Nordstrom; Marc by Marc Jacobs satin Mylo sneakers, $215 at Stylebop; Holly Ryan ring, $265 at The Grand Social.
I love materials used in unexpected ways. There were those wood hats at Tibi, and the emergence of neoprene (yes, the scuba gear material) in more collections than I can count. Add raffia to the list. The fiber, generally used for things like hats and baskets, is now popping up in everything from shoes to dresses. I’m swooning over these pieces, which will make summer look that much more stylish, and prove that raffia and straw can work beyond the sun hat: LAUREN Ralph Lauren straw and tulle visor, $38 at Zappos; M Missoni raffia shoulder bag, $395 at Shopbop; raffia dress, $395 at Milly; Oscar de la Renta embroidered raffia slingbacks, $325.02 at The Outnet.
Over the weekend, my friend (and Philadelphia Wedding editor) Carrie texted me outfit options for a destination wedding she’s attending in Florida later this week. Option A: a floral maxi dress. Option B: This bold neon dress with fantastic pleats (side note: pleats are going to be huge this spring!). Obviously, I voted for the neon. (Gorg, right?) It got me excited for summer, and for summer’s bright, happy wardrobe. Here, my top four ways to get your highlighter-yellow on: Giambattista Valli neon tweed jacket, $1,995 at Net-A-Porter; Maison Rabih Kayrouz Jaune dress, $1,625 at Barneys; Valentino Rockstud two-tone sandal, $945 at Neiman Marcus; Adrienne Landau Bryan Boy pull-through fur scarf, $371 at Bergdorf Goodman. Hey there, sun? Tag, you’re it.
Now that we’re in the thick of winter’s drab dreariness, it’s time to amp things up with a bit (or a heaping amount) of sparkle. We’ve sorted through the wild, untamed shopping universe to bring you the best of what’s out there right now. Here, the statement-making pieces currently topping our if-we-won-the-lottery wish list: the best embellished Stella McCartney dress ever, $2,672 at MyTheresa; an Ela metallic pouch (perfect for stowing iPads), $218 at AHAlife; a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood sandals with a teeny surprise under the heel, $1,334 at Matches Fashion; a Shourouk brooch, $410 at Farfetch. Let the lusting begin …