Inside a Fashion Editor’s Summer Shopping List


My (current) shopping list.

As I recently wrote on this blog, I’m sick of everything in my closet. It’s especially good timing, I suppose, as it’s a new season, one that is budding with fresh takes on old favorites. But all this newness can be overwhelming, and it’s tough to remain a smart shopper when there are very impractical things like metallic-sequin slip dresses and blouses with knee-length ruffled sleeves to tempt you.

But it is possible to nod to current trends without sacrificing your own personal style. Here is what’s currently on my To Buy list, most of which feel very of-the-moment, but not too far from the shapes and styles I already love. I’ve even included some pro shopping tips to help you decode what’s worth the splurge and what trends are better found on the cheap. Ready, set, shop.
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Here’s What Happens When You Spring for Your First Pair of Designer Shoes

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Behold, my first pair of designer shoes. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Until very recently, I considered designer shoes, clothes, anything, completely out of the realm of a possibility for me to own (unless found in a rare vintage shopping moment of glory). Let’s face it, I’m a broke millennial with student loans that eat my paychecks faster than you can say “I know guac is extra.” However, a recent trip to New York ended somehow in a euphoric train ride home clutching my first pair of designer shoes like a newborn baby, and no one was more surprised than me. 

It’s all Emily Goulet’s fault, really. I guess that’s what you get when you go to the Big Apple with a shopping editor. One minute I was at a showroom in Chelsea taking notes for a story, and the next I was falling truly, madly, deeply in love with a pair of embellished black booties. The location was Jeffrey, a non-threatening alternative to Bergdorf Goodman, with a cool selection of luxury brands—far too luxurious for me to be shopping there.

But there they were, the most beautiful boots I’d ever seen. “Dries Van Noten,” the salesman cooed, watching me quiver with joy as I ran my fingers across the funky iridescent stitching. I tried to play it cool, stealing a glance at the price sticker, but I lost all control of facial expression when I saw the number. And then I realized that this number was the markdown price—a 70 percent discount from the original four-figure cost. Emily told me to try them on anyway. (“If you were a shoe, you would be those boots,” she said.) I slipped them on, audibly sighing. They were dreamier than any man, ever.  Read more »

8 Spring Looks You Need to Steal Right Now

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Photography by Colin Leaman.

Despite the recent temperature-bobbing, it’s spring, finally. And it’s just in time, too: If you’re anything like me, your cold-weather wardrobe has started to seem boring, same-old, a bit dark and, well, a tad too serious. Enter, spring’s stellar lineup of looks, all of which are loose, light, bright and fun.

Here, the eight looks we’re fawning over right now (shot on location at Longwood Gardens —where better to start spring dreaming?), and the central pieces you need to inject new life into your closet and your look. And there’s more: We’ve broken down the styles into price points both high and low, so you can get the look no matter what budget you’re working with. Say it with me now: Spring. Has. Sprung. Time to dress the part. Read more »

What Should I Wear to a Wedding When It’s Freezing Outside?

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Inspiration. | Images via Moda Operandi, The Outnet and Net-a-Porter.

If you have a wedding to go to in the next few weeks and know exactly what you’re going to wear and aren’t at all afraid of freezing your bum off, I salute you. Figuring out what to wear to a wedding is complicated (is champagne too close to white? Does black look too morose? Are wild prints too attention-grabby?). Factor in winter’s tricky curveballs – freezing temps, snow, slush, slippery sidewalks, this weird in-between snow-rain thing that’s been happening this week – and the whole thing becomes even stickier.

So, for those of you with fridges plastered with wedding invites and not a clue as to what to wear, let’s dig into our options. I’ve rounded up easy pairings (why yes, you can wear that sweater with that fancy skirt!) and smart fashion buys (run and get yourself an evening jacket, stat) to get you through the rest of winter wedding season. Mazel! 

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15 Trends From 2015 That Need to Die

Retrospective trend analysis goes a little something like this: You marvel at the lame stuff everyone thought was super-cool, cringe in self-hatred for the trends you fell victim to, and vow to never follow trends again. (Though, inevitably, you will.)

This is precisely what just happened here at Shoppist. In an entertaining look back at 2015, we picked out 15 trends we would love to leave behind forever. Consider this your guide map to a new-year closet clean-out. And, finally, a reason to ditch those knee-high gladiator sandals. Read more »

How to Honor Black Leaders With … a Sweatshirt?


The “School of Thought” collection. | Image via Philadelphia Printworks Lookbook.

You’ve probably heard of Washington and Lee University, James Madison University and Franklin & Marshall College. But what about Tubman University? How about Lorde University? Welcome to a new world of academia, one imagined by Maryam Pugh, co-founder of local screen-printing company Philadelphia Printworks, and designer Donte Neal of Mars Five.

The duo recently teamed up for a six-piece collection of collegiate crewneck sweatshirts. Each sweatshirt bears the name of a prominent black leader and, according to the Printworks site, “imagines a different world where colleges and institutions have been established based on the philosophies of Marcus Garvey, Audre Lorde, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and James Baldwin.”
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6 Ways to Wear PJs Out of the House (And Still Look Stylish)


Haute pajamas.

Chic pajama-inspired styles — shaggy robe-like coats, silky wide-legged pants — beg to be worn before the sun goes down. But there’s a way to wear PJ-like looks without looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. First, look for smoking slippers (extra point for embellishments!), simple button-ups (keep an eye out for tops with piping), and flowy silk pants (see our favorite pair above). We’ve found six great ways to embrace the trend now. Keep reading for details! Read more »

How to Master 2016’s Sexiest Trend


Bold shoulder.

The new year is ushering in a whole new way to show skin. If last year was all about the cut-out dress, then 2016 is all about showing off your shoulders. There are myriad ways to do this: Off-the-shoulders dresses are endlessly chic, and one-shoulder looks are making a serious comeback. Choose a chunky knit with a subtle collarbone cutout now; come spring, opt for a one-sleeve silhouette. Leave your neckline bare and choose a major pair of earrings instead. Ready to shop? Keep reading for where to find the looks above.  Read more »

2016 Fashion Preview: The Florals You’ll Want in Your Closet


Florals are always in style in some way, shape or form. And 2016 is no different. This year, fashion’s floral bounty ranges from wild sprays to moody Victorian styles. From Erdem’s wispy, romantic frocks to Saint Laurent’s prairie designs, there’s really no wrong way to be in bloom this year. Below, six ways to embrace the trend. Read more »

Psst: 2016’s Biggest Trend Is One You Can Start Wearing Now


Precious metals.

High-wattage shine—in the form of sequins, foil and gilt—takes center stage this year. Lucky you: It reigns supreme just in time for a spangled holiday season. Here are six shiny ways to embrace all things sparkling right now.

Need more inspiration? Check out our guide to all things sequin here. Then go shine bright. Read more »

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