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

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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 »

How to Be the Best-Dressed Person at Every Holiday Party

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Technicolor party dressing. | Images via andersphoto / Stefano Tinti / HUANG Zheng / Shutterstock.com.

When you boil it down, standing out from the crowd is actually pretty easy. Three words: Wear. Something. Different. It’s not about wearing the most expensive clothes, or even the fanciest clothes; it’s about making a statement. And there’s no simpler way to do this than to veer from the rest of the fashion pack, even if only a by a few degrees. This means eschewing the tried-and-true LBD for, say, a sleek black jumpsuit (perhaps this one, which masquerades as a dress?), or ditching the sequined dress for sequined pants (obviously).

Easier said than done, perhaps. We’ve long been told, after all, that LBDs go a long way. And they do; they’re reliable, dependable, sturdy wardrobe workhorses that bear the brunt of our But what do I wear?! freak-outs. But as good as fail-safes are, they can sometimes be, well, safe. And standing apart is anything but.  Read more »

PHOTOS: The Most WTF, NSFW Costumes From Miley Cyrus’s Philly Concert

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Miley: An endless source of bewilderment and fascination. | Darco Lalevic.

Some people say she’s off her rocker; others tout her as a creative genius. Whichever way you lean, you can’t deny the gawk-worthy absurdity of Miley Cyrus’ crazy, barely-there costumes. Her show this past Saturday at the Electric Factory did not disappoint in the ensemble category, with her looks ranging from celestial to kooky to, uh, culinary. Keep scrolling to see her Philly concert looks, and check out this moment during her performance where Miley talked about her time living in Philly.  Read more »

How to Break Out of Your Fall Fashion Rut

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How to (just slightly) change up your go-tos. | Images via J Brand, Forever 21, Shutterstock, Nine West and Banana Republic.

Fashion uniforms are great. They’re the secret of some of the most stylish women ever, and they make dressing a cinch. But it’s easy to mistake a uniform or signature look for, well, a fashion rut. There’s no shame in this; we all often reach for the easiest things in our closet, the ones that don’t take any thought, the pieces we’ve worn a thousand times, the head-to-toe outfits we know work well and still fit. But after you’ve thrown on that chambray button-up for the fiftieth time, it’s easy to feel lazy, stagnant and, well, downright bored.

Switching things up doesn’t have to mean a complete style turnaround, though. It just calls for subtle tweaks to what you already own. To make your rut-busting process easier, I’ve rounded up seven wardrobe staples — easy, go-with-anything items that tend to get the most wear – and their just slightly elevated counterparts. Think of it as Your Personal Style, Version 2.0.  Read more »

How to (Once and For All!) Get Rid of Static Cling

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Skirting issues. | Glynnis Jones / Shutterstock.com

A few things rank up there on my list of embarrassing fashion fouls: accidental visible bra (also known as AVB; this happened once during a meeting with my boss and I’m still wishing the earth would swallow me whole); tripping in heels you can’t really walk in; going about your day with your skirt clinging awkwardly to your bum without realizing it.

Static cling generally rears its ugly head when you’re not fully equipped to deal with it: at work, at a party, walking down a very crowded Market Street. It’s as if silken fabric falls perfectly while you’re at home, only to cling desperately to your upper thighs the second you hit the street. So, for the start of what’s most likely going to be a clingy winter, here are five tried-and-true ways to combat static, no matter where you are. (For AVB, well, you’re on your own.) Read more »

There’s Something About Bela Shehu

Bela Shehu in her Rittenhouse studio. Photograph by Matt Zugale

Bela Shehu in her Rittenhouse studio. | Photograph by Matt Zugale.

“Oh my God, A6! Why don’t I have A6 in my life?” says the girl in the crop top as she stares, transfixed, at her iPhone. Her name is Jean, and she’s a fresh-faced 30-something copywriter for Urban Outfitters.

“Yes, the whites are very white, you see? The F2 filter, the whites get a little blue, cold,” the woman sitting next to her says in a lolling, almost singsong purr. This is Bela Shehu, a striking brunette fashion designer who is presiding over an impromptu Instagram class in her Rittenhouse atelier. There are three of us here, crammed knee-to-knee on a low-slung chaise that’s not even particularly comfortable (Bela painted it white a few weeks ago in a sudden fit of inspiration; it crackles faintly when you move), sipping wine as we listen to Bela explain how she uses VSCOcam, a photo-editing app, to transform grainy selfies into pictures worthy of a place in her carefully curated Instagram feed. Read more »

Are High Heels Over? How to Wear Sneakers Everywhere

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Inspiration boarding. | Images via Just the Design, Pinterest, Shutterstock.com.

I stumbled across the above photo on Pinterest a few days ago and can’t stop looking at it. It’s mostly pinned by people for the woman on the right, for “mule” inspiration. But it’s the girl on the left I can’t stop staring at. She epitomizes Fashion’s eternal, if eye-rolley, buzzword – effortless –  and in doing so, makes her companions look just the tiniest bit overwrought.

Dressing down when others are dressing up is the easiest way to look super-stylish (take it from most fashion designers, who dip out at their runway shows for a quick bow in casual, unfettered clothing). And it seems that everyone has caught on, whether they know it or not (the other day, I couldn’t tell whether a woman wearing a trench and battered white Nikes was extremely stylish or was in the same commuter outfit she wore back in the eighties). Now the Working Girl look has become something wholly new and even fashion-forward. It’s a brave new world out there, and how better to navigate it than in shoes you can actually walk in? But switching the way you think about sneakers takes time, and figuring out when and how to wear them can be tricky. Here are 14 supremely stylish ways to wear sneakers right now and come, finally, back down to earth.  Read more »

8 Coats to Buy Right Now

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I have an obsession with coats, all shapes and sizes and styles. There are my leather biker jackets, one bedecked with studs, my vintage fur capes, my vintage tapestry coats, a cropped trench and a gold sequined evening jacket I keep hanging on a rolling rack in my office because it makes me happy. And why shouldn’t it? Coats are easy ways to transform an outfit, and to take some fashion risks (because, in the end, you can always take it off).

This season’s crop of toppers is delicious: Gold-foil coats with toggles! Leather capes! Double-breasted military jackets! And, thanks to high street shops, all trends are shoppable in every price point. Here are eight key coat trends for fall/winter, and my favorite buys for each. Choose your favorite – and one that fills a hole in your closet – and have fun bundling up.  Read more »

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