Inside a Fashion Editor’s Summer Shopping List

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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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Where to Last-Minute Shop for Sexy Lingerie in Philly

If simply walking past Victoria’s Secret in the mall gives you anxiety (let alone shopping for intimates with middle-aged men milling about), you’re not alone. In fact, you’ve been doing it all wrong. Don’t let the McDonalds of lingerie fool you – shopping for intimates can be empowering, super fun, and downright sexy. After all, that’s the point of wearing racy little numbers, right? In honor of this weekend’s most romantic holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the six best lingerie stores in Philadelphia. From tucked-away, appointment-only boutiques to help outfit you with the perfect bra to pop-up shops with luxurious lace teddies, this city has it all. Find out where to start shopping for lingerie the grownup way. Read more »

Great Lengths: 5 Gorgeous Statement Earrings to Wear Now

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Photo by Nell Hoving.

This season, it’s all about the earring, and when it comes to size, well, think big. Long, shoulder-dusting danglers—whether in mixed metals, like Erickson Beamon’s punkish drops, or all-out sparkle, like Philly-based Dylanlex’s chandeliers—are the most modern way to make a statement (so long, pinprick studs!) and a welcome return to all-out drama. Read more »

Life After Nalgene: 11 Reusable Water Bottles You’ll Want to Carry Everywhere

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I adore Memobottle’s fresh take on the water bottle. | Image via Memobottle.

I am notoriously bad at remembering to drink water. Even after a very unsexy bout with kidney stones, I still find myself lugging home an unopened water bottle at the end of the day. My mother wrapped up a stone from her backyard and gave it to me, a note taped to it: Drink water or I’ll be back! Even this physical reminder isn’t enough. My organs, I’m sure, are in constant danger of shutting down.

So it would seem that the stylish water-bottle market is ballooning just in time. As plastic bottles become side-eyed relics, savvy designers are rethinking the way we get hydrated. Suddenly, even the ubiquitous Nalgene seems old-school, the water-bottle equivalent of Crocs. Just this morning, I stumbled across memobottle, a flat, square, flask-like bottle that’s designed to fit better into laptop bags and purses. Sure, the design is better in terms of ergonomics, but it’s also far chicer than most reusable water bottles. I did some more digging – maybe this is the answer to my water issue? – and found other equally gorgeous bottles, all worthy of toting around all day. Here’s the modern, sophisticated way to pass on the plastic.  Read more »

8 Snow Boots That Are Warm, Weatherproof – and Actually Stylish

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Boots that make a predicted 17-inch snowfall seem … not that horrible?

So, you thought we’d escaped another Philly winter? Think again. Snow (and a lot of it) is possibly on its way. If weather predictions are correct, you have about four days to stock up on cold-weather gear. And if you’re planning on just battling the snow banks with your rubber rain boots, you should probably reconsider. I get it: Snow boots aren’t exactly fun to buy. They’re clunky, chunky and, on the whole, pretty darn uninspiring.

Or so we thought. We did some digging and rounded up eight pairs of snow boots that are warm, functional and surprisingly stylish, so you can save your rain boots for a rainy day, and not a blizzard.

Let it snow? If it must. At least now you’ll be prepared.  Find out prices and where to buy here.

8 Vintage Shopping Secrets That Will Turn You Into A Pro

There are two kinds of shoppers in this world: People who gravitate to quick and easy fast-fashion trends and those of us who dare to navigate the exciting, albeit unpredictable, waters of vintage shopping. For long-time decade divers, vintage shopping can seem like second-nature. But for those out there without prior experience, the first foray into the depths of a vintage store can be overwhelming: a sea of bright colors, alien silhouettes and styles, and the, er, acquired scent of garments from past eras. Two words: Sensory. Overload.

To help you begin your journey, we chatted with Philly’s local vintage shop owners to get their expert tips and words of wisdom for how to find the coolest statement pieces, buy vintage on Instagram, and make the most of your overall experience. Happy hunting!

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 26 Best Gifts to Give in Philly

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Present perfect. | Photograph by Nell Hoving.

Consider this your holiday shopping road map, gift-givers: We scoured the top boutiques in Philly to unearth the best presents to give now, from cool tech and cute toys to locally made treasures and all-out luxury. You’ll find little-known offerings (a tea subscription service!) and shop-owner faves (that kid’s matching set came highly recommended), plus some brand-new, fresh-on-store-floor items you’ll want to know about before everyone else has a chance to get their hands on them.

So go, take a look, and get out there and get shopping. Have a question or need some gift-giving advice. Send Shoppist an email. Just think of us as your elves. (Only wearing slightly better shoes.) Read more »

Your Insider Guide to Shopping the Annual Lagos Sample Sale

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Images via Lagos.

Jewelry obsessives have probably had this on their calendars for months now: This weekend, Philly-based jewelry company Lagos kicks off its annual sample sale (at 441 North 5th Street), an event that brings out over 2,500 shoppers for huge deals on the cult-fave accessories.

As with every big shopping event, there can also be confusion about where to start and what to expect, especially for first-timers. So we chatted with Lagos insiders to get the scoop on how to minimize wait time and maximize your chances of scoring coveted pieces from classic collections. Read on to prepare yourself, and happy shopping.

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5 Philly Shops for Halloween Costumes You’ll Actually Wear Again

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Don’t overlook the vintage shops. | Malena’s Vintage.

According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will drop $74 on a Halloween costume this year. While a good penguin suit always gets a laugh or two, it’s not the smartest investment. I mean, how many times can you be a giant penguin before it stops being funny? (I’ll let you answer that for yourself.) If you’re looking to spend on something you’ll wear after Halloween (unlike a penguin suit), while simultaneously ensuring you’ll have the coolest costume at any party, this is the list for you – complete with costume ideas and local stores where you can score them.  Your perfect costume awaits.

5 Menswear Brands On the Rise in Philly

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A look from Ikiré Jones’s SS16 collection. | Image by Rog Walker.

It can be difficult to find distinctive menswear that isn’t simply a copy of a copy of a copy. Your best bet? Start looking a tad closer to home. Philly is home to some amazing menswear designers who are taking the men’s fashion scene by storm, and earning national acclaim while they’re at it. Whether you’re after customized suits, one-of-a-kind pocket squares, or ready-to-wear casual pieces made and sold only in Philly, we’ve got five of the best rising talents for you to scope out now.  Read more »

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