6 Philly Stores That Will Turn You Into a Hat Person

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When it comes to polarizing accessories, a few items stand out for the intensity which with people either love or hate them: mules, jeggings, and hats. That last one is particularly tricky: Hipsters have all but ruined the fedora for most people, Britney Spears killed the newsboy, and Princess Beatrice took the fascinator to a new, terrifying level.

But it’s not all bad. In fact, the hat is making a stylish, wearable comeback (see: the berets at Gucci’s fall 2015 show; the wide-brimmed  toppers at Lanvin’s fall 2015 show). And with summer’s crop of styles, it’s never been easier to dip your toe into the trend. Here are Philly’s top shops for hats — from floppy to fedora, subdued to splashy, and everything in between.

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The Philly Fashion Lover’s Summer Shopping Bucket List

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Swap out a beach weekend for pop-ups by the river. | Shutterstock.

Summer brings with it a host of outdoor fleas, festivals and pop-ups, and it’s also the perfect time to ramble through some of our best shopping towns. Here are seven of the top shopping trips you need to take this summer, from must-visit Shore-town stops and outdoor art markets to the best places to spend a whole shopping day. Consider it your Summer To-Do List, and prepare to make room in your closet. Happy shopping!

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Your Big, Fat Weekend Sale and Shopping Guide

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From left: Egan Day, Stuart Weitzman, TownHome.

It’s a summer Friday, it’s hot, and we all just want to either get the heck to the Shore, or get the heck inside air-conditioning. Guess what? (Most) stores have air-conditioning! But here are the stores that have air-conditioning and sales. Go!

East Passyunk Antique/Vintage MarketPhiladelphia Flea Markets is setting up shop from 8am to 4pm in the parking lot between Tasker and Morris streets. Head there for over 50 vendors selling antiques, art, vintage furniture, collectibles, jewelry, clothing and more. Added reason to go: East Passyunk’s Second Saturday event, during which dozens of the avenue’s shops and salons will be offering sidewalk sales and complimentary refreshments. East Passyunk.

Metro Men’s Clothing: Throughout the month of June, buy any blazer, pants, jeans or shorts and get 50 percent off any top (short-sleeved, long-sleeved, sweater, polo, tank or tee). Yep, I’m serious. 1600 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.  More sales ahead!

Your Ultimate Memorial Day Weekend Sale Guide

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! Whether you’re spending it Shore-side or in the city, we’ve got all the sales you need to check out, from Erdon to Anthro, Alexander Wang to Lilly Pulitzer, and Equipment to Third Street Habit. (Oh, and if you’d rather do your shopping from the comfort of your deck/patio/pool, we’ve also got some online sales worth shopping.) Happy shopping!

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Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Guide

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From left: Ninobrand at Knit Wit; Clover Market (photo by Carrie Hill Photography) and Makers Mart featuring Arden & James.

Another weekend, another bevy of sales, outdoor markets and shopping events to add to your calendar. Here’s what’s coming up, and what’s worth shopping. We’ll see you out there!

Swarthmore Makers MartThe first-ever installment of this outdoor market takes place on Saturday, May 16th (rain date: Sunday, May 17th), in Swarthmore. You’ll find local and regional makers and artisans (like Three Potato Four and Arden & James) selling a mix of handmade items, vintage goods and art/photography. 10am-4pm in the Swarthmore town municipal parking lot, 432 Dartmouth Avenue, Swarthmore.

NINObrand Trunk Show at Knit Wit: A three-day NINObrand trunk show kicks off today at Knit Wit’s Bryn Mawr store. Go there to shop one of my favorite Philly designers (really, I’m obsessed!) and check out the new spring collection all weekend. Head there tonight for cocktails and a meet-and-greet with designer Bela Shehu. 905 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.  Read more »

8 Ways to Wear Snakeskin and Not Look Like a Kardashian

This spring, the luxe texture—in versions both real and faux—edges out splashier leopard and zebra prints. It’s more muted and generally rendered in softer, spring-perfect shades. Consider the print a neutral, which means it’s a wardrobe workhorse. But be mindful of fit. For instance, a snake-print dress with a second-skin fit can skew cheap. Look instead for a shift; the boxier shape keeps the look modern and chic. Here’s how to wear the reptilian look without looking cheesy, like, er, well, this.

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Your Insider Guide to the Best Vendors at Art Star Craft Bazaar

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Prime picks (from left): Emiko Shinozaki jewelry, Zola wall planters, Christina Kosinski ceramics, Fount bags and Marcella Kriebel illustrations.

If you haven’t yet been to one of Art Star’s beloved Craft Bazaars, make a point to go there this weekend. (Tip: It could make for a fun mother-daughter outing for Mother’s Day!) Now in its twelfth year, the juried outdoor market features over 150 local and national artisans.

The selection is impressive —but also a tad overwhelming, especially for first-time shoppers. So who better to be your guide than one of the bazaar’s founders? I got Art Star co-founder Megan Brewster to give me the skinny on the 10 vendors she’s most excited to see and shop this time around. Keep reading for her picks, and then shop them this weekend at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza (11am to 6pm both days, rain or shine; get more details here). Happy bazaar-ing!  Read more »

5 Things We’re Excited For This Month

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From left: Madewell, Todd Shelton, Clover Market.

Talk about spring renewal. Right now, we seem to be in the midst of a flurry of store openings (Lululemon! Meadowsweet Mercantile!), and we’re smack-dab in the middle of spring flea market season. Here are the five things on my radar this May, from a brand-new open-air market to the future of men’s tailoring. Bring on spring!

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