Your Insider Guide to Shopping the Annual Lagos Sample Sale


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


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

Image by Rog Walker

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 »

6 Must-Own Fashion Buys on Major Sale Right Now


Your dream closet. | All images via stores/designers.

Because it’s Friday (and who really wants to work on a Friday?), I spend more time than I should have scouring the interwebs to bring you, dear reader, the absolute best things on sale – like, have-they-lost-their-minds sale – right this very moment. Go! SHOP!  Read more »

8 Coats to Buy Right Now

Best Fall Coats Neiman Marcus, ThePerfext, Banana Republic, Zara

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 »

8 Ways to Transform Your Boring Fall Uniform

Fall outfit

There’s nothing wrong with this, except for that fact that literally everyone else is wearing it.

Things we love: haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, apple picking, pumpkin patches, etc. Chances are if you’ve gone to one of these fall activities in the past five years, you’ve worn some version of the Fall Fashion Starter Pack – button-up flannel shirt, leggings or skinny jeans, tall boots in brown or black, maybe even a puffy vest (see above). This leads us to things we don’t love: boring outfits, feeling basic, looking like everyone else.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a staple wardrobe item here and there, you’ve gotta spice up your look beyond the basics. The fix is simple; swap out classics for trendier items to update your look and make you stand out in a be-flanneled crowd. Look and learn.  Read more »

Weekend Shopping Report: 6 Can’t-Miss Columbus Day Sales

Weekend Sale

Weekend sales featuring Tibi and Barneys Warehouse.

Whether you’re a fan of Columbus or not (in which case, you might be happy to know that some states are changing it to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’), you can’t argue that the controversial holiday does give the excuse to hit up some sweet sales before the incoming chaos of Black Friday. Like always, we’ve selected the best local sales and events going on this weekend for your inner explorer to discover. Read more »

Weekend Shopping Report: 6 Must-Hit Sales and Events

Weekend Sale

From left: Melete bags at Egan Day this weekend; Meadowsweet Mercantile in Old City.

Forget Joaquin. This weekend has a ton of great shopping in store, from trunk shows and vintage pop-ups to antique sales and fall festivals. Here are six of the best sales and events going on this weekend. (Plus: Where to find Shoppist’s pop-up market!) Read more »

The Shoppist Guide: 5 Shops With the Best Pope Memorabilia

Pope Buys

Gifts, both the quirky and luxe. | Images via Occasionette and TownHome.

So you’ve made the decision to brave the streets of Philly during Papal Visit 2015; your shopping game face is on and you’ve mentally prepped (or prayed) that you can handle the insanity of the crowds. Your mission? To score the cutest, quirkiest Pope merchandise for you and your out-of-towner family and friends. We’ve already looked into which boutiques are staying open this weekend, and now we have the scoop on which of our favorite shops are carrying the best (read: not cheesy) gifts and souvenirs to commemorate this historic Philly moment. Because bootleg Pope tees sold on street corners are so not the things to buy.  Read more »

Behind the Buy: What Knit Wit Is Loving for Fall

Knit Wit

Welcome, officially and finally, to fall! While you’ve been Shore-ing, sunning and stealing every last bit of summer before it winds away, we’ve been digging head-first into the new season’s style offerings. And let me tell you: They are good. We asked Philly’s top shops to give us a peek at their fall buys. Every day, we’ll be breaking down the the styles they’re loving, the trends they’re featuring, and the pieces to add to your new-season shopping list. Happy shopping!

The Store: Knit Wit, Rittenhouse, Bryn Mawr and Margate

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