The Only 10 Fashion Items You’ll Need This Fall

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Fall’s shopping moodboard. | Street style photos via HUANG Zheng / Shutterstock.com; runway photo via Tibi.

I’m hesitant to admit this publicly, as wishing away summer is close to a cardinal sin, especially ’round these parts, but I’m — deep breath — ready for fall. It’s not the sunny weather I mind, or the calmer days (even looming deadlines seem less desperate in summer). It’s that this fall’s styles speak to me — ’70s bohemia, tons of texture, heaps of accessories — in a way that tank tops, sandals and sundresses don’t.

Even if you’re desperately trying to cling to the last vestiges of summer (we still have one more month!), I promise you: This fall’s fashion will make the end of summer bearable. The collections have already begun creeping into stores, but it’s easy to be overwhelmed (Victorian! Goth! Hippie!). So I’ve boiled down the trends into the top 10. Think of this as your new-season shopping list. Read more »

5 Best High-Waisted Bikinis Out There Now

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Storming of the swimsuits!

Right before my honeymoon, I bought what basically amounted to the entire swimwear selection of Victoria’s Secret (I know, I know). For weeks, boxes of bikinis arrived at my doorstep, all tiny and stringy. Fast-forward several years (seven, to be exact), and my swimwear arsenal still only consists of these skimpy suits.

Problem is, the pools I frequent these days aren’t quite as glamorous as the saline lagoons of Hawaii, and it feels sort of weird to slink around the backyard pools of my friends, playing with their four-year-olds, wearing a tiny black triangle top. But I refuse to give in to the call of the one-piece. Though I know it’s just as chic (if not more so!) to cover up, I can’t help but imagine my mom back in the ’80s, sitting on the beach in a skirted one-piece. I’m not ready.

Happily, there is a middle ground, and it’s the delightfully retro high-waisted bikini, which counts Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and even Rihanna as fans. Far from prudish, it’s actually the most high-style way to do swimwear now. For this final month of summer, why not try one? Here,  my top picks.  Read more »

The Best Shops for Furniture and Home Accessories

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Worldly eclecticism reigns at Material Culture’s enormous store.

Our furniture and decor scene is as varied as the homes lining our streets. There’s a bit of mid-century modern, some industrial, lots of antiques, and enough retro/reclaimed/gilt/wood/you-name-it goods to fill tiny trinities and vast manses alike. Here, some of the best (and our favorite) haunts for home furnishings from this year’s Best of Philly list.  Read more »

7 Editor-Approved Sales and Shopping Events to Hit This Weekend

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This weekend’s shopping standouts: Shoes from Bus Stop, dresses from Jade’s Closet, and cheeky cross-stitch on East Passyunk.

There are so many great sales happening now, so it was a tad hard to whittle them down to the best. But I’ve done it, and they’re all right here in one handy list. Whether you’re looking for furniture, shoes, letterpress or apparel, I’ve got you covered. Happy shopping, friends.  Read more »

Philly Mag Editors Share Their Fave Beauty Finds From Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

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Whole Foods’ beauty selection. | Whole Foods.

Sometimes the best beauty products can be found in the most unexpected places (West Philly’s International Food and Spices, South Philly’s Fante’s). So when we came across this great article breaking down the best finds at Trader Joe’s — think yummy Coconut Body Butter and anti-aging Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum — we decided to do some digging of our own. Here, Philly Mag’s discerning editors share their favorite go-to beauty buys from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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The Shoppist Guide: 20 Best Shops on the Main Line

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Clockwise from top left: Skirt, Valley Forge Flowers, Blue Octagon, Eaves.

Once upon a time, the best shopping in the area was in the city or even, gasp, in the mall. Today, though, a host of stellar shops has found its way to the Main Line, making this spot a worthy shopping destination. From updated tried-and-tried mainstays (Valley Forge Flowers) to new kids on the block (Blue Octagon), here are the 20 best reasons to get shopping on the Main Line now.  Read more »

10 Holiday Sales Still Going On This Week

Sales that make Monday bearable: South Moon Under, Terrain, and Net-a-Porter.

Sales that make Monday bearable: South Moon Under, Terrain, and Net-a-Porter.

If you were too busy during Fourth of July festivities to check out the highly anticipated holiday sales, well, you’re in luck: Some sales from the long weekend are still going strong and the markdowns are dipping even lower. Here, a guide to the sales still going on this week, including some mega-deals that end today. May this help you ease into your post-holiday week.

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6 Philly Stores That Will Turn You Into a Hat Person

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Hat attack. | Shutterstock.

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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