How to Break Out of Your Fall Fashion Rut


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 »

Shop Talk: The Mall Store You Should Start Reconsidering

Ann Taylor Spring

Yes, this is Ann Taylor. | Images via Ann Taylor.

  • Remember when Banana Republic got a new creative director and suddenly turned from mecca of Job Interview Outfits to OMG-I’d-actually-wear-this-out? Well, another mall stalwart is following suit. Meet the new (and shockingly cool) Ann Taylor. [The Zoe Report]
  • Kate Spade is launching a new company called Frances Valentine, a shoe and handbag line that’ll launch in the spring. It’s described as having a “wholesome but quirky, colorful Americana to the look, though everything is produced in Spain and Italy … putting the price points slightly higher than the Kate Spade of yore.” [WWD]

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Store Madness: People Are Already in Line for Tomorrow’s H&M x Balmain Collection Launch

Balmain H&M

The fashion version of a tailgate. | Photo by Eva Arce.

It’s just as I predicted: As early as 5am this morning, loyal (crazy?) shoppers started lining up in front of the H&M store at 15th and Chestnut so that they might be among the lucky ones to nab a piece or two (or 10) from the brand’s heavily touted Balmain collaboration, which launches at 8am tomorrow morning.

As of about 3pm this afternoon, there are about 15 chairs snaking around the corner of the building. (Interesting side note: Most of the people waiting in line are men! Slow clap.) Not exactly total madness — yet. But there’s still plenty of time to go before the collection launch – countdown is now T minus 16 hours– and you can bet that line will reach far down 15th Street as the hours pass. Read more »

Your Halloween Weekend Sale Roundup


Keep reading to see where you can score these amazing deals. | Images via stores.

Shopaholics rejoice – Some of our very favorite boutiques across the city are holding major sales this weekend. Whether you’re in need of a new wintery hat or some tailored jeans, Philly boutiques have what you need for less. Remember: shop smart; shop local. Read more »

Here Are the 7 Most Wildly Expensive Pieces From the H&M x Balmain Collection

Expensive H&M

Money, money, money, money. (Psst: The bottom two jackets are for the boys.) | Images via Fashionista.

The latest H&M designer collaboration – this time with Balmain – is causing a splash, as they always do. But this time it’s for the prices as much as it is for the sparkle, shimmer and second-skin fit. (Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, often dresses the Kardashian clan, if that helps paint a picture for you.) Of the 109-piece collection, six pieces ring in at over $500. Nine are over $300, and the bulk of the collection is in the $200-$300 range.

Here’s the problem, though: All of it smacks of Kardashian. And not good Kardashian (Kendall), but bad Kardashian (Kris). While I want to imagine that metallic pink dress worn effortlessly with, say, a pair of coolly clashy heels (Sophia Webster, perhaps?) or pulled off with good ol’ badassery (Rihanna), I imagine Kris Jenner being poured into it and, well, it’s ruined. Same goes for the dress at the top left corner above. And, sigh, this green sequined one, which I fear only Kate Moss could carry off, with her trademark mussed rocker-chick swagger. While Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid can pull off that draped red satin miniskirt ($99) with aplomb, many of us can’t – and shouldn’t.  Read more »

Shop Talk: The Absolute Best Black Leggings for Fall


Your new favorite fall pants ring in at only $135. | Aritzia.

  • I’ve found possibly the best black leggings ever: Aritzia’s black vegan leather ‘Daria’ leggings. The bad news: They sell out every season almost instantly, so buy them now. At $135, it’s the best purchase you’ll make all season. [Refinery29]
  • The folks over at Influenster surveyed over 40,000 people to determine the most popular Halloween costumes in each state. Apparently, Pocahontas is big in Georgia and Florida, Elsa still reigns supreme in North Carolina and mermaids are top in Pennsylvania. [Influenster]

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Main Line’s Cutest Home Goods Store Majorly Expanding


A peek at the store’s statement merchandise. | Image via The Blue Octagon.

Possibly the most colorful store in Malvern, The Blue Octagon is a home decor staple. It’s filled to the brim with statement chairs, gorgeous vanities, and every coffee table book you never knew you needed, all wrapped up in a splashy, gilt-slash-Deco package. (See photos of the store and merchandise here.) And the good news? It’s expanding.

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The Eaves Fall Lookbook Is the Stuff of Our Dreams


Leather + Lauren Hutton gorgeousness. | Photo via Eaves, by Carolina Palmgren.

Remember when I gave you a peek at what our top local boutiques are getting in for fall? Well, one of them — Eaves in Wayne — is giving shoppers an even better look into the styles and items that are shaping its fall aesthetic.

The clothes are elevated classics: You’ll see a filmy balloon-sleeved top, but with slinky, exaggerated ties at the cuffs; a simple leather miniskirt is accented with a band of fringe; a leather tunic is cinched with a sculptured obi-like belt. It’s all delicious, and you need to take a peek, and then go shop it immediately. Just saying.

See the full collection Eaves.

King of Prussia Is Getting a Chic New Lifestyle Shopping Center


A rendering of the new shopping center. | Image via JBGR Retail.

King of Prussia retail is getting a facelift with plans to build a new upscale lifestyle shopping center. Unlike KOP’s current shopping options, the new King of Prussia Town Center will feature a pedestrian-friendly space, complete with new shops and good food, looking to bring a downtown shopping vibe to the area. See what stores you can expect.

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