Fans of Free People know that the bohemian brand’s sales are few and far between. So when word gets out about a 20 to 25 percent discount on full-price purchases, we feel a professional responsibility to share the good news. But here’s the catch, the sale is only going on for four hours tonight.
I know it’s a temperate 68 degrees outside today, but check your weather app: on Friday, it’s plummeting into the 40s, and it’s just going to get colder from there. And if you’re like me and would rather wear four layers and a parka at home than turn on the heat, then you need to know about these socks. Made by local clothier United By Blue, the socks are ultra-soft, warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and … not quite in production. To get your hands on a pair, you’ll need to visit their Kickstarter page.
Much like ditzy florals are spring’s pattern of choice, plaid belongs to fall. But the print has a long history, specifically with the dreaded school uniform. Luckily, new plaids are popping up on sleek, edgy silhouettes and unexpected pieces like skater shoes and crossbodies. All you need to do is avoid pleats and knee socks and you’ll be looking more McQueen and less co-ed in no time.
Last week, I posed this question on our in-office messaging system, Slack: “What’s your favorite hand cream?” I thought the ladies of the office would chime in instantly, and from the male editors, I’d get crickets. Shocker: The guys here are serious when it comes to hand cream. (Almost as serious as they are about their beard oil.)
Here are the best salves, ointments, butters, balms, lotions and creams, as recommended by Philly Mag’s discerning editors. And proof that real men use hand moisturizer.
- These pro tips for how to navigate straight-size stores (like Zara) for sizes 14 and up are spot-on: Look for already oversize pieces (like capes and sweaters!), look for stretchy fabric, and consider wearing a straight-size dress as a top. [Refinery29]
- The Apple watch isn’t even out yet and already people have gone nuts creating accessories for it, based on how they think it’ll actually look and work. Hey, don’t want to be late for the party. [Gizmodo]
As far as we’re concerned, ankle booties are the most functional footwear of fall—warm and versatile enough to carry you through Sorel weather. And, there’s a fitting pair for nearly every setting. The office? Errands? Date night? Check, check, and check. Plus, any shoe that keeps your ankle secure and strapped in is a safe bet in our book. Ankle booties, we bow at your throne.
Tis the season for revamping your wardrobe. Fall’s chillier temperatures are moving in, and giving us the chance to layer up in sweaters, knits and jackets (I hear parkas are big this year!) and throw on some chunky, weather-defying footwear.
Lucky for us, Philly has also seen an influx of new fashion retailers moving in. Just last night I was a guest at a sneak-peek opening of New York discount megastore Century 21 in the old Strawbridges Building (which, let me tell you, brought out the gays in full force), and this weekend will see the opening of Nordstrom Rack (1700 Chestnut Street) and Timberland.
Store opening alert: Frey Boutique is opening in Newtown Square on October 24. The shop will be housed at 3555 West Chester Pike and after seeing how each shop reflects the local area’s flair (see: their Ocean City location), we’re positively giddy to see what they’ll do with the space. Really, the addition of brands like Rag & Bone, Equipment and Vince is just the icing on the cake.
It goes without saying that sweaters are the wardrobe workhorse of fall. To prevent rampant outfit repetition or a sky-high dry cleaning bill, we suggest adding a few new cozy pullovers into the mix—without breaking the bank. Here are 14 sweaters under $150 to hold you over until spring. (Psst: Most of them are actually under $100, but we couldn’t resist that cashmere DVF or Theyskens’ Theory.) Happy shopping!