Video Evidence That Spring Coats Are Having a Major Moment

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Images via Third Street Habit, Terese Sydonna, and Lyst.

We’re all for jumping on the Chrissy Teigen—and, begrudgingly, Kim Kardashian—style train, and this season the celebs are proving that spring coats are back in a big way. This morning, we popped over to Fox 29 News HQ for a quick spotlight on the trend, pulling a few of our favorite spring coats from local boutiques. Read more »

Here Are Our Favorite Picks From the Target x Marimekko Collection

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Images via Marimekko.

The newest Target x Marimekko collab doesn’t hit stores until April 17, but we already know exactly what we want to buy. The much-anticipated collection just released a look book that has us drooling, scheming, and planing our in-store attack routes. Ok, maybe that last one was a little extreme, but you know these items are going to sell out ASAP—even that $499 ten-foot-tall paddle board. Crafting a game plan is key if you want to get in on the sunny, printed, patterned fun. Check out a few of our favorites from the collection, and start crafting your wish list before the Target x Marimekko launch. Read more »

Is it Possible to Find Stylish Clothes at Kohl’s?

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The marketing worked—Kohl’s Cash got me in the door. | Lauren McGrath.

Not gonna lie: I got about 90 percent of my clothes from Kohl’s in middle school. (The other 10 percent were hand-me-downs.) By the time I hit high school, I found myself too sophisticated to shop the juniors section, but the women’s clothes were far too grown up for 15-year-old me. I clung to the LC Lauren Conrad pastels as long as I could, but it wasn’t enough to fill my shopping void anymore. Until this weekend, I hadn’t stepped foot inside a Kohl’s in about 10 years, but when mom gives you $40 in Kohl’s Cash — that is, free money that’s only spendable at Kohl’s — you give it another shot. Here’s what happened.

Stop Everything: You Can Get Furs at Half Price This Weekend

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Get fur for less. | iStock.

If you prefer real furs over faux, there’s a major sale happening today through Saturday that you need to check out (because, as connossieurs know, furs at half price are about as common as unicorn sightings). Jacques Ferber, a Philadelphia fur stronghold since 1927, is holding a major sale this weekend—but there’s a catch. Read more »

Help! We Can’t Find Cute Plus-Size Clothes in Philly

Cute Plus Size Clothes | Lauren McGrath

A few styles from Fason de Viv in Old City. | Images via Fason de Viv.

Originally, we wanted to write a post calling out the five best local shops for cute plus-size clothes. However, after a solid day of digging, we’ve only managed to find big-box mall stores (Torrid), inexplicably expensive brands (Lane Bryant) or small sections at mega-retailers (Forever 21) that fill the need for plus-size clothes at all.  Read more »

We’re Obsessed With Grad Hospital’s New Boutique

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Images via Maark Concept.

Grad Hospital just got a brand-new, lust-worthy shopping destination: Maark Concept. This small, airy fashion haven is the brainchild of Ethan Nguyen of The Philly ShopsPia Panaligan and Melissa Choi of the brand Senpai + Kohai, Nicole Haddad of Lobo Mau, and Samantha Connors of VEXOT. Together, these four entrepreneurs combined their retail, merchandising and manufacturing knowledge to bring together a curated mix of designer brands and local talent.  Read more »

The Universal Shopping Dilemma: Is This Cute or Fugly?

Lauren McGrath, Philadelphia Magazine, Shoppist, Cute or Fugly?

A few cute or fugly wardrobe items in question. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

I’m not usually one to go all philosophical on matters of life (let alone shopping), but this dilemma has been plaguing me since I started buying clothes at the mall in middle school and persists on every retail venture to this day. I’m talking about that moment when you see that moody, floor-length Morticia dress or those platform oxford creepers that remind you of a sassy old British professor and your mind goes, “Oooh that’s cute! Wait, is it cute? Hang on, this might be kinda hideous. But something in me still likes it…I actually can’t decide – is this cute or fugly?” Read more »

The Revisit: Is the Philly Bloomingdale’s Outlet Still Worth Shopping?

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Scenes from the sale rack. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

When we got a sneak peek inside the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet Store in the Shops at Liberty Place back in December, it’s safe to say we were impressed with the selection, especially the relatively small space. There were loads of fun furs, racks of denim, and a curated mix of home goods, all impeccably arranged for the grand opening. But in most stores, the pitch-perfect displays and militant organization of opening weekend doesn’t last too long. So we popped by the Outlet this week for a surprise revisit to see how things are shaking out a few months in. Here is the good, the bad and the, well, see for yourself. Here’s what we found:

Market East: Gallery Rehab Won’t Be Finished Until at Least 2018

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The Gallery under renovation earlier this year. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The Gallery won’t re-open as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia anytime soon.

Macerich and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, who are co-developing the transformation of the mall, say the project won’t be finished until 2018 or 2019 now. The news was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer; Macerich VP Robert Perlmutter revealed the news in a conference call with analysts last week.

The Gallery, originally hailed as generator of urban rebirth, had lost its anchor tenants in recent years, and storefronts on upper floors were generally vacant. Though the mall still had a lot of foot traffic and generated respectable sales per square foot, its reputation, quite frankly, stunk.

The eastern half of the mall is closed; the western half (Gallery II) is slowly clearing out for redevelopment. When that’s done, PREIT and Macerich will rehab it into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East. Read more »

Where to Shop Warm-Weather Vacation Gear Right Now

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Styles currently in stock. | South Moon Under [1] [2] [3].

One of our editors recently fled our suddenly harsh winter for Puerto Rico. Before she left, she shopped around the city for warm-weather, vacation-appropriate pieces like swimsuits, coverups, lightweight dresses. Her findings? A whole lot of sweaters, coats, boots and thick scarves … and nary a bikini in sight.

Philly is a buy-now, wear-now type of city – while we can preorder spring/summer pieces now, very few of us actually are – which means that finding off-season merch is often an uphill battle. But we tried: We surveyed many, many stores to find you the one that stocks the most warm-weather pieces now, perfect for a mid-winter jaunt to sunnier shores. And we found it, your pre-vacation HQ: South Moon UnderWhat you’ll find.

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