Market Report: 10 Fashion Items Every 30-Year-Old Woman Should Own

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The closet upgrades every 30something needs. | Shutterstock.

  • One gorgeous set of lingerie, one great cashmere sweater, one classic trench and seven other things every stylish woman should own by the age 30. (Don’t have something? Get shopping!) [The Zoe Report]
  • Crazy shakeups in the fashion world: Donna Karan has stepped down as the chief designer of the company. The brand has suspended production of its runway shows and collections. [WWD]
  • And Nike founder Phil Knight has stepped down as the brand’s chairman. Someone’s got big sneakers to fill. [Fashionista]

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Market Report: How a Fashion Editor Shops on a Budget

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Savvy style. | Shutterstock.

  • Yep, a former Condé Nast fashion editor shops the sale racks. Here are her secrets to scoring the best, affordable fashion finds. Tip 1: Ignore seasons and don’t be a complete fabric snob. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Jessica Simpson is planning to open freestanding boutiques for her billion-dollar eponymous fashion empire, which is now sold at stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s. [US Weekly]
  • Okay, this is amazing: Marilyn Manson took to a Reddit AMA on Friday to divulge his makeup routine. Shocker: He really knows his brands. [Styleite]

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9 Selfies of the Movers and Shakers of Philly’s Style Scene

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Some people have made a living taking selfies (cough, Kim Kardashian). Others have made a living doing far more interesting things (chefs, fashion designers, pro-surfers). For our August issue, we reached out to the latter, and persuaded them to give us their best Kim K. The result? Seventy-five selfies, each an intimate peek at the behind-the-scenes lives of Philly notables.

Some selfies were cute (Congressman Bob Brady with his tiny great-granddaughter); some were sexy (um, did you see the cover?); some were not sexy (the Geator in a Speedo); and some were hilarious (Fergie Carey in fur, lamé and sunglasses I actually think I own, too). Below are pics from Philly’s style and shopping scene; check out the entire roundup — including that Geator Speedo — here.

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This Instagram Algorithm For Fashion Posts Gets You More Likes

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Will dress for likes. | Shutterstock.

We’ve all been there before: You upload a photo of your outfit on Instagram and nervously wait for likes to trickle in, one by one, praying to the social media forces that you break into the double digits. Now, though, you can ensure that those little hearts continue to climb with a new algorithm made for your stylish #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) snaps.

A new algorithm from the University of Toronto calculates which outfit photo will get the most likes on Instagram. The algorithm — which is explained in the Computer Vision Foundation (CVF) report — analyzes “the type of outfit and garments, the type of user, the setting/scenery of the photograph, and fashionability of the user’s photograph” to maximize a photo’s appeal (which translates into likes).  Read more »

Market Report: What It’s Like to Shop at Forever 21 As an Adult

  • Even if Forever 21 never ages, you do. So what’s it like to shop there in your thirties, when you’re past the point of needing to buy ‘going out’ tops every weekend? The answer: not always pretty. [Huffington Post]
  • Printed leggings are my favorite way to amp up my fitness wardrobe. Here are the 10 best, editor-approved pairs out there now, in wild colors and crazy patterns — all guaranteed to wick sweat and stay in place during the toughest workouts. [Rank & Style]
  • Career advice: After you’ve laid off a bunch of your team members, maybe don’t head straight to a bar and post gloating Hunger Games hashtagged Instagam pics, like this J.Crew exec did. [Fashion Week Daily]

Next: Check out the first Apple pocket watch.

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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Style Science: People Who Wear Skinny Jeans Are Happier and More Confident

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The skinnier your jeans, the happier you are? | Shutterstock.

I think I’m a pretty happy and relatively confident person, but science would claim otherwise: According to a new study, women who wear skinny jeans are happier and more confident than those who stick to wider-cut denim. That means that I — devout bell-bottom wearer until probably the end of time —  might have some soul-searching to do. But can the cut of your jeans really point to your happiness level?

A survey by Qualtrics found that people who prefer skinny jeans are nine percent more likely to be happy and 12 percent more likely to be confident. I guess I can understand this: Those who are confident — especially with their bodies — would want to wear tighter, more form-fitting things, instead of shrouding “problem areas.” (I don’t love my very short, surprisingly muscular legs, so maybe that’s in some part the reason I steer clear of second-skin pants.) But the theory can also work in reverse: When everyone else is wearing skinny jeans, I feel confident enough to wear super-flares, even when they aren’t a trending style.  Read more »

Market Report: 8 Smart Ways to Save Money at the Dry Cleaner

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‘Dry clean’ is different than ‘dry clean only.’ | Shutterstock.

  • Fun fact: Getting your clothes dry-cleaned in the spring and fall — and doing it in bulk — can save you lots of money. [The Fashion Spot]
  • Over on the beauty front, apparently it’s (sort of) bad to wash your face in the shower. [Marie Claire]
  • PR people are trying to convince us that bikini necklaces are a thing. [Refinery29]

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11 Hilarious Memes of Met Gala Fashions

The Met Gala broke the Internet last night. That’s at least the impression I got after scrolling through Instagram to find tons of rather humorous shots of celebrities donning some very unique high fashion on the event’s red carpet.

Rihanna’s yellow egg dress seemed to take the cake, while Beyoncé pretty much looked like she bedazzled some sequins on her lady parts and called it a day. Of course, there was Sarah Jessica Parker’s rather strange headdress that caused some people to wonder if she’s going through major Sex and the City withdrawal. I rounded up some of my favorite memes to come out of Instagram of this evening of strange, strange red-carpet looks.

#SarahJessicaParker #Rihanna #MetGala #MetGala2015 #fwpress #fwpinsider

A photo posted by Нарядная Клава (@klava_n) on

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Buon Appetito! #rihanna #metgala #icant A photo posted by Federica Trezza (@iamfederigram) on

Who comes up w/ these things? #nochill #morninghumor #metgala A photo posted by Taraze Durrah (@taraze_79) on

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