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]

Next: Let Gwyneth Paltrow sell you a $200 bobby pin!

Non-Buyer’s Remorse: All the Things We Didn’t Buy and Now Regret


A closet hung with the ghosts of things we didn’t purchase. | Main image

Someone in the Philly area owns a blue and white ceramic elephant that looks just like this. It’s part of a pair of matching elephants, both of which were recently for sale at a Pottstown thrift store, $20 apiece. I know this because my coworker Sandy bought the other one.

She didn’t buy the pair of them because, well, how many ceramic elephants does one really need, and also her husband Doug probably would have killed her if she came home with two. Once home, though, she regretted it: If a matching pair of anything is available, why would you only buy one?

“Because I am an idiot,” Sandy said. “I went back the next day. Of course, it was gone.”

The lost elephant. Another item buried in the collective graveyard of Purchases We Did Not Buy and Now Deeply Regret.  Read more »

Shop Talk: 12 Ways to Style Fall Sweaters (Without Skinny Jeans!)

sweater weather

Say hello to sweater weather in a whole new way. | Shutterstock [1] [2] [3].

  • Hallelujah! Finally, a list of 12 ways to style your fall sweaters like a fashion blogger (that means giving the skinny jeans a rest). Seriously, these tricks are so cute and so easy: over a denim dress or flirty summer sundress, with matchy-matchy colors for a monochromatic look, or under a long trench draped over the shoulders. [PopSugar]
  • Looking to maximize your height in any way possible? Look no further than Gigi Hadid’s trick to looking like you have legs for days: Wear heels the same color as your skin tone. Find some cute nude patent leather pumps like Gigi’s and prepare to strut like a supermodel. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Kerry Washington’s hairstylist (you know she’s the real deal) explains the proper way to detangle textured hair to avoid breakage. Top tips include using a wide-toothed comb, deep conditioning beforehand, and taking a little advice  from Caesar: Divide and conquer. [The Fashion Spot]

Up Next: Cindy Crawford’s beauty secrets and proof that bra sizing is a total mess

Shop Talk: How to Dress Like the Coolest Girl in Any Room


Cool as a cucumber. | Images via Shutterstock [1] [2] [3].

  • Do you have that one friend/celeb girl crush whose sick style always stands out in a crowd? Turns out, it doesn’t take a ton of effort to look like the coolest chick in the room – all you need is a little moxie to follow this simple style rule: Break all the rules. Wear a short skirt when the dress code calls for long; be the sparkly embellished flats in a sea full of black stilettos; leather pants, thigh-highs and a big fur vest are always a good idea. [Marie Claire]
  • Get to know the three designers who are doing Native American-inspired goods right (finally, someone). Jessica Metcalfe makes a mean beaded, fringed handbag. Kristen Dorsey’s jewelry designs take “statement piece” to the next level. And finally, meet Bethany Yellowtail, who somehow combined elk teeth and appliqué to make the most gorgeous LBD of all time. No, seriously. [Style.Mic]

Up next: Breast deodorant, a magic brush (really) and leather’s new competition.

This Is the Best Color to Wear to a Job Interview


Girl bosses in black. | HUANG Zheng / andersphoto /

I don’t remember what I wore to my first job interview (I shudder to imagine it), but I do recall the outfit I wore to interview for this job: a camel-colored leather pencil skirt, skinny black turtleneck, a vintage black sleeveless dress that buttons all the way up, worn as a longish vest, and oxblood heels. The vintage part wouldn’t have gotten me the gig at, say, Vogue (vintage doesn’t work for an interview there), but it worked here. Turns out, it probably wasn’t the pencil skirt or heels that did it. It was my color choice: Lots of black.

A British t-shirt company surveyed 1,000 people to find out their perceptions of color. The results: 56 percent of participants perceived black to be the color that “most inspires confidence.”  Read more »

Market Report: The Two-Step Formula to Making Any Outfit Better


From basic to best. | Huang Zhen, Shutterstock.

  • Kick the daily what-to-wear dilemma with this simple trick: combine a classic pairing with a wild card (all of which you probably already own) and you’re golden. [PureWow]
  • Currently freezing in your cubicle? You’re not alone. According to a new study, most office buildings set the temperature according to an outdated formula centered around the metabolic rates of men. Grrrr. [New York Times]
  • Speaking of needless chills, remember the age-old advice that rinsing your hair with cold water makes it shinier? Turns out that’s not totally true, and it might actually be doing damage to your strands. [Into The Gloss]

Next: Sephora’s red lipstick that looks good on <em>everyone</em>.

The Only 10 Fashion Items You’ll Need This Fall


Fall’s shopping moodboard. | Street style photos via HUANG Zheng /; 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 »

Market Report: 6 Shopping Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

Image via Shutterstock

Image via Shutterstock.

  • Even the savviest shopper can be swayed by a too-good deal or a too-small (but so good) pair of shoes. Here are the main mistakes shoppers make, and how to avoid them. [The Zoe Report]
  • It seems the Apple Watch has quickly lost its luster: Online sales for the device have dropped 90 percent since April, and continue to tank. [CNBC]
  • Apparently, the way you carry your bag says a lot about you. A body language expert decodes the main bag-carrying styles — crook of your arm, crossbody — and what they mean. (I’m “street smart and assertive.”) [WhoWhatWear]

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Market Report: How to Wear Ballet Flats and Still Look Cool (It Can Be Done!)

Coming down to earth doesn't need to mean looking boring. | Photos via Vanessa Jackman.

Coming down to earth doesn’t need to mean looking boring. |  Vanessa Jackman.

  • If you’re a loyal Shoppist reader, then you know of my intense hatred for Tory Burch ballet flats. But you can make ballet flats look non-basic. Here’s how. [Man Repeller]
  • Turns out, Band-Aids might actually make blisters worse. Instead, use Moleskin bandages, heel liners, gel pads and these tips for a blister-free summer. [InStyle]
  • A man create an air-conditioned shirt. Take that, summer. [WTKR]

Up next: Swimsuits that fight saggy boobs and what’s really killing Coach and Ralph Lauren.

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


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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