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New academic research suggests that luxury stores have learned the age-old adage of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’.
If we could, we’d live completely in fuzzy knits. In fact, we consider them to be the ultimate solution to the style vs. comfort conundrum.
Breaking: Kate Middleton is even more down-to-earth than we thought. As the Duchess of Cambridge, she has personal shoppers at her disposal and luxury department stores just waiting to shutdown their entire establishment to the public for her, and yet, Middleton would rather blithely peruse Reiss’s 60 perfect off rack.
Whether or not you’re guilty of it, you can likely vouch for the popularity of the buying-wearing-then-returning approach to shopping. While this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, it’s gained traction as a result of the uptick of fast fashion and doesn’t shown any signs of stopping — until now, that is.
Vivienne Westwood is brilliant for her thoughtful collections, ability to age gracefully, and being eternally outspoken. In the latest edition of Dame Vivienne getting candid on fashion through the lens of activism, she doles out some pearls of wisdom about shopping in the age of mix-and-match designer and high street.
We won’t pretend you didn’t already know: It’s the 4th of July on Thursday. That means we’re getting unapologetically America, we’re eating corn dogs like they’re candy corn, and we’re not even gonna pretend we haven’t already bought temporary flag tattoos. We did some thinking so you don’t have to, and rounded up 11 July 4th essentials: from the red lipstick you can throw on five seconds before hitting the bar, to the bathing suit that hides all signs of a burger baby.
In honor of the French house’s largest shop in the world, which opens today on London’s New Bond Street, we’ve scoured the over 180 mono-brand boutiques worldwide looking for the house’s most luxe outposts. Here, we’ve narrowed down the 6 Chanel shops on our bucket list, from the City of Lights to the land down under.
You’ve got your bikinis, flip-flops, and sunglasses ready. You’ve found the best bronzer, nail polish, and lipstick to set off your soon-to-be summer glow. You’ve got your Jitney reservation — or train ticket, or car keys — in hand. Now the only thing left is finding the perfect bag to stow all that stuff in. And, because this is Memorial Day Weekend we’re talking about, why not make it something a little patriotic? We’ve found the best and most affordable travel bags so you can satiate your wanderlust in style.
Happy National Macaron Day!! We hope you’re celebrating with a sweet treat — and a free one at that, if you’re in NYC — but even if you’re sticking to your spring diet, you can still indulge in these confectionery inspired pieces. Pistachio, coffee, salted caramel — whatever your favorite flavor, we’ve got your fashionable fix right here.
Last year, a woman pepper-sprayed her competition. Today, one man threatened to pull out a gun while waiting in a line outside of K-Mart, hundreds of young girls stampeded a Victoria’s Secret, and crazed shoppers rampaged their way through a Wal-Mart.
There may not be a single star-spangled banner amongst the merch carried by new e-commerce site Anthem Wares, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing its praises loud and clear.
Target recently released a shoppable film Falling For You, whose instant shopping concept is the first of its kind. The idea is really cool, answering the perennial question “Oh man, where did they get that? I want it!” But watching a live finale at Target’s party inside Terminal 5 on Wednesday, and finding out that stars like Kristen Bell, Nia Long, and Rose Byrne also experience the same moments as us plebes? Well, that was even cooler.
Target just launched the first episode of its shoppable short film today, and the video is actually pretty cool!
Sorry, we had to.
Get’em before they’re gone!
Heading to Coachella next weekend? Getting a head start on your packing plan of attack for Bonnaroo/Lollapalooza/Pitchfork/Governor’s Ball/Burning Man/Electric Zoo? We’ve got you covered. Well, maybe not for Burning Man. You probably just need some body paint for that particular one.
Via Jezebel comes this amazing video sendup of that painful shopgirl experience we’ve all had, in which a trendily clad, barely functioning human being says things like, “They’re vintage?” (which isn’t a question) and “We don’t have an online store?” (which also isn’t a question), before promptly closing for lunch, er, brunch.
Call us cynics, but when we got the press release announcing Forever 21′s intentions to donate 100% of today’s online sales to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, we couldn’t help but look for a catch. They couldn’t possibly mean 100%, could they?
You know how sometimes you’re walking through Ikea and you think to yourself, why does this floor plan mimic the Labyrinth at Knossos? It turns out there’s actually a method behind the madness, and that method is (what else?) to make you spend more money.
We here at Styleite love to shop (evidenced by, well, our tireless gift guides), but when we’re in serious yes-I-am-going-to-make-a-purchase mode, we either can’t flag down a salesperson to help us or we want to find our new merch by ourselves. A new survey by retail consulting firm Accenture suggests that most shoppers who have smartphones don’t want to talk to salespeople at all, instead preferring to use their iPhones or BlackBerries to find information a salesperson could easily recite.