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In Chicago Style on January 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Happy New Year, CityStylers!

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It has been snowing continuously in Chicago for the past week, and this has made it rather hard to stay chic and warm.  The way I decided to overcome this challenge? Well, I didn’t.  Yeah, that’s right, I made the decision to wear a sleeveless blouse and barely-there cutout tights in 20-degree-weather.  Though I admit it wasn’t one of my smartest sartorial choices, I was incredibly happy with how the look turned out.  I picked up this skirt from Target a month or so ago, and it has been laying in my closet with the tag still on it ever since then.  All-white ensembles have been seen everywhere lately, and I was eager to try it out on the quintessential winter holiday: Christmas.  I am in love with the completed look; it has a rather tropical feel (if that’s at all possible to achieve in Chicago’s weather?!) to it with the shoes and the bracelets, while the blouse and skirt class it up.  Though it may not have been one of my best choices comfort-wise, it definitely was the aesthetic I was going for.

Cheers!

Lily

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Chicago Style Decks the Hallways

In Chicago Style on December 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

This  super stylish high school senior shares the secret to his “bad boy” aesthetic.

Monforti sports a light-wash jean jacket and chocolate brown Dr. Martens.

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High-school senior, Tom, has always known that he has loved fashion. But it was not until the start of high school that he truly began experimenting with his personal style. Beginning sophomore year, Tom started buying clothing pieces that went along with his own aesthetic – what he describes as a “60’s bad boy going to church.” Now fast forward two years and the senior is looking as fashionable as ever, rocking everything from aviator glasses to band tee shirts. City Style sat down with him to inquire about everything from his favorite season for fashion to why Dr. Martens are his go to staple.

City Style:  Who/what is your greatest style influence?

Tom: My biggest style influence is James Dean, but my style also references the 50′s and 60′s teenagers from “Grease” and “Hairspray.”

CS: If you could only keep one item from your closet what would it be?

T:  I’d have to say my black Dr. Marten’s. Even though I have a lot of clothing that I love, those boots are a true staple in my wardrobe and make my style cohesive, I think. It’s rare to spot me without them on.

CS:  What are some of your favorite clothing stores?

T: I tend to have an expensive taste. I like Urban Outfitters and 21 Men (by Forever 21). But I absolutely love Topman. It’s really pricey, but if you do some digging you can find great deals. I also design some of my own tee shirts, as well as buy clothes from Target, Kohl’s, and the like.

CS:  Do you follow any fashion blogs?

T:  I actually don’t follow any fashion blogs; I mostly use pop culture to guide my preferences in style.

CS:  What is your favorite season for fashion?

T:  Fall is the best time for fashion, and I think a lot of people can agree with me on that one. In the summer and winter, Chicago’s weather really overpowers what you wear with either tons of layers of clothing or lack thereof. Spring is really brief and busy. Fall allows me to wear layers comfortably and to have an excuse for wearing an extensive amount of denim and my circle scarf.

Thanks so much Tom for sharing your wisdom with City Style!

Happy Holidays!

Lily

From Tartan to Punk: Winter’s Most Wearable Trends

In Chicago Style on December 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Happy December, City Style!

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As November and its unpredictable mix of temperatures are finally behind us, it is officially winter in the Windy City. The infamous Chicago weather pulls a Billy Joel and goes to the extreme: numbingly cold temperatures, overcast skies, and strong winter wind validate the city’s nickname of the “Windy City”.  These severe weather conditions make it difficult for even the chicest fashionistas to adapt. How are we supposed to rock a plaid-and-leather mini skirt when it’s -20 degrees outside?! Luckily for you, I have discovered that this seasons most coveted trends are in fact wearable in winter weather.

Monochrome

Perhaps the easiest to wear, monochrome pervaded the Fall/Winter Ready-to-wear runways at major houses including Celine and Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga. When dressing in monochrome, there is a fine line between chic and, as we say in French, ennuyeux (translation: boring). To stay en vogue, add some variety to your outfit by playing with different textures. Add touches of faux fur, leather, or jacquard and you’re golden. Layers are key for braving the cold, and a perfect way to incorporate texture into your outfit.  Wool tights, knee socks, faux fur gilets, and patterned scarves are necessities. Hit up Zara and H&M for affordable pieces that can be easily assimilated into your winter wardrobe.

Skirt -H&M ($49.95)

Skirt -H&M ($49.95)

Sweater With Sheer Stripe- Zara ($49)

Sweater With Sheer Stripe- Zara ($49)

Tartan 

Ever since its nascence centuries ago, tartan (plaid’s older sister) has been a staple pattern. This season, tartan was seen all over the runways; from Givenchy where artistic director, Riccardo Tisci, used tartan to embellish his rocker-inspired collection, to Versace, where tartan decorated a variety of silhouettes.  Whether you only want to dip your toes in tartan or dive right in, keep it chic by accessorizing minimally and not mixing patterns.  Turn to Topshop and Nordstrom for classic tartan and plaid pieces.

Moto Black Check Leigh Jeans – Topshop ($80)

Eyelash Plaid Cardigan – Nordstrom ($68)

Menswear

Ever since boyfriend jeans became all the rage, women all over the world have realized that it is possible to wear menswear without actually looking like a man.  Leandra Medine, the “man repeller” herself, has proven this theory to be true, outfitting herself in suits, shoulder pads, and various clothing items commonly reserved for men, yet she still manages to look undeniably chic.  Designers such as Donna Karan, Emporio Armani, and Richard Nicoll included menswear-for-women in this seasons collections, outfitting models in tailored separates and structured coats.  Though wearing a full on suit is perfectly feasible if that’s your style, I recommend wearing menswear extras, such as loafers, oversized coats, and dress shirts for a  look more hallway than runway.  Here are a few options from Need Supply and Zara:

Jacquard Trousers with Turn-Up Hem – Zara ($59.90)

Carmen Double-Breasted Coat – Need Supply ($110)

Cheers to staying fashionably warm!

Lily

Festival Style: Lollapalooza & The Windy City

In Chicago Style on August 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hi City Stylers! This weekend, I attended Lollapalooza (a huge, 3-day music festival in Chicago) and it was absolutely amazing. I saw so many of my favorite bands, as well as some pretty cool fashion, which I am here to share with you! The typical festival garb consisted of high-waisted denim shorts, a crop top and Converse. However, I was able to scout out some serious style that broke this mold! I chatted with Megan, a college fashionista from the heart of the City, on everything from her festival must haves to where she got her adorable necklace. Let’s begin, shall we?

Background: Megan, Age 19, born and raised in The Windy City

What she’s wearing: “Vintage bag, Topshop boots, H&M necklace and hat, Urban Outfitters sunnies and top, Asos shorts (from a few years ago).”

Festival essentials: “Sunnies, water, comfortable shoes and sunscreen! Being protected from the sun is a definite must.”

What bands she saw: “Today [Sunday] so far I’ve seen The Mowgli’s, Wavves, Alt-J, and Two Door Cinema Club. About to see Vampire Weekend, so pumped!”

Top festival style tip: “Show your style while still remaining comfortable. It’s no fun stumbling around in heels all day!”

Pretty amazing, right? I hope you enjoyed this post, as well as picked up a few tips and tricks along the way! For my personal experience at Lolla, be sure to check out my post here!

Until next time, stay fabulous!

Lily

What’s Up in the Windy City: Music Festivals

In Chicago Style on July 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Music festivals are basically the epitome of summer.  Fashion, music and hot weather are all combined in an insanely fun frenzy that can only be experienced at, well, a festival.  However, if you’re not prepared music festivals can easily transform from crowded to chaotic, warm to unbearable.   Here is where the clothes come in; what you wear basically determines your overall experience.

Want to have fun while still looking fashionable? Look no further.

Hopefully you got a good sense of what to wear to a music festival (whatever your style may be!).  There are a medley of music festivals that Chicago is hosting, however Lollapalooza is easily the most famous and basically is the equivalent of Coachella.  For the first time, I am going and am beyond excited!  Artists such as Mumford + Sons, Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks will be performing.   I will make sure to snap some street style photos for you!  Are you going to a festival? Comment down below!

Stay fabulous,

Lily