It’s August 1st, as in… summer is already two months in, how did that happen? It’s probably been the fastest summer yet, and my attempts at consistently sharing posts just that a dream unfulfilled at this rate. But no need to dwell, I’m here now and really loving today’s old school look.
It’s been a fairly mild summer here in Chicago, which means I’ve still been able to wear long sleeves and jeans throughout the season. On a cool summer day, this TopMan (Rest in Peace) shirt felt like a must-have. This sweater-esque look has a built in collar and color blocked stripes in the perfect shades for summer.
When I put this with a simple and classic wash pair of Levi’s, I felt equal parts touristy dad at Disney and Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name, a winning combo, right? There’s a 80’s vibe to this look that I can’t help but love.
Sometimes the best looks are the easiest ones. I think we all know that a white t-shirt and jeans can be just as attractive and stylish as a bomber or printed shirt.
It’s not always about reinventing the wheel in your closet and finding the newest piece, it can be about bringing an old look back.
Hoping to bring back more old looks, and mindsets here, and soon!
Can we even classify this season as Summer when it’s barely cracked 75 degrees? Probably not, but in a city like Chicago, you’re gonna have to fake it till you make it.
I’m not going to let a dreary summer sky dampen my seasonal wardrobe. I was inspired by June being Pride Month when putting together this look. The look is built around this striped top from Bonobos that I love for summer! In different shades of sherbet, this rainbow print reminds me of a fashionable Pride flag. Seersucker is one of my favorite materials for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable.
This shirt could really work with anything, white jeans, dark denim or khakis. I thought instead to try a more neutral green to let the shirt pop more. These chinos from Banana Republic Factory are my favorite fitting casual pant. They give a lot of shape and don’t have to be tailored, AMEN!
On top, a year round must-have, is this Levi Denim jacket. I recently purchased this one because the wash is the most neutral and my other denim jacket is too oversized for summer, where let’s face it, fit is crucial. A rope belt and grey loafers are easy accessories to make a little more casual yet cool.
It’s been a while since I’ve put up an outfit post partly due to scheduling and finding motivation, so if you’re reading, thanks for sticking with me 🙂
More summer looks to come, stay tuned!
We’re practically a week into November which means we’re in fall’s peak season. All the leaves have changed, the jack-o-lanterns and cobwebs have been put away, and we’re snowballing into Thanksgiving!
It seems like one of the biggest trends this year is corduroy. I used to think corduroy’s were a bit too traditional, revered for that pair of pants I’d have to wear around the holidays as a kid. Times have changed, as they often do, as it seems like corduroy is everywhere for both men and women. Instead of adding corduroy back into my closet in that old traditional sense, I’ve added it through this easy button up at Uniqlo. It’s such an accessible layering piece, as much of Uniqlo’s pieces are, that I bought it in three different colors. If something works, buy multiple options. I’ve linked it here!
I loved how this deeper red color pops against my new favorite pair of fall jeans! These were a major steal, at only $19 at the Urban Outfitters Surplus. The striped detail is a trend that carried over from last. Having denim details make even the most simple of outfits a little bit more unique. Places like Urban or even ASOS hare great options for similar styles.
Looking forward to embracing fall styles with the proper weather to match, especially in these new pieces. Be on the lookout for more fall looks coming soon!
Happy June everyone! Before I get started on today’s post, I wanted to extend another thank you to everyone who read my Pride post that I kicked off this month with last week. Being vulnerable regarding something so personal is not easy, but the texts and other messages I received were so kind and sweet. I plan to share more pieces like that going forward!
Back to today’s look, I’m leaving it up to Levi’s. A denim jacket is essentially necessary these days. Mine’s been snagged from Urban Outfitters on sale about 5 years ago, and it’s served me well since. The wash has always served me well and it paired perfectly with shades of sky blue for an easy spring to summer look.
This jacket isn’t exactly the newest piece in my closet, but denim jackets only improve with age. Adding something custom like a patch, or pin is a really fun way to give it new life. I took that sentiment a little further by having mine embroidered. A local pop-up shop was doing custom embroidery and I decided to get a cheeky phrase “Fuck Off” put on the back collar. It’s easily rideable but a fun way to show off my, at times, feisty personality and really claim this jacket as my own.
The top is a light polk dot print from Club Monaco. A Club Monaco sale is honestly my secret weapon. The quality of the clothes is better than the average, but so are the prices, so just wait out and pounce when the sale is right! 😉 I picked up that shirt during their mid season sale months ago. To mix and match patterns, I slipped on my favorite striped van-like shoes from Brooks Brothers, a pair I grabbed in the fall. A similar pair is linked here. Pattern play is actually one of my favorite trends, especially in the summer, since it’s all about having fun and trying different colors. The khakis help break up the whole look.
I’m loving all the possibilities that this nicer weather is giving me in terms of my wardrobe. It’s warm enough for lighter fabrics, but cool enough to layer! Looking forward to sharing more summer looks this month!
Have you ever wanted something to happen so badly that you’ll do just about anything to manifest it? That’s me with…
everything spring this year! One of the only major downsides of being a Chicago resident is a never ending winter and this year is no exception. It feels like it’s never going to warm up.
Each year, around this time, I’ve had enough of the wool and gray sweaters. Overtime, I’ve developed the idea that if spring isn’t going to present itself, then I’ll have to. That means wearing more florals and color, to give the idea of spring. Spring is all about a mindset to me anyway.
Today’s look is a great transitional effort as it combines the layers that the temperatures require with the colors of the true spring season. Denim of course is a great place to start, as it really is adaptable to all season. My chambray shirt falls on the line of winter and spring, and when paired with a lighter colored dress pant, crosses over to spring.
Another spring staple is a great denim jacket, or in my case, this khaki one. I’ve had it for years and it never fails me. The color feels fresher but it doesn’t lose its ability to layer. Khaki is a great in-between camel and your summer whites. I’m also really trying to implement greens to get the feeling of spring, without looking like the Easter Bunny. (Not that I don’t love that look)
Let’s hope that this look, and more, will give the sun a hint to come out and play as I charge through a cold March and into April.
It’s fall, and another scarf post is just what you need, right? Right! Sharing this look today featuring my favorite scarf of all time from Burberry! It’s my hands down favorite, not only because it’s beautiful and classic but because of the sentiment behind it.
This is actually this first real clothing “purchase” I made myself. My local mall had just gotten a Burberry store and at the time, it was like Heaven had just decided to open a little pop-up shop of what life could be like, courtesy of the fashion gods. I had saved up my money and knew that I
had to have needed a Burberry item, and fast! Even though Tampa generally doesn’t warrant a winter accessory purchase, this scarf stood out and needed to come home with me. It used the classic print, but was more unique because of texture created by the wool and cashmere blend.
My parents helped me get over the big price hump by saying I’d have it forever, so far, that’s true. This scarf has gone through middle school, lived abroad and embraced five Chicago winters and counting. Sometimes I use a piece like this as the focus and build an outfit around it. Luckily it’s neutral enough to go with everything but a recognizable print that gives it that “statement piece” quality.
More scarves and layered looks to come as temperatures drop! Excited to share more looks and posts as next week brings on travel, holidays and my birthday!
Denim is a wardrobe staple no doubt, but mastering the art of pairing it together is not always an easy task! For someone who used to loathe the idea of wearing a pair of jeans, I tend to wear the “Canadian Tuxedo” trend more than you’d think. To refresh your memory, that’s when you wear a jacket and pants both made of denim. Sound like a bit much? That’s because it can be if you’re not choosing the right denim.
The best advice is making sure that the washes are working together, not clashing. Would you ever pair your darkest pair of jeans with a light wash jacket, or vice vera? I don’t think so. On the other hand, you don’t want to do a wash that’s too similar. This isn’t a denim suit or toddler’s ensemble. Stick somewhere in the middle. I’m wearing a denim jacket, from Levi’s, that’s a medium wash with lighter patches and undertones. With J.Crew denim that’s more of a true blue color, it’s similar but different enough to show some contrast.
These jeans could easily go well with a darker jacket too, an item I’m in desperate need of purchasing. The jacket could go with a more distressed pair too. Even though it’s not my style per say, gray and black denim usually work well together too! Another thing to think about it, is what your pairing with the denim. Neutral sweaters, tops, and shoes are always best. It helps the eye visually accept that you’re wearing two denims.
All this denim talk is making me want to shop! New outfit posts and some special partnerships are coming soon! Happy Friday!
Photos: Callie Craig