Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle

Summer for me was pretty much over when it started, and am I   complaining about that…. not really. I’m ready for fall, I   won’t lie. I    figured the best way to cap off perhaps the fastest summer yet was with a good transitional look that easily works for the summer but can definitely get by as we approach the end of the season and Labor Day coming up.

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If you’ve noticed, animal print truly never dies as a trend. I  feel like I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE and the interpretations are wide ranging. A while back, I  picked up this read-cheetah inspired print from a Nordstrom sale and have held onto it for some time, as I  knew it’d come in handy for the summer. To make this otherwise more going out top more work friendly, pairing it with navy dress pants and a denim jacket

 

With a pair of burgundy tassel loafers to tie in the print, it keeps the look a little more playful, which I  think is a must with something like leopard.

The Levi’s denim jacket is a closet staple, mine’s in Mugito (dark wash), and pretty much goes with everything. I  upgraded from an oversized one I  have because it started making me feel 10lbs heavier than I am.

I’m honestly really excited to start a new season and embrace whatever changes in weather and wardrobe that the fall will bring!

Happy Friday,

TW

Old Kid on the Block

Old Kid on the Block

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!

Stay tuned,

TW

Striped for Summer

Striped for Summer

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.

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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!

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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!

TW

 

 

Strike a Cord

Strike a Cord

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!

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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.

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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!

-TW

 

 

 

 

Dropping a Bomb(er)

Dropping a Bomb(er)

It starting to feel a lot like fall, and thank the LORD! Chicago isn’t exactly covered in fall foliage but a consistent drop in temperatures is at least allowing me to wear jeans and boots on the regular. With the new season in full effect, I’ve decided to try and elevate my fall looks more than I  have in year’s past.  Today’s outfit is truly the bomb… (bad pun) because it’s centered on one of my favorite bomber jackets.

CallieCraigWAS091818-65Sometimes I feel like I’m Karamo from Queer Eye with the amount of jackets and bombers I own and wear on a regular basis. This bomber, however, is perhaps them best of all of them. A birthday present to myself a few years back, this maroon jacket is the perfect piece to build a luxe fall look around.

Not only am I in love in the deep burgundy color, but the silky material that makes this $75 bomber look like it was triple the price. (God bless H&M sometimes) It’s one of those pieces that takes any look from good to great and this is no exception.

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Usually I  wear this bomber for a nighttime event with dress pants and a dress shirt, but for a fall day to night look, I  paired it with a chambray button down and black denim. I’m loving the result. it

The best part of bomber jackets, especially one as sleek as this one, is that it can take any look and truly become a wow moment. Bringing it back to Karamo and the cast of Queer Eye, but truly they all know how to dress and have the perfect blend of chic daytime looks that I  hope to wear more in and outside of the office.

Here’s to making this fall my most stylish fall yet!

-TW

 

 

Leave it to Levi’s

Leave it to Levi’s

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!

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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.

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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!

-TW

 

 

 

Spring It On

Spring It On

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.

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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.

-TW