I’ve written endless blog posts about my philosophy on street style so I know I’m a bit of a broken record. But it bears repeating! When I’m out hunting I look for people who visually communicate their individuality to the world, regardless of where on the fashion spectrum they fall. That’s why you’ll see a thrift-store outfit next to a shot of a socialite leaving a fashion show in New York. Since day one, I’ve always wanted to document the kaleidoscopic diversity of human creativity here in Chicago and beyond (ok, New York).
Laura is someone with a powerful sense of self; exactly what I’m looking for. You don’t have to be perfectly dressed to end up on my blog. She was surprised I stopped her last Saturday for a photograph, since she told me her look was ‘low-key’ compared to the rest of her wardrobe. People with an authentically cool sense of style are usually very interesting people. Sure enough I was right, as she was in Chicago for a brief layover on her 28-hour Amtrak day trip to visit a creepy coal-mining town in West Virginia.
People like Laura make me want to just jump on a train and go someplace crazy for a weekend… oh how I wish the United States had a train system like Europe. I’ve taken Amtrak twice and both experiences discouraged me from trying for a third. Maybe one of these days I’ll give good ol’ Amtrak another shot?
It’s no secret I have a major girl crush on Preetma Singh, now market editor at the Wall Street Journal Magazine. In fact, I’m actually kind of shameless about it. I can count on one hand the number of people I go fangirl on publicly when I feature them on my blog. And yup, she’s one of them.
I could go on and on about how much I admire her fearless spirit, positive energy, and unbelievable sense of style. Instead, I’ll stop while I still have a shred of dignity and simply encourage my Chicago readers to check out her blog, The Working Girl Esq.
The weather is changing here in the Windy City. Spring is finally here! It’s time for a versatile jacket for those still-chilly days. So what’s the answer to this sartorial conundrum?
The varsity jacket. Sport chic is here to stay, and it’s no longer a niche style owned by Stella McCartney, Junya Watanabe and Jeremy Scott. Lots of designers are channeling athletic wear for Spring 2014. Riccardo Tisci and his Nike collaboration, Adidas x Topshop, and even Tory Burch is hooking up with Fitbit.
So why is the varsity jacket, often relegated to small town high schools and movies set in the 1950s, now suddenly so hot? It’s simple, it’s chic, and it’s very, very now. Everyone from high-fashion darling Jonathan Saunders to NY sportswear king Alexander Wang and of course, J.Crew, are producing varsity jackets this season.
I made it easy for you and picked out three of my favorite varsity jackets, but you’ll be seeing lots of them in stores this season. Leave a comment or tweet me when you buy yours! Get the look with one of these stylish varsity jackets:
1. Pac Sun Varsity Jacket, $49
2. Jonathan Saunders Mary Satin Jacket, $1,195
3. J.Crew Varsity Jacket, $118