Chicago Style | The Summer Sweater

Chicago Style | The Summer Sweater

,You may be asking yourself: “A sweater in summer?” Sometimes Chicago Style requires flexibility.

Because my line of work calls for me to be in a climate controlled room throughout the day, at any given moment it could be warm or cold which means I have to be prepared. Because I’ve unsubscribed from to the to-do of putting on and taking off articles of clothing in the workplace, I go with something light … something just right. Something I can wear both in and outside of the room AND in and outside of the office while keeping (and looking) cool, calm and collected.

Sweater

That something is J.Crew’s Harbor Cotton Crewneck. I like it so much I have it in two colors, gray and navy, and this week I went with the gray. To compliment the lighter-toned top, I chose medium-dark, blue pants, and warm navy/brown sneakers with a white contrast sole. I saw this as a way to sandwich moodier tones between the lighter ones.

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Point of view!

Pants

I was introduced to Paige a few years ago while at Trunk Club and I’ve been a fan ever since. I have these blue ones and a really nice, light gray pair, too. Either choice is a great option for spring or summer as they can be worn with a sweater (shown), tee, or a sport coat.

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J.Crew and Paige

Shoes

Steve Madden. Most people don’t realize they’re sneakers, so that means you’ll have more opportunities to wear them. I’m into the dark blue and brown with navy laces, and their clean, white soles. I bet some white laces would make this outfit pop a bit (next time!).

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Steve Madden

Watch

Ted Baker, London Graham. I met a friend for a drink at Nordstrom last fall, and while I waited for him to shop up I browsed the watches. The LG caught caught my eye but I didn’t purchase the watch right off of the bat. I told myself, “wait a week. If you still want it, come back and get it.” So I went back and got it.

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Ted Baker – up close

Ride

The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA 250. I looked at other C and E class rides, and to be honest I liked the body of this one over even the larger, more powerful MBs. Before I upgraded, I owned loved a Honda Civic for 11 years. Moving forward though it’ll be the best or nothing.

Pro tip: a car wash never killed anycar. I should take my advice!

Sunglasses

Warby Parker, Barkley. I bought one pair of Barkley’s a year ago, and today I find myself with two pair of those and one of the Robinson (visit their website for info. on all three).

They each come in a great case and with a lens-cleaning bag/cover. Every time I’ve gone to their Armitage, Chicago location, whether it’s for a cleaning or an adjustment, the staff takes care of business with a smile.

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