This Fashionista is an example of a Southern girl fully embracing Chicago style and doing it exceptionally well. It’s only fitting that this Fashionista was photographed in Millennium Park, since the background is as authentically Chicago as the items she’s wearing. All pieces from this outfit including her bright blue shirt, patterned skirt, set of silver bangles, and pendent are from the boutique and local favorite, Akira. This store has long been a favorite of mine and many other Fashionistas for it’s youthful, colorful, and reasonably priced clothing and shoes.
This Fashionista blends the best the store has to offer while avoiding one of the common faux pas that occurs when wearing multiple pieces of the same line. Often it can make the resulting outfit seem a little too polished, like it was pulled straight from the mannequin, lacking personal style and individuality. This is not the case with this Fashionista’s breezy summer outfit as she does a wonderful job of pairing a bright solid top with a multicolored skirt typical of the striking patterns of Akira clothing also seen in this similar mini skirt. By choosing this combination, she avoids matching her different articles of clothing a little too well. Furthermore, the complimentary shapes of her outfit are perfect for summer as she has an incredibly airy, loose-fitting top paired with a tighter skirt, allowing her to be comfortable, while still accentuating her figure.
The main lesson that can be learned from this Fashionista is that if your clothing is quirky and original enough, you don’t need to add many accessories. The Fashionista can get away with only wearing fairly simple bracelets and a necklace because of the incredible detail of her top. While it may appear to be a basic silk top, the back has a super cute and striking heart-shaped cutout that draws plenty of attention without any assistance. Another style to try when looking for shirts with interesting backs is this frilly racerback also found at Akira.
This Fashionista serves as an inspiration for all Chicago Fashionistas to take advantage of the clothing, stores, and designers that are uniquely ours. After all, if this Texas girl can work it we definitely can too.
Spotted: Corri McFadden of eDrop-Off representing Chicago Style.