After a wonderful semester abroad, I have now arrived back in my hometown of Chicago to start a relaxing summer with my family and friends. Right as I left the airport, I knew I would have a difficult first week getting adjusted to the culture and time change. I went from the famously ancient city to the modern architecture of Chicago. No more adorable corner cafes with cappuccinos, or fine Italian dinning by the Coliseum. Back to barbeques on the patio and early evening dinner parties on the screen porch, not to mention the fashion sense is also a whole lot more laid back here in Chicago then in Rome.
I came across this Fashionista on her way to an outdoor dinner party in a stylish retro chic look. She chose colored pants instead of the basic blue jeans and a cute eyelet top. Even with these minimal tweaks to a classic outfit, this Fashionista keeps an effortlessly timeless look. Her oxfords add a fun twist to the usual flats or sandals that most people wear to backyard dinner parties and barbeques in the summer. Oxfords are very fashionable and instantly add a preppy twist to any outfit.
This Fashionista is the perfect example of how to stand out at an outdoor party this summer. When everyone goes for the basic blues jeans, aim to emulate this Fashionista and add some colored denim, oxfords and your own classic pieces to the look. Pair retro sunglasses and a structured top to be retro chic just like this Fashionista. A classic look never fades—in Italy or back in Chicago!