While most of us are guilty of wearing the same pair of denim shorts and plain white tee (because what’s the point in sweating through our sun dresses, midi skirts, and silky camisoles?), others have been dressing to the nines regardless of the peaking temps. These 5 Chicago fashion girls below have been owning summer style, and claiming the heat-radiating streets as their personal runways. It’s about time for some stylespiration during this heat wave, so take note.
Chloe Parr, @chloeparr
We’re hardcore girl-crushing on this Chicago native. Writer and style blogger Chloe Parr pays tribute to her Windy City roots on the West Coast with her edgy-chic ensembles. Her Instagram feed is full of looks that incorporate wardrobe essentials like fitted camisoles, high-waisted denim, and chunky sandals. Instead of turning from her Los Angeles love affair, she juxtaposes her typical city style with white mini dresses styled with straw tote bags, and brightly colored cropped tops paired with denim mini skirts and Ray Ban sunnies.
Don’t shy away from California girl must-haves. Instead, Chicago-ify them to fit your personal style.
Stephanie Bacos, @daytrippingal
Fashion blogger and Free People stylist Steph Bacos has us wishing that we owned her wardrobe of breezy, neutral-colored staples. While most 20-something’s turn towards bodycon skirts, dresses and cropped tops for their #OOTN, Bacos proves that comfort is always key. Her flirty strapless jumpsuits and matching two piece sets are perfect for a hot summer day party where you’re secretly wishing you could spend the afternoon in the comfort of your own home sipping an ice cold La Croix.
Instead of being a fashion follower, be a style risk taker. Buy pieces that can take you from your couch to the party nextdoor.
Yana Frigelis, @nomadluxuries
This traveling fashionista proves to us that vacationing should never minimize one’s sense of style. Yana Frigelis — the babe behind Nomad Luxuries — is the queen of easy, yet stylish dressing in luxurious destinations. While promenading around the United States and beyond, this Chicago native can be found pairing crisp white drop-waist dresses with sneaks in New York City, and high-rise trousers with cropped denim jackets in Morocco.
Instead of forcing an outfit to be exclusively feminine, athletic, or laid-back, combine different style profiles together for a unique look.
Jena Gambaccini, @chicityfashion
When you think of “Chicago fashion bloggers,” ChiCityFashion probably comes to mind. The lady behind the blog — Jena Gambaccini — struts down the streets of the city in edgy and minimalistic looks that are everything and more. This summer, silky jumpsuits, printed kimonos paired with white denim cutoffs, and monochromatic athleisure-meets-menswear ensembles filled Gambaccini’s Instagram page. This fashion girl isn’t afraid of stepping out of the “norm,” and we’re absolutely obsessed.
Following what’s in style and what’s out of style is great. But instead of wearing what’s hot off the runway, gather inspo. from the people around you by trying your hand at outfit combinations that aren’t as popular, but just as chic.
Tali Kogan, @talikogan
We are so envious of this fashion blogger’s wardrobe. Tali Kogan, the fashionista behind Tel Aviv Couture, has been #slaying it this summer with her outfits that combine both high and low-end pieces — think distressed boyfriend jeans paired with a classic Chanel crossbody, a kimono from Forever 21 styled with Nike kicks and a Proenza Schouler bag, and a white jumpsuit from ASOS complimented by Chanel sneakers.
Less is more when it comes to couture and runway labels. Adding a pop with funky designer pieces is a great way to amp up any outfit, especially if you’re guilty of one-too-many Neiman Marcus shopping sprees.