As a New Yorker, I’m used to city snow and I’ve come to expect it in December. But as a New Yorker on her first visit to Chicago since she was 10 years old, I didn’t realize how quickly Chicagoans grow accustomed to a white wintery wonderland.
Take in the current Chicago scene, where about 3 to 5 inches of snow have been dumped on this lovely Windy City.
Ironically, I’m not sure even this much snow would have phased the fashion scenesters in NYC who are most likely to take the garbage out in a pair of heels, and wear the most stylish pair of leather boots even when the weather outside is frightful. (Think SJP wearing white stilettos while filming a winter scene for Sex and the City.)
I wouldn’t be surprised to see your average NY glamour girl wearing the loveliest (most couture) cashmere argyle sweater or a luxe cloche hat to look chic and keep away the cold at the same time.
Chicagoans are a bit different. For better or worse, it seems to me they don’t really glam it up like us New Yorkers. In other words, they’re more worried about staying warm (and staying comfortable) then they are about looking trendy. Unfortunately that means I’ve seen lots of uncomfortable looking wool hats, cable knit scarves, and (UGH!) Ugg boots!
In my opinion, New Yorkers overall have an edgier style. They are less conformist then I’ve noticed with Chicago folk–for obvious reasons. Chicago people are worried about the weather and you know what that means, if you’re a trendy New Yorker, you’ll be a hit in this fair Second City. And you’ll teach those Chicagoans a thing or two about how to dress it up–NYC style! And if you live in Chicago and you love it–show the rest of your neighbors how to dress right!
Next up: Take advantage of the fab fashion Chicago DOES have to offer. Take a stroll down Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park/Bucktown where you’ll come across four fab boutiques. I’ll give you a little preview in Part 2–coming up!
Photos: Hollywood Rag, Fashionista.com, Lucky