SIA: A Flamingo on the Windowpane

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Chicago style blogger, windowpane pants, black sweater

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Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Pants – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Why, yes, I am in Puerto Rico. Thanks for asking. So what am I doing posting an office-ready outfit photo? Well, see, here’s what happened:

Jen chose Chicago’s famous Flamingo sculpture as her pick for this week’s Style Imitating Art. And considering this sculpture is literally at the top of the stairs when I get off the train for work I knew I couldn’t skip this week.


Plus, I’d just gotten these pants back from the tailor and they fit with the theme perfectly. And I know you’re thinking, how do windowpane pants go with the Flamingo sculpture?

Let me tell you: the sculpture is located in Federal Plaza. Everything in Federal Plaza is built on a grid. See those lines in the granite? They extend throughout all the buildings in the plaza. According to Wikipedia (and my friend who is a Chicago architecture docent):

The entire complex is based on a 28 ft (8.5 m) grid pattern so that seams of the granite pavers in the plaza extend into the building lobbies and up the sides to create unity among the three structures.


Pretty neat, huh?

So, of course grid patterned pants fit perfectly with this week’s SIA choice! And I kept the rest of the outfit simple as a nod to Mies Van der Rohe, the architect who designed the plaza. And the touches of red to echo the Flamingo, of course.

I wore this outfit to work on Thursday and immediately came to the conclusion that these heels are sitting heels, not walking heels. I will be wearing this outfit again, but this time I’ll go with my trusty black heels.

Chicago style blogger, windowpane pants, black sweater

8 replies on “SIA: A Flamingo on the Windowpane

  1. Anne

    How cool, I never knew that about the grid!

    It’s a shame the red shoes aren’t too comfy, I really like them with these pants – great pop of color!

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I had no idea Federal Plaza was built on a grid! I don’t think I’ve ever paid much attention to the granite, but I would’ve just assumed it was cut like that for the sake of making things fit or whatever, not because there was an actual plan to it. This is why I need to go on a Chicago Architecture tour.

  3. kilax

    The buildings are all designed on a grid pattern too (inside) and there are VERY specific rules about what can go along the window’s edge so that the interior architecture does not disrupt the exterior grid. Makes planning in those buildings a bit complicated. Oh Mies. You were so anal.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I knew the lighting was also on the grid but I never thought about how that meant you would have to change up how you designed offices inside the building. Crazy!

  4. Rachel

    I knew that sculpture was a Calder as soon as I opened your blog!

    Nice way to interpret not just the sculpture, but everything around it too!

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