Loop Looks: A Chicago Fashion Blog
Eleven years ago I graduated college. I got an entry level job doing basically data entry for a local government office. I went back to graduate school. I got my Master’s degree in Library Science in 2005. In 2008 I moved to Chicago and started what I would consider to be my first “adult” job that required me to dress more professionally than my government position.
And I had no idea what to do.
I resorted to black pants and a colored shirt or sweater. An occasional cardigan made an appearance. I bought a suit. But I didn’t feel professional. I didn’t feel adult. And in my job I had to give presentations to other employees, many of whom were older than me, so I wanted to make a good impression.
Which is when I began dressing for the job I wanted, not the job I had.
The job I wanted? One where I felt confident, in charge, and respected. I began reading other style blogs to get inspiration and noticed a two things:
1. Many personal style bloggers work in more creative industries. They aren’t constrained by working in a “corporate” office environment.
2. Quite a few of the personal style bloggers live in climates that allow for skirts and bare legs all season long. Chicago winters may not be Alaskan winters but they can be brutal. Pants are a way of life here.
So, I decided to start my own personal style blog. Loop Looks: Chicago Style Goes to Work.
My goal for this blog is to give other woman a chance to see real-life outfits from someone who has to commute in all four seasons, can only wear jeans to work on Fridays, and who is working with a limited clothing budget. Everything you see on the blog I have actually worn to work unless I state otherwise.
And if you like what you see? I’m available for closet consultations! My friends will tell you I’m a whiz at taking those items you bought but aren’t sure how to wear and giving you ideas on how to incorporate them into your wardrobe. Feel free to contact me via my Closet Consultation Request Form if you’re interested. I can do in-person consultations for anyone in the Chicago area. Virtual consultations can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Have questions? Want to chat outfits? Email me at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter at @looplooks
Oh, and if you’re curious as to who takes my pictures? The answer is either me and my Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 and a tripod or my husband with his Canon Rebel T3i DSLR. See if you can guess which pictures are which!
Finally, I also have a fitness blog where I talk about running, strength training, trapeze, and all the other fun fitness pursuits I get into around Chicago.