About Me


Loop Looks: A Chicago Fashion Blog

Over a decade 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 maybe 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.

Have questions?  Want to chat outfits?  Email me at looplooks@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter or Instagram.

I’m also a fitness fanatic so expect some talk about running, strength training, trapeze, and all the other fun fitness pursuits I get into around Chicago.

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!

~Erin Vandenberg


5 replies on “About Me

  1. Tanya

    I’m moving to Chicago soon to work in the Loop in a similar office environment. I’m excited and terrified at the same time. I’m coming from Texas, so weather gear is top of mind these days, but not sure what I need. Any suggestions?

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Glad you found my blog! I’m sure you’re well acquainted with warm weather so I don’t need to tell you about that! For cold weather, though, the joke is that you need to get a “from here” coat. Meaning, you buy your winter coat in Chicago! A down-filled coat is what most people wear to commute to work when it’s really cold but a nice, wool peacoat works fine the rest of the time. We basically give up looking “cute” outside in the winter but it can be done.

      Once you get to work I highly recommend tights (to wear under skirts and dresses), lined dress pants (or wear your pants over your tights), and a variety of sweaters, scarves, and blazers/jackets. I started my blog back in February so if you look back you can get a taste of winter!

  2. Casey

    I understand what you are saying about how most style bloggers live with warmer weather which although often time for things like leather jackets with shorts or scarves with tank tops, for us, these days might come a couple times a year. It can be harder dressing in Chicago but the city feel here is unparalleled.

  3. Moi

    Hi Erin,
    I just found your blog via aj wears clothes. And I totally feel you with most of the personal style blogs being way to fashion-forward for a normal office.
    Back when I was working I got the nickname Tiger Lily for wearing these babies here. Now that I am in grad school I fell into a jeans and t-shirt rut. I will now follow your blog for inspiration!

    XXX Moi

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