Inspired by Chicago Style

This post is part of The Heart of Chicago Series that will be running on South of I-80 for the month of March. Today I have invited Maria MacNamara of the style letters to talk today about Chicago style.

Inspired by Chicago Style by Maria McNamara


I'm so inspired by the style I see in this city every single day. Chicago girls have an effortless look that's both on trend and charmingly unique at the same time. They're particularly great at accessorizing; I have bauble envy on a pretty consistent basis. Even necessary winter layers are cute here! Hunter wellies, Sorel snowboots, and North Face puffers all have a place in the Chicago girl's closet.

Photo courtesy of Maria MacNamara

Photo courtesy of Maria MacNamara

I've been lucky to meet many of the Chicago bloggers I've been following for some time, like Maya from Charmingly Styled, Cait from Pretty & Fun, and Emily from Isn't That Charming. (And, Erin too!) I love Sequins and Stripes, too. I highly recommend following Skirt PR and Jennifer Lake on Instagram for daily style inspiration. I also joined the Midwest Bloggers network this year, which has been such an amazing resource for connecting with others in the city.

I just hosted a spring shopping party at Madewell in Old Orchard, and I'd love to continue working with brands that inspire me, as well as collaborating with local bloggers and boutiques. My dream is to work with The Everygirl at some point.

And now that spring is finally here, I have a long list of places I'd love to shoot in the city! Last fall, we shot the baseball cap trend at Wrigley Field, and we just did a style post at Sweet Mandy B's, my favorite bakery in Chicago. That might be one of my favorite shoots of all time. (Eating the props later was a huge plus.)

A huge plus to moving to a bigger city is the size of the shops. I love seeing the full range of store's collections, and if one store doesn't carry my size or color, there's always a good chance another location in the city will have it. There's nothing better than walking the length of Michigan Avenue and wandering in and out of my favorite spots. The novelty of having Zara so close by has not worn off (and probably never will).

I've stumbled across a few local finds that I love, too. Cinnamon and Bazar in Roscoe Village and Mint Julep and Krista K in Lakeview are all current favorites.

The only downside to shopping here? Chicago sales tax.

After years of traveling back and forth from Cleveland to Chicago to visit family and close friends, Marian and her husband  knew they wanted to settle here. In August 2013, they finally made the move and are completely, totally in love with it. They live in North Center, right near Roscoe Village. Maria works in marketing and product development in the Loop by day, and blogs at the style letters by night.


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