People: Special Forces

Four Chicagoans share their select style secrets

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Creative director at Joseph Michael’s Salon and Spa // Lives in Independence Park

WHERE DO YOU SHOP? It’s pretty much one end of the spectrum or the other: Barneys or [a place like] Night & Day Vintage. I’m kind of at that age where I’m not burning through clothes anymore.

FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY DESIGNER Rick Owens [] does beautiful, simple, drapey design that does not necessarily feel very of the moment to me—it seems a lot more timeless without being boring.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Foundation garments. It’s important to have a really good bra, the appropriate garment for the outfit. If that’s not right, then it doesn’t matter how much you paid or who the designer is.

MUST-HAVE ITEM FOR FALL I haven’t had a really great leather jacket in a long time.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR? Lots of times I go from the shoe on up.

HAIR PET PEEVE Too. Much. Product.

STYLE MANTRA How you dress should be like the back of a book—it should make you want to know more about the person.



Bag designer at Zola Jones Designs and writer for the website Apartment Therapy // Lives in Rogers Park

STYLE CHALLENGE I’m very small. It’s hard to find my sizes, so I do a lot of thrifting and altering stuff. To fill in the basics, I do a lot of H&M, Zara, and discount fashion stores.

SIGNATURE PIECE I’m a big fan of the bow tie. It’s a conversation magnet.

FASHION INSPIRATION Fred Astaire. We have the same body type—skinny. He always had that touch of whimsy, like using a tie as a belt or having his pants a little too short.

FALL BAG It’s my Jack’t bag [$149], made out of recycled men’s thrift-store jackets. It looks like a jacket, but not in that cheesy blue-jeans-bag way.

STYLE MUST FOR MEN I’m a big shoeshine person. It not only prolongs the life of your shoes, it just looks nice when a man has shoes that aren’t scuffed up, dirty, and gross.


Photography: Maria Ponce
hair and makeup: Tania Bowers, shot on location at Hotel Palomar



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