Shop Your Closet

Sometimes a new wardrobe is literally at your fingertips.   We went into the closet of Mia Waligora, of Lake Forest, and created several new outfits for her using pieces she already owned (including a few items she’d never worn). Voila! Eight fresh looks she didn’t know she had. This spring, try shopping your own […]

One dress, three looks

Winter hibernation gives way to weekends filled with weddings, graduations and other festive events. But don’t break the bank on multiple frocks. One killer dress is all you need when you swap in the right accessories. fashion editor kathryn achenbach stylist evangeline politis photos by julie crawford Look 1: 1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Satchel, […]

Make Michelle Obama’s Fashion Your Own

With her predilection for head-turning colors and prints by way of classic, feminine shapes, Michelle Obama has established herself as one of the country’s foremost fashion icons.   She’s also proved time and again that, while she can rock designer duds with the best of them, you don’t need to spend a fortune to look […]

Fall Fashion Trends: Splurge vs. Steal

Forget minimalism—this autumn, fashion keeps it fun with textures, patterns, prints and color.   Read on for five of our favorite fall trends, all at a variety of price points. Faux Fur From jackets to cardigan collars to stoles, faux fur gives any outfit a welcome pop of luxury. Splurge: Alice + Olivia Short Fur […]


Just like the 9-to-5 workday, the traditional business suit just doesn’t cut it for some careers. We scout the fall trends that keep you looking professional but not too buttoned up. Open publication – Free publishing – More fall fashion

Prep's Cool

Kids hit the books in style this fall with an essay in creative layering and a laid back, “I just picked this up and threw it on” insouciance.   Graphic prints and bold accessories plus preppy stripes, girly dresses and classic denim equal low-key cool that earns high fashion marks. View the entire collection below: […]

Day to Night Outfits

Summer style is supposed to look easy and effortless, but what if you have to go from daytime’s activities to evening’s festivities without a quick-change?   From the workweek to the weekend, we show you two looks that transition beautifully from AM to PM with minimal fuss but major impact. Even better, most stores are […]


We go inside two local shops to see how women are dressing up this summer.   Click on the feature below to view summer styles from Avenue Fashions and Mia Sorella:   Open publication – Free publishing – More Kate Spade  

Summer Trend: Straw Bags

We love straw bags for their easy, summery vibe.   And this season they’re not just for lugging towels and swimsuits to the beach. Designers used straw for everything from oversized bucket bags to structured clutches, so you can carry them morning, noon and night. Here are some of our favorites.   Pretty petals in […]

Fashionable Father’s Day Gifts

Dads do so much for us, and now it’s time to show them a little love. We rounded up fun but functional gifts that demonstrate what a stylish guy he is.   For the deck We love the leather detail on this TOMS slip-on, which gives it more of a deck shoe feel. Like all […]