Stylist, model and blogger Alexis Kingery (soostentatious.com) was on the way to getting coffee and pizza with an old friend.
Where did you get these shades?
I purchased the shades at Belmont Army off the Belmont Red line. It’s one of my favorite vintage spots in Chicago; there’s an older lady who’s always there and, every time I come in, she tries and pulls things for me. It’s thoughtful and makes my shopping experience feel so personalized.
How do you make your wardrobe interesting during the winter?
I think the best thing I do for myself is keeping my outerwear/jacket/fur game up-to-date and chic, since that’s the most you’ll be able to see. Accessories like sunglasses and a bag, or anything that is visible on the outside of the outfit, are always a must. I also try to play it up with shoes that may not be so practical in the weather but are super-cute—gotta sacrifice comfort somewhere for fashion.
What’s your idea of dressing for success?
Success is a relative thing, but for me it’s being one step ahead of the game, predicting the trends before they happen: winning before the game begins, essentially. Dressing for success, as corny as this may sound, is always putting your own personal spin on any outfit. I’d much rather see people try something new and true to themselves and fail, than follow a silly trend. Looking like everyone else is such a bore!
If you could style someone, who would it be? What would you do?
As of late I really love Kelley Ash (@awildatheart on Instagram). She has an iconic retro look that I adore. I’d probably do a funky cross between western wear meets old money chic: lots of suede and bolo ties, mixed with fur hats and leather gloves. Basically, a twist on my own current style phase.
—Interview and photograph by Isa Giallorenzo
Journalist Isa Giallorenzo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has elected Chicago as her beloved home since 2009. She runs the street-style blog Chicago Looks and wants to see this town become one of the fashion capitals of the world.