Friday, September 9, 2011

Fashion's Night Out For Chicago Blogger Network

Are you ready for some fashion? After the huge crowds of Chicago fashion fiends at The Shops at North Bridge for Fashion's Night Out it is safe to say ready or not Chicago is moving up in the style ranks. An event sponsored by Chicago Magazine, The Shops at North Bridge, and Chicago Blogger Network there were gift cards to give away, fashion shows to be seen and of course white wine to be sipped (or gulped). Sales throughout the shopping center made it the perfect time to binge on a new fall wardrobe and with the help of Chicago Magazine experts it was easy to find the pieces you'll need this upcoming season.

I had the pleasure of covering this event for Chicago Blogger Network along with Man Up Chicago, ScoutandLo, Laundry Magazine and Delve Chicago. Be sure to click on their links for even more #FNO coverage and scroll below for my favorite Fashion's Night Out attendees.

1) FALL For Fashion

Chicago Magazine brought the runway to Fashion's Night Out featuring looks you need for on trend fall fashion. Some of my favorite looks were the jewel toned color blocked separates that take a page from spring and summer but are a bit more sophisticated for fall. Pick up an ethnic printed maxi for maximum versatility. Layer chunky knits over a maxi dress to work for colder days or roll up sleeves an pair with sandals during these last days of summer. And if you love a monochromatic all-black look you can still make a statement by mixing various luxe textures.

2) So Shoe Me at Fashion's Night Out

My name is Lisa and I'm a shoeaholic, so of course I had to take at least a couple snaps of some on trend footwear. You can never go wrong with a peep toe bootie in black and I love the python detail (biggest print for fall!) on the platform of this neutral pump. And giving unexpected texture is this pony hair bootie. Most people assume to invest in leather but all black pony hair is an even more sophisticated way to create a signature style and can be paired with leather separates without looking over the top.

3) PRINTSiples of Style

Sara, who founded It's About the Look, scored style points in a printed pleated skirt. Great indie elements like her skirt, belt and shoes offer eye pleasing style while the classic details like a white button down and black tights ground the look making it the best of both worlds.

4) The Perfect Transition

Brikena found the perfect blazer and shorts combo for transitioning into fall. With tonal taupe tones and a mix of basic black this a look that everyone can pull off. And adding impact to a neutral colorway was done easily with a statement making fringe bag. Running around Chicago makes flats the perfect choice but if you feel a short in the leg department (that would be me) you can pair this look with a pair of neutral wedges or heels.

5) The Perfect Pop

Rolake and Frenchie know that even the smallest bit of color can turn basic black into a major style moment. Rolake's bright strappy heels became the main focus and a long lean black silhouette created a modern streamlined frame. And Frenchie had leather paneled leggings that fit like a glove which is why she balanced out the look with a cobalt blouse which made the look super chic and ready for a early evening even instead of a late night bar/club.

6) Calming Effects

Soothing greys and confident black were used in Alexis and Dina's Fashion's Night Out ensembles. I loved Dina's studded black leather booties. It gave an edge to her soft dove grey knits and signature feathered headpiece. Alexis looked sophisticated in an on trend midi length skirt. It shoes off her gorgeous heels and the boyfriend blazer ties the entire look together.

7) Fringe Benefits

Lauren found the perfect balance of luxe and casual in a vintage 1920s fringe maxi skirt and a casual light wash denim shirt. Her minimal toe strap sandals make the fringe skirt look effortless and modern making it a one of a kind piece that will last a lifetime and beyond. Take a cue from Lauren and start searching local thrift stores to find signature pieces that complete your personal style.

More Information about Chicago Blogger Network and how to become involved:

Founded by Kelly Ryan O'Brien, a PR and Marketing Veteran (and founder of the quick witted blog, Idols and Egos), Chicago Blogger Network is an organization dedicated to educating, showcasing and creating opportunities for fashion and pop culture bloggers based in and around Chicago through creative partnerships, brand integration, sponsorship and more.

Launching fall 2011, stay connected for updates!


Special Thanks to The Shops aat North Bridge, Chicago Magazine, Kelly Ryan O'brien and Chicago Blogger Network

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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*Disclaimer* I also received a gift card for covering this event (woo!) so I look forward to spending that $ on necessities, aka SHOES.


  1. Hi there, it was nice meeting you last night. Thank you for taking the photo of me & Sara!

  2. Eeee! Thanks so much! Mixing indie and classic was definitely what I was going for :) It was AWESOME meeting you that night!! And I'm excited for the CBN to get up and running.