Chicago Style | The Summer Sweater

You may be asking yourself: “A sweater in summer?” Sometimes Chicago Style requires flexibility.

My line of work calls for me to be in a climate controlled room at times throughout the day, and at any given moment it could be warm or cold which means I have to be prepared. Because I’ve unsubscribed from to the to-do of putting on and taking off articles of clothing in the workplace, I go with something light … something just right. Something I can wear both in and outside of the room AND in and outside of the office while keeping (and looking) cool, calm and collected.


That something is J.Crew’s Harbor Cotton Crewneck. I like it so much I have it in two colors, gray and navy, and this week I went with the gray. To compliment the lighter-toned top, I chose medium-dark, blue pants, and warm navy/brown sneakers with a white contrast sole. I saw this as a way to sandwich moodier tones between the lighter ones.

Point of view!


Paige. I was introduced to the brand a few years ago while at Trunk Club and I’ve been a fan ever since. I have these blue ones and a really nice, light gray pair, too. Both are great options for spring or summer as they can be worn with a sweater (shown), tee, or a sport coat.

J.Crew and Paige


Steve Madden. Most people don’t realize they’re sneakers which means you’ll have more opportunities to wear them. I’m into the dark blue and brown with navy laces, and their clean, white soles. I bet some white laces would make this outfit pop a bit (next time!).

Steve Madden


Ted Baker, London Graham. I met a friend for a drink at Nordstrom last fall and browsed their watches while waiting for him to show up. This one caught my eye. I didn’t get it right off of the bat so I told myself, “wait a week. If you still want it, come back and get it.” So I went back and got it.

Ted Baker – up close


The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA 250. I looked at other C and E class rides, and to be honest I liked the body of this one over even the larger, more powerful MBs. Before I upgraded, I owned loved a Honda Civic for 11 years. Moving forward though it’ll be the best or nothing.

Pro tip: a car wash never killed anycar. I should take my advice!


Warby Parker, Barkley. I bought one pair of Barkley’s a year ago and today I find myself with two of them and one of the Robinson (visit their website for info. on all three). For $100 or so a pair they can’t be beat, and some of their styles are available for home try-on.

Warby Parker’s are sleek and polarized, and their customer service is fantastic. They each come in a great case and with a lens-cleaning bag/cover. Every time I’ve gone to their Armitage, Chicago location, whether it’s for a cleaning or an adjustment, the staff takes care of business with a smile.

Checking the Calendar


What do you think about this week’s look? Let me know in the comments!

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Kevin Baum

I'm a Chicago native with a passion for style, fitness, travel, and personal improvement. And pizza!