DOWNTOWN — Great weather in Chicago means summer styles hit the catwalk — or in this case, the Mag Mile. We caught up with people Downtown whose looks caught our eye to find out what inspired them. One common theme: denim.
Check out some looks spotted around the Loop this week:
Isabel Hopes, 21, wore platform vans with an ensemble put together from thrift shopping.
"I like making similar materials with different patterns work. So jean-on-jean but somehow giving it some edge with different tones and the same material." Hopes said.
Jess Hayward, 21, used a similar look with the jeans but this time found hers right at home in her dad's closet.
"I have been wearing a lot of stripes lately because I was told by a friend that horizontal stripes look good on tall people" Jess said.
Chicago student Fatima paired some staples in her closet for a classy, chic look.
"I'm drawn to really classic, feminine, timeless pieces." she said. "Some of my style icons are Chanel, DVF, Donna Karen and Dior."
West Side resident Alexis studies at Columbia College and draws her style inspiration from Rihanna.
"I like the comfortable, cool look with a little bid of edge," she said. "If I'm going for a statement piece like this jacket, I will have everything else be the same in contrast."
South Loop resident John started making a concerted effort to dress better in eighth grade when he tried to impress a girl. Since then it has become a hobby.
"I'm drawn to what those people wear in adventure movies, but more neutral or muted colors," he said. "I was really inspired by Kanye West when I was younger because he made it OK for straight men to be into fashion."
Chicago commuter Greg Washington draws inspiration from Esquire magazine and a variety of fashion blogs.
"I like being comfortable and then adding a little flair to my look every day," Washington said.
Retired rug salesmen Ahmed Wehbi said there's a time and place for comfort and a time and place for dressing up.
"I'm retired, so right now I'm going for the 'bum' look, but if I want to dress up, I like my Armani suit," Wehbi said.