There are certain events in everyone’s life that can be somewhat stressful; Events such as car shopping, apartment shopping, planning your wedding, etc. I have hit the point in my life where it is time to purchase a new car and also move downtown, in Chicago, both for work purposes. While I welcome these changes with the widest spread open arms, I have also welcomed in the sleepless nights, trying to shut my mind down from the decisions that need to be made.
Yesterday I spent the day in Chicago, apartment hunting, and since I haven’t lived in a city since London, my mind had seemed to have forgotten to remind me about the proper armor needed for city walking. So, this week, since our neighborly city of Chicago is a place we all go somewhat frequently, I find it appropriate to discuss with you city wear and what to wear if you’re wanting to pound the pavement, whether it be in search for an apartment, like myself, or simply walking the magnificent mile and Millennium Park.
I showed up and ready to search in my trusted pair of flats. Well, no need to tell you how much of a big fat no-no that was! Those hard sidewalks and tough streets wreck havoc on your feet. To avoid your feet punishing you for the rest of the night and maybe even the next day, it’s best to pull out the tennis shoes.
Now comes the inner battle you might be fighting. Those New Balance 9000’s might be comfortable but make you appear as if the words style and fashion have never been heard by you ever before. So what do you do? Well, I suggest putting on a pair of simple street shoes. These are sneaker-like but don’t have so much of the bulk and build up of athletic shoes; however, they still off you good support.
One of my favorites is the TOMS brand. There are several reasons I support TOMS. First and foremost because I can wear them all day and not want to cry at the end of the day from discomfort. Second, because they are a full slip-on but still offer a great arch support. Third, because you can literally get them in just about any color or design you want and as if that isn’t good enough, you can easily design your own! And lastly, because the company has promised for every pair of TOMS sold, they will donate one pair to a child in need. One for one. So, I know my purchase is doing some good.
The other thing to take into consideration while spending the day in your city of choice is comfortable clothing. Most likely, you will be going in and out of museums, buildings, or simply walking around a lot which can lead to quick temperature changes making you feel as though you’re going through “the change” all too much. The solution to city wear (and well, “the change” wear) is layers! Layers, of course, offer you the option to dress with more or less, when the time strikes appropriate. The issue with layers is that some are too thin or too thick. A bulky sweatshirt feels as heavy as a coat and if you’re wearing a coat as well, you could easily feel as heavy as a mammoth and make you regret your clothing choices instantly.
I suggest ultra-comfy, ultra-soft layers from lines such as American Apparel or Alternative Apparel. These pieces feel as though you’ve had them for years with a softness that only makes you want to wear them ever day all day. The best thing about them is while they aren’t thick, bulky pieces; they do keep you warm and are always offered in the latest colors, burn-outs, and styles.
I also firmly believe that one of the best pieces you can add to your wardrobe is a vest. A vest can remove the need to carry around a coat while keeping you just as warm. There are so many great options out there right now for vests so you don’t need to think about breaking the bank to add it to your closet.
Whichever way you choose to dress while walking the streets of your favorite city, be sure to skip the high heels, flip flops, and bulky wear! The last thing you want is your dress to weigh you down while you’re trying to enjoy the sights or in my case, on the hunt for a place to live!