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Neon sneakers—The new Chuck Taylors

This blog owes gratitude to Converse for a good portion of the traffic it’s seen thus far. Interestingly enough, every day or so, I’ll see search results for “Chuck Taylors” or the stylish combo of “Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans.” All thanks to my dude, Joe, who’s become a convert over the past year…and who let me announce that here.

Chuck Taylors are popular indeed. Especially with the kids who live in Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village/West Town/Bucktown. So, I don’t know how to tell you this, Mr. Taylor, but you’re starting to be replaced. And you’re being replaced by more colorful, trendy sneakers, like these:

Pay no attention to the crappy iPhone quality. Look at the pretty colors instead.

Pay no attention to the crappy iPhone camera quality. Look at the pretty colors instead.

The Reebok sneakers below are also quite popular with the Wicker Park kids. I’ve seen several pairs of feet sporting them.

Remember these? You probably had a pair in the 80s...except they were white and you wore them with stir-up pants.

Remember these? You probably had a pair in the 80s...except they were white. And you wore them with stir-up pants.

Neon, in general, has burst onto the scene, almost simultaneously with spring. I had a “you know you’re in Wicker Park when…” moment the other day when I saw two people wearing neon pass each other on the sidewalk. Word on the street is that kids in Brooklyn/NYC and other cities have been rocking neon for months though. So, we’re behind the times in Chicago. I blame winter and the necessity of ridiculous layers.

How long it will take for us to embrace the boldness of neon?  I, for one, would like to think I was ahead of the times when I wore neon pink biker shorts as a kid.

(Reeboks photo credit: polyvore.com)

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Dressing to impress your neighbors

My husband Joe has experienced a style evolution. Over the last few months, he’s slowly stepped up his style, trading baseball hats and ratty t-shirts for newsboy caps and trendy man-shirts.

Upon notice, I couldn’t help but Nancy-Drew the source of this new found fashion sense. Was it a secret girlfriend? Or had he joined an underground fashion club? The realization was puzzling.

Then it came to me…we moved.

The evolution started in October when we traded Lakeview for the chicer-dressed Ukrainian Village. He’s added more fashionable clothing and accessories to his wardrobe ever since. See exhibits A–C below.

Exhibit A: Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans

Exhibit A: Chuck Taylors and dark, straight-cut jeans

Exhibit B: Trendy t-shirt

Exhibit B: Trendy t-shirt

Exhibit C: Aforementioned newsboy hat

Exhibit C: Aforementioned newsboy cap

Exhibits A-C make me wonder: does neighborhood influence style? If so, do people who live in Gold Coast feel more pressured to wear designer duds? And if you live in Wrigleyville, are you more inclined to wear sports attire? I know these are generalizations, but I have to admit that my new neighborhood has somewhat influenced my style. For example, over the last few months, my hair has moved even further away from soccer-mom bob and my jeans have gotten a bit skinnier (and it’s not because I’ve lost weight).

Does every neighborhood have a style? Or is Joe’s style evolution simply due to the Wicker Park effect?

Note: I reserve the right to mention that this was Joe’s idea. No exploitation was involved in the creation of this blog post.

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