Sofia: Where the Pretty Things Are
Springtime in Chicago. Sunny skies and balmy temps teased us to open up our closets and replace our favorite winter pieces - faux furs, double-breasted wool jackets, thick cable-knit sweaters and suede over-the-knee boots - with crisp, summer essentials. Barren of the looks we love - relaxed LA-cum-Chicago glamour - we headed to Sofia, one of our favorite boutiques nestled along Chicago's tony tree-lined Oak Street, to see fashion guru and style soothsayer, Ashley Zisook. Buzzing around her boutique, she helped us pick through piles of luxe accessories and feminine, utilitarian pieces.
Summer Ritual: Soludos espadrilles
Pretty Little Thing: Vintage Louis Vuitton bag
We loved the ethereal minidress by Grey Antics, Corson's edgy, distressed knit tops in soft flesh-colored neutrals and Soludos slip-on espadrilles in navy and olive. "We have more things coming," Ashley intoned, as we looked through a rack of citrus-colored dresses. When Erin Kannett, Sofia's ever-chic manager, nodded her approval at the delicate Hero Crane tank we were modeling, we knew we had found something special. "I love that," she said. "I just wore it to Ashley's birthday party!" When asked if the top had been "man-approved", she laughed. "Oh, definitely!" With a sigh, we handed over our credit card. We were sold.
White-and-Bone Halter Minidress by GREY ANTICS
Crepe Terry Knit Boatneck Tunic by CORSON
Drape Back Jersey Tank by HERO CRANE
Sofia is located at 72 E. Oak Street. 312-640-0878
CORSON photo courtesy of Sofia
Story posted by Kerry Shorr