Style Inspiration: Meet Sarah McGinnis

Oak Park shopper, Chicago stylist, and bride-to-be

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

Everybody is dusting off their denim jackets and welcoming them back into their lives. Faded denim, dark wash denim, white denim, and striped denim jackets: I’ve seen them all over.

What I really love seeing is how a person owns the look. Preppy and conservative, wild and free, there seems to be no end to the way one can dress up or dress down this multitasking garment.

Men wear them, moms wear them, kids wear them; I saw an octogenarian wearing one this weekend over a Bulls t-shirt with a pair of dark slacks and a belt hosting a sparkly “Bulls!” buckle – they’re as versatile as can be!

I spotted Sarah McGinnis out and about shopping in Oak Park wearing her cropped denim jacket with rolled sleeves and collar standing at attention (a la Arthur Fonzarelli) layered over a striped tee and black leggings.

Sarah was in from Chicago on a day-trip visiting Sanem’s in Oak Park (134 N. Oak Park Avenue), her favorite suburban fashion boutique, where she picks up staples for her wardrobe, including black skinnies, a patent leather slate gray handbag with buckle details, and a pair of classic black studded earrings – all from Sanem’s Boutique. Sarah’s pop of color comes from her vivid crimson locks. A look she really rocks!

Let’s find out how Sarah gets her fashion groove on.

Describe your own fashion style. Vintage with a modern twist

What is your favorite fashion era and why? The1950’s.But we’re not in the 1950’s, so I like to modernize the look.

From whom do you get your fashion inspiration? Ava Gardner and Katherine Hepburn (see photo gallery) – I love how she wore pants when other women weren’t doing so! I also love Marilyn Monroe for fearlessly showcasing her curves. Women have to own their body shape and know that curves are sexy! Size fourteen, sixteen, eighteen - we're all beautiful.

What are your favorite local shops? I love Sanem’s of Oak Park!

What is your greatest fashion indulgence? Jewelry!

What is the one item you think every woman should own? A black pencil skirt. It's a great staple that flatters a woman's body.


Join us next week for more Fashion Inspiration from friends and neighbors or for a Friday Fabulous Find! See you around town and in the shops!

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Christina Pippin from  

Posted: May 17th, 2011 4:29 PM

Sanem's has a "favorites" tab on her website which offers style photos and sample ensembles. There is endless inspiration to be found in the women here in town! I love that OP boutiques are building a base of loyal shoppers who come in from out of town to shop the fun merchandise that is offered!

Melissa from  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 8:22 AM

Your style inspiration posts get my creative juices flowing when it comes to mixing pieces and I love the timeless Hollywood star images you feature. So much fun!

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