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As expected, our Chicago summer has been a mix of steamy, sunny days followed by a chilly, overcast one that barely sees 70 degrees. This inconsistent pattern of bizarre weather is nothing new for us, in fact, it just reminds us of how resilient we Chicagoans are when it comes to crummy weather.

Out of necessity, the art of layering has become second-nature to us Chicagoans, as you never really know what you are going to get within a week’s span. Added to this unpredictability is the fact that temps can swing by 10 degrees down by the lake, and no one – I repeat NO ONE (not even Tom Skilling) can predict the weather four days out.

Sky Blue 69' Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Sky Blue 69′ Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

I’m convinced we’ve missed our window of hot, sweaty weather this summer. Personally, I love the heat,  those 93+ temp days that make some miserable, make me swoon. Very rarely do we deal with summer heat, that when it comes, I welcome it with open, sweaty pitted-arms, knowing that in just a few short months, we’ll be suffering through another cruel Chicago winter.

Nike Chicago Cubs Women’s Tri-Blend Loose Fit Racerback Tank –  $29.95

Neon Orange Crawl Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $25.00

Neon Orange Crawl Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $25.00

Red Tank Top with Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Red Tank Top with Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Blank Tank Top with Distressed Primary Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Blank Tank Top with Distressed Primary Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

But for gals like me that love tanks, this wardrobe staple has become a year-round wardrobe rotation. A team tank is an ideal way to show your team pride without having to dominate your entire look. Tanks can easily be worn under just about anything, from a office-friendly blazer, to your favorite fitted flannel, to that chunky, cable button-up sweater that gets you through the winter. Consider these your go-to undergarments for the colder weather ahead and take a tip from one of our last posts, Layering Like a Pro.

White Tank Top with Distressed Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

White Tank Top with Distressed Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Chicago Bears Women's Navy Retro Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Chicago Bears Women’s Navy Retro Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

The Bears 2014 season is less than three weeks away (wa….what???!). Now is the time to invest in a few key tanks to work into the fall, before the best pieces are picked over at local retailers. I love this retro inspired one (above) from Clark Street Sports. The font is catchy and the simple colors (without any heather grey) works with jeans, white pants, and the fitted white blazer that you are scrambling to work into some kind of look before LDW.

Chicago Bears Women's Grey Slit-Neck Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Chicago Bears Women’s Grey Slit-Neck Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Women's Streaky Red Vintage Logo Triblend Tank Top by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $30.00

Women’s Streaky Red Vintage Logo Triblend Tank Top by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $30.00

Mark these dates: The Blackhawks begin their season on Thursday, October 9th in Dallas and the Bulls begin on Wednesday, October 29th in New York. Don’t wait for the others to dig out the Bulls and Hawks gear, work your gear in early with one of these versatile and timeless tanks from Clark Street Sports.

Women's Ribbed White Distressed Logo Tank Top, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Women’s Ribbed White Distressed Logo Tank Top, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

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Yep, ambulance it’s cold. It seems as if the weather in Chicago turned just as quickly as the fate of the Bulls. Temps dove into the 20s before we even had time to pull out the gloves and hats or mentally prepare for the four months ahead of frigid temps, harsh conditions and lots of layers.

But don’t let the cold, grey weather (or the loss of Derrick Rose and Jay Cutler) get you down! This is Chicago after all! Crummy weather and lost seasons are second nature to us. It’s all how you bear down and deal with the situation – with fanfare, style, patience and acceptance – or with gloom and resistance.

I’ve always said you can spot out the real fans by the ones who don their fandom in their outerwear. Anyone can rock a team tee but to sport the team hat, sweater, parka, mittens… well, that requires a little more work and it elevates you to a whole new level of fandom and coolness.

We try to aggregate our favorite Chicago team looks so you don’t have to spend time combing the web or the racks to find those fan-fueled looks you crave. Below are my favorite pieces to work into your wardrobe this winter in order to let everyone know where your affiliation lies – all with warmth and style, of course!


The easiest and most tasteful way to show your pride, topping off your look with a warm lid with team colors has never been easier.

Bulls Red with Black High Cuff Knit by Mitchell & Ness, Clark Street Sports: $24.99


Blackhawks Argyle Sherpa Winter Hat, Clark Street Sports: $39.99


Bears Navy Striped Snowflake Pom Knit with Tassels by New Era, Clark Street Sports: $24.99



These days, scarves are acceptable just about anywhere – you can throw one of these on with a blazer, sweatshirt or your regular Chicago-fied parka for those brutal and blustery walks to the train.

’47 Brand Chicago Bulls Baker Scarf, Fans Edge: $27.95


Blackhawks Striped Retro Scarf by Forever Collectibles, Clark Street Sports: $24.99


Bears Wordmark Scarf by Forever Collectibles, Clark Street Sports; $24.99



While those Hawks tanks and tees you stocked up on during the warm-weather Stanley Cup run are stashed away, check out these new long-sleeved looks: all the warmth with no compromise on style.

Bulls Women’s Grey Yolo Cutoff Midriff Long Sleeve by Sportiqe, Clark Street Sports: $49.99


Blackhawks Grey Reversible Burnout Long Sleeve by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $49.99


Bears Fan Life Sweater, Sporty Threads: $70.00


Bears Hooded Comfort Jacket, Meesh & Mia: $95.00


Time to get back in the saddle! The good news for the Bears and their fans is there wasn’t much time to brew over the disappointing 26-18 loss to the Saints on Sunday. The Bears will play their only Thursday Night Football primetime national matchup tomorrow night against the winless 0-5 New York Giants.

After back-to-back losses, ampoule the football gods are doing us a favor by sending us the horrible Giants for a Thursday night matchup. Not only should this be a much needed gimme win for the 3-2 Bears, but it also creates a perfect opportunity to make a Thursday night out of Bears football, something we rarely get the chance to do.

As every smart girl knows, it’s much easier to rally a posse on a Thursday night than it is on a Sunday afternoon. So stop what you are doing right now and get your plans in order for Thursday Night Football.  Here are our recs:


With a once-a-season Thursday night opportunity, there is absolutely no reason why you should not rock the Bears gear all day long, that means to the office and out for the game.

Junk Food Tees, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

We’ve taken one of our favorite Bears tees by Junk Food Tees available at Clark Street Sports for $29.99 and paired it with three different looks that are appropriate come game day or really any day of the week.


LOOK #1: The Office

This high-waisted suede skirt dresses up the tee and adds an instant level of sophistication for the day. Add a chunky gold necklace to distract from the deep v-neck of the shirt. Throw over a cream colored cardigan for the the cooler temps at night and you’re ready for a fast break to happy hour come 6:00 p.m.

Look #2: The Bar

What I love about this tee is it’s so versatile and easy to pair with anything. Like all Junk Food tees, the fabric is incredibly soft and hugs in all the right places. The v-neck cut and thinner fabric provides a sexier look that works perfectly under layers or solo with jeans.

Look #3: Soldier Field 

With a 7:25 p.m. kickoff you can expect the 75 degree temps to fall into the low-60s by halftime, so plan accordingly. Remember the NFL Purse Ban.


By all means, prep before kickoff. The 411 on the Giants/Bears matchup:

  • The New York Giants are off to their worst start in over 30 years. They are winless at 0-5 and are the laughing stock of the NFL. This also makes them very desperate.
  • The Giants have won the last four meetings at Soldier Field under Giants coach Tom Coughlin, again – crummy team but dangerous history vs. the Bears.
  • QB Eli Manning has thrown a whopping 12 interceptions so far this season. After years of being one of the best QBs in the NFC, this disasterous start to the season already has some questioning whether little Manning will still be considered for the HOF.

    Victor Cruz

  • Watch for Giants WR and fashionista, Victor Cruz. Cruz seems to be the only one producing on the field with four TDs on the season but only averaging 5.3 yards per reception.
  • The Bears need to bounce back from back-to-back losses to the Lions and the Saints and play better on both sides of the ball.
  • Injuries are starting to mount up for the Bears defense: both Henry Melton and Nate Collins are out for the season. The Bears’ defensive line will have two new faces on it: Landon Cohen and Zach Minter.


Head out early for this one – our city will rally for a Thursday night Bears game. Bars will be packed so reserve a table early. It’s a 7:25 p.m. kickoff on the lakefront. The game will air on NFL Network and will simulcast on My50 Chicago.


Junk Food Tees, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

We’re giving away one of these Junk Food Bears tees to the closest guess to the final Giants/Bears score. Head over to our Facebook page and give us your best guess before kickoff on Thursday night. Winner announced Friday morning.



Things move fast within a 16-game season, viagra cialis and before we’ve even managed to morph from summer weekends into our Sunday NFL rituals, we’re already a quarter into the NFL season. As the Bears head to Detroit this weekend to face the (2-1) Lions, life is good in Chicago for Bears fans: we’re 3-0 and sitting on top of the division, and it’s still 70 and sunny on football Sundays.


I know I’m not alone when I say I milk in every ray of sunshine in September and hang on to the 70 degree weather days like they are our last. Soon enough we’ll be bitching about the grey skies, the chilly temps and the 5:00 p.m. darkness each day.

Clark Street Sports, $34.99

That’s why I am still planning on rocking my off-white skinny jeans this Sunday when the Bears take on the Lions at noon. While the no-white-after-Labor Day rule is as played out as your Urlacher jersey, I do believe wearing white in temps less than 65 degrees is pushing it.

Thankfully, Sunday’s weather is calling for mid 70s and sun, #perfection. I’ll build off my favorite short-sleeved Bears tee, similar to this classic piece from Clark Street Sports ($34.99), with my favorite new purchase, these Nike Dunk Sky His , that I am wearing with just about everything these days. I’m keeping it simple with jewelry as my shoes are my accessory, and opting for my go-to “M” necklace from local designer I’ll top it off with my orYANY bag that also serves as a diaper bag in close-to-home situations. Yep, the kiddos are coming out to watch the Bears too.


After finishing off the PIttsburgh Steelers 40-23 on Sunday Night Football, the Bears will face their second divisional matchup of the year – and what I think will be their biggest test of the season, when they take on the (2-1) Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

The Bears and the Lions are pretty evenly matched on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Lions are better situated as a team and are averaging 410 total yards per game vs. 330 for the Bears. Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford have both thrown six touchdowns on the season, but Stafford has thrown 1020 yards to Cutty’s 693.

As for the running game, Matt Forte and Lion’s leading ball carrier, Joique Bell are also pretty evenly matched. Reggie Bush is also expected to back on the field for the Lions this week after sitting out last week due to knee injury. The Bell/Bush combo could prove to be a nuisance for the Bears D.

Calvin Johnson

The Lions player to watch for (and name drop) is Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. The Lion’s 6’5″ wide receiver wreaks havoc on opponent’s secondary and already has three touchdowns on the season. As of today, Peanut Tillman is still listed as “day-to-day” after last week’s injury. We need Tillman to be on the field on Sunday, and hopefully matched up against Megatron.

The Bears need to do a better job on the pass rush and will have their hands full with Matt Stafford if he is connecting with Calvin Johnson regularly. Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs and crew will need to put the pressure on Stafford early to ensure that the sure-footed Stafford does not get out of the pocket too often. Expect a very close game. I’m going with the Bears by 3.


This is the easy part. With the great forecast and noon kickoff – your options are endless. Personally, I’m heading to my favorite local beer garden, Flo & Santos for some polish-inspried pizza and cold beer with my girls and my man.




The Cutlers have been quite the over-acheiving couple this month: Jay with his back-to-back come from behind wins to take the Bears to a 2-0 start to the season, cialis sale and wife Kristin, curating her own NFL-inspirted line for Junk Food Clothing last week at New York’s Fashion Week.

While the rest of Chicago media is praising Jay Cutler today on his improved ability to lead the Bears offense, let’s turn our focus to Mrs. Cutler, and her recently debuted capsule collection for Junk Food Clothing.

We’ve been aware of Kristin’s plans to create an NFL-inspired collection for quite some time and were thrilled to finally see it launch last week at none other than Fashion Week in New York and right in time for the start of the NFL regular season. Check out all of the looks from Kristin’s collection on Junk Food Clothing’s Blog.

I’ll leave the official fashion reviews to truly talented and fashion-versed (check out a Glam Slam’s review of the collection) but, I will mention that I personally found the collection to be refreshing, sexy, unique and actually wearable.

As much as I love my vintage Bears tees with the skinny jeans and my go-to leather boots as my staple look, I would absolutely wear these pieces to the right destination to mix things up while turning heads.

If rocking a mini-spandex Bears dress to the bar on Sunday or to Soldier Field isn’t in your plans, the dress could easily be thrown over skinnies or leggings for a more causal game day look. However, this dress screams to be worn out on a Friday night during Bears season. Isn’t that the whole point of a collection like this – one that blends high fashion and sport? These pieces can and should be worn everywhere and not just on game day.

Personally, I like the Steelers floor length maxi dress and I LOVE the Packers retro fitted sweater. It was nice of Kristin to design something so fabulous and actually wearable for our enemies up north.


Unfortunately, as with most runway looks, we’ll be hard pressed to find any of these pieces on the racks in Chicago. I’m using the looks in this collection as inspiration to take my fashion fandom to the next level. I only wish that K-Cav would have considered a Chicago date to debut her collection here as well.

With this ambitious and highly publicized Junk Food line, and her continued success with her shoe collection, I can only imagine that K-Cav will continue to make her mark on the fashion world. Personally, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next and I’m publicly and wishfully hoping it will be a limited collection of fashion forward tees and slouchy sweatshirts for the 2014 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.

Kristin Cavallari – Junk Food NFL Apparel E! News from Junk Food Clothing on Vimeo.


Here we go – the final week before the Bears 2013 season kicks off on Sunday. As the city of Chicago’s most beloved and celebrated team (sorry Hawks!), mind when the Bears ask their fans and their city to get involved in the pre-game hype process, clinic of course, case we agree!

With a new coach and a new season ahead, the anticipation surrounding Sunday’s season opener at Solider Field against the Bengals is at an all-time high.

On Friday, the Bears are asking fans to show their support by wearing Bears colors in the office, out on the town, in the classroom, to pick up your kids, mow your lawn, you name it.

There will also be a Back to Football Week celebration at Pioneer Court Plaza (401 N. Michigan Ave.) on Friday with the Bears Drumline, giveaways and Bears alumni signing autographs.

In preparation for Friday’s Orange and Navy display, we’ve put together three different looks to comply with the Bears request.

The Office:

These days, it’s easier than ever to throw a polished Bears look together that will pass in even the most corporate of offices, thanks to the ladies at Meesh and Mia. The women owned and operated retailer specializes in high quality pieces with subtle logos and marks which means you can be selective on who you share your fandom with.

Meesh & Mia: $50.50

Opt for this cowl neck Bears tank to take you through the entire Bears season. Wear it alone with a black pencil skirt in the warmer months or under a blazer or cardigan later in the year. We love the attention to detail with the subtle glitter logo and small rhinestones around the logo. Buy it HERE.

The Night on the Town: 

By now you probably know that we’re big believers on wearing the right gear ALL weekend long – so of course we are going to recommend heading out on Friday night of opening weekend sporting team colors.

Sporty Threads: $29.00

Turn heads on Friday night in this unique Bears tee by Junk Food from Sporty Threads.

With a cropped front, longer back displaying “Monsters of the Midway”, off-the-shoulder option, vintage look with an uber soft feel, you can’t go wrong with this piece. Pair it with dark skinnies and an eye popping clutch to get the weekend going off on the right foot.

Game Day: 

With temps calling for sun and the high of 80 degrees, Sunday’s noon kickoff on the lakefront should be epic.  If you are lucky enough to be heading to the game, take advantage of the opportunity to go sans parka and rock this lightweight tee from Clark Street Sports.

We love this Junk Food tee for it’s sexy, jagged v-neckline, insane softness and body-hugging shape. Pair it with dark red cargos or skinnies and a flat, sturdy, closed-toe shoe to make it through the hours of tailgating, Soldier Field steps, and stadium sludge. We are loving these tan flats from Toms.

And remember ladies, the new NFL Purse ban – you can only bring in a clutch the size of your hand – or all of your belongings must fit in a clear Ziploc bag. No, this is not a joke. More info on the #NFLPurseBan HERE. And for a great laugh, check out the Broadside’s Tailgate retaliation response to the purse ban.

Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Until next week, Bear Down ladies…in killer fashion, of course!

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