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A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

Shannon Buckley lives in Andersonville, Chicago, with her husband and three fluffy cats. She works for a local nonprofit, and uses her Instagram platform to share her love of slow and ethical fashion design. “When I first got into these designers, I never saw models who looked like me,” she says. “Now I’ve pushed myself to put myself out there and share my own outfits, hoping to inspire others to do the same.” Here, she shares five looks…

A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

Light jacket: Elizabeth Suzann. Dark jacket: Elizabeth Suzann. Sweatshirt: Tradlands. Jeans: Imogene + Willie. Sneakers: Converse. Purse: Madewell, similar.

“This looks like a reversible coat, but it’s actually two cotton canvas jackets layered on top of one another. It’s a good way to add warmth if you don’t feel like wearing a huge parka. These jackets are by Elizabeth Suzann — the brand that first got me into slow, ethical fashion. In a nutshell, slow fashion means making things to order rather than having an inventory, and ethical fashion means being transparent about how the clothes are made and supporting the people making them. Elizabeth Suzann is a great example, and I love how functional her clothes are. Her big thing is really deep pockets, which both these jackets have. Wearing them together is like a pocket-fest.”

A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

Cardigan: Babaà. Turtleneck sweater: Babaà. Cropped pants: Eli & Barry. Boots: Everlane. Backpack: VereVerto, similar.

“I know this outfit is bulky — I look like a pink marshmallow! — but I go for comfort rather than ‘flattering.’ I think people should be able to wear what makes them happy, not just things that make their waist look small. My office’s dress code is laid-back. I work at a nonprofit called Chicago Foundation for Women. CFW focuses raises funds and invests in organizations supporting local women and girls, particularly on the south and west sides of Chicago. Our main goals are supporting their economic security, access to healthcare, and freedom from domestic violence.”

A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

Cardigan: Dôen, similar. Top: Elizabeth Suzann, similar. Pants: Elizabeth Suzann. Necklace: Oatmeal x Bombabird, similar.

“This is an outfit formula for me: When in doubt, I wear a high-waisted pant, a fitted shirt, and a chunky sweater or jacket. On the days when I just can’t come up with anything, this is my foolproof combination. The necklace is ceramic, so it’s pretty substantial and a little heavy. Before I found it, I’d never thought of wearing a ceramic as jewelry — but I love it. It’s a nod to my fantasy of being an elementary school art teacher.”

A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

Cardigan: Babaà. Top: Elizabeth Suzann, similar. Pants: Madewell. Shoes: Martiniano.

“When I was younger, I was really into bright colors, but when I got into slow fashion I did a complete 180: no frills, no patterns, I thought everything had to be hyper-minimalist. Now, I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone by trying more attention-grabbing colors, rather than just black and grey. I LOVE these Madewell pants. They have the perfect wide-leg silhouette.”

A Week of Outfits: Shannon Buckley

Corduroy jacket: Paloma Wool, similar. Sweater: Everlane, similar. Pants: Eli & Barry. Shoes: Everlane. Necklace: Oatmeal, similar. Watch: Michael Kors, similar.

“This jacket reminds me of my mom. She always wore long corduroy jackets when I was growing up — and she wasn’t a fashionista. She was like, ‘This is a decent jacket and I’m going to wear it for utility purposes.’ But when I wear it, I’m definitely choosing it for the look, to channel her — it makes me nostalgic.”

Thank you so much, Shannon!

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including a scientist in San Francisco and an preschool teacher in Washington, D.C.

(Photos by Anna Spaller for Cup of Jo.)

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  1. bella says...

    Some random comments about Shannon Buckley….Perfect eyebrows / I am small and thin, yet find myself looking at her instagram a gazillion times a day for style inspiration. She is awesome / Hooray for wide trousers!! / She does seem to love warm colors, and she has two lovely golden cats that match her color scheme / She has added a third fur baby in black! Look for the picture where her grown-up cats are definitely-not-social-distancing in bed so the baby can have more space / Her home is pretty cool / CLOGS and jumpsuits are awesome / Spend too much time in her instagram and you will want to wear colorful undies/ heehee…Thanks for featuring her!

  2. Love Shannon. I’ve been following her on Instagram for about a year. Really dig her style and it’s great to see her on this blog! thank you

  3. One of my faves so far – lots of inspo here! Very classic and refined, but lovely details. Thanks Shannon!

  4. Samantha W Zutler says...

    These outfits are RAD. So chic and timeless. I second the reader’s comment about wanting to hang out with Shannon.

  5. alison says...

    Love her style and she looks great in everything!

  6. mj says...

    What a cutie!!

  7. Traceg says...

    Thank you so much for featuring the wonderful Shannon. When all this crazy stuff is over, I SO wanna have a glass of wine with her. Can you come to Australia, Shannon?

  8. Priscilla Morales says...

    I follow Shannon on ig and she is the absolute BEST. Thank you for featuring her!

  9. I enjoyed this very much!

  10. K says...

    Would you ever consider doing a week of maternity outfits?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, we’d love to! great idea.

    • Nicole says...

      There is an awesome woman on Instagram @tiny_acorn who is currently pregnant and does fashion. She may be a good lady to check out!

    • Carolyn Page says...

      Ooh I wish I’d had that when I had my pregnancies 35+ years ago – I mostly went around looking like a character from Little House on the Prairie. My daughters and their friends look very chic in Marimekko when they’re pregnant.

    • Abigail Ann Nittle says...

      Came here to reply and found someone else suggested her!
      I nominate @tinyacorn ! She’s pregnant right now and I adore her style. She’s so good at mixing thrifted stuff into her wardrobe so she never looks strictly “trendy” but instead has her own personal style.
      Plus, she seems like a sweetheart!

  11. Michelle says...

    I follow her on instagram, love love love her style!

  12. spark says...

    Loved this post and this gorgeous woman. Can I ask about that lovely brass wall hanging – I really love it and would love to know its origin for my mum’s birthday this year.

  13. Shan says...

    WOW! I live in Andersonville and work for a non-profit that CFW funds! And my name is Shannon! What a small world. Loved this post, needless to say. :)

  14. Isabelle says...

    Simply gorgeous!

  15. Asia says...

    Great style! I, too, am working on banishing “flattering” from my vocabulary. Wear what you want, what makes you feel most like “YOU.”

    • margaret says...

      Agreed – love this notion. But I have to quibble with Shannon because I think the “pink marshmallow” outfit is fabulous and looks really great on her!

    • bella says...

      I would rather re-think the word “flattering”, which apparently has been hijacked to mean “skinny”. What about if we think, does this outfit makes me happy? Is it making me look alive? do the colors look good on me?

  16. Sky says...

    Wow, I love her style, and I totally appreciate and understand the idea of purchasing fewer, better items for the sake of slow fashion. But good lord, almost $200 for a top? $400 for a cardigan? (Albeit, a beautiful cardigan…) These are not clothes I could live in, what with all the stains and tears and normal wear my clothes take. I feel like I would have to wrap myself in plastic wearing something of that price. There has to be a better way…

    • callie says...

      she also wears fast fashion (madewell and everlane are both brands made in factories in developing countries!) I can only afford to shop used so tend to use people with great style like her as an idea of what to look for on ebay/at thrift stores/poshmark etc

    • Kristyn says...

      I thought this too, but when I read a post on ES’s website about the entire process and cost of creating a garment my opinion changed. I purchased a top from her website and waited 4 weeks for it to arrive. I still have this top 6 years later and I wear it once a week. I don’t regret the purchase. It took me 4 months of setting money aside to buy it (I’m an elementary art teacher). This purchase actually changed the way I buy clothes. Trendy items still catch my eye, but I really think of clothes as an investment now. I’ve had pants altered after I lost a few lbs and I have had buttonholes and coat linings repaired in an effort to take better care of things. But I totally get the sticker shock!

    • Cait says...

      There is! I buy almost everything possible secondhand to make it sustainable. I don’t really have time to thrift shop so I use ThredUp (I hear they are not great for selling to though). Other more affordable brands are Elegantees, Fair Indigo, Able, and more. Many of them employ vulnerable communities or are a give back model, and they don’t break the bank although they understandably cost more than fast fashion.

    • Sky says...

      Thank you for theses suggestions. I am feeling inspired to thrift shop now. Because to be honest, the idea of saving for months for one article of clothing feels a bit demoralizing right now. (I’m currently just trying to get my emergency fund at full capacity, with all that’s going on.) Buying clothing that costs almost as much as my rent may never be something that’s financially responsible for me. Thrifting it is!

  17. Mia says...

    She is gorgeous!

  18. Bri says...

    Absolutely loved this post! Great to see a fellow Chicagoan on COJ. Also wouldn’t mind a house tour, love her bookshelf and fireplace!

  19. Kat O says...

    Love it. Her fashion sense is my fashion sense, which Man Repeller has dubbed “menocore” and I couldn’t agree more. I think I like those big, relaxed silhouettes partly for the comfort and functionality, but partly because it’s a step away from traditional performative femininity (disclaimer: no problem if that’s what you’re into, etc etc), while still feeling largely feminine (which I myself enjoy, but of course there’s no right or wrong way to be or look feminine/womanly/not feminine or womanly/etc).

  20. Nina says...

    I love all of these, great shapes, great colours! High-waisted pants are my favourite. The marshmallow outfit looks like a hug I want to wear :)

  21. Reem says...

    beautiful!

  22. nne says...

    Loved this one!! The outfit with the orange p
    ants (this is formatting weird, my 6yo sp
    illed on keyboard today) is gorgeous! I’m curious however that Madewell counts as slow fashion. I have had two p
    aris of jeans that wear out in like FOUR months due to p
    oor quality. My keyboard issues ap
    p
    ear to be related to the letter P
    ! hahahahh When will ap
    ple store be op
    en?! (it won’t let me write the first letter of my nme either now lol)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, madewell is fast fashion, but i think shannon has a mix of slow and fast fashion, with a big emphasis on slow/ethical. hope that helps!

    • shannon says...

      The keyboard situation made me smile! You’re not the only one with a corona related keyboard casualty, I’m sure. I hope you are able to call apple soon!

  23. Rosemarie says...

    I teared up after reading this. Maybe because of the current situation, or because I’m originally from Chicago and haven’t been in a while. I miss Reza’s in Andersonville and that neighborhood in general. Loved this segment. My mom was also quite utilitarian when I was a child, and still is. I dress with a sense of nostalgia, humor and memory –what makes me think of other people, places, and moments. Definitely part of my internal dialogue. I am now wearing a simple navy crewneck sweatshirt because I’m thinking of her. It’s more saturated and structured than what she’d choose, but nonetheless the reference is certainly here, with me. Shannon, thank you for your work with CFW, and Joanna, thanks for this community.

  24. Marie says...

    Love her style, and I enjoyed reviewing the retailers’ websites. But wow, so out of my price range as also a non profit worker with fixed expenses. I’d be interested to hear if it’s common for folks to spend $200+ on a single item of clothing, and if so, how often one purchases such pricey items, and further, how often folks add to their clothes.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      shannon told me: “Two ways I really eased into making the transition from fast fashion to slow fashion was having closet sales on Instagram and by shopping for slow fashion secondhand.” hope this helps!

  25. Jen says...

    Probably one of my faves :)

  26. Lane says...

    I generally roll my eyes when someone says that something “made me feel seen.” But this honestly does. Every time Cup of Jo has a fashion post with a model that isn’t a size small, it gives me such joy.

    • jennifer says...

      Agreed Lane! This is definitely one of the reasons I follow Shannon on Instagram (that, and her style is fantastic). But she gives *real* assessments of the clothes in her videos – she shows what works and what doesn’t on a curvy body. I love having her as a resource for when I want to buy a pair of Everlane pants and I need a way of knowing how they’ll REALLY fit (for example). This is something that we need more of!!

  27. J Ray says...

    This has to be one of my favorite fashion profiles yet. She’s got great confidence and I love her earthy palette and the textures in the fabrics. Eyebrows are also perfection. I just checked out Elizabeth Suzann…very cool designer! Thanks for the recommendation!

  28. Sarah says...

    Aww .. I’m an elementary art teacher and with all the stress of the quarantine it’s nice to hear it’s a dream job. When I get to see my students it is. I like how cozy your clothes are. I go for comfort and texture as well! Stay well!

  29. One of my favorite instagrammers! So glad to see her here.

  30. Ae says...

    I love her aesthetic but also want to point out that’s it’s possible to dress for comfort/ function AND aesthetic. I see so many people state some form of “I dress to be comfortable and don’t care about how it looks” as though those things are mutually exclusive. They aren’t/ don’t have to be.

    • NJ says...

      I think it’s more that she dresses how she wants to dress, rather than making sure everything is “flattering.” Clearly she’s dressing for comfort and aesthetic because her outfits are super cute!

    • Megan says...

      Hi. I think what she means is that she doesn’t care if it’s “flattering” not that she doesn’t care how it looks. She clearly has an aesthetic in mind when she puts together an outfit. She just doesn’t care about the usual fashion rules of trying to look slim.

  31. Karen T. says...

    From one Chicagoan to another–so much love of Shannon’s aesthetic and desire to be happy and comfortable! Isn’t that what it’s all about? :)

  32. Katie says...

    Joanna, I just want to say you’re doing a great job. I don’t know how you’re doing it with the two kiddos at home, but I hope you’re taking care of yourself and finding a balance that works for you! It’s so nice to have your content to look forward to, even during a pandemic, but I just want to say that your happiness matters too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re the sweetest, thank you so much. it’s a juggle for sure, and i’m so grateful for our amazing team right now! :)

    • Leslie says...

      agreed! and I am not reading or watching the news at all to stay sane, so this is one of my few outlets into the world, I am so thankful for your voice and your work. sending love from sunny Florida.

  33. Kate Lamberton says...

    “When I first got into these designers, I never saw models who looked like me”

    My first thought when I saw the post on facebook was, “Oh! She looks like me! I want to see what she wears!!”

    And I love it! Love her goals, love her style.

  34. Elizabeth says...

    “This is a decent jacket and I’m going to wear it for utility purposes.” Just made me laugh out loud. Loved this post!

  35. Clare says...

    I would love to get tea with Shannon. (I feel like she just knows her way around a neighborhood tea shop, ya know?)

  36. Anne says...

    Oh girl, you went for the Doen cardigan. So jeal! It looks gorgeous on you :)

  37. Pat Perrich says...

    I also have an Oatmeal necklace. It gets so many compliments.

  38. Emma Tacke says...

    This post makes me feel so cozy. I literally gasped when I saw the corduroy jacket, I want one! The length, the color, the texture – it’s all so good.

    • Gina says...

      My body is going through changes right now and Shannon’s IG has been the perfect place to help me re-order what has long been some disordered self-perception and be not just kinder to myself but celebratory of myself. I love her style, her thoughtfulness and her persistence in exhorting brands to be more inclusive. SO appreciate seeing her profiled here!

  39. Bonnie says...

    I remember “outfits”…

    (Very pretty by the way. Simple, unique and feminine!)

    • Amy says...

      😂

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha i’ve been wearing the same sweatpants for a week!

  40. Tina,NYC says...

    Love the look and hair. And so many new-to-me designers to follow. Also what a great non profit to work for. You rock, Shannon!!

  41. Stephanie says...

    Lovely! I love the paper bag pants in the 4th photo. Also she’s making me want to try wide-leg pants.

  42. Jenny says...

    She’s wearing the hell out of those Madewell wide leg trousers. I never thought I could wear them, but now I see that’s all in my head. You literally put on the pants and then… poof. Wearing them.

  43. Michaela Carroll says...

    I love Shannon’s style! I’d love to hear her thoughts on Imogene + Willie jeans… I’m considering a pair and I have a similar body shape!

  44. Danielle says...

    LOve.

  45. Carol says...

    Love her classic fashion sense. I will have to try a more sustainable approach to my purchases!

  46. Brandi Kozlowski says...

    Yaaaaaaaay Shannon! She’s been my style muse for years now, and she is just as delightful IRL. Such a delight to open up CoJ and see her smiling face!

  47. Kirsten says...

    Hooray for Shannydoots! Big fan :)

  48. Sara says...

    Love her style!

  49. kelly says...

    my friends are behind oatmeal and bombabird!!!! so awesome to see some pittsburgh designers in chicago!

  50. Sara says...

    I’ve never thought of dressing in formulas! “When in doubt, I wear a high-waisted pant, a fitted shirt, and a chunky sweater or jacket.”

    What a great idea! Thank you!

  51. Allison says...

    Oh wow, those layered Elizabeth Suzann trenches are so beautiful! Love seeing Shannon’s style featured here after following on IG!

  52. Jessie C says...

    Fellow Andersonville resident here *hi neighbor!* So so pumped to see a Chicago lady featured, especially one who works to do such amazing things in this city. 2 questions:

    1. what are the lipstick names? they are amaze.
    2. are there places she loves to shop locally in Chicago? sometimes I get overwhelmed when I try to shop here.

    Thank you for all you do! (Also, I so support the high waisted jean and tucked top combo, it is my fave too! I call it the ‘Tight and Tuck.’)

    • Jennifer says...

      Agreed! I also wanna know the lipstick from the first picture. Also, I wanna know more about that eyeliner situation.

  53. alycia says...

    I love her style and sentiments! Also I agree – we need to see the kitties! :)

  54. Kim says...

    I loved Everlane until they fired all of
    their customer service staff last week for union-organizing. I will not be purchasing any more of their products.

    • Lindsey says...

      Same! Thank you for bringing this up.

    • v says...

      agreed – i LOVE them (LOVE). it was a shock to learn about their union-busting move in the middle of a (likely) global recession, and sad not to be able to buy from them anymore.

    • Marie says...

      Wow! Thanks for sharing. That’s horrible of Everlane.

      All power to the workers!

    • Kirsten says...

      Ugh same.

    • K says...

      This makes me sad. I have been following the “canceling” of Everlane closely and find it unfair. They laid off their part time employees at the same time MANY companies are laying off employees, because they are not making any money. (Part of the news is that they sent an email saying things were fine days before the lay offs— also not the only company to do this when things are changing so rapidly day by day.) Their CEO is taking zero salary and they are running crazy sales, both of which i see as support of their statement that they are not profitable. Part time retail is not a very well protected job, which is a bummer, but to immediately write off a company with a history of caring about employees and makers for the crime of very possibly just being in the same situation as everyone else is also a huge bummer.

    • Ris says...

      I think the issue that we all take with the firing, @K, is that they seemed to focus on people who were interested in unionizing, and the timing seemed verrrrrry suspicious. We can all understand that brands are downsizing at this moment, but we cannot understand a company that preaches radical transparency suddenly pivots to being radically awful.

    • Bex says...

      whaaaaat had no idea, thanks for sharing

    • Lauren says...

      I also am not buying any Everlane and it pains me because I love their clothes & their sale right now is good!

      It sounds like Everlane laid off 42 of the 57 members of the customer experience team, and it sounds like the group of 15 employees that were retained doesn’t include anyone who signed a union card … possibly chance but seems a little fishy.

      More broadly its been interesting to see how different companies are handling this time, which companies are prioritizing employee welfare, being transparent in their communication v companies that have kept employees in the dark, abruptly switched from sunny communiques to news of furloughs & firings.

      I sympathize with many companies having to lay off employees but I think the way that different companies are navigating this time is separating the wheat from the chaff.

  55. Erin says...

    Chicagoan here, love her look and also love the shoutout to the organization she works for! They do incredible work supporting grassroots orgs that help vulnerable women and girls in Chicago. I’m not affiliated in any way, just a fan of their model.

  56. I really like how Shannon approaches her personal style Instagram. She is so straightforward about the fit of clothes and honest about how companies are communicating with her and representing her interests (and vice versa — there is never any unclear ad/free gift/etc.!). She has really great style and I love her use of color!

  57. Kendra says...

    Those knot necklaces are gorgeous.

  58. K8 says...

    The last look was my favorite. She has a great eye for interesting color combos!

  59. Hilary says...

    I love this week of outfits! I’m so excited to see some more slower fashion brands too, as I’m trying to learn more and make better purchases.

    Cup of Jo hive, I need your suggestions! A lot of the slower fashion that I’ve seen tends to have a similar aesthetic- oversized sweaters, high waisted pants, wide-leg pants, etc. I get that this is also just a popular style in general. Any recs for slow/ethical fashion with a more preppy kind of vibe? Like Loft/J Crew style, but ethical. Does that exist? Am I the only one still wearing skinny jeans?

    • Christine says...

      Great question!

    • Tracey says...

      I don’t know the answer but I was thinking the same as your comment. I have seen Amour Vert and Grana but there must be others? Hope someone can suggest

    • Ro in Chi-town says...

      Try Kotn, Brass Clothing, Vetta capsule and Tradlands. I’d recommend following folks who are into ethical fashion on IG! It’s a wonderful, socially minded community and it will introduce you to so many wonderful small businesses, many of which are women owned.

    • Eloise says...

      Maybe Amor Vert?

    • oooh, maybe something like Amour Vert?

    • Johanna says...

      I second this, but personally I’m interested in ethical fashion with more of an eclectic, colorful vibe! If anyone knows of any brands, I’d love to hear about them.

    • Alyce says...

      You should check out saltwaternewengland.com. Muffy highlights many brands that are preppy slow/ethical fashion even they don’t market themselves that way at all.

    • M says...

      People Tree is a fair trade and sustainable brand (based in the UK, but delivers to USA) that might have some styles you’d like! Their range includes slim cut trousers and jeans, smart blazers and cute striped t-shirts. I always recommend them to anyone who wants to shop ethically but doesn’t feel at home with the Elizabeth Suzann aesthetic or needs more office-friendly attire. :)

    • Clare says...

      Emerson Fry isn’t quite preppy, but they have some great colors.
      I wonder about this a bit too. I’ve been trying Poshmark — tricky for clothing sizes, but I can get fun, bright J.Crew earrings and headbands on resale that way and wear them with black, white and denim basics.

    • Christine says...

      Do you know people tree and armed angels? :-)

    • Hilary says...

      Me again-

      Thank you all for your suggestions! I’m bookmarking all of them for the next time I need something. I stumbled on Marine Layer when I was in California, and they look like they have great casual wear.

    • Elisabeth says...

      Bridge and Burn?

    • Heather says...

      Tradlands? And in general – I get tons of ideas from The Garment Life – she has made it her actual job to connect people with ethical fashion. Check out her instagram! thegarmentlife

    • Christine says...

      Also you should follow Karla reed on insta. She is moving towards more ethical brands and has a slightly preppy vibe. 💗

    • Try secondhand shopping! It can be really fun–like a treasure hunt–and is a better way to shop, ethically and environmentally.

    • shannon says...

      Just chiming in to say, you are not alone… I am most definitely still wearing skinny jeans and trousers! They work the best for my shape. More voluminous pants tend to swallow me.

    • Lauren E. says...

      I second the suggestion to shop second hand! I have an alert set up on Poshmark for skinny Levis which fit me the best and have gotten some really great pairs for super cheap.

    • Lydia says...

      Try Paloma Wool! They go into really fun colors and shapes.

  60. riye says...

    Shannon looks fantastic! I love her emphasis on comfort and her color combinations. I think Shannon’s got the fit of her clothes down just right too. Clothes that don’t fit right make pretty much anyone look less than their best. Go, Shannon!!

  61. Josephine says...

    I love the way she puts colors together and they just blend beautifully. I think I’m missing that gene. I’m very envious!!

    • Lora says...

      One tip I received that has really helped on this: You might consider looking at your color palette based on your hair/skin/eyes (winter, spring, summer, fall). I realized if I prioritized buying/making clothes (I sew, hence the making part) in the same palette, then the color combinations seem to come together effortlessly because they naturally complement each other. For example, Shannon’s palette looks to be primarily autumn (with a bit of winter) so all the colors flow together.

  62. Emily says...

    I love her style! So sophisticated, yet creative and approachable. Goals!

  63. M says...

    I can’t believe THREE fluffy cats were referenced and there’s not a single one in the photos! Cup of Jo community, please make up for this crushing disappointment and share pictures of the animals keeping you company at home (all species welcome)…

    • jane says...

      Yuss

    • Sonja says...

      lol yes! I am quarantined away from my beloved kitty, and missing him SO much, so I would love to see some pet pictures too!

  64. Wendy says...

    “ I think people should be able to wear what makes them happy, not just things that make their waist look small”. YES! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  65. I LOVE that this powerhouse of a woman mentioned she dresses for comfort and what makes her happy versus what makes her waist look small! I think this is such an important point! We don’t have to dress for others and what they find attractice! We get to dress for us and what makes us feel our best!

  66. Heather says...

    Love her style! I’m an elementary teacher (generalist but LOVE doing art with my kiddos) and really appreciate the funky and comfy vibe Shannon has going on. Lots of good outfit inspo here! Thanks for sharing Shannon and the COJ team. Big hugs and lots of love and light to all!

  67. Elena says...

    I found Shannon through an IG rabbit hole (🤷‍♀️) and fell in love with her style. She has a fun sense of proportion and dresses for herself and what makes her feel good, which I think is how everyone should! Keep doing your thing, Shannon! It’s great!

  68. I am all for the marshmallow look! I really do love those pants, they all look comfy but still put together.

    Stephanie | SPV Living

  69. Lauren says...

    Oh. my. goodness: someone short waisted, featured in a photograph, on purpose! lol. Maybe it’s silly but that makes me very happy! I’m short waisted but tall and finding clothes is nightmare 🤦‍♀️

    Thoracically deviant women, unite!

  70. Jenn says...

    This was such a wonderful post – and I jumped with excitement to see Shannon wearing knot necklaces made by two of my favorite artists in Pittsburgh, where I live! Oatmeal and Bombabird are both woman-owned companies and they create beautiful jewelry and home goods/pieces. I love that these necklaces found their way to Chicago and now, this post. :)

  71. Katelyn Knowles says...

    Been following her on Instagram for years! I love her style! I would love to see her beauty uniform, too.

  72. Laura says...

    As a Nashville resident, I am so proud that TWO Nashville-based brands got shoutouts here – Elizabeth Suzann and Imogene + Willie! I love what both of these companies are doing, both with strong, amazing women at their helms. And I know I’m a lucky duck that I get to just drive around the corner and go to their sample sales :)

  73. Natalie says...

    Hooray, I love Shannon! Her Instagram account has really inspired me to think differently about how I view my body, how I dress and what I purchase.

  74. LaLa says...

    Shannon’s style makes me happy. I call those sweaters Grandpa chic!

  75. Nathalie Bockelt says...

    The first photo is everything. I LOVE her style! And her smile, so contagious.

  76. Eliot says...

    My love for and complete obsession with Elizabeth Suzann led me to Shannon’s instagram account and few months ago. I was immediately smitten with her style and I’ve tried to embody her confidence when I’m getting dressed every day since.

  77. Love all of these outfits but can we also talk about how good Shannon’s skin looks in every photo? Beauty routine post, please!

    • N says...

      I agree love love the outfits and also here admiring her gorgeous skin and shiny hair. Tips please!

  78. Cynthia says...

    Her lipstick sets off her smile and outfits. I like her approach to dressing.

  79. amy says...

    I’m so into her marshmallow look….and the sentiment!

    • Rae says...

      Right? It’s a marshmallow look because it looks comforting, soft, sweet. Shannon, I love all your creative and comfortable looks.

    • Agnès says...

      I am in total marshmallow look these days ! Ah ah love the expression !

    • Lesley says...

      +1

    • Deb says...

      I am totally replacing the “stick of butter” look with the “fluffy marshmallow”. Right now, if I am comfortable, all my “office mates” (my cats, dog, teenager and all my kindergarteners seeing me on-screen) are happy!

  80. Meggie says...

    Gorgeous! And I’m sure I’m not the only one who now wants a home tour!!

  81. Liz says...

    I love Shannon’s outfits! I follow her on IG and her style is on point. Thanks for featuring!

  82. Shannon says...

    Been a fan of hers for some time! That darker lip is just gorgeous. Love from another Chicago Shannon!