The Windy City Wardrobe Mantra:
Girls compete. Women Empower.
Windy City Wardrobe launched in the fall of 2014 as a fashion and lifestyle guide dedicated to helping women discover and embrace their authentic selves. In a world that keeps trying to pit girl against girl, this is a safe space that promotes community over competition.
Curated by Dāsha Guyton, WCW reflects what life looks like when you curate experiences and a wardrobe you love. Whether you are looking for tips on dressing for less, flattering your figure, or how to be happy at that job that kinda sucks–WCW is your digital BFF who will cry, laugh and celebrate with you. I want to celebrate who you are wherever you are in this journey we call life!
Who is Dāsha Guyton?
Once upon a time, I was a small town southern girl who woke up with a big city dream, and devised a plan to go after it! I went from a social butterfly in high school (student council, softball, ROTC, class president, and everything else in between) to a dedicated first generation college student at University of Central Oklahoma, determined to graduate, find true love, and move east. By the age of 23, I had two out of three, yet I still yearned for the third. With no feasible career changing opportunities in sight, I threw myself into travel and hoped one of my travel destinations would one day become home. One winter I found myself vacationing in Chicago and the vibe of the city was so captivating that it oddly felt more like home than anywhere ever had. In less than a year, my wife received an email announcing a transfer opportunity and I immediately put the house on the market because I was confident she would get the job. She did. Thirty days later I found myself in Chicago with only what could fit in the car. This new city and new life inspired me to play with patterns, bold colors, and eventually led to this blog and a styling business in the fall of 2014. If you want to know more about this journey check out this post called, 5 Ways Chicago Changed Me.
What readers are saying:
“I love how you’re constantly sharing ground breaking posts that feed the soul. Please keep it up.”
“Your tips makes me want to reorganize my entire life! ha! So many good tips!”
“I absolutely love this message, and truly believe in the message. It’s so powerful when you have women from all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, etc coming together to say something like this. I really admire this!”
“Yay! I love your posts! Women who support women are awesome!”
What styling clients are saying:
I was always drawn to classic clothes but I couldn’t quite figure out how to put it all together. After a style quiz and a couple of shopping trips with Dāsha, I couldn’t feel more dapper.
“After working with Dasha, I wore a swimsuit for the first time in more than 20 years. It was liberating and I was so freakin’ cute!”
“I had such a great experience during my personal wardrobe style session with Dasha! She offered me so many great tips that I still use when shopping today like taking a picture of yourself in the dressing room so that you aren’t trying things on a second time before making your final decision to buy. Also, for a minimal jewelry wearer like me, she taught me to look for more clothes with their own embellishment so jewelry isn’t always needed to make an outfit pop! If you are looking for a wardrobe refresh or even new ideas for styling your current wardrobe, I would definitely recommend Dasha!”
“She’s a treasure to the Fashion Blogging and Chicago Fashion Community. A beautiful woman who’s personal style and personality is to be treasured. Be prepared to smile every time you see a post or have an opportunity to work with Dasha in person, the world needs more genuinely beautiful people like her.”
“Thanks so much! Love my custom personal style profile. Hope to work more with you soon!”
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Frequently asked questions…
Where do you shop? I have a strong preference for eShakti, ASOS, Simply Be, ModCloth, and Call It Spring. They each have good quality pieces in the latest trends, minus the sticker shock. I also frequent Old Navy, Forever 21, Aldo, and Macy’s.
Who inspires your style? I’m always inspired by people who exude originality and aren’t afraid to break fashion rules like–Solange, Sarah Jane Adams, Iris Apfel, and Courtney Quinn. I’m also inspired by everyday street style.
Who does your hair and what products do you use? I haven’t had a hair stylist in years. I cut, color, and style my own hair. Throughout the natural hair transition, I tried an array of products, but my tried and true are Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist, Mixed Chick Leave-In Conditioner, Ecostyler Gel, Curls Refresher and Goddess Curl Gel.
Who is your photographer? Me, my wife, and I! Well, it’s my wife most of the time. You can check her out her piece of the blogosphere at The Deep End Review. I typically, use a tripod and the self-timer when I take my own photos. During events, I’ll “encourage” (ask, bribe, plead) a friend to take some photos for me if my better half isn’t available.
What kind of camera do you use? Photography was my first creative passion so I’ve used a number of cameras. At the moment I’m shooting with the Canon Power Shot Sx60, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Here’s a fun fact for the road: When I started blogging I didn’t even have a social media account. My, oh my how things change!
For inquiries, press, collaborations, sponsorships and partnerships please email email@example.com or scroll down and use the contact form. For a sneak peek into my collaborative style click here.
Blog Disclosure:This little old blog started as a hobby and has since become a part-time job. That means I’m lucky enough to make money from doing what I love! I partner with brands that I like, then get paid to collaborate with them on projects which I blog about here. I always announce in a blog post when I will be partnering with a brand. I also receive gifted products from time to time that I feature here. I keep my integrity by only posting things I truly love. Which means I turn down the majority of opportunities offered because they aren’t in line with my blog or personal style. I always note in a post if something was received courtesy of a brand. I use affiliate links for products I like, which means I make a small percentage of a linked product if you choose to purchase it. Although I work with brands, I never allow them any control over the written content of posts. All opinions on this blog are my own.