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Practical Styling.

Erik Engstrom

I usually have a lot of staple pieces in my wardrobe. A lot of patterns, bright colors, and articles of clothing that make you just go, "wow!" I'm almost 30 and I'm choosing to be smarter with the way I live life. Let's use the term long lasting. As I mature and think about my apartment, my health, my closet, and my finances - simple is better. 

So I'm downsizing. I've already tossed out 15 bags worth of clothes. Not literally tossing, giving away. Instead of quantity I am focusing on staples that will be able to last. Staples that I can mix and match. Greyscale outfits are a simple way to stay true. They are ageless outfits. They are easy to pair, easy to dress. 

Living simple for me means functional. I'm a huge fan of Hunter boots. I think they are stylish and practical. Labor Day isn't here yet... so white jeans it is. 


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Urban Outfitters Club Jacket (similar)
H&M Hoodie
Hello Love Tee
Levi's 511s White Jeans
Hunter Rubber Lace-Up Boots (similar)
Fossil Gen 2 Smartwatch

Summer Colors.

Erik Engstrom

If we could, we'd probably live on a gorgeous island off the coast of the Dominican Republic. We'd lay in the sun all day long. Wander through the jungle. And have monkeys feed us. Okay, maybe not the monkey part...but this Chicago heat has us dreaming. 

Summer I just have two words for you: THANK YOU!

We can finally stroll through the parks of Chicago without worrying about dreadful rainfall. This sunny weather is bringing out the colorful side of our attire. Summer colors. We both have been appreciating the same colors this year: pink, blue, and tan. Whenever we go to the mall, these are the colors that stick out. And then all of a sudden, we're leaving the store with a range of tones and styles. 

Jeans are always a safe option for any outfit. Wearing light pastels? Pair them with jeans. What about a sports jersey? Pair it with jeans. Perhaps a nice linen shirt? Pair it with jeans. Denim goes with anything. If you've been following The American Swede for a while, you're probably annoyed by this statement as Erik uses it ever chance he gets.

We have our favorites, but what are you favorite colors for the summer? 

erik + tommy.

Shop the Looks:

Urban Outfitters tee (similar)
Levi's 511s
Vans SK8-Hi (similar)
Timex Southview Multifunction

Gap Denim Worker Jacket
Topman Drop Shoulder Longline T-Shirt
Levi's 511s
Adidas (similar)


Erik Engstrom

I didn't really read the books I was assigned in high school. Catcher in the Rye. The Great Gatsby. I've read them now, but I just hated reading for assignments. There was one that I read. The Outsiders. The story captivated my mind. The plot engaged me. I think it was the rebellious spirits that gave me a sense of adventure. Or I just loved the greaser aesthetics of the 1950s. 

The slicked back hair and leather jackets were some of the best things to happen in fashion. The greaser attitude and style is something I try to bring into my wardrobe with modern twists. 

Uniqlo has these amazing jeans that I'm in love with. They are the stretchiest pants I own. I lost my mind seeing all of the color options. I chose these ruby colored ones to add a little more color to my closet. Greasers usually rock jeans, white, and black. What does the modern greaser wear? Red pants, that's what.


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Urban Outfitters Leather Jacket (similar)
Lululemon Henley (similar)
Uniqlo Stretch Skinny Jeans
Vans Authentic