Her style? ‘A little weird, a little masculine, a little trendy, and a lot of streetwear’ | Bleader

Her style? ‘A little weird, a little masculine, a little trendy, and a lot of streetwear’

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Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.
"I really try to teeter the line between extremes," says design manager Katrina Wolf. - ISA GIALLORENZO
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  • "I really try to teeter the line between extremes," says design manager Katrina Wolf.

An associate design manager at a financial technology firm, 27-year-old Katrina Wolf started developing her trademark mix of "a little weird, a little masculine, a little trendy, and a lot of streetwear" when Bria Salvador-French of Lincoln Park's Smith & Davis Salon gave her a bowl haircut five years ago. "Since then I have been really engaged with fashion," Wolf says. "I get really excited to dress myself every day, and I just feel great if I have pulled together a good outfit."

Asked if she has any fashion rules, Wolf says, "I really try to teeter the line between extremes. . . . Masculine and feminine. Sporty and chic. Casual and formal. For example, if I wear my favorite Adidas sweatshirt then I will pair it with pointy-toed boots. I also really like to pattern-clash, as you can see!"

That day she was wearing bleached jeans from @sweetbandits, a favorite retailer of hers on the shopping app Depop, where Wolf says she finds the best vintage sportswear and denim; a striped mock turtleneck sweater also from Depop; a tweed coat by & Other Stories that she first saw on fashion blogger Megan Ellaby's site; her "worn-in and perfectly comfortable" Emmeline Smooths from Doc Martens; and her favorite piece, a pair of cherry earrings by Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer Andrea Smith, the purchase price of which went to Planned Parenthood. "I try to shop as ethically as I can," Wolf says. "I am not totally fast-fashion free yet, but I am working towards it."

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