Chicago Events. The Green Tie Ball: The Style Standouts In The Garden of Good Or Evil. Second City Style Fashion Blog.

This Saturday your intrepid Second City Style editors attended the Green Tie Ball, one of Chicago’s premiere gala events and a symbol of the Chicago Gateway Green’s continuing commitment to the city, and although the weather was not quite conducive to high fashion (it was a chilly 50 degrees fahrenheit at this mostly-outdoor event), the extremely well-dressed crowd definitely managed to make it work. 

Chic wool coats, cozy cashmere wraps, and other methods of keeping warm despite the chilly breeze were prevalent, although a few brave fashionistas showed off their shoulders in strappy gowns. Other popular accessories included metallic clutches, patent peep-toes, and black opaque tights (proving that this daytime staple can work for evening with the proper partners, like a glam little dress and sparkly shoes). 

Here are some of the best-dressed Chicagoans:


Local Elite model Kristen Grzemski in a sleek silver anorak and classic little black dress.


One of the event’s coordinators, Jana Rhodes, in a flowy chiffon print halter by up and coming designer Erica Davies.


Katie is fashionably warm in a Betsey Johnson textured coat and beaded velvet scarf, and Courtney channels Chanel in a nubby ivory tweed coat.


Comcast anchor Lisa Aprati shows us how to wear this season’s trendy cropped, 3/4 sleeve a-line jackets in her winter white wool number.


Mieka Dorsey, escorted by Clayton Harris III, makes a bold statement in this dramatic black and white Jessica McClintock ballgown.


Of course, it wouldn’t be the Green Tie Ball without a few elegant green ensembles, and Jenna wore one of the best, a graceful satin number by Dina Bar-El paired with an elegant gold clutch. 

Our overall Impression: We were impressed by how so many women managed to deal with the less-than-favorable temps and still look chic.   

—Jaqueline Zenn

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