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Julie Latsko makes a new fashion statement

Julie Latsko

Julie Latsko

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Updated: July 27, 2012 6:06AM

I consider myself an ever-evolving fashionista. I’ve gone from working the runways in Milan to becoming a restaurant entrepreneur and a fashion and interiors consultant. However, through all of those positions, I’ve remained interested in what looks good on others and on myself, and I’m constantly looking to redefine my fashion statement.

I’ve always taken great pride in having my Oscar de la Renta and J. Crew dresses intermingled in my closet, my Christian Louboutins snuggled next to my Gabriella Rocha $20 ballet flats. But a recent fashion dare stretched even my admittedly lenient fashion boundaries: I purchased my first pair of Lululemon pants.

Actually I purchased two, the classic Groove and the Wunder Unders. And like many other Lululemon wearers, I am donning them without ever having stepped inside a yoga studio . . . well, maybe I have a few times. There’s no need to “formally” exercise, I say, when you are mother to two young and active girls, ages 3 and 7.

My first Lululemon purchase was not without trepidation, and I put those pants on cautiously. Would I turn into one of those “Lululemon Moms” that opt for comfort over style? Would this new fashion endeavor compel me to surrender the more tailored and classic apparel I consider my usual uniform, especially when I’m styling a client or at Table 52 meetings? I’ve heard my Lululemon-loving friends speak of their addiction to the luon fabric and the way it lifts and stretches, giving their posterior an almost Zen-like feel. I fear the lure of it.

I do not like to make wasteful purchases and insist my clients don’t either. So investing in Lululemon meant it would have to be incorporated into my wardrobe. Would my fashion clients forgive me if they saw me donning my Lulus with a pair of the killer heels that I am known for? Would it be style suicide or just good style sense? In the end, fashion once again inspired my creativity.

So, no, I won’t be trading in my Lanvin flats for running shoes. I’ve actually found they match my Lulu Groove pants, with that burst of color on the waistband, quite nicely. It’s the perfect combo for the early-morning school drop-off. And when I indulge in too many sweets at a Chicago gala, I put my Wunder Unders on under my skinny jeans. It’s now my version of double Spanx.

Fashion never disappoints.

Julie Latsko has donated her $1,000 fee for writing this column to the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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