Fashions Night Out is one of my favorite nights of the year. Fashions Night Out started as Vogue editors Anna Wintour’s push to help retailers during the 2009 recession and has since spread to 18 countries, with 4,500 events nationwide? Pretty amazing! In Chicago, a town not always recognized for being fashion forward, it’s a great night for people who love fashion to get together, shop, get great deals and come together as a community. I highly recommend checking it out in your city next year. Think it’s not in your area? Don’t be so sure. Many malls even have events, and it’s a great way to get your area, big or small, out shopping and excited about fashion.

My favorite part? Getting dressed. This year I had some amazing tribal print leggings from my favorite local Chicago retailer, Akira , that I couldn’t wait to try out. The key with sporting this trend in your late 20’s and 30’s is to tone down the rest of your look, and I took a cue from Kim Kardashian when creating  my look. You don’t want a busy print on the bottom and on top. Let the print do the talking, wear a long tank that covers a bit of your thighs , simple (ish) shoes and you’ve got in covered.

Kristy Marks Lauren Sebastin Fashions Night Out FNO 2012 Chicago
Photo: Kristy Marks Lapidus

Akria Printed Leggings

Lauren Sebastian Big Blonde Hair Fashions Night Out 2012 Look Akira

 Shredded Back Blazer by Akira, Tribal Print Leggings by Akira (Similar) , Low Back Tank by Akira, Necklace by TopShop, Studded Cuff by Forever 21, Webster Python Clutch by Michael Kors

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Get The Look:

Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Topshop, Asos