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This Helmut Lang Sweatshirt Was Made for Chicago Weather

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Ink leather sweatshirt, $495 at Helmut Lang

Whether you're a sequin-clad River North girl, a jeans-and-tee-loving Lakeview lady or the kind who likes to stomp around Wicker Park in combat boots, if you're a Chicago woman, you've faced this fashion dilemma more than once: How do you look put-together when the snow is falling, the winds are raging and the cold is so severe that you feel it in your bones?

Enter this just-released Helmut Lang sweatshirt, which is, in a word, perfection. Everything about it, from the cut, to the retro ribbed cuffs, is good enough to make us pity our friends in LA because they'll never have a reason to wear it.

This is one of those perfectly warm, cozy pieces that's super practical, but actually flatters the body and looks surprisingly polished. In other words: We know you love your ex-boyfriend's college sweatshirt, but it's high time to ditch it for this infinitely more fashionable take.

You could throw this number over a skirt and sandals for a September evening spent in the shade, or you could pair it with jeans, a thermal and booties for cold winter days. Either way, you'll look edgy, cool and perfectly insulated.
· Helmut Lang [Official Site]