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Meet our newest girl crush, April Francis, a Chicago gal with beauty and brains. Why are we clamoring to be her next best friend, you ask? This gorgeous gal balances a thriving personal-style biz and owns the wildly popular Dose Market. Oh, the most recent feather in her cap? She's helming a fashion course as an adjunct professor at Columbia College. Way to make us feel bad, April.
After spending an afternoon with the authority on all things sartorial, we can vouch for the fact that she can change up her look like a chameleon — and always delivers major inspiration. With such effortlessly diverse outfits, it's no wonder we tapped Francis to model her signature getups at her favorite Ukrainian Village haunts. She runs this neighborhood, so we're letting her play tour guide. Click through and hit up these hot spots — a small dose of Francis should go a long way.
Photographed by Heather Talbert
There is no denying that fashion is improving for those over a size 14. The days of being forced to venture down into a dark basement corridor in your local department store just to find unflattering options are all but over, as more brands have begun to value the full-figured customer.
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So, your workday-from-hell is finally over — and now, all you want to do is make a beeline for the bar to grab a cocktail (or three) and delicious appetizers. If you had time to go home first, you'd #treatyoself to a fresh coat of foundation, but at the office you don’t quite have the luxury of doing so. (Anyone read