The British have long influenced American fashion sensibilities, from the Beatles' 1964-66 mop tops, to Winston Churchill's currently de rigueur muffin top. The latest in that longstanding tradition, Topman.
Already a sartorial behemoth across the pond, Topman is
how adults who still sleep in bunk beds call dibs making its presence felt in Chi with a 30000sqft, multi-level mammoth of a threads-crammed shop that represents only its second flagship store in the US. Clothing runs the gamut from substantial suitage like the slim-fit three-piece Steel Blue Tonic, to casualness like suede shoulder-patched charcoal sweaters, to warm-ables like a belted grey herringbone trench coat equipped with "football buttons", appropriate, as that's also every button on your remote from September through February. They're also deep on kicks, with a line that includes the tan leather Arctic desert boot, the postman-style, contrast-soled Columbia, and a sneaker-esque twill fold-down boot called the Wire, which will be incessantly lauded by anyone whose worn them until you break down and buy a pair yourself.
Top'll even help you accessorize, with everything from '50s-esque reading glasses, to driver-style checked caps, to bowties sporting a waffle pattern -- good thing Churchill's not still around, otherwise he'd have eaten them already.