Spring Heat

Spring Heat

Well, it may still be April, but the thermometer doesn’t know that. We’ve had some 80- and even 90-degree days lately, and people’s clothing reflects that fact.

First up is David Gilmore, who proves that you can stay cool and still look elegant. He’s wearing a classic seersucker suit with a white linen shirt and jaunty plaid bow tie.

Linen is the hot-weather fabric par excellence, which is why Carol Van Dam is sporting this black Italian linen raw-edged top with an abstract-print skirt and lace-up gladiator sandals.

At Parts and Labor in Remington, hostess Deara Marshall has to dress for comfort, but she doesn’t let that stop her from also looking chic. Here she is wearing bright striped culottes from Zara, a loose-weave gold top from H&M, and a colorful headwrap from Fanm Djanm in Brooklyn. (“Fanm Djanm” apparently means “strong women” in Haitian Creole.)

I spotted this vintage Lucite zebra purse on the arm of a fashionable gal at the Village of Cross Keys (who asked to remain anonymous). Maybe she’s afraid she’ll be deluged with requests from women like me to buy it from her!

And finally, take a look at this beautiful, sleek, avocado-green 1961 Dodge Polara (with a Chrysler front, according to the owner) on The Avenue in Hampden that had us gasping from a block away. Hubby took this pic of his mother and me in front of the green glory. I’m not even into cars, but this thing had me practically swooning. The owner of the retro beauty invited me to sit on the hood. “You match!” he said. Indeed, for not only was I wearing compatible colors, I was also clad head to toe in vintage. (Too bad you can’t see the amazing shoes with hand-carved wooden tiki heels. I got them from one of my favorite on-line vintage shops, Pin Up Girl Clothing.)

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.