What to Wear: Miracle on 34th Street

What to Wear: Miracle on 34th Street

Have you ever had a moment where you see a bag and know that you need to plan an entire outfit around it? You might not even have a place to go yet, but you know that the bag gods want you to have it.  Well…guess what happened to me the other day…

I was walking through Harbor East and saw a sale sign on the door at Handbags in the City (804 Aliceanna Street, 21202) and of course I walked in. I mean – who can resist a sale? As it turns out, the reason why the whole store is on sale is that after 12 years, Handbags in the City is closing in January. My initial shock/sadness turned around when I saw this Marc Jacobs number on sale! It’s literally everything a girl could ask for in a bag – black and gold, with a shoulder strap and you can wear it as a clutch. I knew this was THE bag for a trip to see the famous Miracle on 34th Street (aka Hamden’s Christmas Lights). {Marc Jacobs Bag marked down from $1595 to $797, photo courtesy Farfetch.com}.

Once I had my perfect bag, I decided to keep the rest of my outfit pretty basic – I mean it is for looking at Christmas lights, not the prom. I saw this reversible bomber jacket by Australian designer Twiin at Hunting Ground in Hampden (3549 Falls Road, 21211). Talk about something being the perfect complement to the gold and black Marc Jacobs bag. Personally, I’d go with the army green side, but really either look good (and will keep you warm). {Twiin Bomber $148, photo courtesy Google Images}.

For under the jacket, I opted for a super simple black sweater. Hunting Ground had this one by NYTT for $78. The best part, it’s long enough to wear with leggings! {Photo courtesy whiskeyleather.com}

For bottoms, I opted for jeans instead of leggings for purely practical reasons. December in Baltimore can get pretty cold and jeans are way warmer than leggings. This pair of Hudson’s from Jean Pool in the Village of Cross Keys (5100 Falls Road, 21210) has just the right amount of distressed. {Hudson Jeans $235, photo courtesy hudsonjeans.com}

As far as footwear is concerned, I think a black boot is essential for an occasion like this. In reality, you really should have a solid pair of black boots in your closet. If you don’t, or are just in the market for a new pair, I love a Rag & Bone Newbury boot. I have them in black fabric (which you can’t get anymore), leather and suede. They really are THAT comfortable and are currently $50 off on neimanmarcus.com. {Rag & Bone Boot originally $495, photo courtesy neimanmarcus.com}

Even if you skip the lights and go straight to dinner and drinks, you’ll look good (and warm) with these picks. xx

Veida McCampbell

Anyone who knows Veida McCampbell will tell you that she knows how to dress. Whether she's going to a meeting, heading to a workout or en route to a party, she’s always turned out perfectly for the occasion.   Veida looks at personal style as an opportunity to make a statement about yourself without having to speak a single word.   “Someone’s impression of you is often determined by what you are wearing. Why not make it a good one?” she says.   It’s one thing to be able to style yourself. It’s another to be able to help others that way. Veida has mastered the art of both. Before she started her marketing consulting business, Veida worked as a television producer in LA. As a producer, part of her job was - you guessed it – helping style the on-camera talent.    Working in the entertainment industry gave her exposure and access to leading designers and stylists, which further boosted her fashion education. With Veida back in Baltimore and now the go-to fashion advisor for many of her friends, we’ve asked her to share her knowledge and skill with us. In her bi-weekly column, “What To Wear,” Veida will rely on Baltimore area shops to both put together outfits she suggests for upcoming Baltimore events, and to answer some of your style questions.