Flowy, Fitted & Flower Child Fashion

At a friend’s 40th birthday party at the Mt. Washington Dyehouse, I ran into Katlyn Wolinski. She instantly caught my eye in her gold leaf printed maxi dress by Kooples. It looked hauntingly beautiful and very romantic. She chose to style her hair down, which only added to the dreamy and flowy feel of her look.

She’s also wearing Easy Spirit’s Billian heeled booties. She claimed she is secretly an old lady and loves padding in her shoes. I’m sure many of us can relate. You know…those parties when you’re on your feet for hours of mingling and dancing? These are worth checking out if you want to be comfortable while still maintaining a fashionable look for a night out on the town. This was a smart move on Katlyn’s part because you never know what you ae getting when the these friends throw a party – which, this time, meant a surprise performance by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. So, Katlyn not only looked good but also felt good dancing the night away.
Here’s what she had to stay about her style.
“I’m filled and inspired by those I love – and by the days, feelings and images that leave an impression on me. Comfort is an absolute must for me-I believe that clothes should make you feel good and confident. I love flowing dresses that invite movement. If I had to put a name to my style, I’d go with romantic equestrian.”

She chose to pair her light, flowing maxi dress with her black Coach clutch with a calf-hair wristlet. This makes her whole outfit look daintier and more fitting for the sexy club-like feel of this event.

Last week I attended the annual “Wine in the Winter” event held by The United Way of Central Maryland. I always find a lot of not only sharp-minded people but sharp-dressed people are a part or supporters of this organization. One is Brian Scott, an Emerging Leaders United Ambassador. This is one of their best events of the year, and so Brian showed up looking his best. After all…he was greeting visitors all night and first impressions matter! It’s because of interesting, ambitious and daring people like Brian that this event is such a good time.
I have to say, Brian did a great job of perfectly color-coordinating his blazer and pants. You can see subtle hints of light blue in his blazer, matching his slacks from Vineyard Vines. Overall, Brian’s look is fun, says a lot about his personality, and looks high-end while still helping him look approachable for all of the visitors at the event.
Brian had a lot to say about his personal style.
“My taste and style is like taking more of a 20’s style pattern and incorporating it with more modern fits and pieces. Taking something old and making it new! I love to play with different textures and patterns to make something that is unique but also stands out and is memorable. When it comes to the fit of my closes I like a more slim fit, to me there is nothing better than close that are fitting to your body to create and professional look. I have this little quirk where I always wear a flower (fresh or pin) with everything, it’s kind of my signature. I think everything should have a pop of flair.”
I personally love this concept because it makes someone like Brian memorable and unique. He’s not interested in blending in, which is something I admire because neither am I. He also knows how to find clothes that fit him well. Fit matters! I love how trim this suit is, showing off his body. Men can be sexy too!

I especially loved the extra details and flare that his pocket square and that signature lapel pin added to his look, both he got from Penguin, along with his belt too. His plaid blazer and shirt from Zara look professional -perfect for the occasion since this was a networking event. His shoes from Call It Spring help make his outfit look more casual and relaxed, all in all making him more approachable and grounded.

FOUND – Back again! I made yet another pit stop in one of my favorite vintage shops in Baltimore – Bottle of Bread. Every time I come in here, I find something that I just HAVE to share with you all. Like these 1960’S chocolate brown suede knee high go-go boots. These boots would be a perfect essential for music festivals and concerts. I would wear these with some sexy ripped jeans shorts and pair them with oversized sunglasses and some kinky bedhead/beach curled hair along with some fun feather clips to add to the vibe. They’d also look great matched up with a vintage suede 60s skirt or a high waist tie-up suede short, for a setting that calls for a more artistic-refined look. Think Warhol and Jim Morrison for some inspiration. They’d work for summer looks paired with a white/ivory eyelet lace dress, as well as winter and fall ones too-when combined with jeans or leather pants. The brown suede will make any pair of jeans you have look more stylish and high-end. Lace these bad boys up over a pair of straight leg jeans and you’ll feel ready to take on the day with compliments chiming in wherever you go.

About Elizabeth Massing

One look at Elizabeth Massing and you see her fabulous sense of style and artistic self-expression. She combines old and new, classic and trendy, luxurious items and vintage steals.  “Fashion and what you wear should be a statement of who you are and how you feel. You shouldn’t be scared to take risks. It should be fun and make you feel good, no matter your budget or fashion experience,” she says. For Elizabeth, fashion is a way to tell her story.  “I like my stories full of fun and excitement, history and romance, and - from time to time - a little drama. Bold fabrics give me a thrill. Couture makes me swoon. Daring pairings are a magnetic force I cannot overcome,” says this B-more native. Elizabeth also loves to see the “stories” other people tell, which may come from her work in publishing and media as HR Director for The Agora Companies, where - she says - creativity and originality is always encouraged. Now, she’ll be relaying some of those stories to us in her column, “The Haute Find.”  “It’s about finding style on the street, in homes, and out-and-about. It’s an adventure looking for textures, fabrics, and how people add layers of details and interest to their wardrobe.” So, ramp it up, Baltimore. Maybe Elizabeth will be “telling” your story!

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