Avant Garb: Ringing Those Bells

Avant Garb: Ringing Those Bells

The wide leg look is totally making a comeback right now. Of course, I spotted it coming back on the streets of Baltimore. I ran across Paige working the trend beautifully, with or without raindrops.


This look says to me – sophisticated, casual but fashionable with lots of flare. Literally. This girl is rocking some amazing wide legged slacks. I love these. They are very flattering and make you have legs for days. So, if you don’t have a pair yet, put them on your shopping list! Hers are from Madewell and her high neck sweater is from one of her favorite stores (and mine), Hunting Ground. It’s clear that Paige likes to mix and match current pieces with some vintage flare.
“I like pieces that I can mix and match to create a variety of outfits, with options for any occasion. My wardrobe consists of a lot of solid color pieces—tops, dresses, and skirts that I can wear year-round. I like pairing these simple, but sophisticated combos with fun and eclectic accessories like purses and shoes that are unique to the specific season,” she told me.

My favorite piece about Paige’s outfit – and what I think really helps this look stand out – is her wicker picnic basket purse. Looks one-of-a-kind. It totally intrigued me and I immediately wanted to know where she found it. Paige said this purse was a gift that was purchased on etsy.com.

Her shoes have a fun hippie vibe to them, but still keep the outfit looking polished. They manage to amp up her look, add more personality to it and serve as a good summer-to-fall transition. Paige said she picked these up at Marshalls. Overall, Paige’s look is reserved and sophisticated in all the right ways while still standing out and incorporating some stand out pieces that grab your attention and add whimsy to her look. It feels cool, yet appropriate, for a business meeting or a lunch out with friends.

FOUND – What can I say? Back again! Bottle of Bread never gets old. It truly is one of my favorite Baltimore spots! Every time I come in here, I find something I love. And the best part is that this place is affordable and they have new and unique inventory all the time. I was having a love affair with these little leather snap purses that clasp to your belt buckles. These are so fun, practical, and set you apart from the crowd. They’re genuine leather, sturdy and are well made. They come in three different sizes and multiple colors – so there’s plenty of selection. The small ones can hold credit cards and ID and the largest one can fit a smart phone. If you’re someone who’s always on the go and doesn’t love the idea of always lugging around a whole purse – these are perfect!

I finally gave in and got one for myself – a black one because I love the versatility of the color and the bold statement it makes. I’m so happy I did, because I’ve already gotten a ton of use out of it. I wore it out to bars and night clubs on a recent trip with friends to New Orleans and it was perfect for holding my belongings. I was free to move around and dance as I pleased without having to worry about a purse flying around on my hip. And the best part? You don’t have to worry about losing it since it’s attached to you! The style is great for someone who loves industrial, minimalist, western or punk looks and complements a nice pair of jeans fabulously.

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!