Avant Garb: Steeplechase Style

by Elizabeth Massing

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite annual events – The Legacy Chase. It takes place at Shawan Downs and the proceeds go towards supporting the GBMC Oncology Center. It’s a fun family event to watch the steeplechases together, enjoy drinks and food.

But – best of all – people take this as an opportunity to be fun with their style and look their best.

Two guys that I’m thrilled I ran into are Yong and John. These two guys had a classic fun look with outgoing personality, to boot. I loved that they coordinated their looks and looked like they should be on the cover of Southern Living.
First, I chatted with John(Left) about his look and his style, which he described as “chic and comfortable.”
“I typically gravitate to an outfit that will stand out wherever I am…Whether I’m attending work, a concert or family gathering, you can always spot me in the crowd…But, the key is to ensure that it is enjoyable to wear. Nobody likes to have sore feet and a collar that is just too tight!”
I like the way John thinks. I especially appreciated how fun and playful he was with the suspenders and tie choices he made. His white button up is from ASOS, and his chic navy slacks are from Goodfellow. His tie has Maryland crabs on it and he said he picked it up from Eagles Wings. The red and blue suspenders tie in perfectly with his tie. John said the suspenders were a hand-me-down from his father.
His look is classic, but he’s managed to incorporate some more modern, playful, and hip aspects to it.
John’s friend, Yong (Right) – the second half of this matching duo – was also sporting a stylish, modern, and very dapper look. I loved the fact that Yong decided to switch it up with some lighter subtler colors and a bowtie.
His self-described style? “Pretty sporadic.”
“The reason for that is, when I go shopping, I go for pieces and don’t really think about an actual wardrobe. [Then] l I realize I just bought a pair of shoes and a belt that don’t match just because I thought they looked cool. I go for things that – as a kid – I always thought I would look cool in and can now buy since [I have] my own money now. [For instance,] I love pointy dress shoes, so I might own a few pairs.”
Yong’s look perfectly complements his friend’s. His white and navy suspenders are from H&M and he picked up his white dress shirt from Banana Republic. His khaki pants are Dockers.
I’m so glad I ran into this dynamic duo! Their personalities were as fun and inviting as their looks, and they fit in perfectly to their surroundings. Their outfits were cohesive and interesting to look at; playful, modern, and chic.
I say these guys are magazine ready!
FOUND – I was so excited when I found the clothing vendor, The Fine Swine, outside of the Old Line Society tent. I felt so envious of all the guys around…knowing what cool items they could pick from because I knew I wanted everything.
Between the colorful eye-popping sweaters, to bringing it back to my old school high school days of Duck Head, I was in my element.
I thought it was super cool that they mixed traditional and preppy concepts with West Coast vibes of surfing and rock-n-roll.
Everything looked fresh and polished, while giving the traditional prepster a little punch!
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!