Archive for the ‘Baltimore Style’ Category

Bringing back the grunge look

November 7, 2009

Take a trip on the fashion era merry-go-round and you’ll see we’ve traveled back not too far. Hello nineties grunge revival!

The leather jacket, the ripped tights and the flannel plaid says it all. If you want to incorporate this look into your wardrobe it won’t cost you much!

Be creative and take a walk on the wild side and search for the best pieces at consignment and thrift stores in the area.

The Salvation Army, Goodwill and Wise Penny are all places will offer unique clothing to give you the punk rock look.


Prints charming

October 15, 2009
Sarah Mandel is wild about prints

Sarah Mandel is wild about prints

With each day comes another trend, take it from Towson University student Sarah Mandel.

Animal prints are a popular trend this season. From tops to jackets to ballet flats, these wild prints are perfect for anyone who likes to take a walk on the wild side!

Leopard, cheetah and zebra prints will definitely add more zing! to your wardrobe.

“I love my leopard print jacket,” she said.

While Forever 21 and Nordstrom’s are here retail store staples, she occasionally likes to shop at Bebe and Arden B. when she has a “few extra dollars to spend.”

And Sarah lives by a simple yet true styling motto:

“Wear clothes that flatter your best features and make you feel confident.”


October 11, 2009
Awis Mranani is a neutral type of girl

Awis Mranani is a neutral type of girl

For Awis Mranani, this is too dressy.

“My style is really boyish. I rarely wear skirts or dresses, I love my skinny jeans paired with converse sneakers or Vans,” said the journalism Towson student.

The dedicated H&M and Urban Outfitters shopper loves the vintage look. Wearing a BDG cardigan over a Lux floral dress, Awis says she likes to stick to neutral colors.

While Urban Outfitters tends be on the expensive side, Awis likes to have a variety of pieces ranging in different prices.

“My American Eagle flats. I got them at Payless,” she said.

Supersize me

September 30, 2009

I couldn’t help but notice the oversized accessories I’ve spotted in Baltimore.  Larger than normal necklaces, big cocktail rings and even the extra large bangles.


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For those who want to stand out with big accessories, take it up a notch with a Max & Chloe’s Blu Bijoux cabochon rings. Available in an assortment of colors, these rings will surely make your outfit pop.

Add a bold necklace to a plain tee so you can look fierce walking in downtown Baltimore.  Try something like layered chain links.

Have a tight budget? You can still stock up on the accessories you love for less at stores like Forever 21, H&M and local boutiques.  Transform your summer floral accessories into a fall look with something like Forever 21’s purple necklace (perfect for Baltimore Ravens fans!)

If you’ve got a great accessory or accessory store Baltimoreans should know about, share them here!

~Keep In Style Bmore~

Q&A with a Baltimore style expert

September 25, 2009

If anyone knows Baltimore style like its their job, it would have to be Carrie Oleynik. A Towson University alum, this former Towerlight news editor has written for Baltimore magazine, Urbanite magazine, Metro.Pop magazine and many other publications.

Baltimore style expert Carrie Oleynik

Baltimore style expert Carrie Oleynik

Oleynik is a full-time writer working in the Office of Communications at the University of Maryland School of Law and currently blogs as a Baltimore Style Examiner. This past summer, she was featured as a style expert on the Baltimore City Education Channel.

Read on to see what Carrie thinks about Baltimore style and how college students, like me, can buy style on a budget!

Q: How would you define the type of style Baltimoreans have?

CO: Eclectic, bold, playful, and casual.

Q: What do you think are the hot trends in Baltimore?

CO: I’ve noticed a lot of purple on both men and women. I thought more about this while standing at a light rail station in West Baltimore recently. All I could see around me was a rich hue of purple– bold, and in patterns, in work clothes, street wear, all kinds of looks with just so much purple.

Q: What are your favorite Baltimore boutiques and stores you like to shop at?

CO: For work clothes I shop at The Limited and Loehmann’s. I really like doubledutch (Hampden), Cloud 9 (Charles Village), South Moon Under (Harbor East and Kennilworth), 9th Life (Fells Point), and Shine Collective (Hampden). I really love Red Tree in Hampden for household items and gifts. For online shopping only, I visit to treat myself.

Q: What about vintage shopping? Do you think its popular in Baltimore?

CO: Yes, at area stores like Value Village, Salvation Army, Ten Car Pile Up and others.  You probably can’t try things on (well, you can at Ten Car Pile up), but you will probably walk out with a bag of clothes for way less than what you’d pay for two or three items at a regular department store. There are some great shops in Hampden, with vintage furniture, jewelry, and clothes.

Q: What separates Baltimore style from other cities like New York and DC?

CO: I haven’t traveled enough outside of Baltimore lately to feel like I could answer this question accurately. I love New York (not as big of a fan of D.C.), but it’s been a while since I’ve been there. I remember thinking that New York has a more sophisticated style. The looks that people have there are usually two or three steps ahead of Baltimore (if not more than that) and there’s so many fun, yet affordable clothes to choose from — especially in those shops in Greenwich Village.

Q: How do you think college students can put together stylish looks for less?

CO: There are so many options. Target, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Loehmann’s in Timonium, and a number of stores you can find at malls like Forever 21 and H & M. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your money.

  • Always try everything on. Or you may come home disappointed and who has the time to go make an exchange?
  • Take the time to look through the stores carefully. Many times you can find really cute stuff on clearance or sale racks. If you don’t have time to shop, then you will rush and most likely miss good finds. I only recommend quick shopping if you are looking for one thing, and one thing only. Like a white collared shirt for example. You can find them at a lot of different places and should have no problem getting in and out.
  • Also remember that you are on a budget. Before you go into a store, figure out how much you can spend and base your decisions around it. You should do this every time you go into a store actually. Say your budget is $30 and you find 6 items that you really like. Figure out what you can and can’t do within the $30. Maybe you picked up two $10 tank tops, two $25 shirts, and two $30 pairs of pants. Maybe you want the two tanks and have $10 to spare or just pick up a pair of pants. Maybe there is a middle-ground. One of the $25 shirts and the two tanks? It’s $5 over your budget, which really isn’t the end of the world. Anything more than $10 over your budget is.
  • Have a concept in mind, too. How will the new piece fit into your wardrobe? What role will it play in your future (i.e. is this something you’d wear more than once or could see yourself wearing for awhile)? Don’t buy something just because you think it’s cute at the time.
  • There is a rule of thumb I always follow: if you still want it after walking around the store for 20 minutes, then you should probably get it. When you’re walking around, think of things that you can buy that can go with it. Maybe it will remind you that you may already have something in your closet already (and if that’s the case, put it back immediately because that means that you don’t need it). I do this often.

Where to shop style

September 24, 2009
Double Dutch, photos courtesy of the web site

Double Dutch, photos courtesy of the web site

While fashion is easy to spot on the runway, mastering a ‘stylish’ look is harder. So where should us fashionistas shop so we can look stylish all the time?

Recently dubbed as the Best Women’s Clothing Store by the Baltimore City Paper, Double Dutch boutique is perfect for anyone trying to master the unique individual they are.

Double Dutch has everything from women’s apparel to cards & gifts. Featuring small labels, this boutique has so much to offer on Falls Road. And when you find the right outfit, chances are you’ll also find a pair of shoes to go with it.

Baltimore style tip: the best part about boutiques like Double Dutch–they’re not a chain store so the items you find (and the price you pay) is unique!

The boutique even hosts fun events for shoppers like their Shopper’s Socials where fashionistas can shop and receive a 10 percent discount while enjoy food and fashion.

Some things are black and white

September 22, 2009
Dena Jontiff

Dena Jontiff

Two classic colors, one updated fashion-forward look. Dena Jontiff from Owings Mills, spoke of how she loves to shop for less.

Don’t be fooled by the D&G white handbag on her shoulder.

“I got that on Canal Street in New York.”

And the popular plaid black and white tunic? “This was only like $20 from Target… I wasn’t sure if this would still be considered in style,” Jontiff said with hesitance.

While some may question what they wear everyday, we have to remember style is created not learned.

~Keep In Style~

Wild prints with a classic twist

September 17, 2009
Erin Ramaker decked in black and blue

Erin Ramaker decked in black and blue

This Southern Methodist University alum traveled to the East Coast to help start a new greek chapter at Towson University but what she didn’t realize was she traveled from the heart of Dallas with style.

Forever 21's Gold layered necklace with a pearl flower

Erin's Gold layered necklace with a pearl flower

“I love accessories,” she said. Erin spoke excitedly of her fashionable finds like the gold layered necklace from Forever 21 and a skinny belt from GAP.

Erin pays attention to the small details. Like the royal blue nail polish to match her vibrant top and the Nordstrom pointed ballet flats.

Baltimore style, hon

September 11, 2009

When most people think of high fashion, they think of the city– as in New York City.

Manhattan offers everything and more.  The fashion district, designer headquarters New York Fashion Week, and now we can add to the list: Fashion’s Night Out.

Don’t get me wrong, New York is an amazing city, but smaller cities across the coast are often overlooked when it comes establishing the title of ‘stylish.’

We may not have a Bryant Park or Fifth Avenue to showcase our seasonal trends but we’ve got the Inner Harbor and the greater Baltimore area to show off our East Coast style.

And for those who may not know, we also have Baltimore Fashion Week. It’s perfect for our stylish Baltimoreans who can come out and support local designers and boutiques.

Take a look at the snapshot below and you’ll see Baltimoreans have more style than you think. This student had an electic thought in mind before she left her house.