Wal­ters Art Mu­seum Gala

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - LIFE & TRAVEL -

Be­fore hav­ing chil­dren, Mary Kay Nabit, 49, was a reg­u­lar on Bal­ti­more’s so­cial scene, go­ing to an av­er­age of two dressy fundrais­ing events a week. These days, the Blythe­wood home­maker says she’s get­ting to about two such events a month, which also has af­fected how fash­ion fits into her life. “My daily uni­form is a pair of jeans, a pair of Tod’s driv­ing moc­casins and a sim­ple type of col­or­ful top or cash­mere sweater. … Now that I have a 10- and an 11-year-old, I feel like fash­ion is more on the back burner for me,” she said. When Nabit does go to an el­e­gant event like the Wal­ters Art Mu­seum Gala — which she and hus­band Chuck Nabit, a mu­seum board member, chaired for two years — all she needs to do is go to her closet, where her pre­vi­ous pur­chases con­tinue to serve her well, like the dress she wore this year that she’s had since 2010. Nabit said she com­bines fash­ion sense with com­mon sense when it comes to shop­ping for clothes for her 11-year-old daugh­ter, Grace, and 10-year-old son, Alex. “I’ll wait for end-of-the-year sales when ev­ery­thing goes 50 per­cent off at places like Ralph Lau­ren. Be­cause they’re grow­ing so fast, I know I can buy clothes that are two sizes too big for them and just save them [un­til they fit].” ART­FULLY AT­TIRED: “I wore this dress tonight be­cause it al­ways makes me feel like a piece of art, like a [French im­pres­sion­ist Edgar] De­gas bal­le­rina.”

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