One Night for One Love

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

Rachel Mech, 34, might have been a real-life Bal­ti­more-area busi­ness and fam­ily law at­tor­ney. How­ever, the Fells Point res­i­dent cred­ited some fic­tional le­gal types for in­spir­ing her per­sonal style that trans­lates well from work to “play.”

“My every­day life, it’s pretty con­ser­va­tive. I work for a law firm. The black skirt suit is the uni­form for fe­male at­tor­neys. But I like things a lit­tle more fem­i­nine,” she said.

En­ter the TV show “Suits,” and its stars Gina Tor­res, Sarah Raf­ferty, and her fa­vorite — Meghan Markle, be­fore she be­gan dat­ing her now-hus­band, Bri­tain’s Prince Harry.

“They changed the uni­form a bit. So, it makes veer­ing away from the stan­dard uni­form a lit­tle eas­ier these days,” said Mech, not­ing that the show’s fe­male stars gen­er­ally dress in form-fit­ting dresses that have a touch of sex­i­ness.

“I’d rather be more ‘Suits’ than ‘Law & Or­der.’ The at­tor­neys in ‘Law & Or­der’ are al­ways in the stan­dard black suit,” she noted.

Mech said she gen­er­ally chooses form-fit­ting dresses for work — Ted Baker be­ing among her fa­vorite de­sign­ers of such. If the dress doesn’t have sleeves, she said she adds a blazer to make it work ap­pro­pri­ate.

That for­mula also made it easy to ramp up the look for the af­ter- work event — One Night for One Love — sup­port­ing her fa­vorite cause, the One Love Foundation. A quick change of shoes and bag, and the evening was on.

HER EN­SEM­BLE: Ted Baker flo­ral print dress, Vince Ca­muto brushed gold block heel sandals and Bauble­Bar gold and cream threaded flo­ral ear­rings from Nord­strom. Mono­grammed J. Crew gold clutch that was a bridesmaid gift. Gold and sapphire necklace that was a high school grad­u­a­tion gift to match her Notre Dame Prepara­tory school ring — “In 2003, I was a se­nior there when Yeard­ley Love was a fresh­man. We were both on the var­sity lacrosse team to­gether, and we won the cham­pi­onship that year.”

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