Down­town Bal­ti­more Fam­ily Al­liance’s Flash­back Prom Stoop Soiree Gala & Auc­tion

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

When Mered­ith Up­ton, 35, heard that the Down­town Bal­ti­more Fam­ily Al­liance’s an­nual Stoop Soiree was prom-themed, rather than dig­ging through her closet to find some­thing she might have worn to hers, the In­ner Har­bor res­i­dent de­cided to play off the idea of what her date would have worn: a tux.

“One of my first jobs out of col­lege, I worked for six months at the Green­briar Val­ley The­atre, a pro­fes­sional Eq­uity the­ater in West Vir­ginia. I worked as a pro­fes­sional cos­tumer, build­ing cos­tumes. I learned to pull to­gether what­ever the look. You can build a look with­out hav­ing to go shop­ping. I do that from my own closet, sup­ple­mented by a lit­tle bit of rent­ing,” said Up­ton, who now works as Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more direc­tor of cor­po­rate and foun­da­tion re­la­tions.

So, Up­ton found the tux-style rom­per to rent, and pur­chased the porkpie hat that gives the out­fit a lit­tle ex­tra oomph. Ev­ery­thing else was in her closet, in­clud­ing her fa­vorite ac­cent pieces, her “Fri­day night boots.” The boots, like the en­tire en­sem­ble, also fit her top two cri­te­ria for a great out­fit — style and com­fort — pri­or­i­ties she also learned as a cos­tumer. “Com­fort starts with shoes, and then mak­ing sure your clothes fit and you feel com­fort­able. If ac­tors aren’t com­fort­able, they’ll say some­thing be­cause it can af­fect their per­for­mance. And I need to make sure what­ever I’m wear­ing, I’m able to per­form at my best,” she con­cluded. HER EN­SEM­BLE: Rachel Zoe tuxedo style rom­per rented from ar­ Fish­net stock­ings from Party City. Rhine­stone ear­rings from DSW. Pearl stud ear­rings that were a gift. Black felt porkpie hat from ama­ Brand 1901 black glit­tery booties from Nord­strom. Black metal mesh bag that was a hand-me-down from her mother.

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