Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance’s Flashback Prom Stoop Soiree Gala & Auction
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 armoire.style. Fishnet stockings from Party City. Rhinestone earrings from DSW. Pearl stud earrings that were a gift. Black felt porkpie hat from amazon.com. Brand 1901 black glittery booties from Nordstrom. Black metal mesh bag that was a hand-me-down from her mother.