The Chimes Gala

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

Get­ting into a coun­try frame of mind — and style of dress — wasn’t a stretch for Sharon Ak­ers, 63.

The Clarksvill­e res­i­dent may go for a clas­sic style when at work as the pres­i­dent of the Edward St. John Foun­da­tion, and St. John Prop­er­ties ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of spe­cial projects. Then, there are the dressier out­fits she dons for many of the evening events she at­tends, also on be­half of her work.

But, as soon as Ak­ers is on her own time, it’s blue jeans and boots, with a def­i­nite coun­try-west­ern flair, thanks to a cou­ple of pas­sions of hers.

“My par­ents made a mis­take when I was about 3. They took me on a pony ride. From that point on, I asked for a horse ev­ery Christ­mas, birth­day and even Hal­loween. I ac­tu­ally worked at a hack sta­ble; I was prob­a­bly around 10, 11, 12. Just to be around the horses. And I rode ev­ery horse I could get my hands on. I got my first horse at 18,” she said, ex­plain­ing that she still rides al­most ev­ery day.

“I’ve done west­ern danc­ing since I was 16. That’s a form of ex­er­cise for me,” she said.

So, the theme of the Chimes Gala just meant grab­bing some of the go-to’s from her closet, par­tic­u­larly the footwear.

“I call those boots my mul­ti­pur­pose boots be­cause I use them to ride horses and to dance. I cleaned them up a bit for the party,” she said, with a laugh.

HER EN­SEM­BLE: Calvin Klein black glit­ter top and St. John black knit jacket with crys­tal cov­ered heart but­tons and crys­tal em­bel­lished col­lar and cuffs from Nord­strom. Black boot­cut jeans with crys­tal em­bel­lished back pock­ets she’s had for a while. David Yur­man black onyx pen­dant with match­ing ring and ban­gle. Sil­ver and crys­tal stud­ded West­ern style black belt from Brighton store. Justin black cow­boy boots she’s had for years. Black eel skin tex­tured clutch from Lord & Tay­lor.

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