Natalia Ivchankova, 35, knows how much appearances count -- both in her job as a make-up artist at About Faces Day Spa & Salon in Towson, and when it comes to making the most of the salon's all black dress code. The Pikesville resident is on-trend in all-black, as she layers a ruffled black taffeta sleeveless Isaac Mizrahi wrap dress from Target over a black lace V-neck three-quarter sleeve T-shirt from White House/Black Market. Her black suede lace-up knee high boots from Aerosoles store with black Target tights add extra edge. She describes her style as "very feminine, but comfortable ... I like to stand out without being flashy." She's also an expert in combining pieces that might be meant for one season -- like the sleeveless dress -- with other pieces to make them appropriate for another. Ivchankova says she's not big on accessories because "make-up and hair are the best things" to complete a look.
COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN