Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun
May 25, 2012
When Chloe Helton-Gallagher, 28, went to the Open Walls Baltimore Grand Finale block party in the 1700 block of Barclay Street, it was one of the few times the Maryland Institute College of Art MFA student wasn't in high heels. "I went on a long run today and my feet are killing me," she said, explaining the black flip-flops that didn't exactly mesh with her usual dressier style. "I often feel like I dress like a vintage secretary with some hipster elements," says the Bolton Hill resident. That style certainly came through with the rest of her outfit: an off-white chiffon Sparkle & Fade sleeveless top with ruffle bib and black lace crop top from Urban Outfitters; a black and white tribal print mini-skirt she got years ago at a thrift shop; black and white houndstooth pattern woven straw Hurley fedora from a skateboarding store in her hometown of Portland, Ore.; and a vintage Cristian black leather handbag that she found at a thrift store for $2. She bought her hammered brass triangle earrings at a street festival in Portland and her vintage monocle pendant from brooklyncharmshop.com. Her brass bangle was something her grandmother wore every day, and now she does. Helton-Gallagher says -- like many -- her style was formed in part by a certain rebellion to her upbringing. "I was raised by hippies on a punk rock commune. But I grew up [sneaking off and] reading Vogue and wanting pencil skirts and heels."