As an experimental fashion student at Maryland Institute College of Art, Elisabeth Curley, 24, is her own canvas. The Timonium resident likes to layer pieces she's bought -- some of which she's touched up -- and add some of her own creations. Curley says the influences in her personal style are "gothic and Lolita, combined with being comfortable." Stopping for dinner at Tark's Grill, she wore a long dark gray Aerie tank, over which she added a black cotton Merona cardigan from Target -- whose original buttons she traded out for ones shaped like little black bats. On top of that, Curley layered a gray crocheted Merona cardigan from Target. Over her black leggings, she stacked gray fleece socks over burgundy over-the-knee socks -- all of which she found at Target as well. She bought her embroidered faux fleece boots at victoriantradingco.com. "They're like faux UGGs." She found silver earrings shaped like hummingbird skulls on etsy.com. She created and knitted her "Thor hat" with wings, which she will soon be marketing on her own Charm City Curios shop at etsy.com. She also made the black canvas cross-body bag.
COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN