When Zinnaeah Johnson, 32, goes out on the town, she does it in big, bold colors. "Whenever I go to anything black tie, I don't wear black. That's just a rule. You want to stand out. You want to get noticed by people, right?" said the Ellicott City resident, pointing to the sunny frock she sported at Mercy LIVE!, a fundraiser for Mercy Medical Center. She says one reason for her colorful style has to do with her job as a Nagle & Zaller real estate attorney. "You go to court, and your skirt has to be a certain length. You have to have your pantyhose. They tell you, as a lawyer, you don't want the judge or the jury to remember you at all. So you try to be boring. You try to play you down. It's more about your client and your client's issues. So, when I'm not in court, I have a vibrant personality, and I like to show it." HER STYLE: "Generally, very classic. But I love color. Especially in the summer, I love color. I work with things that work with my skin tone, so [a lot of] yellows and corals." HER ENSEMBLE: Buttercup yellow satin one-shoulder Jessica Simpson dress with peplum that ripples down the back from Marshalls. "I'm not trendy, generally. I know peplums are in style. But I bought this two years ago." Crystal and gold earrings and cuff bracelet from Macy's. Fuchsia leather clutch from Banana Republic: "It's one of my staples. I can mix and match it with a lot of things. I like the pop of color." Brown satin strappy T-strap Valerie Stevens sandals decorated with crystal flowers from Macy's. HER FASHION WEAKNESS: "Dresses. I love dresses. I am not a girly girl, except when it comes to dresses. From May through September, I wear dresses nonstop. Never put a pair of jeans on my body."
Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun