Style standout: New Beginnings Gala

Andrea Griffin, 54, said she doesn't like to draw attention to herself.

"I do not like the limelight. I resonate with a different time period. I feel like I was born in the wrong era," said the Homeland resident, referring to her love of the look associatedwith the 1950s and 1960s. "What I respond to is very ladylike, simple, immaculate put-together look. Without a lot of fuss; without a lot of baubles, without a lot of color."

But it was just that look that made the Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices real estate agent stand out at the New Beginnings Gala, which benefited Baltimore Outreach Services.

In fact, the party also provided the one circumstance in which Griffin acknowledged she'd risk getting noticed because she would be doing something she loves.

"I studied dance for 17 years. I wasn't very good. But I loved it. I will go on a dance floor, and it doesn't matter. Every single time — every wedding, every party — if the music's good, I'm there. It's the only time I'll put myself out there," she said, with a shy grin.

HER STYLE: "I like quiet and simple. I like cleaner lines."

HER ENSEMBLE: Etcetera gold metallic woven giraffe print sheath and matching coat with faux tan leather trim from a private consultant. Delman taupe patent leather slingback wedges from The Little Shoebox. Pearl stud earrings that were a gift. David Yurman knockoff ring from a jewelry party. Brown beaded shoulder bag/clutch she's had for a while.

HER FASHION INSPIRATION: "My mother. She was from Chile. When she was very, very young, she had a seamstress. She would look at Vogue and catalogs. And she would design clothes and have dresses made for her. When she moved here in 1960, she brought her art and she brought her dresses. And me. That's all she brought."

THE FROCKS' FINALE: "In the '70s, nobody valued [the dresses, so her mother] basically purged everything. These beautiful silk, very tailored dresses. I can picture them. I can picture the silk and the crisp [look]. It makes me sick to think about it."

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