Ericka Gray Wylie, 26, was eye catching at Solstice, Maryland Science Center's annual gala, which is exactly what the Catonsville resident goes for with her style. "I like being very simple and very elegant, but also standing out," she says. "This dress is very simplistic but, at the same time it's 'Wow, she has color, she has a pop.' " Wylie says her style also matches her persona. "It's fun. It's funky," she says. "But it's classic. And I think that describes my personality. It's very classic. It's fun and flirty. But it's relatable." Being both relatable and stylish is also important to her appearance on the job as emergency-management coordinator at Northwest Hospital, where -- not surprisingly -- she's known for her great outfits. "I prepare for man-made and natural disasters by trade. But, I translate that into Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, [Thomas] Pink shirts, St. John suits," she says. "So it still has the element of style and clean-ness." Wylie says figuring it out is also simple. "If you know who you are as a person," she says. "I think it translates to your style quite easily." HER STYLE: "Not quite the girl next door. It's more like the girl up the street." HER ENSEMBLE: Loeffler Randall "slightly vintage" multi-color metallic striped dress from Beacon's Closet in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gold rhinestone and coffee-colored rhinestone bangles from Reddz Trading consignment shop in Bethesda. Long antiqued brass and red crystal earrings from Design Phase boutique in Atlanta. BCBGMaxAzria gold glitter and snakeskin T-strap sandals and Michele watch from Neiman Marcus. Braciano gold fold-over clutch she's had for years. A "CONSIGNMENT/VINTAGE GIRL": "My slogan is why not buy more for less? But, I like my big retailers, like your Neiman's, or Saks [Fifth Avenue] for jewelry -- like my watch -- or shoes." HER KICKY COMPLEX: "Shoes are my absolute passion. I can't get enough of them: Christian Louboutin, Ferragamo, Prada, Fendi. The list goes on and on. Even if they hurt, suck it up, and you keep walking. I love a good 5-inch stiletto. Five-inch, seven; the taller the better, baby."
Photo by Karen Jackson, for the Baltimore Sun