Kristen Pressimone's love of vintage clothing was a perfect fit for the Edgar Allan Poe-themed party thrown by the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society.
"[The description] said macabre attire, ball gowns. So I Googled it and looked it up on Pinterest," said the Owings Mills resident. Pressimone, 28, came up with a vision of a romantic gothic look that brought the Victorian era into the 21st century.
Next stop for the Chesapeake Contracting Group project coordinator/estimator was her favorite consignment shop, Wear It's At in Reisterstown — the same place she found a 1920s dress that she wore to the Young Defenders' flapper-themed shindig last year.
The minute Pressimone spotted the BCBG Max Azria frock, she knew it was the one. And not just for this particular party.
"I'll wear it again in a heartbeat," she said. "I love it."
HER STYLE: "I have to be at least a little bit conservative for work. But I like to be as creative as I can. And vintage any time. I love vintage clothes."
HER ENSEMBLE: BCBG Max Azria black taffeta strapless dress with high-low balloon skirt from Wear It's At. Black crocheted mask, jet bead choker, long stretch satin fingerless gloves with beaded lace trim from amazon.com. Jessica Simpson black leather 5-inch platform stiletto pumps with corset lacing on the toes and sides she's had for four years. New York & Company gold wristlet with rosettes.
THE ALLURE OF EARLIER ERAS: "I always look for something that's more original. I don't want what everybody else is wearing. I don't go by trends or styles."
MIXING OLD AND NEW: "I love a good vintage top with good jeans and boots, or flats. I have one that has shoulder pads, which is so weird because otherwise I would hate it. But it looks amazing with jeans now."
HER FAVORITE VINTAGE PIECES: "I have a white jacket from my aunt, Shirley Hornstein, that has a diagonal zipper and navy blue faux pockets. My aunt had these platform shoes that were cork that I died for. They were pin-up style shoes — navy blue and white. They were so unique. And they fell apart because they were cork. They were my favorite. I loved them more than anything I have now. If I could recreate them or find them somewhere, I would."
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