Since she left her job as director of the Pikesville Sylvan Learning Center to be an at-home mom, Molly George Shattuck has left most of her work wardrobe in the closet, "color coordinated by season."
Her 16-month-old son, Spencer, keeps Shattuck in khakis and clogs most of the time. But there are those occasions when she must accompany husband Mayo Shattuck, chairman and CEO of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, to business commitments and events.
This Saturday, Shattuck, of Roland Park, will cast off her khakis for an evening gown and brilliant shawl, to be worn at "Off to the Races in the New Millennium," a benefit for the child abuse prevention programs of the Family Tree. The Shattucks are co-chairing the event, which takes place from 7: 30 p.m. to midnight at Pimlico Race Course. (Tickets are $175. Call 410-889-2300.)
As of last week, Shattuck had not yet decided what to wear. "I'm totally a last-minute shopper," she says.
If her own mom lived closer, Shattuck, 33, would have her sew a gown for the gala. "If it were up to me, I'd have her make every dressy outfit I needed," she says.
What kind of clogs do you prefer?
Dansko clogs are great. And they're so convenient for sitting on the floor at Spencer's music class on Mondays and play group here on Wednesdays.
There are certain parts of our house where we don't wear shoes; so they are so easy and comfortable. And they provide great back support -- they're good for your legs.
Where do you look for clogs?
At the Towson Bootery. They have clogs and great baby shoes.
What is your approach to shopping?
I'm not a big shopper. I may buy something if we're going on a business trip, for example, and I need something because we'll be in a new climate or a particular setting. I'll take an outfit and buy a different top to go with it.
Where do you shop for business and meeting-oriented clothing?
Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Nordstrom.
How would you characterize your taste?
Colorful conservative. Literally, if you saw my closet, there are very few tan or black pieces in there.
Did you dress up much as a girl?
I grew up in a small town of 8,000 people. It was very casual, yet I always liked to dress up for student government and other activities.
Do you hang on to old pieces?
As fashions have changed, I've held on to my clothes and had them updated. I also love scarves. They can absolutely update an outfit.
Where do you have your clothes tailored?
At Bahk's Master Tailoring & Cleaners on Falls Road. He's expensive, but he's really good. He can literally fit anything.
Talk about your mother's sewing skills.
My mom is a phenomenal seamstress. I'm one of three girls, each four years apart.
When we were young, she would make matching outfits, the same dress in different colors. We dressed alike a lot when we were younger.
What is the theme of "Off to the Races"?
Black tie with a splash of color: purple, electric blue, grass green, hot pink to resemble jockeys' silks. Committee members are wearing wraps to coordinate with the table colors.
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