GLIMPSED! AT THE INNER HARBOR

The Baltimore Sun

Remember when college grads had to wear white shoes and pantyhose under their gowns? These days, colleges seem to have developed a sense of fashion. At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's winter convocation, graduates donned all-black under their gowns, which is a great idea - especially given the footwear choices that provides. Jackie Emrich turned graduation into an opportunity to look amazing, in a mini dress, wrap sweater and tall boots.

Age: 22

Residence: Ellicott City

Job: Just graduated in December with a psychology degree from UMBC

Self-described style: "I just wear what I like."

The look: Black wrap sweater, covering a black minidress with lace detail. Black tights and black suede Isaac Mizrahi boots.

Where it came from: Sweater from Mom's closet. Dress from Urban Outfitters. Tights, she can't remember. Boots from Target.

Today is an all-black anomaly: "I don't usually wear all black, really. All black was mostly today because my gown was black and they told us to wear black under it. If I do wear black, I try to throw some color under it because it is kind of a dark color and I have fair skin."

Her everyday look varies: "I usually wear a nice pair of jeans. I pretty much always have on heels because I'm ridiculously short. It all depends on my moods. Sometimes I'm a jeans and T-shirts girl, and then sometimes I'm more dressy."

But "funky" is always in the mix: "I'm a big rock music fan, and all my friends are musicians. So, I guess funkier pieces tend to draw my eye. But whatever it is, it always has to look good on me before I'll buy it."

College-budget shopper: "I look for great sales. Like Urban Outfitters has great sales if you know when to go. There's always great online sales; great Web sites like [shopbop.com], where you can get great designer clothes for like 70 percent off when you know when to look. And I've worked in malls before, so I know the good times to shop."

Ugg boots? Yes. Sweats? No: "I have Ugg boots, but if I ever wear them, I like the look of a short skirt with them. I can't leave the house in sweat pants. I wish I could; it would make things so much easier. ... I don't ever really make plans, so if I'm out and someone calls me and says, 'Come here,' I'd rather be dressed nice and be prepared, rather than be in sweat pants."

tanika.white@baltsun.com

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