Pam Schmidt

Imagine you're a corporate executive who loves dressing fashionably, even if it's to the grocery store. Your husband has bought you a Ravens jersey, and your 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter are adamant that you wear it to the game against the Steelers. Must you abandon your sense of style? Not if you're Pam Schmidt, treasurer for Bon Secours Health System. This 44-year-old Ellicott City resident did herself and Todd Heap proud as she incorporated his jersey into her "fashion forward" style. Her crowd's reaction? "A couple people I knew said, 'Whoa, I've never seen you dress so casual before.' " Give this fashionista the extra point!

Self-described style: : "Fashion forward."


The look: : A Todd Heap jersey. Black bootcut Chico's jeans. Black wool pashmina scarf. Black leather Preston & York car coat. Black leather pointy-toe Naturalizer boots. Black patent-leather Elliott Lucca satchel handbag. Silver dangle earrings. Black sunglasses.

Where it came from: : Her husband bought her the jersey at Dick's Sporting Goods. She picked up the pashmina scarf for $10 from a New York City street vendor. She found the car coat in Dillard's department store in St. Louis. Her jeans, earrings and sunglasses were Talbots purchases. And her boots came from the Naturalizer store. Her personal stylist - Donna Cattoor of Couture by Cattoor Consulting - picked out the handbag and sent it to her from her studio in St. Louis.


Team spirit without sacrificing her style: : "My husband had bought the jerseys for the family. I was going to the game with a group that was dominantly men. I thought, 'I don't want to wear a jersey and just look like one of the guys.' So, I thought I needed to dress it up a little bit. That's why I threw the scarf around it, and had my cool handbag."

You'll never catch her in "sloppy casual": : "I own one sweat shirt. [My kind of] dressing casually? A good example would be that I have this really pretty black suede skirt, and you can wear tons of stuff with that. "

Fashion is a personal mandate: : "I am a corporate executive. It's that corporate philosophy that every time you're out, you want to make the best presentation you possibly can, because you never know who you're going to meet."

No time to shop: : "I do have a personal stylist, Donna Cattoor. I'm originally from St. Louis. And I met her there in 2003. Because I don't have time to shop. I want to go to a place where they can pull for me: two suits and several layering pieces, so that I can travel for seven days. I moved out to Baltimore in 2004, and I still use her. I go in twice a year to see her."

The long view: : "The stuff I buy through her, I take a four-year outlook on that. You really do have to look at it as an investment. The great thing about having a personal stylist is that she keeps track of everything you buy. She can be out somewhere, and can say, 'Oh, I know Pam Schmidt has that nutmeg suit, and it's two years old.' And she might say, 'There's a great apricot tank to go under it.' "

She has a few fashion no-no's: : "I don't like anything super-tight. ... I don't ever wear worn-out shoes with a great outfit. It'll bring the whole outfit down."

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