Jennifer Ward

December 27, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Don't underestimate the power of a coat. Jennifer Ward certainly doesn't. "In the wintertime, I feel like your coat is really your outfit. It's what people are going to see you in." We certainly noticed the 25-year-old BCBG Max Azria sales associate in her black-and-white houndstooth, only one of many "great dress coats" in the Perry Hall resident's closet.

The look: Powder-blue acrylic knit 213 dress. Black perforated patent leather belt. Black and camel bugle bead multi-strand necklace. Black tights. Black leather ankle boots. Black leather hobo handbag with silver studs. Urban Rock collection ring.

Where it came from: The coat came from Bebe. The belt, boots and ring came from the BCBG Max Azria store. She found her dress at Star Won, her necklace at H&M and her handbag at Metropark.

How she shops: "I guess you could say I shop every day that I work. I go shopping outside the store about twice a month. I'll usually start online with a mission of what I want, like something from a magazine. ... I'll find the brand, and I'll find out what stores carry that brand, and then I'll find out if they carry what I want."

How she dresses: "I wear dresses a lot more than separates. What I like to do is take a dress and then funk it up with boots or a different belt. I'll wear long, layered necklaces over the top of it. I'll find a way to wear the dress where it's not just straight off the hanger. I love to wear lace and leather together; something very feminine with something very hard-edged."

Her fashion dos: "I love, love, love belts. ... I have a few that will make my outfit really feminine looking, and I have a few that will make it a little punk. ... I love colored hosiery, and I love textured hosiery."

Her fashion don'ts: "Wearing low-rise jeans that are too small for you, so there are love handles hanging out. I guess a major 'don't' is wearing anything that does not fit you – too small or too big. ... And Ugg boots. I HATE Ugg boots."

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