April 14, 2009
Sen. John C. Astle wore banana-colored slacks to a recent voting session, and lobbyist David Carroll has worked the State House hall in Nantucket Red trousers. But it was the Maryland House of Delegates and the Seersucker Six who won the premature preppiness award on the last day of the 2009 session. Dels. John A. "Johnny O" Olszewski Jr., Craig L. Rice, Shawn Z. Tarrant, Jay Walker, Nathaniel T. Oaks and State Trooper Stanley Slide all showed up to represent their constituents in seersucker suits, braving the mockery of their colleagues and the raised eyebrows of fashion scolds who don't abide thin, dimpled, striped cotton before Memorial Day. "These people have no sense of class," said Del. Justin D. Ross, though his mock scorn might have been sour grapes at not being invited into the Boys of Summer clique.
August 7, 2008
It's a simple, cheerful life, but with occasional grim complications that one simply ignores, such as mortality or the '70s or the demise of the downtown department store. I love my downtown store, a block from the old stone courthouse where Alvin "Creepy" Karpis of the Ma Barker gang was tried for kidnapping in 1936, near a fine old popcorn shop, just down the street from a haberdashery where the other day I got fitted for a seersucker suit and was shown how to tie a bow tie. A great mystery suddenly made clear.
May 27, 2005
PAUL MARK Sandler is 2,500 miles from home in a place they call Lala Land, but he is very much in his element. The Baltimore lawyer is representing David Rosen, the national finance director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign, in a trial in Los Angeles that has taken on a circus-like atmosphere. Witnesses have included comic book czar Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and The Hulk; Harold Ickes, former deputy chief of staff of the Clinton White House; Gary Smith, producer of the Emmy Awards; and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's brother-in-law, Raymond Reggie.
May 16, 2004
When it came to fashion at this year's Preakness, traditional little suits seem to have hit the trail. Instead, flowery sundresses blossomed all over Pimlico's Corporate Village - thanks to a hot sun that returned to the race day after a two-year absence. And to the fashion gods, who are dictating a less formal, even flippy, attitude this spring. Kathy Sheets, 50, owner of a Bel Air cleaning service, was a good example. She wore a blue and yellow Lilly Pulitzer dress and thong sandals, which sported matching flowers and kitten heels.
May 17, 2001
Flowers are old hat. To be sure, there were plenty of spring blooms at yesterday's festive fair around the Washington Monument, the 84th Flower Mart since 1911. But it was the hats that stopped traffic. Heads turned at some of the arresting creations perched on the heads of women, some of whom designed their own for the chance to parade a hat in public without standing out in a crowd. Hundreds turned out in picture-perfect weather for spring's annual rite, including a contingent of 15 women from the Charlestown Retirement Village in Catonsville, who joined in the hat spirit.
May 2, 1993
As spring days turn balmy, dress codes relax and the line between business attire and casual wear becomes less rigidly defined. Dressing down can be as easy as shedding tie and socks, because the newest jackets wear as comfortably as a favorite shirt. The coolest way to go is with layers of light, natural fabrics -- such as seersucker -- that can change with a mood or unpredictable temperatures. Could anything be easier?