Paulette Wilson developed her love of fashion because of all of the stylish women in her life. Her mother and her many aunts continue to be her style role models. Wilson, a Baltimore fashion blogger, showcases her love of “all aspects of Baltimore fashion” on her blog — Ms. Charm’s Chic. Paulette is in the know on the hottest trends in Baltimore this spring. Her Ms. Charm’s Chic blog is “all about encouraging Charm City to shop local.” She wants to show her readers that it is possible to find high fashion in Baltimore by shopping at local Baltimore-owned and -operated stores and boutiques.
Paulette Wilson
Ms. Charm’s Chic
Baltimore, MD

Paulette has always had an interest in the fashion scene of her hometown of Baltimore. She started her blog — Ms. Charm’s Chic — during her senior year at local Towson University to showcase Charm City as a fashion capitol. Though currently working in the social media department of a TV broadcast company, Paulette strives to encourage fashionistas to shop local and support local Baltimore fashion businesses. Ms. Charm’s Chic highlights the hottest trends in Baltimore with features, such as Baltimore Has Stylish Funk, Boutique Wise Currency, and Wearable Art Has A Home. Ms. Charm’s Chic also has a pair of resources for savvy and trendy Baltimore shoppers: Ms. Charm’s Baltimore Shopping Directory and Ms. Charm’s Resources Page.Charm City 70s Child The spring 2015 runways from Emilio Pucci to Gucci embraced the decade of the 1970s. Consider adding a few psychedelic-inspired items to your closet: flared pants, printed tops, garments with fringes and dresses in the signature flower child colors of avocado green, orange and chocolate. Of course, there are also an abundance of vintage shops around Baltimore, like Milk and Ice and Keepers Vintage, where 1970s treasures can be found. Wilson urges fashionistas to let out their “inner hippie with a modern touch.”

Not Your Traditional Animal Print

Some may find it hard to believe, but Wilson wants to assure you that “you CAN get away with wearing crabs as a print this spring.” Take a trip down unique animal prints and patterns lane. As Wilson acknowledges, “Baltimore fashionistas love taking risks.” Therefore, clothing covered with anything from “jelly fish to creepy crawlers is a trend that will catch on in this city.”

Lace Gets A Reinvention

Lace should not remind you of your grandmother’s old curtains. Per Wilson, when you think lace, you should “think lace with laser cuts.” “Think lace with an ultra lingerie feel and in a variety of hues.” Lace ensembles, according to Wilson, are arriving in many Charm City boutiques from Babe A Boutique to LoveLace the Showroom. Dare to find sultry lacing in dresses, tops, skirts and even corsets in the Baltimore fashion scene.

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Bohemian Everywhere

The boho style is already a staple in the Baltimore fashion scene. Find maxi dresses with volume in folk-inspired textiles and prints. Look out for white embroideries, transparency, tie dye prints and floral appliques. Stock up on bohemian silhouettes from Baltimore’s Poppy and Stella or get a customized one-of-kind maxi dress from local designer, John Tillery.

Shifting Hems

What’s the ultimate statement piece to have as part of your wardrobe in spring 2015? According to Wilson, it is a dress or skirt with an asymmetrical hem. Some are draped into fluid shapes while others are sliced up diagonally. Whether your style is edgy, sporty, urban or casual, you can easily style your hemline to fit your personality.Related: Ask A Baltimore Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writesit depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she candinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, travelingyou name it she wants to do it.