Nov. 9 b cover

Nov. 9 b cover

Charm City isn't known for fashion-magazine looks. The mix of grit and hipster style has never fostered snooty dress codes. But if you want to see and be seen, we've scouted out Baltimore neighborhoods -- bars, restaurants, gyms, the farmers market and more -- to provide a guide to turning heads when you're out and about.


4 Market Place, Downtown.

Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Ray Lewis, Michael Phelps and Pauly D from "The Jersey Shore" have all partied at this club. There's probably no better place in Baltimore to rock the "Jersey Shore" chic.

Patron Sabrina Chainey compares it to clubs found in New York City.

"At Mosaic you dress up," the Canton resident said. "It's more upscale. You won't see the typical Power Plant atmosphere. I enjoy it there. When I like to get dressed up, I'll go to Mosaic."

How to stand out: Go over the top! Rock the bling. Flaunt that MCM bag. Add some animal-print fur. Guys shouldn't be afraid to slather on the hair product and show off with muscle shirts. Flashy button downs, big necklaces and rings will also do the trick.

Eden's Lounge

15 W. Eager St., Mount Vernon.

With a mix of cozy sectioned-off couches and open spaces, the location affords plenty of opportunities for stylish movers and shakers to be seen.

"Some nights are a little more laidback. Other nights are a little more dressy," said Kimya Crawford of Windsor Hills. On Fridays and Saturdays, "Women will have on a strapless dress or skirt. Gentlemen usually have on a button-down shirt, sweater or designer shoes.

"I'm a jeans and a nice T-shirt type of girl. But ... I can always throw on a pair of stilettos."

How to stand out: A killer pair of heels is a must for women. Pair them with a clingy dress to stand out. Men can turn heads with a flashy collared shirt and designer jeans.

13.5% Wine Bar

1117 W. 36th St., Hampden.

The wine bar offers an alternative from Hampden's traditional kitschy, hipster vibe. Still, the contemporary furniture matched with the variety of wine bottles stacked along the walls gives the bar a funky, welcoming feel.

"It is fun to go to for people watching because it's such an eclectic mix of people and styles," said Sophia Silbergeld, a Homeland resident. "You can see everything from Hampden hipsters to young professionals dressed up for a date or a night out. You can go in there really dressed up or dressed down and feel comfortable either way."

How to stand out: The bar's sleek decor is ripe for dressing up -- especially for women. A great cocktail dress is perfect for turning heads. A nice sport coat is a welcome touch for men.

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