April 28--For election day, Catherine E. Pugh relied on one of her go-to designers -- Kate Spade -- for inspiration.
"She's my favorite designer," said Pugh, who won the Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday.
During the day -- while she did last-minute campaigning throughout the city -- Pugh opted for a satin, cobalt blue, fit-and-flare dress by the designer.
The dress caught the eye of at least one supporter near Loch Raven, where Pugh was campaigning.
"He asked me, 'Do you always dress like this?'" the state senator recalled. "I told him that I'm a dress girl."
Pugh's Election Day wardrobe choices mirrored the classic and feminine style she's displayed throughout her political career. She wore a Boni La Petite Robe aquamarine form-fitting dress and bold, double-strand pearl necklace when she sat with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address in 2015. And she has consistently worn dresses on the campaign trail for this mayoral run.
When Pugh and her supporters gathered at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel for election results, she wore a color-blocked, fit-and-flare dress with a pink satin top and maroon skirt that she bought a year ago at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Corner. Pugh purchased the same dress in different colors-- white and black -- a couple of months later at Nordstrom Rack.
"It was a larger markdown than the first one I purchased," Pugh said.
She also wore a multicolored statement necklace from 2 Chic Boutique, the consignment shop she owns with Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt.
She completed the look with maroon and pink floral pumps by Kate Spade, which she purchased a year ago at Neiman Marcus while in Chicago.
"I saw those shoes and said 'Oh my God. They go with my dress,'" Pugh recalled.
The choice of attire was almost automatic for Pugh.
"There wasn't much thought," she said. "Because I'm such a dress girl, it's so easy to jump into a dress."
But she knew there was one color she wasn't going to wear. A friend walked in the door of her home as she was getting ready to leave for the election results party wearing a green dress.
"I said 'I won't be wearing green,'" Pugh said with a laugh. "I will be wearing the pink."
All of Pugh's clothes had one thing in common.
"Everything I had on was on sale," she said. "I'm a regular shopper."
Alan Walden, who won the Republican primary for mayor Tuesday, took a more casual approach to his election night attire.
The retired WBAL news anchor wore a yellow-and-green striped bathrobe and beige lined slippers while watching the election results on television in his condo in the Village of Cross Keys.
"Catherine dresses extremely well. But I did not have a headquarters and did not have a victory party," he said with a chuckle. "I was running a thrifty campaign."
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