How would you describe your taste in clothing?Conservative...

CANDID CLOSET

September 19, 1990

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Conservative for work -- I wear dresses and a few suits that are appropriate for work. On weekends, I like more contemporary clothes, like jeans and miniskirts. One dress I love is the one I bought for my daughter's christening. It's ivory lace with a high neck. I've only worn it once, but it would be great for a second wedding.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

I just bought four new dresses for fall. Khaki green is popular and I bought two of the same color, but different styles. I wear a size 2 or 4, but that's not the problem it used to be. Now people my size have shops like Petite Sophisticate and Casual Corner.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A pair of jeans, the kind that are worn and comfortable.

Do you have a "standby" you wear to feel and look good?

I guess black is always good, but I don't have just one particular outfit. Shopping is my hobby and through experience I've gotten wiser. Now I only buy what I feel good in.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

The only sentimental thing I have is my wedding gown. My mom's the one that's sentimental. She has saved my old prom gowns and I don't know what I'll ever do with them.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Definitely dresses, I think I have a dress fetish. I cannot pass up the opportunity to buy a pretty dress. I have so many that I can go for weeks without ever wearing the same dress.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

It's the ivory dress that I bought for the christening.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

It's a necklace that cost $10. Every time I wear it, I get compliments.

What's the wildest outfit you've ever worn?

My husband picked it out and when I saw it, I wasn't sure it was me, but once I wore it and got so many compliments, I felt good in it. It's a form fitting sleeveless dress with a big black belt. The bottom is black and top is black and white stripes. I put on black nylons and heels and big earrings. My husband loves it.

What are your favorite accessories?

Earrings, I have so many earring that my friends love to borrow them. I wear the same rings everyday, they are my favorite. I wear big earrings on weekends and the more conservative ones to work.

Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?

I guess it would be that when you try something on, go with your gut feeling. If you don't feel 100 percent satisfied and are not comfortable, don't buy it.

Do you know some special dressers? Tell Sylvia Badger what makes them special. Write to Candid Closet, Evening Sun Fashion, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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