Volunteering for fashion's sake

Saving in Style

January 24, 1991|By Catherine Cook

Because of a copy editing error, the name of the manager of A.J. borenstein's Eclectic was given incorrectly in an article in yesterday's Today in Style section. The manager is Sherri Vilov.

The Sun regrets the error.


Looking great doesn't always have to cost a lot of money.

Some of the best-looking people around town probably spend a lot less money than you'd think and exercise a great deal more imagination putting themselves together.


Each Thursday we're going to bring you fashionable money-saving tips for all members of the family, and we want to hear your ideas.

Perhaps you know of a super source for stylish bargains, a brand of pantyhose that never runs or a thrifty beauty tip you'd like to share.

You can call us any time day or night by using SUNDIAL. With a touch-tone phone, you just call 783-1800 (or 268-7736 from Anne Arundel County) and enter code 4620. The call is a local call in the Baltimore area.

Or you can send a fax addressed to Today in Style, to 783-2519, or write a letter to Catherine Cook, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

Watch this space on Thursdays for ideas for saving money on style.

Thrifty ideas

* Terri Vilov, manager of the men's boutique A. J. Borenstein's Eclectic in the Gallery at Harborplace, is legendary among her friends for getting the most fashion out of her personal budget.

She saves money on the very latest haircuts by volunteering as a model when her favorite -- and rather pricey -- salon holds seminars for its staff to learn new techniques. "I probably save about $50 each time," she says.

Her distinctive and extensive wardrobe includes unusual accessories and elegant men's shirts and jackets culled from thrift stores for only $5 apiece. While she's found secondhand women's wear is too often cheap-looking polyester, she says the menswear tends to be well-made with finer fabrics.

A solid proposal

* For men trying to stretch a limited wardrobe budget, menswear author Lois Fenton advises against patterns of any kind -- checks or stripes.

"With a solid suit, you can get the most versatility. You can make a few suits look like many with all manner of different shirts and ties," she says.

Sew sensible

* Bejeweled and embellished accessories can add a shot of style to the simplest garment, but all that ornamentation can also add a lot to the price of a belt or pair of shoes.

Caryl Svendsen, Sewing Fashion Council representative, suggests making your own with a little glue and the resources of your local fabric store.

You can individualize a simple pair of black flats with rhinestones or a trim of gold cord or lace. A string of sequins can add new glamour to a belt or bag, and a simple gold crest can add elegance to a basic sweater or blazer.

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