How would you describe your taste in clothing?It's...

CANDID CLOSET

February 27, 1991

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

It's eclectic and runs the gamut. What I wear daily depends on my mood and what office functions I have. Big consideration is whether it will carry me through the evening.

I can be so very conservative and traditional, but every season I do try to add one trendy item. I like clothes, but paramount to me is comfort. I like to wear the clothes, not for the clothes to wear me.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

It's two Gordon Henderson dresses. They are identical dresses but one is black and white stripes and the other is red and brown stripes. No sale, but I love them. I really don't buy clothes too often but when I find something I like, I buy it.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My father's 1955 Harris Tweed overcoat. I roll the sleeves up and wear it with jeans and cowboy boots.

Do you have a true "standby" that you wear to feel good?

A midnight blue Barry Bricken, (Baltimore designer) classic coat dress. It's great because I can dress it up and down.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?My dad's coat.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Buying duplicates. I have duplicates of just about everything that I have. Shoes, blouses, dresses, gloves, etc. And a friend once said, that I have the Guiness record for buying black dresses.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

Actually, it's called a shadbelly. It's the formal attire that equestrians wear in very special classes.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

Other than all my sweats, it would be a strand of pearls that I filched from a centerpiece at a recent gala. They look so good, that they could almost pass for the real thing and yes, I waited until the party was over, before taking them.

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

It's a Preakness outfit that I bought to wear the first year Pimlico had its Preakness Village. It's an all-white contemporary take off of a Victorian style. The whole outfit is lace and eyelets and the skirt laced up the bodice, like a corset. Someone said I looked like a walking doily.

Do you wear hats?

What's your worst wardrobe mistake?

It was the ugliest olive green, multi-pleated Italian silk suit that I've ever seen. It's really awful. A friend of mine bought it in Atlanta at her sister's boutique which was having TC going-out-of-business sale. She called and said, it looked just like me and that I would love it. So when she delivered it to me, I felt obligated to buy it. The tags are still on it.

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

Other than "buy black," it would be to buy classic styles that transcend time. Classic plain dress coats never go out of style, because accessories can update them.

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.

Tracey Weinberg is an account executive at Image Dynamics Advertising/Public Relations firm. Prior to going to work there she was a professional equestrian who rode the Grand Prix Circuit on the East Coast and Seattle. She rode, trained and showed competitive hunters andjumpers. She still loves to ride and hopes to hit the circuit again as an amateur.

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