Ruth Karpers, who works for three Towson doctors, is an...

CANDID CLOSET

March 20, 1991

Ruth Karpers, who works for three Towson doctors, is an avid runner who runs in 3 to 5 races a year. She has been married to Paul for 28 years and they have three grown children. She says she loves to entertain, shop, and do counted cross-stitch.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Traditional, I'm not a fad dresser, but I do like some things that are different. I would never buy anything as faddy as a miniskirt. I wear uniforms to work, so I can put more emphasis on my going out clothes.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A two-piece outfit that has culotte pants and a paisley print quilted jacket.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My cheerleading sweater that I had in college.

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

I have a blue knit dress that I can dress up or down and it can take me almost anywhere.

What have you kept for sentimental reasons?

My going away outfit from 28 years ago. It's a good looking white wool suit with a jacket that came down to the middle of the skirt.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Slacks are my weakness because they fit me the best. I like the pleated, casual ones in all colors, plaids or solids. I know I have several dozen pairs.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

An Albert Nippon designer dress that I bought two years ago. It's a two-piece flowered silk. The jacket, which has puffy full sleeves to the elbow, comes slightly over the top of the skirt which is pleated. I can wear it year round.

What's the least expensive item in your closet? Probably a sweater.

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

A sweater dress that was very short and I wore it with leggings or tights. It had a geometric gray pattern all over it, with spots of red and yellow sunbursts.

What are your favorite accessories?

I love bracelets and earrings -- all kind and all colors. I bet I have a hundred-plus pairs of earrings.

What's your biggest clothing mistake?

A coat that I bought several years ago and I wore it once and never again. It was a brown tweed winter coat, but I've learned why I hated it. I'm a summer color person and therefore could never wear brown and be happy.

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

Buy the book "Color Me Beautiful." It has been a great help for me and is a marvelous guide. It saves you so much time when you shop, because you zero in on your colors.

If you could buy anything you wanted, what would it be?

I have a longing for a leather or suede bomber jacket.

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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