Anastasia Soula Lambropoulos is a health policy and program analyst for the Baltimore City Health Department and loves her job. She is a a history buff who loves reading, cooking, quilting, travel and photography and is also involved in a numbercharitable works.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Traditional with flair and lots of bright colors. I prefer dresses because they're more feminine and flattering. However, I like well cut suits for work. I love getting dressed up and find it uplifting and fun. I feel that clothes are a reflection of your personality.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A Christian Dior white satin and black lace applique strapless dress from my favorite store, Bloomie's. I watched this dress for several months until it was marked down. On the day I decided to buy it, I received an additional 10 per cent off certificate from Bloomingdale's, so I really got a bargain.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
A pair of jeans I had in college. They serve as a gauge and weight control tool for me. I try them regularly to see how I'm doing.
What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?
My very first Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress. It's eggshell in color, backless, with a pleated full skirt that moves in the most wonderful way. I bought it from the downtown Hutzler's after one the kind salesladies called me to come by and try it. It still fits.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
Needless, to say, it is an Oscar black strapless, chiffon dress with a scarf that I bought last year at a quarter of the original price.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
Flip-flops which I wear all year at home.
What's the wildest outfit you've ever bought?
Definitely a hot pink silk cocktail dress, which has two huge flowers on a tiny shoulder strap. It's the kind of dress that you either love or hate. In either case, it's very provocative. When I RTC saw the dress in a boutique in the fall of the year, I could not justify the price. Over the course of several months, it was marked down and I think I must have tried it on three times. One day, I decided to buy it and when I walked into the shop, it was gone. I asked the sales person if the woman who purchased the dress looked good in it. She said the dress was in the back room, because nobody looked good in that thing. I bought it for a quarter of the original price and I have gotten my money's worth because I've worn it six to eight times.
What are your favorite accessories?
Pearls. They are very elegant and go with most everything.
What's your biggest clothing mistake?
A gray wool suit that has specks of various colors in it. Regardless of what I do to add some life to it, I feel washed out when I wear it.
Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?
Buy quality, non-trendy clothes, that make you feel good. Shop around and compare prices. Unless you positively must have that a piece of clothing at that very moment, wait until it goes on sale. If you frequent certain shops, become friendly with a sales person, who learns your taste and will often inform you about coming sales.
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