Judy Peregoff is an administrative assistant for the vice...

CANDID CLOSET

May 01, 1991

Judy Peregoff is an administrative assistant for the vice president for personnel programs at The Johns Hopkins University. She is married, has two daughters and a step-son and step-daughter. Fashion is a very important topic in the Peregoff household these days with one daughter about to be married andthe two younger girls preparing for high school proms and graduation. How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Conservative styles, but in bright, vivid colors.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A black and white polka-dot culotte dress. It's the first polka-dot item I've bought in years and I am enjoying it.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My cowboy hat and boots that I have had since I moved to Baltimore from Virginia 18 years ago.

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

Yes, a royal blue silk, long-sleeved jumpsuit. By adding different accessories it can look very casual or very dressy. It's great when I'm not sure what the expected dress is. I just take both types of accessories and then I feel comfortable.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

A tattered looking silver fox jacket that I won while working for Sarah Coventry Jewelry about 15 years ago. It is coming apart and is out of style, but I cannot part with it.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Shoes! I feel that I never have enough shoes. I am always on the lookout for that striking pair that I might be able to use with something in my wardrobe. When I see a pair that is an odd color, I usually buy them. Sooner or later, something will match.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

Not counting coats, it would have to be a black Ultrasuede suit that I purchased last year. It's a good investment.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

Two pairs of socks that I ordered through a catalog. One pair has bright green shamrocks and one pair has bright red hearts. I have lots of fun with them on holidays.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

A fashionable black and white striped knit top with reversed seams and black leggings. (That's how the salesperson described it.) At the time I purchased the outfit, I was convinced it was great. However, when I wore it, I was convinced it looked as if the hem of the leggings had been torn off. The top looked like it was inside out with holes chewed in the sleeves. Wild, but not me!

What are your favorite accessories?

Earrings. I always keep an eye out for fun earrings that will coordinate with my wardrobe. I check out craft tables and jewelry counters where ever I go and have found some really unique items. In fact, I sometimes buy dresses to match earrings.

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

Before going shopping, lose those extra pounds. By doing so, you can shop and have a choice of styles and colors that you REALLY like and will enjoy. Also, if something really catches your eye, you love it and it fits -- buy it. You won't be sorry.

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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