Barbara Miller is a savvy career woman with style and an...


September 11, 1991|By Sylvia Badger

Barbara Miller is a savvy career woman with style and an eye for bargains. She has worked as the business manager at Roland Park Country School for more than 20 years. She loves to party, and enjoys concerts, theater and browsing in Fells Point.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Conservative styles with a touch of the unexpected. I have conservative business suits, that I wear with scarves, sashes and belts.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A lightweight silk jacket for fall in tapestry like muted autumn shades that I purchased at Hit or Miss on sale for $15.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A black satin evening bag purchased at Garfinkel's and given to me in the '50s as a parting gift when I left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

In terms of comfort and convenience, a Liz Claiborne forest green velour dress is suitable for work or running errands. But it can be dressed up with accessories for evening. By the way, I purchased this dress at an outlet store for $40.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

A white Roland Park T-shirt from a painting party in which I joined parents and faculty in painting the lower school classrooms in the early '70s.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Despite the fact that I enjoy jewelry, shoes are my passion. I won't tell you how many pairs I own, but some of my friends call me Imelda.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

A three-piece silk ensemble from Shepherds of Australia. The skirt and jacket are full cut, with an Escher leaf print and vibrant Gaugin colors. A violet silk blouse with a jewel neckline and matching satin trim completes the outfit.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A pair of silver evening shoes that cost $10 at Marshall's.

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

A tropical deco print skirt and blouse with alternating panels of fruit/floral prints and varying black and white geometric patterns. An amusing touch on the skirt are two semi-detached panels that billow as I move. With this outfit, I wear black Givenchy stockings, sporting a black satin bow and rhinestones just above the heel and black patent four-inch heels with silver toe caps. Outrageous!

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

I buy what I love, but I only allow myself to fall in love during a good sale. I shop the discount stores from Marshall's to Loehmanns in Baltimore and last summer, the flea market in Fort Lauderdale where I found my wildest outfit.

If you could buy anything in the world that you wanted, what would that be?

The garment district in New York -- if the price is right.

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