Belinda Simmons works for Long and Foster Realtors and can...

CANDID CLOSET

November 06, 1991

Belinda Simmons works for Long and Foster Realtors and can PTC hardly wait until the economy starts booming again. When she's not showing property, she's doing something athletic like working out at the spa, aerobics, dancing, soft ball and puttering with golf.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Classy, but I dress in things that look good on me whether they're in style or not. I watch my colors and buy clothes in my favorite colors (black, white, fuchsia and red). I never buy a color I don't like just because it's in style.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A Liz Claiborne leather purse with a gold chain strap.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A pair of silver shoes that I wore once, but at least I have them if I ever need them.

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

I have basic black dresses that I can use for any occasion. I wear them to the office with a blazer and if I'm going out after work, remove the jacket and put on some nice jewelry and I'm ready to go.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Actually, I have a weakness for everything, but I probably buy more shoes than anything else. I must have 50 pairs. Everyone calls me Imelda Marcos when they see my closet.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

My full-length black leather coat that I bought at Gantos.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A pair of flat black shoes that I bought at Pic 'N Pay for $2.99.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

My leopard body suit that I wore for Halloween. My boyfriend bought it for me and I won prizes in a couple of contests for being the sexiest cat in the place. It's much too seductive to wear anywhere else.

What are your favorite accessories?

Jewelry and belts. Nice earrings, bracelets and a necklace can change a whole outfit. I prefer gold to silver. My hair is long, so I like big chunky earrings that show.

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

Buy whatever looks good on you. Don't go with high style if it's not becoming. The best rule is that if you feel good in it, buy it. Don't try to please anyone but yourself.

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