Roz Healy, assistant director for the Baltimore Office of...

CANDID CLOSET

December 11, 1991

Roz Healy, assistant director for the Baltimore Office of Promotion, has had a busy week. Besides her job promoting Baltimore, she has been working as the volunteer vice chair of events for the Festival of Trees at Festival Hall through Dec. 15. When Roz has free time, she loves mountain biking.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I really don't classify myself in terms of one particular taste. I dress according to my mood and the event. I enjoy wearing a variety of outfits from classic/tailored to fun casual wear in vibrant colors.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A great cocktail dress I bought from Gamberdella's in Towson for the KinderGala. It's silk shantung and velvet.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My gym tunic from Notre Dame Prep.

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

Yes, I bought a black coat dress with gold buttons a couple of years ago for a business meeting. I still wear it at work meetings and even to the theater.

What have you kept for sentimental reasons?

I have held on to two special items. One is a handmade nightgown my grandmother made in Italy as part of her dowry. She wore it as a nightgown and I wear it as a sun dress. It's cotton with beautiful handwork on the bodice. The other is a blazer my father bought me for my freshman year in college. He wanted to buy it for me because it was his favorite style when he was young man.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

My weakness is jackets and coats. I used to work at the Irish Country Store and that's when I purchased a beautiful short mohair jacket and an Irish wool jacket. Ever since, I have enjoyed buying all kinds of jackets, blazers and coats.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

It would be a camera I received as a gift, but since this is a fashion question, I'd have to say my black leather jacket.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A straw beach hat that I bought in a 5-and-10 last summer.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

I haven't really purchased anything outrageous. The wildest thing I can think of is a totally sequined tank dress I bought recently. Hopefully, I'll get to wear it some day.

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

I recommend shopping in boutiques and specialty stores for unique clothes and accessories. You can find unusual items that are not outrageously priced. The atmosphere is more relaxed and results in a pleasant experience.

Another tip is to understand what looks best on you before you go shopping. Stay away from items that you have established are not good for you, no matter how great the bargain may be.

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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