Irene Sacilotto wears clothes which reflect her unusual...

CANDID CLOSET

January 08, 1992

Irene Sacilotto wears clothes which reflect her unusual life style and artistic flair. She has a busy schedule managing two careers. For 40 hours a week, she's the branch chief of a chemistry lab with the U. S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency,where she manages a team testing environmental contaminants. Her second career is professional nature photography. She conducts photo workshops and tours worldwide. How would you describe your taste in clothing?

My clothes are as varied as my life style: fashionable business suits for the executive; wild and crazy outfits for the artist; khaki and camouflage for the naturalist and world traveler.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

An unusual belt trimmed in black suede.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A wool vest from my college days. I continue to mix and match the old with the new.

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

Not a specific item, but I use color to match or influence my moods. When I am subdued and reflective, I wear dark colors. When I am slightly down, I put on bright colors to make me feel more positive.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

A sheep skin coat that I bought in New York at least 15 years ago. It is tight across the shoulders and I've thought about giving it away, however I can't bear to let it go.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

I need a good warm down winter coat.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

A lavender dress that I bought in Quebec City. Very European in style. It's the outfit I'm wearing in my picture.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A comfortable army surplus jump suit that a friend bought for me at a flea market.

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

Camouflage stretch tights with a matching top. Looks great with khaki colored silk shirt and heels. I have a bathing suit to match.

What are your favorite accessories?

I love jewelry. Nothing very expensive, just unique pieces from all over the world. When I travel overseas, I like to pick up items that reflect the culture visited.

Do you have any shopping to share?

I buy very little that is not on sale. When my favorite stores mark down their clothes, I schedule my visits.

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