Cameron Barry is the owner of Cameron Barry...

CANDID CLOSET

March 04, 1992

Cameron Barry is the owner of Cameron Barry & Co./Marketing Communications, a public relations and marketing firm. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland, which is planning the first annual Great Chefs Dinner, a benefit to be held at the Brass Elephant on March 11.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I start with a classic base -- a jacket and skirt or suit -- and then use various pieces such as a great silk blouse, hat or scarf to update and individualize.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A bronze linen suit with a double-breasted jacket and cuffed, pleated pants.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A 19th century white lace dress that I wore to my high school graduation. I know I'll never wear it again but I treasure it -- not because I loved high school but because it belonged to someone who wore it in 1865.

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

Black shoes, black tights, a black wool gabardine skirt, red silk blouse and a fitted red wool jacket that zips up the front.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

A blue and white polka-dot silk dress from the 1940s that belonged to my mother. I've recently seen photos of dresses just like it in the latest designer collections.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Shoes. Although I generally only wear black shoes (I have 10 pairs) I also have bronze, hot pink, navy, red, platinum, green...I .. can't resist shoes.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

A knit suit -- skirt, sweater and jacket by Helen Hsu.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A white T-shirt from the Gap.

What are your favorite accessories?

In addition to shoes, I like unusual jewelry, especially pins and earrings. I find my pins everywhere from flea markets and consignment shops to boutiques.

Do you have any shopping tips to share?

I believe it's important to explore a variety of sources, from boutiques to department stores to catalogs and outlets. Invest as much as you can afford in core pieces and experiment with the rest. But then, if I could buy anything I wanted it would be a navy blue Armani suit.

Do you know some special dressers? Tell us about them. Write to Vida Roberts, Candid Closet Fashion, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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