Patsy Jarkowski works for the Maryland Department of...

CANDID CLOSET

March 25, 1992

Patsy Jarkowski works for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a classification analyst in the personnel division. She is pursuing a master's degree in administration at the University of Baltimore in the evenings. Other evenings and weekends she is a backup singer with the rock 'n' roll band The Lost Incas, along with her husband, David, who plays bass. In her spare time, she loves to shop.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I just like the idea of an outfit for every occasion. Clothes have to be fun, not just something that keeps you covered and warm.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

My sister just made me a circle skirt. It is black, quilted material with an appliqued white poodle. With it I wear black penny loafers and white socks.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My mother-in-law gave me an outfit she bought in 1949, a black, velveteen, long skirt and halter top trimmed with rhinestone buttons. I wear the skirt a lot. You know that black velveteen takes off 10 pounds instantly.

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

My husband bought me a dark pink suit with big Joan Crawford shoulder pads. It's new but it looks vintage, and when I wear it I really feel pulled together.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Pocketbooks. I have about 40, including totes. I get them new and used. My favorite is a small lavender patent leather. I change purses every day and it sure helps to keep down on the clutter I carry around. Handbags are a harmless addiction.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

I don't know, probably the gifts my husband buys. I bargain shop for everything.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

I keep a minimal shopping budget and go to church sales, vintage stores and bargain retail places like Caldor and the $10 Gallo stores. I've paid as little as 50 cents for some things.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

I bought fake fur, leopard slacks at a yard sale. My husband really hated them, so my grandmother made them into a long vest. He hated that so I gave it away. You have to give in a relationship.

What are your favorite accessories?

I like pins and own quite a number of rhinestones. I also like hats. My favorite is a black turban with rhinestone trim which I talked down in price to $5. I like to wear hats and don't feel at all self-conscious like some people do.

Do you have any shopping tips?

Have fun. If you don't spend too much there's no point in being sensible and worrying about what will last. Things go out of style fast enough.

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

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