Laura Green juggles careers. She is a teacher of graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is half of the two-woman Baltimore Vaudeville Theatre Company, to which she brings her skill as an artist and juggler. She is a six-time international gold medalist for athletic competition juggling and has performed at festivals and exhibitions worldwide. How would you describe your taste in clothing?
I dress for comfort, not for speed. In a single word, I'm colorful, both in palette and philosophy. I'm the fashion queen of juggling because the few women in it do not dress to the nines. After all, it isn't how well you juggle but how you look when you do it.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
I was just presented a Winnipeg Jets hockey jersey with my name emblazoned on the back. I was in Canada as a guest artist for the jugglers festival.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
It's a hippie skirt from student days at the Institute. You know, the kind that was made from cut-apart blue jeans with a paisley inset where the pants legs separate.
Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?
My favorite is my "teacher from hell" jacket," an old blue wool that comes below the knee. It makes me look professional and professorial. I wear it with my matching blue Converse high-tops and pants. Most of my pants come from Kmart from the teen boy racks.
What have you kept for sentimental reasons?
My "Miz Tilly" straw boater is falling apart, but I still wear it in performance. It was the first hat that really set the style for my juggling character.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Socks, knee socks, the louder the better. It's hard to find knee socks because tights are now the fashion. I also like workout wear, particularly anything by Baryshnikov. I buy a lot of it at Hosiery World at discount prices.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
My single strand of perfectly matched Japanese pearls and matching earrings. I nearly fell over when my husband presented them to me. He bought them in Hong Kong from a pearl dealer.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
My 99-cent socks from McCrory's in neon shades of yellow, pink and green.
What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?
My to-die-for, glow-in-the-dark Fred Flintstone boxer shorts.
What are your favorite accessories?
I have 17 pairs of Converse high-top sneakers in every color and pattern. My real coup was buying all the inventory from a store in Winchester, Va. which had the collectible knee-high models. I go through a lot of shoes, so I get a lot of fashion mileage out of my sneakers.
Do you have any shopping tips to share?
The Goodwill store in Hampden is the best. I also think the Kmart off Reisterstown Road has great fashion finds, particularly in hats and workout clothes.
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