Katie Peddy is president of Foxleigh Design Group Inc., an...

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April 29, 1992|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Staff Writer

Katie Peddy is president of Foxleigh Design Group Inc., an interior design firm in Lutherville. She is also a long-time active member of the International Visitors' Center of Maryland; she will chair "A Tasting at the Station," an international wine tasting event at Green Spring Station on May 17. When she isn't busy working and volunteering, she and husband Tom raise and breed llamas at their Phoenix farm.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I guess the best term would be American-sporty, based on jacket dressing. I like to start with a super jacket and dress it up or down. Combining two different elements, say jeans and an organdy shirt, with a great jacket is something I do a lot.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A fabulous, inexpensive bronze microfiber jacket -- lots of style for next to nothing. I found it at Trillium last month and can wear it rain or shine, with silks or sweats.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A pair of Levis I inherited from one of my sons 15 years ago. They're soft, washed hundreds of times. I've tapered the legs several times over the years. Right now I'm having them dry-cleaned, hoping they'll last a little longer.

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

For work, I love ribbed turtlenecks with slacks and a jacket or with a short skirt and a good belt. For more formal occasions, I have my classic little black dress by Anne Klein. I'll be wearing that dress when I'm 65. It's flattering and makes me look taller.

What have you kept for sentimental reasons?

If it doesn't work I won't keep it, even for sentimental reasons. But I do have an Irish tweed hacking jacket my husband gave me 20 years ago. I love it because he gave it to me, but also because it's comfortable, flattering and still current.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Definitely jackets. I look for style and versatility and hold on to them for years. I always have an eye out for the perfect jacket.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

That little black dress from Anne Klein. Definitely worth the investment, a true million-miler.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A shrunken T-shirt from Sunny's Surplus that cost $2.50 about six or seven years ago. It's a fine sage color.

What are your favorite accessories?

Belts and bags. Nothing too showy. I like good leather in classic but current styles. Texture is important too. Embossed and sueded finishes add variety and freshness.

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

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