This grandmother can pull off a look

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November 12, 1992|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

How would you describe your style?

I don't think I'm trendy. I set a style of my own -- an eclectic kind of dressing. I'm familiar with color since I do makeup for television, so I know what looks best on me. I have a long, flowing outfit from Morocco that I get great use out of. It's striped with burgundy, beige and chartreuse. It's a long sarong dress and exaggerated top. For the holidays, I have a cute taffeta dress with spaghetti straps and a bow across the chest. I wear it with long gloves and black pumps.

It sounds like you go for drama.

It's fun. Each of my outfits is like a costume. People will stop by the salon where I work and say, "I was in the area and I just wanted to see what you have on." I look for the unusual. People tell me I buy things that nobody else can wear.

What's your wildest outfit?

I like my look in my black catsuit, thigh-high black patent leather boots, patent leather jacket with epaulets and bright silver '60s-looking belt. That's kind of vampy.

How do you to pull that off?

I'm not restricted in terms of my look. My mom was a seamstress. I was taught early the importance of good fabrics. Stay away from polyester, that was the first rule.

What wouldn't you dare wear today?

A two-piece swimsuit. I was

In the Green family, Debbie is the fashion renegade.

The 39-year-old grandmother isn't afraid to turn up in thigh-high black boots, body-skimming dresses or statement-making accessories. Although her husband and 23-year-old daughter are more conservative, Ms. Green believes having flair is part of her job. When she's not doing makeup and styling for Maryland Public Television, she's working as an aesthetician for New Images salon in Owings Mills.

During her rare free time, she's not inclined to sit around her Northwest Baltimore home. "I'm a shopaholic," she says. TTC "Shopping, for me, is a cheap thrill -- especially if something's on sale."

taught to conceal your flaws and expose your better parts. If I wore a bikini, I would be exposing some flaws that I wouldn't want seen by the public.

What would you like to have more of in your closet?

Room. I could use another wing actually. I don't buy impulsively anymore. I have to love it to buy it now.

Where do you shop?

I don't discriminate. I take my money everywhere. Rococo, Cache,

the outlet stores at Potomac Mills. I don't care where I am, I can find a treasure just waiting for me. Once a month I treat myself to something dynamic.

For this month, it was a black wool crepe skirt from Cache. In all the time I've been shopping for myself in my adult years, I've only returned something once.

What do you wear on the weekends?

Other people envision me in a long flowing robe, but I try to be as casual as possible. For me, there's nothing more comfortable than jeans, a sweater and my cowboy boots.

What's the biggest hassle about getting dressed in the morning?

Not having enough time. You look for something quick and easy and flattering to the body. It helps if it doesn't have to be ironed. Sometimes I'll pick out what I'm going to wear the night before and hope I'll be in the mood to wear it the next morning.

What's been your most traumatic event involving clothes?

I remember pulling out a wool dress one time from my cedar closet. It had been truly destroyed by moths. I was going away on vacation. On the trip all I could think about was that moths were attacking my clothes.

Do you know some dressers? Let us know. Write to Mary Corey, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St. Baltimore 21278.

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