Businesslike sense of style, naturally


April 01, 1993|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

Lynne Agress grew up in Princeton, N.J., shops at Talbots and works with accountants. The only style for her: "businesswoman's preppie."

As the president of her own Towson-based company, BWB-Business Writing At Its Best Inc., Ms. Agress, 50, feels dressing professionally is part of her job. Plus, it feels most natural to her.

How would you describe your wardrobe?

Conservative with a bit of a flair. In the days when I taught $H college, I had more clothes. Now that I'm in business for myself, I buy fewer but more costly pieces -- mostly suits and two-piece dresses. Since I go to London frequently, I buy an Austin Reed suit and a Jaeger summer outfit each year. Here I shop at `D Talbots, Brooks Brothers, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, and C-Mart for cocktail dresses.

Where did your sense of style come from?

I laughingly say it's genetic. My mother has always been clothes-conscious and my grandmother was a designer. In high school and college, I used to model for department stores.

What are some of your favorites outfits?

My two-piece challis dresses -- one is a cabbage rose print, the other is a hunt print.

And your idea of wild wear?

My gowns and cocktail dresses from C-Mart. There's one that's a long silk gown with a white background and yellow flowers. I don't see myself as a funky type.

What's been your biggest splurge?

Ferragamo shoes and Coach handbags.

Your best bargain?

A Liz Claiborne velvet cocktail dress with rhinestone buttons that originally cost $400 in department stores. I got it for $75.

What do you wear on the weekends?

Navy, red or shocking pink sweats.

What wouldn't you be caught dead in?

Things that are way out. Something that's all beaded or granny-style clothing.

What's the biggest fashion mistake you see women making?

Trying to dress like somebody else, either someone much younger or someone who's thinner.

Can you describe your most traumatic clothing event?

It was during my first college fraternity party. I was a sophomore in high school. I walked in and there was another girl wearing the same exact dress. I still remember it -- a lavender wool sheath. I was horrified. Today I'd think, 'She has good taste, too.'

What will you be adding to your closet this spring?

Last week I bought a linen suit in persimmon from Brooks Brothers. And I'll probably do one or two other outfits -- suits or dresses.

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

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