Coordination is essential in a high-visibility job

CANDID CLOSET

July 21, 1994|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer

When your job is to meet sheiks, movie stars and business executives, it helps to look your best.

Sabra Dorsey, sales office manager of the HarborView Marina & Yacht Club, achieves that by being meticulously coordinated from her earrings to her shoe clips.

She routinely spends 30 minutes a night mulling over which blouse, suit, scarf or necklace she'll wear the next day. And her closet is a testament to how seriously this 36-year-old former model takes her style.

She arranges shirts by color and sleeve length, shoes by style (dressy, professional, sandals) and has six jewelry boxes devoted to pins, earrings and necklaces.

"I provide the first impression," says Ms. Dorsey, who lives in Randallstown. "My clothes have to be up to par."

How would you describe your style?

Contemporary and classy. For instance, I'll wear a silk dress with a floral scarf and an oversized pin. To me, the dress is classy and the pin is contemporary.

In your closet, what's your current favorite?

A two-piece mustard-yellow silk suit. It has a fitted jacket and short skirt. But the thing I love most about it is the color: It's bright. I purchased it in L.A. two years ago. I get dressed up for work, so I wear it there. I don't go out a lot; I figure I may as well get my wear out of my clothing.

When it comes to dressing, what's most important to you?

Coordination. Everything must go together: jewelry, scarves, colors, shoe clips. I don't like to just throw something on in the morning and grab a pair of earrings. That's not me.

Does your style change on the weekends?

It's very casual. I'll wear shorts, a T-shirt and sandals. Dressing up then is a trusty mini-dress or a nice pair of palazzo pants.

What do you wish you had more of?

Suits. I like Evan-Picone a lot. My favorite style is double-breasted with a straight skirt.

What do you wear when you're in a funk?

A jumper dress with a blouse and flat shoes. That's my off-day outfit.

What would you most like to change about the way you dress?

I would like to have more dresses that are smart enough that you can wear them to work but not so conservative that you can't wear them out after.

What's the last thing we'd ever find in your closet?

Stirrup pants. I don't like that look. It's too straight.

Where do you shop?

Gantos, the White House and the Limited. The clothing is sophisticated, and those stores have a variety of styles.

With whom would you most like to trade closets?

Actress Nicollette Sheridan. She's conservative but sexy.

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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