College kid cozies up to comfy wardrobe

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September 01, 1994|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer

When Kristin Ciarlo was packing for college, she knew this much: her stereo, Aerosmith tapes and Sierra Club posters were making the trip.

The rest was up for grabs. A freshman at the College of Notre Dame, she knew she wanted to look good but didn't want to clutter her small dorm room with clothes she didn't need. In the end, she weeded through closets, leaving behind nearly 30 percent of her wardrobe -- mostly clothes that were too small or too dressy.

"The hassle was in getting it all here," says Ms. Ciarlo, 18, who lives in Parkton. "I used a suitcase and smashed it all in the trunk of the car."

What did you bring along?

Four sweaters, three skirts, jeans, assorted T-shirts, shorts, running clothes, a bathing suit and pajamas.

What stayed behind?

The hardest thing to leave was an old pair of jean shorts. I wore them to death. They had dirt stains and had started to unravel.

What garment wouldn't you leave without?

My white V-neck T-shirt with crochet trim. It's been on nearly every vacation with me -- from North Carolina to Virginia Beach. It's lost its tag. But it's so comfortable.

How would you describe your style?

If it's current and comfortable, that's good for me. I have favorites that I'll wear over and over again.

What favorite are you planning to wear on the first day of school?

My hunter green Gap shorts and a white T-shirt with my Nike hiking boots.

How do you keep comfortable from looking slovenly?

When it starts to look like you've been through a war, then it's time to change your style.

How much shopping did you do for college?

I did in two trips. I went to the outlet stores in Pa. and Towson Town Center. Most of my stuff came from the Gap and Payless Shoes. I spent less than $150 of my graduation money.

What celebrity would you have liked to take along?

Keanu Reeves. In every movie, he looks great.

What's the oldest thing in your closet now?

A black and pink skirt from sixth grade. It's gotten snugger, but I love the flower pattern. It kind of stretches, and it never seems to go out of style.

And the newest?

A black kilt with silver buckles. I bought it last week at Rave. I haven't seen too many skirts like it. It looks a little like my uniform at my old school, Maryvale.

Shoes seem important to you.

I'm a shoe fanatic. I have two pairs of hiking boots and a pair of modified Doc Martens with rubber heels. I also have black suede clogs, black pumps and white flats.

What about other accessories?

I basically wear the same things nearly every day. A watch with a butterfly face is a gift from my parents. It's hard to read sometimes. You look down and want to say, "It's half past an antenna." My hoop earrings were $1. And my cross necklace is a symbol of my faith. It belonged to my great-great-grandmother.

What would you most like to change about your style?

I'd like to be less conscious about my appearance. I'd like to just go out, be myself and not worry about how I look.

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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