Clothes for a woman who never stops

CANDID CLOSET

April 20, 1995|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer

When you teach aerobics, own health clubs, have two children and travel around the country, you need clothes that let you move.

That's why Lynne Brick has adopted a career/sportswoman style -- often wearing leotards beneath suits and diamond earrings with workout clothes.

After lectures, she's been known to whip off her jacket and start a mini-workout, cajoling business types to bend, stretch and curl their biceps.

"I like to get people to move and groove," says Ms. Brick, 39, who lives in Timonium.

Does she ever feel like some would-be Superman?

"No," she replies with characteristic Lynne Brick confidence. "Wonder Woman."

Despite your diverse lifestyle, is there one clothing style that predominates?

It's sporty, functional and also professional. I'm not the kind of person who likes business suits. I have to do a lot of traveling. Comfort is of primary importance. Sometimes when I get off the plane, I'll have to do a press conference and then work out. One of my favorite outfits is what I call my "space suit." It's a clingy, black one-piece with stirrups, long sleeves and a sparkly collar. I like things that show off my figure. I want people to know I practice what I preach.

What's the life span of one of your leotards?

I teach nine to 12 classes a week, so my leotards usually last four to six months. It helps that I have my maids hand wash them and hang them to dry.

How many do you have?

I have 50 to 75 workout outfits. I wear through aerobic shoes in a month. I'm not Imelda Marcos, but I do have 50 pairs of those.

What do you get the most use out of?

My Swatch watch. At work, I always have to know what time it is. Mine is big and bright orange. I wear it all the time.

Is there one outfit you feel your best in?

A blue tank leotard that I wear with DKNY tights, a black skirt, jacket and a suede belt with gold trim and diamond earrings. It really exemplifies that I'm a businesswoman, not just an aerobics instructor. I can go to the store in that. I can go to work. I can pick up my kids. And if I take my jacket off, people can see my physique. It's a humble way of saying, "I work out."

Being in a body-conscious business, do you think you approach clothing differently?

Yes. I look for things that are flattering. I'm 5-foot-5 and wear a size 4 or 6. I don't like pleats or anything that's really long. For evening attire, I like the backless look. I like to be noticed in a nonflashy way.

Where do you shop?

Cache, Lillie Rubin and Nordstrom. I don't have a lot of time for shopping. I'll go on a shopping spree, and I've been known to spend a couple grand at one time.

You said you travel a lot. What's your best tip for packing?

Black goes with everything -- even my luggage is black.

What would you most like to change about your style?

I'd like to wear big, baggy things, but I know that's not me. I have to look like Lynne Brick.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A white-and-gold beaded gown with rhinestone studs. It's backless and has a little turtleneck collar. I got it in February.

And the oldest?

I used to sew, and in the '70s I made a navy satin two-piece outfit. I still have it hanging in my closet. I'm saving it for posterity. I know my daughter will want it one day.

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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