Thrift makes 3 looks easy

Candid Closet

April 04, 1996|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,SUN STAFF WRITER

Lisa Scott doesn't have a look. She has three -- at least.

Depending on the day, she's a conservative career woman, a trendy TV-show hostess, or a casually dressed owner of a modeling business.

But whether she's working as admissions director at a Baltimore cosmetology school or playing hostess of Ladies Night Out, a cable dance show seen primarily in Anne Arundel County, she knows that her style makes a statement.

"I'd like people to look at my clothes and think you don't have to spend a fortune," says Ms. Scott, 30, who lives in Edgemere. "You can put cute things together without having it cost you a lot."

How do you find a wardrobe that suits all your needs?

I hit thrift stores about three times a week. I like having many styles, but clothes need to be affordable.

How would you describe each look?

I am very conservative in business. For the show, I try to be funny and sexy. When I'm modeling or working with my modeling team, I'm all-American.

What do you wear for each?

For business, I wear suits, pumps and my hair up in a bun. During the show, I'll wear a black miniskirt, turtleneck sweater, black boots and a hat. I'm known for my funky hats. They are usually black and floppy. In my everyday life, I'll wear suspenders, baggy pants and a cap.

Do the looks have anything in common?

Fun, comfort and affordability are the things I look for in each. I also like to be able to mix and match clothes.

What one item do you get the most mileage out of?

A silk-blend blazer that's black, white and gray. I can wear it with jeans and a turtleneck or put it over a black dress. It's actually a man's blazer. I bought it for $2.75 from a thrift store in Essex last year.

What's the shelf life of something you own?

Unless it's a blazer or jeans, it only lasts about three months. I can buy whole outfits for $12, but I get tired of them. One of my models usually gets all the stuff I give away.

What stores do you like the best?

The Essex Village Thrift is my favorite. I also hit the flea markets. They have a lot of Merry-Go-Round merchandise now. You can find a $70 dress for two bucks.

Some people dislike buying clothes that others didn't want.

At first I'd go into a store and get overwhelmed. I didn't want to pick through other people's junk. But once you get a bargain, you have less of a problem digging though the piles.

What outfit makes you feel your best?

Whenever in doubt, I always go with a little black dress. I have two. One is nearly knee-length with a turtleneck top and holes cut out at the shoulder. Another is shorter and comes with a jacket.

Is there anything in your closet you couldn't live without?

I have a black cashmere coat that my dad had when he was growing up. I found it in a trunk among his old things. It's soft and flowing. He teases me whenever he sees me in it.

What do you have too many of?

Shoes. I have 60 pairs in lots of different colors -- black, beige, green, pink, white, polka dot.

You mentioned having a sexy style on the TV show. How do you make sure it's still in good taste?

My rule is if I wouldn't want my parents to see me in it, I won't wear it. I would never wear a bustier or halter top, but I believe you can be sophisticated and sexy.

Who would you give anything to dress like?

I love Cindy Crawford's style. The way she carries herself is delightful. She's into basics. She doesn't accessorize a lot, but she's a very fun dresser.

What piece of clothing would make your life complete?

A gown. I have no gowns. I get invited to formal events and I have to borrow one from a girlfriend. I'd like to have one very beautiful gown -- red, strapless, elegant. Something that's very much the statement-maker.

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

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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