Sexy dress covers up, too

April 25, 1996|By ELSA KLENSCH | ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

Although I live in Spain, I've spent the last six months studying in the United States. I'm going home to Majorca for the summer where the night life is fantastic. What I want to buy in New York before I leave are some sexy little evening dresses to show off my tan.

My problem is that I recently had a benign mole removed from my chest, and it left quite a scar. What is sexy and covered up at the same time?

A halter-neck dress could be the answer to your problem. Halters cover the chest and leave the shoulders and back bare. Designers have taken to them in a big way, and they are extremely popular this season.

Or you might consider a dress with a cutout back. Liz Claiborne has one that's a good example of just how sexy it can be.

"The beauty of a cutout dress," says Harriet Mosson of Liz Claiborne Dresses, "is that it's simultaneously sexy and wearable. Since it appears to be a simple shift dress from the front, it can go from day to evening. But when you see the back, wow."

One more thought: Dermatologists warn that too much sun can age the skin, and possibly cause more serious problems. So go easy on it.

I have a big family problem about my engagement ring. My fiance and his mother are emphatic about my having his grandmother's diamond ring for my engagement. It has a big square-cut diamond that's much too large for my taste.

I have agreed to take it but want to cut it down. They are both angry with me as they say I will ruin the stone. But I want something I will enjoy wearing. Where should I turn to get it recut?

Recutting a diamond is not easy, says Lloyd Jaffe of the American Diamond Industry Association.

"Only a diamond cutter can tell you if it is possible. He will also be able to gauge how much of the stone will be lost, and how the characteristics of the diamond may be affected by the cutting.

"There is always an element of risk in recutting a diamond. Keep in mind that aside from the value the diamond may have because of its color and degree of clarity, the larger the stone, the rarer, and therefore, the more it is worth."

With this in mind, why not consider remounting the diamond to your taste? Visit a local fine jeweler and discuss your problem. You may find that the diamond looks less conspicuous in a different setting. That would be a less costly and much happier solution all round.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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