Wardrobe wake-up call follows thrill of a new job

Candid Closet

April 25, 1996|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,SUN STAFF

There's nothing like a new job to give you a wake-up call about your wardrobe. Just ask Karen Bond.

Before she took over as executive director of Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, a nonprofit for economically disadvantaged African-American students, she took stock of her style.

The casual pants and ultra-conservative dresses had to go.

She opted instead for a sleek, yet still sensible look that will get its first real try-out Sunday at the Meyerhoff at a BEST benefit featuring Smokey Robinson. Call (410) 752-2225 for more information about that.

But Ms. Bond, who lives in Ednor Gardens with her mother and teen-age daughter, believes her closet is still a work in progress. "I'll know I'm a fabulous dresser when the first outfit I pick out is the one that works for the day," she says.

How has your wardrobe changed with your new job?

I've changed to a simpler, more sophisticated wardrobe. Once, having more was my goal. Now, with the demands on my time, I need a consistent look. I could start off my day at a school and end up later meeting a major funder. I need clothes that will take me through a 12-hour day.

What were your wardrobe's strengths and weaknesses?

My weakness is that I'm often a bargain shopper. It sometimes takes me a year to find the other part of an outfit. The strength is that I don't follow fashion. My goal is to have my wardrobe say something about my life.

What do you want it to say?

I'd like it to project strength yet energy, a certain consistency without being boring.

What clothes did you add for your new position?

I've written a couple checks to Talbot's. I've added some timeless things, including a black blazer.

Who's your fashion role model?

I like the look of Susan Taylor, editor of Essence magazine. She has a rich, sophisticated look, yet it's approachable.

She also has a look that isn't easily repeated.

What outfit has proven most versatile?

I have a two-piece set I bought in Seattle 10 years ago. It's a black pleated skirt with matching yellow and black top. I've worn it to after-five events; I've worn to work. It travels well. I'll probably have it another 10 years.

Which A black suit from Nordstrom that has yellow, fuchsia and green on the arms. If I had to give up all my clothes, I'd keep this suit.

Where do you shop?

Loehmann's, Nordstrom, and Talbot's.

What are you embarrassed to have bought?

A floral dress that was a bargain. It was $165 marked down to $19. June Cleaver would have looked wonderful in it.

What will you wear to the Smokey Robinson benefit?

A flowing dress with spaghetti straps and a jacket that's gold, peach and brown. I didn't want something too sexy. I wanted something that says, "I'm the new executive director, and I'm happy to be here."

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

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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