Career basics not at all dull

June 27, 1996|By ELSA KLENSCH | ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I'm a university senior in New York putting together a wardrobe for my first job. My mother keeps telling me I must build a classic wardrobe that will stand the test of time. When I mention to her that I wanted a sexy V-neck sweater to wear under a black suit, she went right out and bought me one in a dumb beige. It is exactly what I don't want. What can you suggest?

Your mother is right, but so are you. It is essential for a career woman to build a basic wardrobe. But it is also essential for you to have fun with fashion.

Return the beige sweater and start looking for something that expresses your own style. Look for color and fit: color to bring life to your black suit, fit so it won't be bulky under the jacket.

Rosella Iardini of Moschino in Milan points out that fun sweaters are a major trend for business wear in the '90s. "Color has never been so varied," she says. "Also, helping the classic V-neck come alive are stripes, blocks of color and Jacquard patterns.

"Meanwhile, fashion is moving toward comfort. That's one reason wool stretch is becoming so popular. The new sweaters fit well and by revealing the body are sexier than ever."

One final tip: take your black jacket with you when you shop. Then you'll know when you've found the perfect partner.

Elsa Klensch welcomes reader questions. She will answer those of general interest in her column. Send to Elsa Klensch, L.A. Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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