Leather's never been better

July 18, 1996|By ELSA KLENSCH | ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

My boyfriend rides a motorbike with his friends practically every Sunday. He has the biker's wardrobe of black leather and keeps teasing me about buying a bomber jacket to wear when I go out with him. I'm a petite and simply can't find anything small enough.

Is there something else you could suggest?

Leather jackets have never looked better than they do this season. They come in many shapes and colors. Look for one that is feminine and basic -- something that will work for you at the office and at play. Your boyfriend obviously likes your taste, so you don't need to go overboard.

At Ellen Tracy, designer Linda Allard says leather is a hot look right now:

"The new shapes are fitted and sexy. Look for a simple zip-front or shirt jacket in a warm color like chocolate. That will give you a fun, updated look at work. If it is easy and yet body conscious, it will be perfect for relaxed evenings or weekends. Your boyfriend will love it."

I've wanted to be an actress ever since I can remember. And although I'm housebound, married with three children, I still have fantasies. As a birthday present my mother surprised me with tickets to a "mystery lunch." A mystery play will be performed, and some of the actors will be chosen from the audience. How should I dress so that I will be picked for a leading part?

Wear something that will make you stand out. Then the director will spot you as uninhibited and imaginative with a sense of fun.

You might try a bias-cut retro outfit from the '30s or '40s that some designers are showing. (Those two decades were golden years for movie queens and femme fatales.)

If you want to try different looks, shop the antique clothing stores. There you'll find plenty of unusual and authentic outfits.

Pub Date: 7/18/96

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