Day, evening looks can be mixed for party

February 06, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

Is there a dress as comfortable as jeans? I'm a medical intern and as I often work the emergency room I always wear white jeans.

Now I've been asked by the chief physician to appear before the hospital board of directors and do a presentation about my experience in the intern program.

When he told me I'd been selected, he jokingly said something about my needing to wear a dress. I'm not enchanted with the idea, but I guess I have to take the hint.

I know I will be nervous, so I want a dress that's cool, comfortable and attractive. What do you suggest?

Look for an easy-fitting short dress in a strong color, advises Harriet Mizzen, president of Liz Claiborne: "While the long, romantic dress is new for spring, short, simple dress silhouettes are always modern and versatile.

"A crepe dress will be an excellent option in your wardrobe. The dress will not only work for your presentation but will be useful all summer long. Wear it with chunky pumps to work and strappy sandals for evening."

I'm looking for shoes to wear with a silky lavender dress I just bought. I know sandals are in fashion, and I would love to buy a pair.

My problem is that I have big, ugly, pale feet with red blotches where my boots have rubbed. What should I look for?

Go for the sandals -- but look for a pair with straps wide enough to be in proportion to your foot.

Choose a camel or natural shade that goes not only with the lavender dress but other spring outfits in your wardrobe.

Buy pantyhose in the same tone as the sandals. This combination will make your legs look longer and your feet smaller.

As for the blotches on your feet, a pedicure might improve things.

Becky Sartin of the Janet Satin Institute, where some of Manhattan's best-connected feet are pampered, suggests getting rid of the dry skin with a rough-skin exfoliant. Then follow up with cream to soften and moisturize.

Paint your toenails a pretty color, and if you still hate your feet, try tanning them with gel. Tanned feet always look better than pale ones.

Elsa Klensch welcomes questions from readers. While she cannot reply individually, she will answer those of general interest in her column. Send questions to Elsa Klensch, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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