Mixing, matching a timeless wardrobe

Candid Closet

September 04, 1997|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

Even if Ruth Miller told you how old she is, you wouldn't believe her. She's too youthful, too energetic, too snazzy to be that old. This year, Miller's daughter sent her a birthday card that said, "You're still a slick chick!"

Miller was a working mom before the term was fashionable, and has worked at the Development Corporation for Israel for 32 fashionable years. "I always want to look my very best," she says. "When I get up in the morning, I'm very happy to put on makeup and get dressed and get out of the house."

Do you have a standard look for work?

I always wear a blazer and generally slacks and a silk shirt. I'm not a casual person. I am always dressed. Jeans are not my style.

That kind of "uniform" gives you a lot of mix-and-match potential.

I mix and match all the time. Right now, I'm wearing white slacks, a bright yellow top and a turquoise blazer.

Where do you shop?

I shop in Nordstrom and in some of the discount houses. I also shop at Maria's. She's a boutique off of Reisterstown Road and sells everything. Sports clothes and very, very dressy clothes.

Do you have a favorite formal gown?

No. I very rarely put a gown on. I do have some favorite sports clothes. I have a white slacks outfit that I love, and my navy blue outfit is great. I can wear the blue blazer with the white trousers and a red top, and it's very attractive.

Do you go in for designer clothing?

Once in a while, I do get a designer suit, but I like a bargain.

What about shoes?

I mostly wear pumps, bought at Hecht, SRI Shoe Warehouse, and wherever I can find them. I do not wear expensive shoes.

Where did you acquire your sense of style?

I think it came from my mother. In those years, when I was a child, ladies did not wear slacks. At home, she always more or less was dressed in a starched house dress, a nice house dress. And she always dressed nicely when we went out.

You're planning your 60th Western High reunion. What do you think you'll wear?

We're having a brunch at the Pikesville Hilton, I'm so excited. I think I'm going to wear a new suit which is in the brown family. Brown is a big color this fall. The shoes and bag match, and I found a shell that is a light-chocolate brown. I'll wear it with choker pearls and blister earrings.

Were you known as a great dresser in high school?

Just average.

Do you spend a lot of time shopping?

On Saturdays and Sundays, that's my pleasure. I shop around with my very close girlfriends. It's a ritual to have lunch every Saturday and shop.

Do you buy much while traveling?

Occasionally, but I hesitate to do that. I want to make sure I'm happy with it. If I'm not, how am I going to take it back? I did buy a leather coat in Israel last year.

Do you bargain at the Israeli markets?

Do I have fun in the Old City! I go bargain hunting for baubles, that's great fun. If I find something I like but the merchants are charging too much, I say, "No, I'm not paying that," and walk away. They come running, and shout, "Lady! Lady! Come back!"

Do you know any snappy dressers? Let us know. Write to Stephanie Shapiro, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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