Clear colors add glamour to basic black

September 11, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I have just been appointed chief concierge of an exclusive office building in Manhattan. The good news, apart from a salary increase, is that I no longer have to wear their dumb gray uniform.

Since women have not traditionally been in this job, I'm a bit short of role models.

My boss suggests I wear all black. This is ideal because I use black as the basis of my wardrobe.

How can I add glamour to it when I go out after work on cold winter nights? I know I'll meet many more people and get invitations to business dinners.

The fastest way to glamorize black is to add color. And the most glamorous way to wear color is tone-on-tone.

I'd look for a jacket in a bright, clear color that suits you -- red, blue, emerald or yellow. Then search for a scarf in the same shade. The two together will look luxurious and will keep you warm on the chilliest night. And, of course, you can wear them separately.

As for accessories, Giovanna Gentile of Ferragamo suggests shoes as a great pick-up.

"Shoes in multicolor stripes are festive. So are those in solid bright colors. Consider wearing red shoes or blue shoes with a piece of jewelry -- a pin or necklace -- in the same color.

Three months ago, I had a darling baby girl. I love her dearly, but since giving birth, I have lost all my glamour. I was a professional dancer, fresh and full of energy. Now I am washed out and exhausted all the time. At my doctor's suggestion, I'm back on an exercise routine, but it doesn't help much. Can you suggest anything?

It sounds as though you could use a little pampering. One way is to treat yourself to a new fragrance and its related bath products.

Annette Green, president of the Olfactory Research Fund -- a New York-based fragrance-industry group -- is an expert on the positive effects of fragrances. She advises: "The sense of smell, more than any of our other four senses, sets in motion the strongest emotional responses and memories. Using a favorite fragrance may help you feel less stressed, happier, more secure and more confident.

"Try taking regular relaxing baths scented with a favorite fragrance while the baby is napping."

Green concludes: "It's one sure way to lift your mood, perk up your spirits and make you feel glamorous again."

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 Angles Calif. 90012.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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