Satin pants are practical, stylish

November 13, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I work as a party planner in a firm that employs only women. For events, our boss requires that we wear covered-up, staid dresses. They are not only uncomfortable but completely impractical for the work we do.

This means rearranging tables and chairs, bringing in extra bowls of flowers and checking coats and packages that the guests bring to the table.

We have argued for years that pants would be more practical and modern. She has at last said she'll consider them and asked for ideas. What would you suggest?

Here's one idea from one of New York's modern young designers -- a cover-up sequined mandarin top with satin pants.

"The shiny satin pant is a modern solution as an alternative evening look," Yeohlee tells me. "They are practical and allow for ease of movement. The jacket has slits and narrow bracelet-length sleeves for the same reason.

"The look is also versatile -- the jacket can be worn over pajama pants in a silk georgette or even over a dress or gown. The pants can be worn separately with a cashmere sweater and a pearl necklace."

I am a member of a local quilting bee in Atlanta. At our annual dinner I wore a long patchwork quilted skirt and matching top that I had made as a surprise.

One member asked me if my outfit was some kind of joke; others said it was just too overpowering. My feelings are hurt but I think my patchwork was in good taste. Do you agree?

There is no question of patchwork's being in good taste.

Yves Saint Laurent has often used patchwork as a way of combining texture, color and patterns. An outfit he designed in 1969 was worn effectively by the Duchess of Windsor, who was then 73.

As for your outfit being overpowering, that could be. Experiment with your skirt and top. They could look more sophisticated paired with a solid color or even a less pronounced pattern.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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