Hot top makes look sizzle

March 12, 1998|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I just broke up with my boyfriend of five years. In an effort to get away from him, I'm going on a road trip to Baja California with friends from my gym. We will dress informally -- only a few steps up from work-out clothes.

But I want to stand out. I need to look young again.

Your best bet is to invest in basic bottoms and drop-dead tops. This will give you plenty of options and make packing a cinch.

At Laurel, Stefano Guerriero suggests putting your money into luxurious fabrics.

"We use a shiny, georgette in rich colors for sporty pieces," he says. "The result, fashion playing with street wear. It's glamorous but still casual and easy to wear."

Guerriero suggests keeping daytime tops bright, too.

"Team them with white stretch shorts and a white tank top, and you'll look pretty and feel young and sexy."

My darling old grandfather left me his favorite diamond ring when he died. Although I'm not crazy about flashy men's rings, I don't want to part with it.

When I showed it to a friend who is a jeweler, she told me it is an old cut and not very popular.

I thought diamonds were forever. But she says styles go in and out -- and values change accordingly. Is this true?

Certainly no other gem sparkles as brilliantly and no stone holds as many precious memories.

Cheryl Pellegrino of the Diamond Information Center points out diamonds have been objects of desire for centuries and will always retain their value, adding:

"There is a market for diamonds with older cuts. It may be limited but it exists."

Pellegrino suggests taking your stone to a trusted jeweler to be cut or reset for a more modern look.

She adds, however, that since style is a matter of personal taste and "many antique pieces hold strong memories, become heirlooms and carry on the history of the family."

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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