Avoiding a rash decision

March 19, 1998|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

My best asset is my legs -- long, slim and well proportioned. My worst problem is that I have dozens of allergies, including several to synthetic fabrics. With some I break out in a rash.

What I'm trying to find is a mini in a natural fiber that is flirty, glitzy and a knockout for summer parties. What do you suggest?

Few, if any, glitzy fabrics are made from natural fibers. Look instead for a skirt lined in silk so it will be safe and comfortable for you to wear.

As you know, the fabric label sewn into every garment tells the story. But if you do fall in love with an unlined skirt made from synthetic fibers, don't despair. Match it with silk lining fabric -- which comes in dozens of colors -- and have it lined by a professional.

I am getting married, and I splurged on a beautiful pale satin dress for the big event.

My problem is that with all the tension surrounding the wedding I have put on 10 pounds. I am trying to diet, but as I am caring for my fiance's young children from his previous marriage, it isn't easy.

Should I try to have the dress let out? I really can't afford another one.

A satin dress is almost impossible to alter: The fabric is both fine and shiny, which means the original stitching is sure to show.

I think your best bet is to find an undergarment that will give enough control to hide the extra weight.

Joyce Bara, of the Smoothie collection, says to forget about the girdles and waist-cinchers of the past -- modern fabrics make today's shapewear comfortable, attractive and effective.

"You have a multitude of options, including strapless and backless styles," she says. "I design for a woman whose sense of fashion comes from feeling good in whatever she wears."

Another option is to wear a veil that is long enough to disguise those unwelcome bulges.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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