Tradition, modernity marry Variety: Regina Sajauskas wears silk outfits for work, sports gear for volleyball, and traditional ethnic dress for Lithuanian celebrations

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Inside Today: Fashion

May 21, 1998|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

"I am many things," says Regina Sajauskas and it's impossible to argue with her. Sajauskas is a project leader for the Social Security Administration who helps disabled people return to work. She owns an estate liquidation business called Times & Traditions. She's an avid volleyball player. She is the mother of two. She hosts a Lithuanian music show on a local radio station. And she is co-chairing this year's Lithuanian Festival, which takes place May 30-31 at the Catonsville Armory. As she dashes through her life, Sajauskas has found a happy formula for dressing, one that accommodates all sectors of her life, from the most practical to the most traditional.

What would traditional Lithuanian garb be for the festival?

Very full skirts, aprons and full sleeved blouse, with amber jewelry and a head piece. The clothing is still made in Lithuania, and there is also a gentleman who makes costumes in Toronto. My dresses are from Lithuania. I have a couple of them that have been handed down for generations.

What fabric are these costumes made of?

The hand-woven parts of the costume are usually made of linen. Now there's a company called Flax that's very popular. It's the same thing we've been wearing for years.

What are the headpieces made of?

The headpiece that is supposed to be for a maiden looks like a wreath. In Lithuania, people will actually weave a wreath from rue. Now we wear a cloth wreath that represents rue and other flora. A married woman's headpiece would of course cover her beautiful hair, because she's married. My daughters are finding that Lithuanian folklore and the women's movement don't always go hand in hand. I tell them I don't have to live it anymore, I'm just aware of it.

That headpiece must be a far cry from your sports gear.

I spend my greatest discretionary dollar at the Sports Authority on warm-up suits, sweats, gym shorts, bike shorts and T-shirts.

What do you wear to work?

As far as everyday stuff goes, I am a big user of the Charter Club. They have a lot of mix and match silks. Usually they have three or maybe four basic colors every year. You can buy a handful of pieces and be set for the entire season. I can mix and match and coordinate, and the clothing travels well. They come out of the suitcase and are wrinkle free. I can look like a professional.

When do you have time to shop?

I tend to do it when I travel for work. Instead of sitting in a restaurant or a bar, businesswomen tend to shop their evenings on the road.

How did you cope with the recent spate of wet weather?

I carry a golf umbrella. They're huge; that's why I like them.

What do you wear when you're working for your estate business?

My jeans or my sweats and probably some old sweatshirts and shirts out of my husband's and my children's closets. I get their BTC hand-me-downs; things they're not interested in anymore. Kids don't wear things out. They're teen-agers and I think their stuff is nice.

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

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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