Feeding an obsession for clothes Candid Closet: Dressing up is good medicine for days spent in scrubs


October 01, 1998|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

Laura Klein is in constant motion, flying from her job as a pathologist assistant at Bayview Medical Center, to her daily workout, to activities with daughter Katie, to volunteer efforts, such as this Saturday's "Make Tracks for Acts 1998," a one-mile fun walk at Oregon Ridge Park to benefit survivors of domestic violence. (Call 410-825-8773.)

That means throwing off scrubs for gym duds, and then perhaps slipping on something sleek for a special event. Klein, 38, has energy and style to spare for every part of her life, especially since she has lost, and kept off, 50 pounds. It wasn't just about dieting, the Ruxton resident says; it was a "lifestyle change."

Do you always wear scrubs at work?

I used to wear normal clothes, but I started ruining them with bleach, which is my main disinfectant.

Does a work uniform change your approach to dressing?

I probably dress up a lot more than I need to, because I wear scrubs all the time. Instead of jeans, I'll wear nice khakis, or short skirts and dresses and vests.

What is your shopping rule of thumb?

I tend to go toward classic things when I spend money on clothes and they're not cheap. I put money in things that are going to last a long time. The colors are more subdued. Black is my favorite color. Brown is a favorite, too. Since I have brown hair and copper highlights, the brown is really good for me.

How do you decide to buy something?

I'm an impulse shopper. I'll try something on and if I like it, I'll buy it. I have a closet full of beautiful clothes at all times.

How did you lose your weight?

Exercise and I changed the way I eat. It's not like a diet, but a change of lifestyle, something I could live with. I have a terrible sweet tooth, so if I want a cookie or ice cream, I have it. But I don't come home and pull out a quart of ice cream and a spoon.

How do you find time to work out?

I do it in two sessions: When I come home from work, and then after I put my daughter to bed, I'll finish my workout.

One of the reasons I decided to get equipment for the house was it took up too much time to go to the gym.

Where do you shop?

Ann Taylor and Victoria's Secret. I think I own stock in both of them. They call me now when they have something I'd like.

Did you like to dress up as a kid?

I didn't even own a pair of jeans until I was a senior in high school. I sew, and I actually made 95 percent of my clothes until college. I played in an orchestra, and at every concert, I had a new long dress. Now I quilt and I sew for my daughter. I make all of her Halloween costumes.

What will it be this year?

I think she wants to be a little Chinese girl.

Are clothes an obsession?

FTC It's a good obsession. There are worse things I could be obsessed about. This is a good one. I work really hard, and one of the things I like to spend my money on is clothes.

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

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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