`Buy it before you need it'


Candid Closet: Xandy Waesche of Timonium is rarely caught without something to wear


April 08, 1999|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

What's a mother of four boys to do when she has to be ready for anything, from luncheon meetings to black-tie extravaganzas? Get to Loehmann's whenever possible.

"I'm the Loehmann's queen," says Xandy Waesche of Timonium. Waesche is the chair of the "nuts and bolts committee" for the Rites of Spring Garden Show, Union Memorial Hospital's annual benefit April 16-18 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. (Call 410-554-2662.)

Waesche, 37, dubs herself the "master planner" and knows how to stay on top of her mother and volunteer responsibilities. And she's always dressed for the task. "My mother taught me how to bargain hunt." Another rule of thumb: "Buy it before you need it. If you go out the night before an event, and you're desperate, you make a lot of mistakes that way."

What is your clothing weakness?

I collect sweaters. I have lots of black ones, but lots of bright colors, too.

When you're browsing, what kinds of clothes do you look for?

Things that are appropriate to wear to meetings and/or lunch.

What have you given up after having kids?

I used to wear silk before I had children. That's out. It takes one touch and it's ruined.

Give an example of a good pre-emptive strike.

We have two black-tie things to go to in May. I already have something for one that I bought on the clearance rack at Loehmann's. It's a long black dress. It's simple.

Where else do you shop?

At the Talbots outlet. And Nordstrom. If I'm desperate for something, I will run to Nordstrom and get the shoes and outfit at the same store. And you can get these wonderful chocolate-dipped graham crackers at the coffee bar for only $1. It's a great lunch.

Do you have any sports-mom dressing tricks?

Yes. Walk around in a button-down shirt and a pair of jeans until the last minute. I've gone to drop them off at lacrosse or baseball in diamond earrings, full makeup and one of my husband's Oxford shirts. When I arrive at the field in heels and a dress, people laugh at me. But they also can tell that I do shower and wear things other than blue jeans to play on the floor with the kids.

Do you have any aspiring young clothes horses in your family?

My son Roger, 10, is the worst about clothes. He goes to public school and irons his own khakis and wears Tommy Hilfiger or Polo. He's the one I really have to shop for. He's my only child who doesn't argue about getting dressed for church.

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

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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