Busy lawyer buys clothes on the run


Candid Closet: Dawna Cobb of Charles Village doesn't miss an opportunity to add to her wardrobe.


June 01, 2000|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

One of the unadvertised benefits of attending the Charles Village Celebration this weekend is catching a glimpse of Dawna Cobb as she dashes through Saturday morning's 5K run. She'll be wearing purple, white and green-flowered tights with a Festival T-shirt.

After that, Cobb, a festival committee member and Charles Village champion, may don Flax linen shorts and a tank top to enjoy the rest of the celebration, a spirited melange of music, food, garden tours, a parade and other fun stuff taking place in the Wyman Park Dell and throughout Charles Village Saturday and Sunday. (For festival hours and other information, call 410-662-7777.)

Cobb, a 44-year-old lawyer with the state's attorney's office, avid runner, volunteer and mom of two sons, says she "doesn't have time to shop or even iron, but wearing fun, comfortable and interesting clothes is important."

With such a busy life, when and how do you acquire new clothes?

I shop as I go along. For example, last fall I took my kids to Value Village on York Road to get stuff for their Halloween costumes. While they were looking for army boots and big sports jackets, I combed the women's racks. For $2.98, I got a Chanel-esque pink and black cardigan sweater with square black and gold buttons, LizSport black linen pants and another pair of dress pants. I think in all I spent less than $8. If I have to get something at the Giant in the Rotunda, I often stop by the Bead.

On trips to Marshall's for kids' socks and underwear, I hit the handbag and shoe aisles. On a recent business trip to New York City, I went to Thompson Street in SoHo. I bought a used handbag, a 1940s jacket and some French lingerie. That was fun!

What are some of your favorite things?

I like clothes made by Cilla, that is Priscilla Ireys, a clothing designer from Baltimore who hand-paints her clothes. When in Paris in 1984, I bought a gorgeous patchwork jacket that left me with very little money for the last seven days of my trip. It was worth it. Luckily, I am the same size -- in most places, anyway -- that I was 10 to 12 years ago. I still wear skirts and dresses that I bought at Ann Taylor on a shopping spree in 1987.

Do you have a favorite clothes story?

After one trial in Hagerstown, I was eager to talk to the jury after the verdict had been delivered. Several women jurors came up to me and said, "We have a question for you: Where are you from? No one in Hagerstown dresses the way you do." I wasn't sure how to take that. Another story relates to my love of scarves. My sister lived in France one year and brought me home a lovely scarf. She showed me how the French wear scarves wrapped around their necks to keep them warm in the winter. I took to it immediately.

After another trial that took place in January, I again talked to the jury after the case was over. One older male juror said: "I like the scarf you have on today, but the one you wore earlier this week looked like it was wrapped half way up your face!

What is your clothing fantasy?

To have all my clothes in one closet on one floor in my house.

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

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