Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Vintage stores hold wardrobe treasures

By Joy Kraft, jkraft@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Carmaleta Berry of Erlanger worked only about a month at Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs in Covington before she caved in to the temptation of buying her own faux-fur coat.

        “It's a mahogany sable tuxedo coat, and it flows and moves really well,” says the 47-year-old who since has moved to Fifth Third Bank's payment service department.

        You can be found shopping at: Vintage stores mostly, Village Discount in Newport. I like the variety, the different fabrics used in different time periods. "One man's trash is another man's treasure.' I believe that.

        Earliest fashion memory: In the early '70s, I had a purple tweed wool-blend Bermuda shorts suit, and I was able to find tights and shoes that matched perfectly.

        Describe your style: Contemporary conservative. I have my own style of dress. I don't think about what others will say.

        Your signature style: It would be something long and flowing in a lightweight material, probably a polo green. I have so many green dresses and outfits, it's unbelievable. My favorite fabric is raw silk.

        You're never without: My signature piece is a San Marco bracelet I got at Fabulous-Furs. I rarely go out without it.

        Best bargain: I just paid $3.50 for a green, silk dress at Village Discount.

        You wouldn't be caught dead in: Anything pink. I'm just not a pink person.

        Your favorite designers: (Liz Claiborne's) Lizsport. I just like the simplicity of her things. You can wear them every day and don't have to save them for a special occasion. And the fit is wonderful, especially the dresses and slacks.

        If you had big bucks you'd buy: A Vera Wang wedding dress, though that's not in the near future.

        Fashion philosophy: If you think it looks good, wear it.

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