Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Real estate agent a fashion chameleon

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Real style nominator Ron Wells of Covington describes Denise Firth, 38, as dressing in clothes that say "I'm healthy, alive and vibrant" when he sees her at Fitworks Fitness. But the Huff Realty agent from Fort Thomas says she simply dresses for the occasion.

Denise Firth in a Bebe shirt and suede flares from Saks with a sleeveless cardigan and detachable lamb's wool collar from Express and boots by Steve Madden.
(Joseph Fuqua II photo)
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"I'm really a chameleon when it comes to dressing. I dress for the occasion, where I am going to be and who I'm going to be with," says the mother of two teens. That could be jeans and boots to showcase a horse farm or heels and a suit to show a Triple Crown Estates home.

Your fashion philosophy: Appearance speaks volumes about your personality. When you dress nicely it shows how you feel inside, and I'm pretty upbeat.

Describe your style: A little trendy but professional, too.

You can be found shopping at: Bebe, Lazarus, Cache, TJ Maxx for bargains.

Fashion pet peeve: You see so many people in sweat suits that just don't look very good in them. ... They look like sacks and don't show off your figure at all.

Earliest fashion memory: My sister was in fashion design and I wore jeans and a T-shirt all the time. She was constantly telling me to get out of that look. I was about 17 or 18 before I became more fashion-conscious.

Favorite designers: Donna Karan. She's trendy and has professional-looking clothes at the same time.

You can never have enough: Shoes. I might have 100 pairs, including about every color in gym shoes to go with the workout clothes I wear to the gym.

If you had big bucks you'd buy: I'd probably look at Dolce & Gabbana or Versace.

You splurge on: I have a fetish for Louis Vuitton handbags.

Send nominations to Joy Kraft by mail: c/o Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202; fax: 768-8330;

e-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com. Include their name, age, daytime phone and why they should be featured.

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