Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Real Style

Poet picks clothes with rhyme, reason

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Though Dawn Crooks-Edmonson wears a lot of hats - as student, coordinator and poet - she always looks "put together and never wears the same thing twice," says nominator and co-worker Jill Gietzen.

The Xavier student from Forest Park is studying for her master's degree in English, coordinates the on-site MBA program at General Electric, and writes and performs poetry.

The 29-year-old's ultimate goal is to be dean of an arts and sciences university program, but first she intends to take a year off (after her December graduation) to concentrate on getting her first book of poetry published.

"I have a lot of work ahead of me. I'm on a 10-year plan. I still have to get a doctorate and the administrative and classroom experience I need."

All this work leaves her little time for shopping.

You can be found shopping at: I'm a catalog junkie - Spiegel, Lerner, Eddie Bauer. I send them a lot of money. And I do a lot of vintage shopping at Goodwill. You have to pick through things, but there's a lot of good stuff.

Describe your style: One of my friends says I dress like a display-window mannequin - neat, everything matches. It looks like everything has been put together the night before. And it has. That's what I do..

Earliest fashion memory: I had 11 aunts and a mother and two grandmas, so I was around women a lot. From the time I was 6, I became familiar with "the mall" and women's day out.

Your best bargain: I just had one of the best shopping experiences of my life. Because I am a preferred Spiegel customer, I got 50 percent off about $800, and that was 12 outfits.

Signature style: I'm good at mixing and matching. People say, "Is that new?" I can go a whole month without repeating an outfit but I'm just good at mixing and matching.

If you had big bucks you'd buy: I really think when you mature to a certain age you ought to have a full-length fur coat, maybe at 35 or 40-ish. But if I could get one today, I would.

Fashion philosophy: I have learned two things. No. 1, just because they make it in your size doesn't mean you should wear it. And no pleated pants. They don't look good on anybody.

Send nominations to Joy Kraft by mail: c/o Cincinnati Enquirer; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com. Include their name age, daytime phone and why they should be featured.

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