Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Real Style

Accessories keep mother up to date

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Many women wouldn't be able to tolerate someone who still wears the same size she did in high school, let alone call them "friend." But nominator Delores Daniel says she has "never ever" seen her high school buddy, Anita Kuhn of Norwood, now 49, "look sloppy, even as a first-time pregnant lady at 39."

Anita Kuhn turned a beach cover-up into daytime wear when layered over a body stocking and catsuit, with jeweled mules and long beaded earrings.
(Joseph Fuqua II photo)
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Kuhn, an administrative secretary who keeps tabs on patient care at Christ Hospital, says she doesn't go shopping for herself - "mostly for my daughter" - but she does recycle her clothes by adding a new piece now and then to get a different look.

You can be found shopping at: Consignment stores, Value City, TJ Maxx and Lazarus, especially the end-of-the-season sales.

Describe your style: Independent. I often find I've had a style two years before it becomes popular. I can't buy all the new trends, but I buy one piece to update - maybe a hat, shoes or an accessory to make a statement without changing everything.

Best bargain: I just picked up a pair of Liz Claiborne black lace slides for $10 at Lazarus. They were $65. They are nothing you would wear every day, but I will keep them for years.

You can never have enough: Shoes. My husband tells me when I bring one (pair) in, one has to go out. I'm trying, but ...

Favorite designers: I really like Vittadini, the fabrics and the quality.

Fashion pet peeve: Purse and shoes not matching. I don't really care, but I do notice it.

You'd never be caught dead in: A bathing suit that's not flattering. I'm very conscious of my size and what looks best on me.

If you had big bucks you'd buy: Leather clothes and really fine lambskin, silk and shantung, the high-quality fabrics.

Most sentimental clothing: My jewelry. My husband travels a lot and brings me pieces.

Favorite finishing touch: The one I use most is a fine lace shawl. I can wear it at my waist or around my shoulders. It comes in handy if you go to dinner or in summer. It's a nice look.

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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