Kathy Moler was the winner of the...


Kathy Moler was the winner of the AnnTaylor Wildflower Art Competition last year and her painting now hangs at the AnnTaylor Store in Towson Town Center. She is a graduate of Duke University with a double major in anthropology and art. After graduation she chose to pursue a career as an illustrator and has been brushing up her craft with courses at Towson State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. To keep herself in art supplies she has free-lanced illustrations for children's books and waited tables. How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I'm a relaxed dresser and I don't go for the glitz, but I enjoy clothes even though I have too many. I avoid dresses because I detest wearing panty-hose and would rather stuff my feet into boots.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

For Valentine's Day my boyfriend bought me some good-looking suede oxfords. They have a mannish quality, but look terrific worn with feminine things.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A pair of jeans that I wore in ninth grade. They have holes in the knees that were worn in naturally and not cut by a manufacturer. They've been worn and washed to the point where they feel almost like velvet.

What have you kept for sentimental reasons?

Even though I'm a strictly casual dresser, I have kept a party dress I had when I was 5 years old. I remember feeling really special in it. It's a smocked red velvet with puffy sleeves. I'll hold on to it and if I ever have a daughter I'll pass it on to her.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Boots. I wear them with everything.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

One my cocktail dresses, a navy blue taffeta with a full tiered skirt. Once in a while, maybe three times a year, I like to go all out and dress up for a big affair.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A man's jacket from Goodwill that cost $1.89. It's an olive and brown tweed and big enough to put over a bulky sweater. I sometimes wear it as an overcoat.

What are your favorite accessories?

Definitely earrings, dangling earrings. I make almost all of them myself from parts I pick up in stores like Beadazzled. I got interested as a child when I watched my baby-sitter stringing necklaces from five-and-dime kits.

Do you have any shopping tips to share?

Don't discount thrift shops like Goodwill or The Wise Penny. If you have the patience to pick through the racks and know your labels you can find something of really good quality, maybe even an AnnTaylor shirt. The fun is in searching and finding something good that's cheap.

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