Petites and plaid don't mix


Plaids are back in fashion, and I'm glad because I like their fresh, clean look. Imagine my disappointment when I went to a store to buy a new plaid suit and was told I was much too short to wear one.

The salesgirl actually said, "A plaid suit would drown you."

OK, I'm only 5-foot-2, but there must be a plaid that I can wear. Any suggestions?

The sales assistant, though rather tactless, is right. A two-piece suit in a bold plaid is too much for a woman your size to carry.

If you want the look of a suit, I suggest you look for a small check. Checks have the same crisp look as plaids but are much easier for you to wear.

If you really have your heart set on the plaid, then break up the suit and buy a plaid skirt and matching solid jacket. A fashionable bias-cut skirt would be best, because it has ease and movement. The plaid is also cut on the diagonal, and this will make you look taller and slimmer.

I'm getting married on a Caribbean island in the New Year, and I want to hold the ceremony on the beach. My fiance and I plan to make it a "black tie-and-barefoot" ceremony.

We think walking barefoot on the beach will add charm to the event. And, on the practical side, it will be easier for our guests.

But my relatives are in shock. My grandmother says she won't take off her shoes, and I should have a doctor on call to care for the sprained ankles.

Do you think we should reconsider our plans?

Go ahead and make your dream come true. A barefoot ceremony could be a fun way to start your celebration, and it should definitely create a light mood for the reception.

Make it enticing by having pretty baskets for the shoes and socks. Wrap flowers around the basket handles as a fanciful touch. You should also have several watering cans and small towels available to wipe off the sand after the ceremony.

As for guests like your grandmother, who won't want to go barefoot, consider a basket of one-size mules in raffia or cotton.

Send questions to Elsa Klensch, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012.

Pub Date: 12/12/96

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