Dina Klicos is always well-dressed in her style, which is "conservative with a flair." It doesn't matter whether it's for work, as director of major gifts for the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, or at play - say, when she goes to shows by Fire in the Hole, a popular local band in which her son Michael plays lead guitar. "I like simple. It's more classic. Simple is better. I like a cleaner look," says the 49-year-old Hampton resident. But Klicos knows how to add some interest to her outfits with her accessories. "I like long earrings. I like a lot of silver. I bring color in with that. I make my classic pop out with a little bling. Women can always use a little bling."
The look: Ivory Calvin Klein cotton tank top. Metallic tan linen Anne Klein skirt. Jean jacket. Brown leather Donald Pliner Couture heeled sandals embellished with brass grommets. Silver and pearl bracelet. Geometric silver earrings. Woven brown leather Cole Haan hobo handbag.
Where it came from: She found the top and shoes at Nordstrom and the jean jacket at Banana Republic. The skirt was a Loehmann's find. Her bag was a T.J. Maxx discovery. She bought her bracelet in Cyprus and her earrings from an artist at the American Craft Council Fair.
How her job affects her look: "In my line of work, I think it's more appropriate to dress more on the conservative side, with a little bit of color, whether it's in my earrings or my pocketbook. I like suits because I can change my shoes if I'm going out straight from work and I can dress it up. I wear mostly pantsuits, because I can switch [the look] around. I can put a sweater on, or a different jacket, or a different pair of shoes. I wear a lot of black, a lot of white. I like to have white T-shirts, so I can wear them with my suit, or I can wear them on the weekend with my jeans."
How her son affects her after-hours look: "I've got to be able to go to my son's band's shows. So I have to dress in jeans and my version of edgy - maybe a baby-doll top and a platform wedge [shoe]. I have a black patent shoe with a rope wedge, and I have a bronze pair with a wooden wedge."
Her favorite designers: "For shoes, I like Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade. Clothing, I like Armani and DKNY because they fit me well. And St. John because they pack well when I travel. And BCBG. I like the tops: the colors, the looks."
Her shopping habits: "In the past year, I haven't shopped as often as I used to. But, budget has always been a factor. So, I shop sales. I know when the Saks sale is, Joanna Gray, the 'Half Yearly Sale' at Nordstrom. Everything I own, I buy on sale. Even before the recession. Always. It's called budgeting."
Her fashion passions: "I love big pocketbooks. And shoes. The higher the heel, the better because I'm short [5 feet 2 1/2 inches]. In New York, I found some wonderful shoes last year at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York 'Shoes on Sale' event. It supports breast cancer research. The shoe designers all donate shoes. There's a shoe boutique there. Everything's at half price. Had my arms and my budget allowed, I would've left with a stack of shoes. As it was, I got a couple pairs of Tory Burch shoes and a pair of shoes by Butter. They are really cool. They're an Italian line. ... Everything I buy clothing-wise always has to be altered, and I know that. Shoes and pocketbooks don't have to be altered."
What she goes for, and what she doesn't: "I'm really funny about fabric. I don't know why. I like nice knits or nice wools. I don't like to wear blends just because of how they feel on me. Skinny jeans, that's a don't for me."
She travels for work, and always finds time to shop: "At the end of the day, I might go to a store before grabbing a late bite for dinner. I might get something I couldn't normally get when I'm in Baltimore. I can always find great shoes at a great price, whether it's Florida, North Carolina or New York. Because I'm a size 6, the sample size."
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