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Style files candidate Marjorie Mounts talks fashion. Jason Minto/The News Journal

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WHO: Marjorie Mounts, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, retired nurse and librarian.

WHY: She was nominated by Kathleen Pedersen, who says: “Marjorie has a great sense of style and wears clothes beautifully.”

HER STYLE: Feminine and classic. “I like things to be coordinated, like Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits.”

WEARING at the clubhouse at Sawgrass South:

FIRST OUTFIT – Long, mesh-style silver formal dress with jacket by R&M Richards from Macy’s; silver sling-back heels from LifeStride; black satin evening clutch with rhinestone detail; large rhinestone drop earrings; crystal bangle bracelets; sapphire and diamond ring, a gift from her husband.

SECOND OUTFIT – Robin’s egg blue jacket and blue-green sleeveless top embroidered with circles; solid black skirt; all from Kasper; black patent leather peep-toe shoes by Easy Street; Liz Claiborne black patent leather purse; three-strand pearl necklace by Cameron and Kross, a replica of a necklace worn by Jacqueline Kennedy. Pearl button earrings; pearl and sterling bracelet

THIRD OUTFIT – Black silk tunic with three-quarter length sleeves with silk black-and-white patterned pants by AGB; Nickel’s open-toed black-and-white patent shoes; silver starfish necklace and earrings; silver cuff bracelet; white gold rings; natural straw hat with black fabric flower trim.

WHERE SHE SHOPS: Macy’s, Peeble’s, Famous Brand Shoes.

HOW SHE SHOPS: “I have a great time shopping with my daughter, Victoria Downes, even though she is a fast shopper and I am a person who has to look at everything.”

FASHION ICON: Katherine Hepburn. “Very slender, looked great in almost everything and the first in Hollywood to wear pants.”

MOST RECENT PURCHASE: A gown to wear to her grandson’s wedding that she bought at Macy’s at Christiana Mall. “A two-piece, long silver gown with a jacket. It really sparkles and I love to sparkle.”

FAVORITE DESIGN LABELS: Calvin Klein and Sag Harbor.

OLDEST ITEM IN HER CLOSET: “A beige lace dress I bought for my son’s wedding in 1988. I also wore it when my husband and I renewed our vows on our 49th anniversary.”

MANE, MANICURE AND MAKEUP: “For my hair, I go to Beach Waves in Lewes. I’ve been going Betsy Garloff to for 22 years. I have very fine hair and she knows just how to treat it. I must have my lipstick on before I leave the house. I love bright pinks or reds from Revlon. I do full makeup if I am going somewhere special.”

BEST FOOT FORWARD: “I used to have more than 150 pairs of shoes but I broke my hip last year and I have retired my high heels. I did keep the ones I wore to my children’s weddings for sentimental reasons, although I will probably never wear them. I recently counted the shoes I have left and I have 74 pairs, including eight pairs of boots and 10 pairs of walking shoes.”

FAVORITE COLOR: “I have a lot of grays, reds and blacks in my wardrobe. I never buy anything yellow or green.”

FAVORITE FRAGRANCES: Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds, “and the old-fashioned White Shoulders, although it is hard to find.”

WORTH THE SPLURGE: “An Easter hat. I love hats.”

NOT WORTH THE SPLURGE: “It’s all worth it. I am self indulgent when it comes to clothing.”

GO-TO OUTFIT ON A SATURDAY NIGHT: “A black velvet pant suit with a fancy blouse.”

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ORGANIZATION TIPS: “I am one of these color-coordinated people: all the white together, all the grays, all the beige. It’s the same with my shoes.”

FASHION EVOLUTION: “When I was young we were not affluent and I felt deprived because I wanted beautiful clothes and I sometimes got hand-me-downs from my sister. Then I grew up and realized that the things money can buy don’t matter, that I enjoyed clothes because I had an interest in fashion. My husband was an officer in the JAG (Judge Advocate General’s) Corps and we entertained and went to a lot of social events and I had to dress up for that.”

FASHION NO-NO: “It irritates the heck out of me when kids run around in jeans that have been pre-holed. I don’t understand paying $70 for a pair of ripped jeans.”

ACE ACCESSORY: Jewelry. “My husband loved to buy things for me, including a single Mikimoto pearl pendant. I also love a heart my grandsons gave to me with my husband’s initials on it.”

PANTS OR SKIRTS? Skirts.

HEELS OR FLATS? “Two years ago, it would have been heels. Now, I have to go with flats.”

DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? Pearls.

WHY FASHION IS IMPORTANT: “You should always try to look your best no matter what the situation is. You should never lose interest in what you are wearing, how your hair looks. I told my daughter, ‘if I ever don’t want to go shopping you should worry because something is really wrong with me.’”

Style Files runs weekly in Sundaylife. To suggest someone stylish to feature—your coworker, teacher, friend, relative or even yourself—please send information to stylefiles@delawareonline.com and include contact information. Pictures are super, too. Reach Eileen Smith Dallabrida at esmith@smithreports.com


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