October 25, 1993 12:00 PM


FASHION TIPS: Bum everything. And bring back the moustache

His next big-screen outing, due this month, is called The Man from Left Field. So is his closet. In 21 years, Reynolds, 57, has gone from Least Dressed (as the first male nude Cosmopolitan centerfold) to Chest Dressed (those wide-open collars on Evening Shade) to newly Messed Dressed. “O Lord, those clothes!” gasped gossip columnist Liz Smith after he appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America: Evening Edition to natter about his nasty split with Loni Anderson. Divorce is wrenching, but did Burt have to wear a shirt and jacket that made him purpler than Barney? Worse, his hair was slicker than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Equally reckless in casual wear, he sports a wide-wale red corduroy jacket and squeezes into jeans so tight the top button won’t fasten. But the real weight problem is around his neck: that chain. At one recent Los Angeles gala, Burt, referring to the impending financial disaster his divorce could bring, quipped, “I’ve got to spend as much as I can as fast as I can.” If he has any mercy, most of it will go to the Reynolds Wardrobe Recovery Fund.

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