Each Thursday we're going to bring you money-saving tips for all members of the family, and we want ideas. Perhaps you know of a super source for stylish bargains or brand of pantyhose that never runs or maybe you just have a question.
You can call any time using SUNDIAL. With a touch-tone phone, you call 783-1800 (or 268-7736 from Anne Arundel County) and enter code 4620.
Or you can send a letter to Catherine Cook, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.
A second chance
As the conservative '90s replace the extravagant '80s, retailers are enticing consumers with new lower-priced lines that offer the cachet of a designer name at one-third to one-half the price.
Those early pioneers Anne Klein II and Donna Karan's DKNY have been joined in the past year by Mary Anne Restivo's Sport, Geoffrey Beene's Mr. Beene and Michael Kors' new Kors line, to name just a few.
Kors, which will arrive soon at Nan Duskin, is about half the price of the Michael Kors' signature line, although, of course, the fabric andstyle are not identical.
The introduction of Gianni Versace's V2 line at Hyatt & Co. gives Baltimore men access to a designer whose clothes had been available in only a handful of American stores at astronomical prices.
And all you Escada fans should keep your eye out for a more affordable line coming soon.
Painting the picture
As the owner of the modeling agency 3 West Casting Agen- cy and as a former makeup stylist, Nance Hauswald believes it's worth spending money on base items like toners and foundation, but not on the extras like eye shadow and blush.
"You need to lay a good canvas first, but then you can save money on the paints," she says.
For the canvas, she prefers products from Lancome, Estee Lauder or Clinique, but for the rest, she says Revlon or Cover Girl will do just fine. In fact, if you're looking for the longest-lasting lipstick, she says, "Revlon has some of the best . . . on the market."
More for less
In "Dressing Smart: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Style" (Doubleday, 1990), former Glamour magazine editor Pamela Redmond Satran offers this advice: "Your money would be best spent on pieces that are dark (dark fabrics tend to look more expensive, need to be cleaned less often), classic (they'll still look right when you can afford to add to your wardrobe next year), year-round . . . and solid (prints are more memorable, can't be worn as often)."