Dancer dudsDancers have a certain flair in the way they...

Inside Fashion

February 13, 1992|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,New York Daily News

Dancer duds

Dancers have a certain flair in the way they wear workout clothes. And isn't it appropriate that the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland will be selling sweats, T-shirts and accessories at a new boutique in the Kalimba Market of Mondawmin Mall.

The tops of many colors are emblazoned with the Alvin Ailey logo which spells out the troupe's name in dance forms.

Great style has always been associated with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and with Judith Jamieson, its artistic director and creative force.

Ms. Jamieson last week was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for her style, grace and contributions to the world of dance. Yet she is no stranger to the world of fashion, having lent her elegance to a glossy Hanes hosiery ad campaign last year.

The American Dance Theater comes to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre tonight through Sunday

The Alvin Ailey cart will be at Mondawmin during mall hours through July. T-shirts cost $12 and sweats are $20. Proceeds from all sales help educational and community outreach programs for young people.

They are the hottest thing on the catwalks for spring.

The bold and the beautiful are already addicted to them. Now, catsuits are every woman's best bet yet.

A catsuit is easily dressed up and down -- with jackets, skirts, sweaters or just accessories -- to create a multitude of looks.

The economic advantages of basing your wardrobe around one garment are obvious. Finally -- but hardly incidentally -- a catsuit is as comfortable as your favorite sweat suit.

Just like three years ago, when women said they could never wear leggings, plenty of women today get the shakes at the thought of slipping into a Lycra-based second skin. It's going to cling to all those bumps and bulges, right?

Wrong. Follow a few basic rules, and anybody can look good in the one-piece of the moment.

First, buy a catsuit that fits snugly from the shoulders down to the ankles. Check the fit properly. Jump and wriggle around -- rumpled ankles and baggy bottoms don't make for cool cats.

Another checkpoint: Make sure the suit isn't transparent or patchy once stretched over the body.

Then simply select the clothes you want to team with your catsuit according to your figure type. A longline tailored jacket or the popular midthigh-length jacket, a sloppy sweater or bright, lightweight tunic will suit most bodies.

Want to team it with a skirt? The slimmer you are, the more pleats you can wear. If you're on the chunky side, stick to straight styles.

Purr-fect!

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