Don't let sale prices cloud your vision

January 07, 1993|By New York Times News Service

Shopping at sale time is irresistible. This year, though, with significant fashion changes in the air, it's necessary to fine tune your antenna for signals about what fashions will last.

Look for long skirts. They are here for at least the foreseeable future. So are designer clothes with long, fluid lines; almost anything from Donna Karan to Karl Lagerfeld fits in this category, as do cutting-edge creations from designers like Commes des Garcons or Yohji Yamamoto.

The plus ultra nightgown of satin and lace you covet, but wonder when you will ever wear, may become your '93 going out costume. The lines between private lingerie and the rest of a wardrobe continue to blur.

Classics are exactly that: vests, beautiful silk shirts, sweaters, jodhpur pants, leggings, trench coats, parkas, tote bags, anything cashmere -- none of these is ever going to be anything but in style.

What to be wary of now are things clunky. That includes large costume jewelry and impressively platformed shoes.

The power suit jacket with its broad, square shoulder is also outward bound. Workaday jackets are getting softer, less masculine and decidedly more feminine.

It's even possible that one of these days, a limpid line dress may replace them.

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