Fashionable tributeThe company that found such success...


April 20, 1997|By Janice D'Arcy | Janice D'Arcy,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Fashionable tribute

The company that found such success with replicas of the Negro League's baseball caps is introducing an entire line of active wear. Just in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the major leagues, the San Francisco-based Blue Marlin now makes sweat hirts ($63) Henley tees ($60) and T-shirts ($22-$28) with Negro League insignia -- including the Baltimore Elite Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox. Their caps, like this Baltimore Black Sox hat, are priced in the $30 range. The line is available at M&E Sports in Baltimore. With spring and summer styles sheerer and shorter this year, it's important to have a well-dressed leg. Textured patterns are the stand-out hosiery trend this season. Open-weave and lace looks -- shown here is Hue's Crochet Rib, $16.50 -- work best in vertical patterns and paired with strappy high heels. The Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium will take on a fashion focus May 2-4, during the third annual Baltimore Women's Show. Attendees can get the lowdown on current trends, hairstyling tips, and cosmetic make-overs and check out local fashion designers all in one place. A series of workshops and exhibitions will focus on five areas in a women's life: Health, Fitness and Sports; Business and Career Management; Home and Family; Lifestyles; and Food. Admission for each day of the ** extravaganza is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12, free for children under 6. Day care for children between 2 and 10 will be available free of charge from the Kiddie Academy. For more information, call (800)-638-6396. Vintage rounds are best for square faces, and brunettes should chose frames with blue undertones, according to eye-wear experts. Tips like these and sun-protection information are available in free pamphlets being distributed at several eye-wear stores this season. The guides are designed to help customers find flattering frames and answer basic questions about eye-wear. One guide, Luxottica's, offers a fashion quiz that determines if you're a trendsetter, style conscious or a fashion follower and suggests styles to fit your personality. Look for them at your favorite eye-wear store. To obtain Luxottica's pamphlets, call 888-589-6884, or find the company's Web site on the World Wide Web at http//

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