Reflections on sunglasses

STYLE FILE

June 20, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Want to update your look for summer without having to revamp your entire wardrobe? Or maybe capri pants don't fit you quite the way they do Kate Moss? This summer, investing in a new pair of sunglasses will heat up your look without burning a hole in your pocket -- or your ego. Here are four things you should know before covering up those peepers.

* Wraps are red-hot. The Sunglass Association of America reports that most manufacturers say that the wraparound style, squares and the traditional oval are dominant in their 1999 collections. Pictured (top) are Tommy Hilfiger's X-Wrap Cats, $47.99, Sunglass Hut.

* Oversized is out. While your glasses don't have to be itsy-bitsy, stay away from last season's hunky frames. For a great small frame, try DKNY's colored Pall Malls (middle, $89.99, Sunglass Hut).

* Brighten up. Colored lenses are in. Blue, yellow and rose are great colors for summer, but look for a pair that provides maximum ultraviolet protection. Make sure your shades block UVA and UVB rays. A good choice is newcomer Joseph Abboud's oval, rimless style in blue (bottom, $49.99, Sunglass Hut).

* Go for it. Splurge on a pair of designer frames, especially if it's been a while since your last sunglass purchase. Harvey Shear of Bernard Shear Opticians recommends a frame by Web ($195) if you want to look as if you've just stepped off a plane from Milan. Or, for a slightly sportier look, try a pair of wraps by Bvlgari ($375). You can find both at Bernard Shear, 9153 Reisterstown Road.

A super scent

Frederic Fekkai recently introduced Smooth Hair finishing cream (right, $16.50), the newest product in a hair-care line that has sprung from his nationally known salons in New York and Beverly Hills. While promoted to combat static and frizz and add shine, it's the scent (from rose, rosemary and chamomile extracts) that will knock you off your feet. After using a handful of the stuff (you really need only a dab), we couldn't resist sniffing the ends of our hair all morning. You'll find Smooth Hair at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, or call 888-F-FEKKAI to order by phone.

'Spirited elegance'

Jazoo. While the name may not be familiar, this new clothing boutique is quickly taking off in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Owner Diana Elliott opened its mother store in Annapolis 3 1/2 years ago, and business was so good that she went for another, this time on the lower level of the Pratt Street Pavilion.

Inspired by her daughter's nickname, Jazoo has a style that Elliott describes as "spirited elegance." She handpicks each item herself, and you can find anything from dragonfly hair clips ($10-$48) to the chic Isda line of clothing ($62 to $300).

Jazoo has a great selection of jeans. You can find both Pulp ($97), made from the soft natural-wood fiber called tencel, and Blue Light stretch (regular and capri, both $87) jeans.

And don't expect only extra-small sizes. Elliott doesn't just want to appeal to those in their 20s and 30s who frequent her store. As she explains, Jazoo covers everything "from breakfast to ballroom." Call 410-385-2324.

Sole satisfaction

Don't leave for the beach without picking up a pair of bright summer sandals. It's vacation time, so opt for comfort over looks. For seriously happy feet, Birkenstock's Betula Reggaes (right) have a black and white lug sole that will keep your feet energized all day. Choose either the fan print, in yellow, blue or green, or the bubble print in aqua, cherry or mimosa ($54.95).

For the younger crowd, Airwalk (above) now has a sandal for girls. These are lightweight and have Airwalk's alternative flair. They come in sun yellow/kiwi green, black/white, orange/white and razor blue/race red. Because they cost only $19.99 a pair, you can wear them in the ocean and not worry if you happen to lose one.

Airwalk's are available at Cloud Nine in Towson, or call 800-247-9255 for the store nearest you.

Pub Date: 06/20/99

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