Fitness in fashionHeading for the gym? It's summer and...

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July 11, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,special to the sun

Fitness in fashion

Heading for the gym? It's summer and women everywhere are getting in shape. We all know that nothing is more motivating than great workout clothes, so toss the old jogging shorts and scruffy tee. Clothing companies are jumping at the chance to outfit you in their newest fitness wear this summer.

* J.Crew is getting sporty with J.Crew GYM, a line of active wear designed for low-impact sports. The fall '99 line includes fitness-friendly features like Coolmax lining, low-cut bottoms for easier movement, and locker key pockets. At the same time it incorporates some of the latest fashion trends like the capri and the drawstring. This 13-piece line, which includes everything from a yoga bra ($22, pictured) to running pants ($48), will be available through the J.Crew catalog beginning in August.

* Inner Actives, Nike's new line of sports underwear, is scheduled to hit stores in August as well. Designed to outfit various body shapes, the collection has bras and briefs for every size. If you're a small-busted woman, you'll want the Pullover Racerback ($40); or if you're not-so-small-busted (C cup or larger), try the Encapsulated Scoop Back ($47). The line will be available at Galyan's in Gaithersburg and Dick's in Columbia in August. Check out www.nike.com for future locations.

* A more affordable choice is the Hanessport collection from the Hanes company. The line, introduced this spring, includes performance clothing and casual wear. The company offers everything from the standard sports bra and bike shorts ($6.95 each) to the French terry volley shorts ($11.95) and hooded jacket ($16.95). The collection even includes a line of footwear. You can find the Hanessport line at Wal-Mart, and select items at Target and Kmart.

Upscale casual

Fitigues, the fashion-conscious casual clothing store for men, women and children, has opened its second Maryland location at the Festival at Woodholme. (The original is in Bethesda.)

Owners Steve and Andi Rosenstein, who launched the first Fitigues store in Chicago in 1988, have targeted an unusual market. Their clothes are casual and pricey. For instance, a silk-linen drawstring short will run you $88, a thermal "Big Shirt" with French lace detail and Victorian pearl buttons $120, a ribbed cotton "Boxy Tee" with lace trim $56, and a thermal capri $72 (last three pictured). But hey, if you've got it, what better way to spend your dough?

-- G.L.

Checking out cyberfashion

Cyberfashion, the union of couture and the Internet, has drastically increased the accessibility of an industry that has always been notoriously inaccessible. Today a few clicks will get you the latest runway, designer and model scoops. Some designers, including Yves Saint Laurent and Kenneth Cole, have even cybercast their shows online. If you're just getting started, try some of our favorites, www.fashion-planet.com, www.nystyle.com, or www.firstview.com, to get a feel for the world of cyberfashion. -- G.L.

A big revival

BBW (Big Beautiful Woman) Magazine, the original magazine for plus-size women, is being re-launched after nearly a year out of publication. Aeon Publishing Group Inc., which purchased BBW three months after it was taken off the newsstand in September 1998, is giving the magazine a fresh new look. With a focus on fashion and beauty, BBW also addresses health, entertainment, romance and business. To celebrate its revival, the magazine is sponsoring a model search for women size 16 and up. Four winners will be flown to San Francisco for a photo shoot and will appear in the January 2000 issue. For more information and an entry form, pick up a copy of BBW at any newsstand. All entries must be postmarked Aug. 31, 1999.

-- G.L.

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