A head for style Don't even think of going out in 2000...

STYLE FILE

January 02, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

A head for style

Don't even think of going out in 2000 with last century's hairdo. Richard Dalton, fashion director for John Paul Mitchell Systems, offers the following hair trends, fresh from the runway:

* Soft and loose

* Natural and curly

* Sleek ponytails

* Bouffant buns

* Chic upsweeps and moppy updos

* Geometric designs

* Tiny braids

That's the spirit

Remember Esprit, that hipper-than-all-get-out San Francisco clothing company whose fun, fresh designs took the junior market by storm in the 1980s?

In case your memory needs some refreshing, pick up a copy of Esprit de Corp's catalog (800-556-9477). The catalog and Web site (www.esprit.com) are filled with smart, affordable clothing and accessories that are current as well as affordable.

Some finds for spring:

* China-blue swirling flower dress, $59. So cool.

* Cotton men's-style pajamas in a vintage floral print, $50. So comfy.

* Sweet little acrylic/nylon ballet wrap sweaters in cool pastels, $59. So dramatic.

* Pony-hair single-strap clogs in zebra print, $42. So wild. --M.B.

Weathering the season

Here are six things a woman needs to look good when the weather is bad, according to "What to Wear: A Style Handbook" by Kimberly Bonnell (St. Martins Griffin, 164 pages, $12.95):

1. A black, no-belt raincoat

2. A warm yet stylish coat

3. Black rubber riding boots

4. Tall, black, waterproof suede fur-lined snow boots

5. Urban hiking boots 6. A warm hat P.S. Don't forget gloves. Cashmere-lined, black leather, please. --M.B.

Big news for men

Men's designer clothing is bigger than ever before.

Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger and Perry Ellis are now making larger-sized clothes to meet the needs of the changing men's marketplace. Finally, men who don't fit the mold don't have to settle for wearing khakis and sport coats that are different from the ones pictured in men's fashion magazines.

These items have been modified, however, to incorporate such elements as larger buttons, longer zippers and more belt loops, all details that are important to big and tall customers.

Some 15 percent of all American men are big and tall. This includes men who wear sizes 1X to 6X; have a waist measurement from 44 to 60 inches or inseams from 30 to 38 inches; or take tall sizes from XLT to 4XLT. The big and tall market is a $5.5 billion industry, according to information provided by REPP Premier Big & Tall.

One place to find such styles is at REPP Premier Big & Tall stores, including those in Annapolis, Rockville and The Mall in Columbia. Call 800-690-REPP for more information. --M.B.

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