Office denim -- comfort not casual


May 06, 2001

Denim has overstepped its bounds. This season, the undisputed king of casual (lately that hip-hugging, low-riding must-have) has gone from knock-around wear to office chic -- and we're not talking casual Fridays here, either.

Just look at Banana Republic's offerings. They've put out a whole line of diva-like dungarees: shimmery suits in soft, finely woven fabric, men's polished dress shirts, women's high-heeled mules, sleek trenches -- each of which sells for between $28 and $278.

Better take advantage of it while you can, though. It's sensible, looks good and feels good, so, you know it can't last. -- T. B.


Now through Oct. 28 -- "Body Conscious: A Look at Clothing Around the World" opened last week at Washington's Textile Museum. The exhibit explores different cultural approaches to wearing and designing clothes. Whether draped, wrapped or sewn, clothing (and how we wear it) gives clues to our economic status, age and social group. Find out what yours says about you. Admission is free. Go to for information or call 202-667-0441.

Today -- Strap on your shopping shoes: There's still time to check out the 7th Annual Baltimore Women's Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., more than 400 exhibitors -- cosmetic companies, clothiers and jewelers among them -- will be selling their goods amid a frenzy of fashion shows and lectures. Adult admission is $7. For more information, go to or call 410-863-1180.

-- T. B.

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