Suiting up for the season

STYLE FILE

October 07, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | By Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

The power suit is back, and Ann Taylor has perfected it, offering classic tweeds, pinstripes and plaids in tailored looks that simply scream chic - the kind of suit we're always looking for but can never find.

Skirts come to the knee or just below, and jackets taper at the waist, ending anywhere from mid-hip to knee-level. Pants have flat fronts, some with tab closures, and flare slightly toward the bottom for a dressier look than straight legs. Colors are in rich shades of violet, brown, navy, gray and black.

Worn together, the pieces are sophisticated in a New York sort of way, but worn separately - striped suit trousers with a crisp white blouse or a dark wool blazer with lighter crepe trousers - they have an easy, confident elegance that wears well and doesn't look at all stuffy.

Jacket prices average $218, and pants or skirts run about $110; petite sizes are available. Preview the collection or shop online at www.anntaylor.com.

Must-haves for the rugged prepster

According to Sid Marshburn, a designer for Lands' End, the look for men this fall is that of a rugged prepster, the sort of guy who's equally at home rowing crew or on his company's board of directors. Here are the must-haves on Marshburn's list:

A patterned sport coat in houndstooth or herringbone. Dress it up with tailored pants or down with jeans and a turtleneck.

A textured cable or ribbed sweater vest. Wear it over a button-down shirt with or without a sport coat.

A collegiate striped rugby shirt paired with fine-wale corduroys.

A cashmere turtleneck. Wear it to work with a tailored sport coat and pants and on the weekends with flat-front chinos.- T. B.

Broaching the subject of brooches

Victorian is once again fashionable (though fortunately only in clothing and not attitudes), particularly in the details: feminine frills, lacey accents and gem- and crystal-encrusted jewelry, especially brooches. But it's been a while since brooches were big, so jewelry designer Carolee offers these tips on how to wear them:

On pearls - long or short - attach a brooch at the bottom as a pendant or clipped off-center on a double-stranded set.

Add a brooch to an indoor or outdoor scarf where it overlaps.

Decorate an evening bag with one.

Wear small brooches in a cluster at the lapel or shoulder of a denim jacket.

Pin a brooch at the bottom of a V-neck.- T. B.

For a party-face sheen

Senna's fall makeup line, dubbed "Glazed," is full of sparks: The powders, creams, pencils and glosses all have a metallic or glittery party-face sheen to them, but the Fingerpaints 4 kit is probably the coolest in the collection. It comes compact-style, divided into quarters of color, and offers four creams that can go on your lips, eyes or cheeks, depending on your mood. Mix and match as you like (it also comes as a single-color compact).

Available at Studio of Makeup in Owings Mills, 410-902-7422, for $40. - T. B.

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