Peasants with class


May 19, 2002|By Megan Hall | Megan Hall,Sun Staff

The peasant look is everywhere, and Banana Republic has some of the hippest looks we've seen this spring.

One of our favorites features puts together a cotton shear ribbed tank ($12) with a tiered ruffle skirt ($68) and a leather saddle belt ($42). Peasant, we think, never looked so new.

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No lines, no worries

Regular underwear leaves panty lines while thongs can be uncomfortable. What can save women from all this? Power Panties.

This underwear was invented by Sara T. Blakely, who got the idea after struggling through what to wear with cream-colored pants and open-toed shoes. Her solution, Power Panties, look like biker shorts and slim problem areas (stomach, thighs and buttocks) while eliminating a panty line.

Spanx Power Panties cost $25 a pair, are available in five sizes (95 pounds to 265 pounds) and a variety of colors, including bare, black, white and cocoa. They're sold at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman. Other colors (lime, pink, red and sky) are sold at Neiman Marcus exclusively.

For more information, call 877-99SPANX or go to

Don't be blue, there's turquoise

In jewelry, turquoise seems to be the color for the season. What better way to add color to a black summer dress than by wearing a turquoise necklace? Philadelphia-based jewelry designer Paul Morelli has created a fashionable nine-strand ruby and turquoise intertwined choker with an 18-karat gold adjustable clasp. Matching earrings are available on platinum chains.

Morelli's turquoise collection runs from $2,200 to $7,200, so consider this your summer splurge. The line is available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and specialty jewelry stores nationwide. For more information, call 215-922-7392.

Tropical delights

The temperature is rising and that means one thing: It's Tommy Bahama time.

The popular line, known for a tropical but tasteful approach to dressing, has come out with its latest for spring.

For women, that means "Tiki Chic," signature prints on capris with silk tops and zippered hooded jackets. Also making its debut is a line of sexy swimwear featuring tankinis, maillots and tanks.

On the guy front, Tommy is introducing an "Island Collection" of soft, constructed jackets. There's even a nod to the new patriotism in the retro print "One Nation, Under the Sun."

Bahama enthusiasts can also look for a new collection of sunglasses and better watches. The line is available locally in stores such as South Moon Under, Nordstrom, Cohen's Clothiers and J.S. Edwards. For more information, visit

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