No more wearing hubby's shirts

STYLE FILE

August 11, 2002|By Halle Gaut | Halle Gaut,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Have no fear! Being pregnant doesn't mean you have to wear your husband's shirts or bad maternity clothes anymore.

Thanks to a few companies who are designing for expectant mothers only, shopping during pregnancy is now a pleasant experience. Two brands worth considering for fall: Pea in the Pod and Mimi Maternity.

Both offer this season's trends with great flair and still manage to make room for No. 2. Highlights from Pea in the Pod's fall collection include a smart charcoal-gray wool pants suit -- perfect for the office or lunch with the ladies.

Mimi Maternity offers similar trends and is less expensive than Pea in the Pod. A favorite for fall is the crinkled peasant blouse with eyelet trim and stretch cords.

Mimi Maternity is located at Towson Town Center. A Pea in the Pod is in Pentagon City in Arlington, Va., and Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va.

You can also shop for styles online at www.apeainthepod.com and www.mimimaternity.com or by calling 877-APEAPOD and 877-MIMIMOM.

Carry it all

L.L. Bean has it all when it comes to backpacks.

For the techno-savvy, take a look at the Tectonic CD pack that has a place for players, headphones and discs ($59). If the backpack look doesn't work or is uncomfortable, check out the Tectonic LT Messenger Bag, featuring a padded computer compartment that can securely hold a laptop as well as a cell phone ($69).

We think the Shockwave Pack (above) is the coolest -- with three huge zippered compartments, two side mesh pockets (perfect for holding water bottles), contoured padded shoulder straps and a tuck-away waist belt ($69). The colors are the best, too: copper, light plum, dark green, storm blue and gray.

For more information, call 800-809-7057 or click on www.llbean.com / bookpacks.

Buy a cleanser -- help the world

Kiehl's, the well-known beauty company, is joining forces with YouthAIDS, a nonprofit organization that works to stop the spread of HIV / AIDS among 15- to 24-year-olds in 50 countries.

Profits from the sale of its favorite Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser are going to YouthAIDS.

If you've wanted to indulge in Kiehl's products, now is definitely the time. You can enjoy the luxury of Kiehl's and contribute to those in need.

The cleanser retails for $12.50 and is available at Nordstrom in Towson.

Hats off to Tilley

Frustrated after losing one too many hats to the wind and ocean, Alex Tilley tried designing his own. This was back in 1980, and what started out as a small research project between Tilley and a sailmaker has now turned into a successful company, Tilley Endurables, that produces more than 200,000 hats annually.

The hats, which range from $50 to $65, are specially designed to hold up against nature's elements. The cotton is treated to make the hats water-repellent, mildew-resistant and unshrinkable. Wind is never a problem, either, thanks to an adjustable, tuck-away wind cord.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary recently adopted the Tilley hat as its official sun hat.

Tilley hats are available locally at stores including the Passenger Stop in Towson (410-821-5888), Hats in the Belfry in Annapolis (410-268-6333) and Harborplace (410-528-0060), and area Hudson Trail Outfitters (410-583-0494). Call 800-ENDURES or log onto www.tilley.com.

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