Style File

STYLE FILE

September 22, 2002|By Halle Gaut : special to the sun

Surefire Shetlands

S is for September and for Shetlands. Both symbolize the start of fall. And since the season is here, it's time to pick the perfect Shetland wool sweater.

A relaxed basic crewneck or turtleneck sweater goes with almost anything. It's perfect with jeans or more refined pants, skirts and shorts. Throw it over your shoulders and make it an accessory, or use it as outerwear when you aren't ready to deal with jackets and coats. Shetlands are even cooler the older and more worn they get.

J. Crew is one of the best places to go for some of fall's best sweaters. Its crewneck sweaters for women are reasonably priced at $38; turtlenecks are $44. We love the Cherry Heather and Mineral Heat shades. Don't forget to check out the men's line too (striped crew for men, far left, $48). Often the colors are better.

For more information, log onto www.jcrew.com, stop in the store downtown at the Gallery at Harborplace or call 800-562-0258 for a copy of the latest catalog.

A little vitamin C on the wrist

Ever wish someone would bottle the smell of a freshly peeled orange? Or maybe a grapefruit? Well, you're in luck, because citrus-inspired perfumes have become popular scents.

We recommend:

* Blue Mediterraneo's Arancia by Acqua di Parma. It is very sweet and orange. It's $52 and is available at all Saks Fifth Avenue stores or by calling 877-551-SAKS.

* Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune. With a mild grapefruit fragrance, it costs $45 and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, where it has been flying off the shelves.

* Jo Malone's French Lime Blossom. It costs $45 for the small size and $75 for the larger. Available by calling 888-888-4757, or at www.neimanmarcus.com.

* Annick Goutal's Eau d' Hadrien. Lemony but elegant, it's $95 for a 3.3-oz. bottle and available at www.eluxury.com and at all Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

A close shave, the European way

Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to live in New York or Los Angeles to find great European and American beauty products. But one of the best Web sites -- www.sesto-senso.com -- is actually closer than you might think: It's based in Frederick.

John Tranchina started Sesto-Senso, which means sixth sense in Italian, in 1995 after receiving a ridiculously luxurious soap as a gift and realizing he could make a business out of selling his favorite lines over the Web. Two of the site's most popular items happen to be men's shaving creams from Europe. Our favorite -- the Musgo Real ($6.95) from Portugal -- comes in a tube and smells like fresh cut hay. (It's nice, we promise.) The other great shaving cream comes from Italy and is called Proraso ($7.50).

Go to the Web site to see the other specialties.

Time to upgrade to a luxury iron

Have you noticed how "business casual" means fewer trips to the dry cleaners, but more hours slaving over the ironing board? Rowenta has set out to make this dreaded chore fun and -- dare we say? -- stylish.

The company reports that 44 percent of respondents in a survey it conducted say they spend 10 minutes or more ironing one shirt. Part of the reason Rowenta thinks this takes so long is outdated equipment. Good, quality irons can cut down on time spent working.

Rowenta -- the Jaguar of irons -- is producing modern, lightweight, design-driven irons that are super effective. The irons range in cost from $60 to $150 and are available at Target and most major department stores.

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