Style File


April 20, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Wear the shirt, feel the power

Laura Furbay wanted to do more than start her own women's clothing company. She wanted to create a sisterhood of women. And so Go Girl Garbs was born.

For the last few months, Furbay has been working out of her downtown Westminster storefront designing, marketing and selling hip T-shirts and loungewear that celebrate women's strength and femininity. Go Girl T-shirts don't have popular, well-worn slogans such as "Angel," "Hottie," and "Princess." They say "Driven" and "Independent" and "Natural Born Leader."

"You need to be a 'go' girl and stand up for who you are," said Furbay, a Taneytown mother of two who has a background in graphic art, marketing and sales. "It is a great thing to be strong."

Go Girl Garbs is about more than clothes. Furbay sees the store as a "celebration of women" and has decorated it with black-and-white portraits of women and girls who have achieved admirable feats, from motocross racing to community activism. In February, she sponsored a reading of The Vagina Monologues. She wants women to come in and chat with her about her designs and their lives, and to sign the oars that hang on the wall. "As women, we row our own boats," explained Furbay, 29.

The Go Girl Garbs line ranges from $12.50 for a little girl's T-shirt to $25 for a pair of yoga pants. All items are 100 percent cotton and are made in the U.S.

Go Girl Garbs is located at 21 East Main St., in Westminster. For information, call 410-871-1600 or visit the Web site:

Exoticism, all wrapped up

So, that ticket to Katmandu never materialized. That's OK -- just grab a fringed, embroidered shawl with beads, wrap it around your waist and suddenly it's just like being there. Well, sort of.

Echo silk beaded border triangle, $58. Echo scarves are available at department stores including Lord & Taylor and Hecht's.

It's time to dash out for dots

From the return of the polka dot to the presence of lots of chiffon and just a little lace, it's clear that femininity is back in a big way this spring. Here are some ways this return to romance is being interpreted by two major women's clothing retailers:

* At the Limited, polka dots and contrast piping soften blouses, dresses and pants. We especially like the white and black Veronica dress (right, $79). Vintage adornments like satin ribbon and touches of lace bring styles out of the bohemian stage and into something a tad more grown-up.

* At Ann Taylor, navy, white and French blue proclaim an end to a long, cold winter. For dress-up, there's also soft pink, coral and sage. Contrast piping is big here too, as is the pencil skirt (left, $89), which looks fabulous paired with a gabardine topper (left, $219).

A classic summer aroma

Basil, that sweet-smelling herb synonymous with summer, is known not only as an ingredient in sauces, salads and pestos but also for its ability to stimulate circulation, bring a glow to the complexion and add luster to hair. The Thymes new Fresh Basil collection makes the most of this beloved herb by including it in body washes and scrubs, foaming baths and soaps, aromatic candles and home fragrance mists. The line costs $5 to $32.

The Thymes products are available at Nordstrom, Eddie's of Roland Park and a variety of other retailers. For information or to purchase online, go to

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