Style File

STYLE FILE

April 27, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

Flying the stripes of summer

Yipes. Big, bold, colorful cabana stripes are brightening up clothing for spring and summer and making us yearn for the beach.

Alas, one doesn't want to overdo stripes for fear of looking like a rowhouse awning or an actual beach cabana. Your best bet is to pair one boldly striped item with a solid top or bottom and a pair of simple flats or slides.

Ann Taylor Loft has the striped thing down with cabana stripe cropped pants (pictured, right, $39) in red and blue and a red split-neck shell ($29). Add a striped floppy hat ($18), and you're ready to hit the beach.

Ann Taylor Loft is located at the Avenue at White Marsh, Bowie Town Center, Arundel Mills in Hanover and now at Dulaney Plaza in Towson.

For more information, visit the Web site: www.anntaylor.com.

A light touch is the right touch

Hair spray turns hard and mousse is sticky. Gels are hard to control and creams can make hair look greasy. When taming one's mane, what's a person to do?

Alterna's new Hemp Seed Styling Souffle is a whipped styling tool that provides lightweight control for all hair types but won't weigh tresses down in the process. Apply when hair is wet and before styling and drying or use throughout the day to smooth frizzes or ease the styling of a sleek, trim ponytail.

Hemp Seed Styling Souffle costs $18 for two ounces. Alterna products are available at Sartori and Company in Mount Washington and Nappy by Nature downtown. To find an outlet in your area, call 888-4-ALTERNA or go to www.4alterna.com.

In the office, dreaming of the tropics

Casual Fridays may have gotten a little more buttoned up of late, but that doesn't mean you have to put the Hawaiian shirts completely on hold. Tommy Bahama, manufacturer of popular laid-back tropical-looking separates, recently introduced some items for spring that are professional-looking, comfortable and just perfect for the office or after hours.

The Island Soft Collec-tion includes unstructured jackets in fluid silk, chenille and linen blends. Colors include khaki, sand, black, olive and tobacco. The jackets cost about $275.

Still missing that wild print shirt Tommy Bahama does so well? Add a tropical print tie.

Tommy Bahama clothing ranges from $50 for a bathing suit to $85 for shorts to $95 for a camp shirt.

It is available at Cohen's Clothiers in Cockeysville, J.S. Edwards in Pikesville and Nordstrom. For a store near you, see the Web site: www.tommybahama.com.

Eye catchers

Who is perky, has pink hair and gigantic blue eyes and is beloved by such celebrities as Kate Hudson, Kelly Osbourne and Kim Catrall? Why Eyeko, of course.

This Japanimated cyber-sprite is the host of the whimsical British beauty site eyebeauty.com, and her image adorns the funky, youthful cosmetics line. Right now there are 18 items in the line ranging from strawberry Fat Lip Balm ($9) to an eye shadow duo cleverly named the "Make-out Kit" ($19.50).

According to the company, Hudson uses Eyeko Sunshine bronzing gel, Osbourne likes Eyeko's pastel nail polish and Catrall is into "Kiss Me" T-Gloss, which comes in a cute T-shirt-shaped case.

Eyeko is available at select Nordstrom stores or at www.eyebeauty.com.

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