Brit chic for the colonies

STYLE FILE

July 25, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

You've got to love the Brits. Yes, there's the matter of the whole American Revolution. Uh, yeah, and the Spice Girls. But the Brits also gave us Hugh Grant, scones and clotted cream, and Boden. Boden is a mail-order retailer that made its U.S. debut this summer. The London company sells clothing and accessories for men, women and children that are classic without being boring. Think Gap, but slightly more original. Consider J. Crew, only not so preppy.

For women, we love Boden's vintage-looking linen shirts and fun printed skirts. Its cropped pull-on pants are a must for the beach. And its feminine, fitted Cotton Fifties dress ($78) looks as cool as a cucumber.

For men, Boden offers bright checked and gingham dress shirts perfect for casual day, washed linen shorts and fun retro plain swim trunks. Children will want to wear the brightly colored, easy-wearing T-shirts, shorts and sweats all the time.

To shop Boden, call 866-206-9508 for a catalog or go to www.bodenusa.com.

Man on a beach

Men don't have to wear cologne that smells old and spicy.

Allure Homme Sport, a new Chanel men's cologne, evokes a fresh sensuality with mandarin, black pepper and a hint of Tunisian neroli.

The breezy scent isn't heavy or overpowering. It's not stuffy either.

Think summer evenings on the beach spent with a bottle of wine, a blanket and someone special, and you've got the idea.

Allure Homme Sport costs $42.50 for 1.7 ounces and is available at Macy's and Nordstrom stores.

Full today, sleek tomorrow

Here's the quandary: One day you want your hair to look as big and glamorous as Kate Beckinsale's. The next day you want it to look as straight and sleek as Charlize Theron's. Can such feats be accomplished without acquiring an entire closet full of products?

Indeed. Matrix AirTrix Volumizing Styling Spray ($12.95 for 8.5 ounces) goes on in a spray but is as flexible as a spritz so that you can add volume that will stay all day. And for that Theron look, grab a little dab of Matrix WetTrix Shine Flood Gel ($10.95 for 5.1 ounces) for a sleek style that isn't sticky.

For a salon that sells Matrix Trix, products, go to the Web site, www.matrix.com.

Just what the pharmacist ordered

When customers asked pharmacist George Korres to make skin-care products for them, he rose to the challenge. His creation, Korres Natural Products, are natural, high-quality cleansers, lotions and elixirs that are attractive and easy to use.

For cleaning and moisturizing skin daily, choices range from White Tea gel cleanser to Jasmine eye makeup remover to Orange Blossom cleansing and moisturizing emulsion. To hydrate skin and care for one's eyes, Korres makes watercress and pomegranate moisturizers and Evening Primrose Eye Cream. And to firm skin and reduce aging, look for his Iris Florentina moisturizing cream and wheat and honey cream.

Korres Natural Products cost $15.50 to $35 and are available at www.sephora.com.

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