Style File

STYLE FILE

September 05, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Fall, in these easy steps

Don't have time to watch hours of fall fashion show footage or leaf through the pages of fashion magazines to find out what's hot for fall? That's OK. We'll fill you in on what you need to know about fall fashions:

Step 1: Get a jacket. Whether it's tweed, leather, suede or denim, the short, fitted jacket looks great with skirts, pants and jeans.

Step 2: Go long. About those jeans and pants: Wear them long and slightly flared with high, high heels.

Step 3: Finally, consider the neck. Necklines -- from off-the-shoulder to ballet and boat necks -- are important this season. Cuffs are too. Don't overlook the details.

Pants, shirts pack high technology

Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? You know - Steve Austin, that bionic guy whose creators "had the power ... [and] the technology" to create a cybernetically enhanced human who ran faster and jumped higher than any other person on earth ... any person except for the Bionic Woman, of course.

If your dreams of becoming the Bionic Man fizzled soon after you left grammar school, take heart. Dockers proStyle bills itself as a "bionic" line of clothing that allows wearers to be the busy hardworking guys they are without looking anything less than totally put together.

The clothing line features a host of super powers to keep one looking nice and neat. Stain Defender Technology repels most water-based liquids so that spills bead up and roll off. Wrinkle Defiance technology keeps clothes looking freshly pressed all day long. The Individual Fit Waistband expands up to an inch at the waist so that wearers who can put away the nachos remain comfortable after a big feed. And Cool Effects and Perspiration Guard technologies help keep men cool and dry while minimizing the tell-tale underarm wet spots.

Dockers proStyle pants and shirts cost $55-$58 for pants, $36 to $44 for tops and are available at such department stores as Hecht's and at www.kohls.com.

For more stores, go to: www.dockers.com.

Organize, say the lips

With all of those lipsticks rattling around in your purse, it's nearly impossible to find the one you want when you want it.

Bloom's Lip Palette is small but packs a wallop. Eight of the company's lip glosses come packed into this sleek mirrored compact with a double-ended lip brush so that you have a choice of such colors as Tangerine, Honey Bunch, Cosmopolitan, Tint, Pout, Sugar, Sweet Pea and Cutie Pie with you at all times without having to devote mega-space to a gazillion individual tubes.

And then there's the value involved. Buy these eight glosses separately and it will run you about $140. The compact, however, goes for a cool $25 at Nordstrom and at www.sephora.com.

Down with dry skin, dandruff!

Did you know that some 80 percent of African-American women have experienced dandruff at some point in their lives and that nearly one-third experience severe dry skin?

To help remedy these beauty concerns, Pantene recently introduced Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Anti-Dandruff shampoo. The new shampoo, designed exclusively for African-American hair, treats dandruff while moisturizing hair. As for dry skin, Oil of Olay's Olay Complete Body Wash for Extra Dry Skin with Shea Butter is a soap-free formula that cleans, moisturizes and improves the appearance of skin by eliminating dryness.

Both products cost about $4 each and are available at such drug and department stores as CVS and Target.

Fall, in three easy steps

Don't have time to watch hours of fall fashion show footage or leaf through the pages of fashion magazines to find out what's hot for fall? That's OK. We'll fill you in on what you need to know about fall fashions:

Step 1: Get a jacket. Whether it's tweed, leather, suede or denim, the short, fitted jacket looks great with skirts, pants and jeans.

Step 2: Go long. About those jeans and pants: Wear them long and slightly flared with high, high heels.

Step 3: Finally, consider the neck. Necklines - from off-the-shoulder to ballet and boat necks - are important this season. Cuffs are too. Don't overlook the details.

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