Style File

STYLE FILE

Department of Defense

New clothing is armed with technology to fend off spills, resist wrinkles and more

April 10, 2005|By Tanika White | Tanika White,Sun Staff

You've got clothes that make you look good and clothes that make you feel good. Until recently, that was about all your clothes were good for. But the latest thing in apparel is clothes that do something.auertersdiufaposidufpoaisudofi With all the advancements in technology, it was bound to happen. Today your clothes aren't just adjective-worthy, they're full of action verbs. Your tie can fight spills. Your shirts repel stains. Your suits will ward off wrinkles. Your pants laugh in the face of shrinking or fading.

For moms with small kids to busy business-folk rushing to coffee-and-doughnut conferences, companies such as Haggar and Nanotex have added new technology to everyday clothes to make them stylishly superhero-like.

Eddie Bauer was the first clothing company to take advantage of Nanotex-enhanced materials. Since then, clothiers such as Old Navy, Brooks Brothers, Nike, Nordstrom, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap have followed suit.

A chemical treatment causes liquids to bead up and roll off the clothes, without ever reaching the actual fabric. (We tested it; it really works!) And although the resistance technology isn't really new, Nanotex has manipulated the chemicals to such a degree that adding the protection doesn't affect the look and feel of the clothes.

"We provide breathability so it doesn't feel like you're wearing a plastic bag," said Renee Hultin, president of Nanotex for North and South America. "And we have unsurpassed durability in the marketplace."

Then there's Haggar Clothing Co., which has introduced a line of performance clothing called ForeverNew. The collection of men's casual and dress pants, as well as knit and woven shirts, won't fade, shrink, wrinkle or stain.

No more blacks turning to grays or reds bleeding into pinks? No more of those annoying plane- or train-induced wrinkles in your lap or on your shirt back? Can it be true?

Haggar says it is true -- and now available in stores such as JC Penney and malls such as Arundel Mills and Prime Outlets. The company says its comfortable clothes will stay looking crisp and new -- even after multiple washes and long rides.

Pin on a bit of sparkle

So you got used to the ladylike brooch this fall, did ya?

And now that it's spring and all these fashion types are telling you to pile on necklaces and bangles, you're wondering how you can finagle wearing a pretty little brooch without looking horribly out-of-date.

Here's a secret: You can still wear your brooches and dainty pins this spring. Just do it with lots of color and flair.

Like these pins we found at Burlington Coat Factory and Avon. They say Maypole ladylike, not velvet-and-tweed prissy.

Burlington springtime brooches,

$4.99-$6.99

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