The Sexy Correspondent

STYLE FILE

April 17, 2005|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

With all the talk this spring about the fashionable full skirt, some may be wondering: Whatever happened to a nice pair of good ol' pants?

Because all skirts and no pants makes spring a pretty dull season.

Thank goodness Express didn't forget about our two-legged friends. Express has introduced a new, sexy pair of pants called the Correspondent.

Unlike its cousin, the popular Editor pants -- which are made for those straight-up-and-down gals -- these trousers are fitted for the curvier among us.

The fit is contoured through the hip, with a clean drape in the leg. The introductory stretch fabric comes in black, charcoal, natural, golden brown and striped.

Just in time for spring, the sexy pants are available in a cropped style that comes in a cotton sateen in several warm-weather colors, including bright tangerine, coral reef, frost and pink lemonade.

Cropped pants ($49.50) and regular length pants ($69.50-$79.50) are available at Express stores in area malls.

Toe-wiggling time

Warmer weather also means it's time to break out the flip-flops and head outside to show off your newly freed toes.

These days, flip-flops are no longer just for the beach or pool. They come in all kinds of styles and colors. Some have small heels. Others are prettily embellished, or are just plain bling-bling.

This month, Old Navy declared the day we set our clocks ahead an hour as the official start of flip-flop season. To celebrate, the apparel company took a survey and found that about 58 percent of adult Americans own at least one pair of flip-flops. Among those, 60 percent own multiple pairs.

And the ladies in particular seem to really love to go bare-toed: A full two-thirds of women own at least one pair of flip-flops, Old Navy found.

So if you haven't found your perfect free-spirited footgear yet, above are a few to choose from.

A spring glow for your skin

And you thought you had dug yourself out from winter.

During the cold months, your skin naturally accumulates a barrier to protect itself. And the 20,000 pores on your face become clogged with an icky combination of dry, dead skin cells and buildup from heavy moisturizers -- all of which can lead to blackheads and blemishes. Yuck!

The only way to get underneath the winter grime is to exfoliate, dermatologists say.

And Biore's Pore Unclogging Scrub -- available at mass retail outlets for about $5.99 -- is formulated to do just that. The exfoliating cleanser removes debris, prevents blackheads and breakouts with salicylic acid and is alcohol-free, so it can be used daily.

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