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By Elaine Louie and Elaine Louie,N.Y. Times | October 23, 1991
In an era of short skirts, who, then, will wear long ones?Designers and retailers suspect the first women to embrace the newer long skirts, which are being shown side by side with short ones, tumble into four categories:* The ones without gorgeous legs, who have been hiding in pants.* The ones who think they are cutting-edge fashion plates.* The ones who are long-skirt die-hards, despite the momentary trends.* "People in my age group," said designer Norma Kamali, who is 46.The trick in wearing a long skirt is to avoid a feeling of dowdiness when other women dart by in their snug little short skirts, flashing their legs.
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April 18, 1999
Spring fresh touchesFor women who want to look good this spring without spending a bundle, here are some pieces that haven't lost their edge since last year, and how to update them:* Anything gray. If you're not sick of gray yet, consider it good news that the color is going strong into spring -- in pale shades like dove and slate, but also in deeper tones of carbon and charcoal. Lighten up gray for warmer months by pairing it with icy pastels or bright white.* Shorter pants. Last summer's capri pants and pedal pushers are fresher than ever.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Staff Writer | May 21, 1992
A long summer skirt is the fastest way to get the drop on fashion. Women who are commited to short may have to make an investment; women who never gave up on long will need to make some adjustments.Not to worry. Long is optional and not the total fashion picture for the moment, but it's always smart to take the long view."It may sound like a cop-out to say there are many options but it's true," says Basha Cohen, the trend spotter for Associated Merchandising Corp., which advises retailers on shifts in fashion.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,SUN FASHION EDITOR | August 23, 1998
Fall is about luxury, warmth and beauty. Femininity has returned to the world of women's fashion, and designers are celebrating it with sumptuous looks. There are elegant stoles for our shoulders, cashmere sweaters to place next to our skin, and long, full coats to wrap up in.Everyone is talking about gray, heralding it as the new black. It's no longer the shade of doom and gloom, but a vastly expressive hue that can look soft, steely or strong.Hemlines have fallen, with skirts now often nipping the ankle.
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By New York Times News Service | November 5, 1992
Perhaps you like to be in step with a new fashion but have been defeated by the long skirt.Your reaction may not be as dramatic as that of a fashion editor who arrived at a recent Paris fashion show wearing old velvet leggings and a grin that stretched from ear to ear."At last, I'm free!" she exclaimed, kicking her legs in the air. "I thought of taking off that long, tight skirt in the middle of the Place Vendome and burning it as a symbolic gesture."Dealing with its snug fit and accouterments -- especially clunky shoes -- has caused many stylish women to drop the whole thing.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,SUN FASHION EDITOR | August 23, 1998
Fall is about luxury, warmth and beauty. Femininity has returned to the world of women's fashion, and designers are celebrating it with sumptuous looks. There are elegant stoles for our shoulders, cashmere sweaters to place next to our skin, and long, full coats to wrap up in.Everyone is talking about gray, heralding it as the new black. It's no longer the shade of doom and gloom, but a vastly expressive hue that can look soft, steely or strong.Hemlines have fallen, with skirts now often nipping the ankle.
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By Anne-Marie Schiro and Anne-Marie Schiro,New York Times News Service | July 23, 1992
The fashion pendulum is swinging once again from short to long. And as usual when any style is revived, there will be differences in the look. The long skirt of the '90s will not be worn like the long skirt of decades past..Of course, you may not be ready to give up short skirts, and no one says you must. No one can dictate fashion anymore, but the momentum for change is building.Back in the 1950s, the New Look was worn with ballerina flats or pointy-toed stiletto pumps and flesh-colored stockings.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Staff Writer | September 24, 1992
"Your mother wears combat boots!" was once a slur against that sainted woman's attractiveness and justifiable cause to fight for her stylish honor. Don't fight; just bite the bullet. Combat boots are the last word in fashion. Chanel has done clunky black lace-ups with a gold-plated toe and heel plate to sell for $1,000 plus. Dolce & Gabanna do them up in silver to peep from beneath a frothy evening skirt. And you were worried about platform shoes?Keeping up with the fashion pack isn't easy.
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By Suzin Boddiford and Suzin Boddiford,Contributing Writer | August 13, 1992
What goes up, eventually must come down. Just when you think you've finally caught up and shortened most of the hemlines in your wardrobe, skirts have slimmed down and stretched below the knee. But don't be so quick to toss out last year's skirt. Short still looks good and will continue; however, long and lean is newer -- presenting yet another alternative in a season of options.This fall, in a quest for newness, designers staked out the very long skirt, plunging daytime hemlines to midcalf and some even to the ankle for an elongated silhouette -- that when worn correctly, gives the illusion of height and narrowness.
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By Kelly Degarmo and Kelly Degarmo,Fort Worth Star-Telegram | December 3, 1992
Since "long" is the season's fashion buzzword, it goes without saying that a classic long coat is an excellent choice for cold weather this year.Fewer garments pack more potential.Wear a long coat with jeans and boots to football games on weekends, or with a long skirt and platform pumps to the office during the week. Layer it over a dressy suit for a Saturday afternoon wedding, and turn around and don it that night at the ballet with a short, backless dress."It tops off everything you're wearing," says Donna Kimmel, women's wear fashion manager for the Wool Bureau Inc., a marketing organization.
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By Elsa Klensch | May 7, 1998
I'm a businesswoman in my mid-30s. I'm successful and have good legs. I love minis and have vowed never to let a skirt hem touch my knee.Now I see that long skirts are the big news for fall. I just want to know what designers are up to.Do they really expect modern women to wear these long heavy skirts?No designer expects women to change their hem lengths radically. Longer skirts are offered as an option -- an extra piece to play with.And long looks are not big news. Long dresses have been around now for several seasons.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | June 12, 1997
I recently met my co-worker's pretentious wife at a company picnic. As I walked away, I overheard her say, "Oh, she's the hooker who wears those short skirts."I was appalled. While I do like to show off my legs, my skirts are always an appropriate length for the office. I figure I should wear short skirts while I'm young and in shape!Now she's made me uneasy about dressing for work. Do I have to change into long dresses?If your skirts are appropriate for the office -- a few inches above the knee -- then keep wearing them.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,SUN FASHION EDITOR | April 2, 1996
NEW YORK -- Energy at last. After seven days of countless runway shows devoted to '70s retro, a new decade breaks the sameness. The '20s roared down Anna Sui's runway in the shape of supermodels Linda, Nadja, Naomi and Shalom, who have kept themselves scarce during the week of fall fashion collections here.New York's hip, downtown diva saw that the bin of thrift-shop chic ideas has been picked clean and she stepped up to an older vintage style.English eccentrics were her inspiration, and she mixed plaids, tweeds, laces and velvets with the abandon of a nanny on speed.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1994
When was the last time you saw an artist in a fringed bikini, a violinist don a leather jumpsuit, a marketing consultant sparkle in a sequined bustier?Well, if you've seen Andrea Ratajczak, who works in all these professions and owns all these clothes, you've seen it all.Tucked away in two closets and the attic of her Irvington home is a wardrobe that's as eclectic and versatile as she is."I'm not voluptuous," says Ms. Ratajczak, 34. "I'm short and small-boned. What I've been able to do is dress in a way that's tasteful and yet a little bit on the provocative side."
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | January 27, 1994
By day, Christina Marshall, Bryn Mawr kindergarten teacher, dresses in leggings and sweaters. By night, though, watch out. She becomes a tulled, sequined, spaghetti-strapped diva of the dance floor. For the last three years, she has spent her spare time perfecting her Lindy and jitterbug in Baltimore and at swing dances along the East Coast.All those moves have changed her wardrobe."When I first started, I wore a long skirt and turtleneck," says Ms. Marshall, 34, who lives in North Baltimore.
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By Kelly Degarmo and Kelly Degarmo,Fort Worth Star-Telegram | December 3, 1992
Since "long" is the season's fashion buzzword, it goes without saying that a classic long coat is an excellent choice for cold weather this year.Fewer garments pack more potential.Wear a long coat with jeans and boots to football games on weekends, or with a long skirt and platform pumps to the office during the week. Layer it over a dressy suit for a Saturday afternoon wedding, and turn around and don it that night at the ballet with a short, backless dress."It tops off everything you're wearing," says Donna Kimmel, women's wear fashion manager for the Wool Bureau Inc., a marketing organization.
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By Catherine Cook | March 14, 1991
Free for the askingThere's a lot of free advice out there that can help save you time and money. A visit to the concierge desk at the Owings Mills Mall can yield all kinds of useful tips. The manager, Dede Glassband, or her assistant are delighted to share the information they gather daily about the mall's stores.They can tell you which store has leggings on sale for $15, how much they were before they were marked down, where to find the latest sling-back shoes at a price you can afford and even which men's store is offering a special discount on suits that day.For Anne Klein II fans, there's another free service worth knowing about -- Anne Klein II's At Your Service consumer hot line.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | January 27, 1994
By day, Christina Marshall, Bryn Mawr kindergarten teacher, dresses in leggings and sweaters. By night, though, watch out. She becomes a tulled, sequined, spaghetti-strapped diva of the dance floor. For the last three years, she has spent her spare time perfecting her Lindy and jitterbug in Baltimore and at swing dances along the East Coast.All those moves have changed her wardrobe."When I first started, I wore a long skirt and turtleneck," says Ms. Marshall, 34, who lives in North Baltimore.
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By New York Times News Service | November 5, 1992
Perhaps you like to be in step with a new fashion but have been defeated by the long skirt.Your reaction may not be as dramatic as that of a fashion editor who arrived at a recent Paris fashion show wearing old velvet leggings and a grin that stretched from ear to ear."At last, I'm free!" she exclaimed, kicking her legs in the air. "I thought of taking off that long, tight skirt in the middle of the Place Vendome and burning it as a symbolic gesture."Dealing with its snug fit and accouterments -- especially clunky shoes -- has caused many stylish women to drop the whole thing.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Staff Writer | September 24, 1992
"Your mother wears combat boots!" was once a slur against that sainted woman's attractiveness and justifiable cause to fight for her stylish honor. Don't fight; just bite the bullet. Combat boots are the last word in fashion. Chanel has done clunky black lace-ups with a gold-plated toe and heel plate to sell for $1,000 plus. Dolce & Gabanna do them up in silver to peep from beneath a frothy evening skirt. And you were worried about platform shoes?Keeping up with the fashion pack isn't easy.
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