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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer | February 10, 1994
When you're 5 foot 10, blond and you wear short skirts, people remember you.At least that's what Nancy Wampole says.She should know. Ms. Wampole, the director of marketing and promotions for the Volunteers of America, Chesapeake Region, has made mini skirts and high heels her signature."
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2002
NEW YORK - She's the type of girl with a penchant for bombshell red lipstick and skirts so short they tease the world with flashes of her behind. She favors dresses that encase her heaving bosom in striking satin cups and never wakes up before noon, when she languorously slips into a silk kimono and reaches for her first martini and cigarette. And she will steal your boyfriend. Just before the Spring 2003 Fashion Week ended Monday, a decidedly different woman emerged on the runways from the ruffles- and pastel-loving girls of the earlier shows.
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By Bernadene Morris and Bernadene Morris,New York Times News Service | February 27, 1992
Forget for the moment about hem lengths. The big news for next fall is skirts that swing.At Valentino, flat box pleats whip into motion when the wearer moves. Emanuel Ungaro favors delicate crystal pleats all around that flutter gently beneath fitted body lines.And Yves Saint Laurent likes a modest flare to the skirt beneath his curving waistlines.In their early "pre-fall" collections, these major European designers have not attempted to rock the fashion establishment. The vast majority of styles stop above the knees, with only an occasional venture to calf length or below.
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By SUSAN REIMER | August 15, 2001
IT IS A set of those mixed messages adults are always giving children: The same week the state of Maryland suspended sales tax on back-to-school purchases, schools reiterated their dress codes in time for the start of classes. What are our kids hearing? "Clothing will be 5 percent cheaper for a week. Good luck finding anything legal to wear." Clothes shopping used to be a family affair: Mothers fought with their children up and down the malls of the United States over issues like price, quantity and modesty.
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By Holly Selby | August 18, 1991
The wet look is alive and well: Vinyl jackets and short skirts are showing up in the most fashionable spots. Designers such as Begedor and Bosco have decided that the slick look of vinyl is just that: slick enough to wear as a fashion statement on evening outings or just for fun.Vinyl, which began as a rainy-day look, can still be found in swing coats and rain jackets, but watch for it in trench coats, in jackets worn with short skirts, or in shiny mini...
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,SUN FASHION EDITOR | October 15, 1998
When is a skirt not just a skirt?When Ally McBeal wears it.Then it symbolizes many things: Feminism run amok. Bad fashion. Unbridled sexuality. Anorexia.Her minis -- which have crept up an inch this season -- take center stage on "Ally McBeal" on Monday (Fox, 9 p.m.) when the title character's penchant for thigh-high style lands her in contempt of court.But it's not just Ally's apparel that gets fans, critics and TV judges talking. The very existence of this strange single lawyer -- and her offbeat world of unisex bathrooms, dancing babies and colleagues nicknamed Biscuit -- seems to stimulate, aggravate, entertain and inspire.
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By Amy M. Spindler and Amy M. Spindler,New York Times News Service | July 29, 1993
The clothes were barely off the haute-couture runways when Barbara Moss, the sales and public relations director for ABS Clothing Collection Inc., was on the phone touting the news that the company's micro-mini was already heading for Bloomingdale's windows.The biggest winner in the hemline game won't be haute couture, but the domestically produced bridge lines like ABS and Tapemeasure. With turn-on-a-dime production capabilities, ABS said it will run an advertisement with Bloomingdale's in August for a micro-mini look.
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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 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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By Chicago Tribune | September 18, 1991
The great fashion debate over long and short has spread to fall boots.One thing is for sure: Extreme is "in." Both tall over-the-knee and short ankle styles are looking hot for the cool weather ahead, eclipsing the equestrian craze of past seasons -- which saw boots hitting mid-calf.Don't let the new boot heights intimidate you. Do be daring and try one that's different for you. Here are a few tips that will boost your confidence and help you put together a stylish look.* Don't wear short boots if you have heavy calves.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff | June 11, 2000
Under that skin Now that leather halter tops and skirts in such colors as yellow and pale pink have proven that leather isn't just for winter and fall, it's time to see what lies ahead in the world of leather for autumn. Tops trends in leather from the Leather Apparel Association include: Prints: Crocodile, alligator, ostrich and reptile embossed looks are still in vogue. Also look for painted-on plaids, florals, geometrics, tie-dye and paisleys, not to mention tried-and-true zebra, pony and giraffe prints.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,SUN FASHION EDITOR | October 15, 1998
When is a skirt not just a skirt?When Ally McBeal wears it.Then it symbolizes many things: Feminism run amok. Bad fashion. Unbridled sexuality. Anorexia.Her minis -- which have crept up an inch this season -- take center stage on "Ally McBeal" on Monday (Fox, 9 p.m.) when the title character's penchant for thigh-high style lands her in contempt of court.But it's not just Ally's apparel that gets fans, critics and TV judges talking. The very existence of this strange single lawyer -- and her offbeat world of unisex bathrooms, dancing babies and colleagues nicknamed Biscuit -- seems to stimulate, aggravate, entertain and inspire.
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By Joanna Daemmrich and Joanna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
"Women in the Military: Flirting with Disaster," by Brian Mitchell. Regnery. 405 pages. $24.95.Finally, a guy blurts out what others usually only dare to whine privately after a few beers: They had to let in women - and the old fraternity was ruined.Or, as Army veteran Brian Mitchell laments: The gutless brass sold out the nation's brave officers and gentlemen and left the once-proud military weak-kneed and demoralized. But as his book demonstrates, the politically correct don't have the monopoly on self-righteous and tiresome arguments about women in the military.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 30, 1997
I have a 40-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old granddaughter. Both wear miniskirts, and both look unattractive in them.I've told them miniskirts are out of style, but I get nowhere.My daughter says her husband loves to see her in short skirts that show off her long attractive legs. My granddaughter says I'm a prude. Am I right, or are they?Miniskirts are neither in nor out of fashion. They have become a classic that women with good legs keep as a wardrobe staple.Designers in all the fashion capitals showed minis for fall and winter.
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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 Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | March 4, 1995
The Buffalo Jills are wearing the union label now. And not in their uniforms.Among professional football cheerleaders, the Jills have scored a first. Last week, the 36-member squad voted overwhelmingly to have a union represent them on and off the field -- a decision fueled by poor pay and a desire to improve their image."
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 30, 1997
I have a 40-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old granddaughter. Both wear miniskirts, and both look unattractive in them.I've told them miniskirts are out of style, but I get nowhere.My daughter says her husband loves to see her in short skirts that show off her long attractive legs. My granddaughter says I'm a prude. Am I right, or are they?Miniskirts are neither in nor out of fashion. They have become a classic that women with good legs keep as a wardrobe staple.Designers in all the fashion capitals showed minis for fall and winter.
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By T. J. Howard and T. J. Howard,Chicago Tribune | April 22, 1992
Buying a pair of pantyhose used to be about as exciting as purchasing postage stamps. Today, it's become high adventure.Want to energize an outfit? Try neon lime leg wear. Looking for romance? Try a soft rose opaque. No longer neutral ground, hosiery departments have been transformed into garden spots of color. It's as if Ted Turner moved from the film front and into leg wear.Hue, a New York leg wear manufacturer, is selling 35 different colors of lightweight opaque pantyhose this spring and plans an equal slew of shades for fall.
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By Holly Selby | August 14, 1994
Be tall. Be thin. Be young.Alas, that's what one fashion director recommended when asked for tips on how best to coordinate hose with fall's new outfits.Well, if you're all of those things, you've got it made. If not, applaud her honesty. . . . and remember, she also said that there now are so many options for legwear that you're sure to find something flattering.And she's right: Driven by a combination of innovation, technology and pure marketing, women's hosiery is available now in a truly bewildering array of shades, weights and styles.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer | February 10, 1994
When you're 5 foot 10, blond and you wear short skirts, people remember you.At least that's what Nancy Wampole says.She should know. Ms. Wampole, the director of marketing and promotions for the Volunteers of America, Chesapeake Region, has made mini skirts and high heels her signature."
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