Pamper yourself without the expense


Budget cuts

For those who love to perm, pedicure or otherwise pamper themselves, there are ways to cut back without feeling deprived. Many beauty salon or cosmetology schools offer substantial discounts to customers who are willing to allow students to perform the honors.

"The schools offer hair services markedly lower than in salons in order to bring customers into school to give students a chance to practice," explains Audrey Maguire, educational director for the Ron Thomas Schools of Cosmetology, which are located throughout the Baltimore area.

At Ron Thomas, for example, prices run from $2 for a manicure to about $2.50 for a basic man's cut and $4.50 for a woman's. Fancier cuts cost more.

erms are $25.

And, oh yes, she adds, not to worry: "There's an instructor overseeing everything."

Big shirt alert

No matter where you look these days, designers are showinbig white shirts done in everything from cotton to silk as part of outfits that go from beaches to soirees.

You could splurge and go the $410 route by buying a gorgeouTodd Oldham oversized, open-weave silk shirt . . . or then again, you could try versions offered by The Gap and the Banana Republic or the open-weave cotton for $39 that's in the Tweeds summer catalog.

And for those who can sew, Simplicity makes a classic button-down shirt pattern (No. 7330, billed as taking 3 hours or less).

Button, button

If looking at last year's wardrobe is depressing and ththought of spending more money on more clothes is even more de-press-ing, then give a thought to buttons.

Just as designers from the young Gemma Kahng to Chanel have been adding pizazz to outfits with buttons, you too can do a lot for last season's boring navy blue or the old, cotton cardigan by add- ing a few --es of button color.

sun dress or jacket can be brightened easily with large red or blue scallop shell buttons ($1.75 each) or 7/8 -inch clock buttons ,, (95 cents), suggests Emily Cohen, director of advertising at G Street Fabrics, a Rockville store that stocks more than 1 million buttons in 2,000 styles. There are buttons for under a dollar and buttons that cost as much as $28.

And if you like the color-blocking effect so prevalent now, trdifferent colored buttons on the same garment, says Ms. Cohen. "You could mix buttons or buy some square buttons that are divided on the diagonal and colored blue and white -- so you get multicolors and that geometric effect all in one button."

Saving In Style welcomes questions and suggestions. Write Holly Selby, acting Fashion Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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