Brochure offers advice on looking good for less


Get smart

Seems as though everyone is thinking about saving money these days: The manufacturers of Suave hair products have created a brochure called "Smart Choices," a guide to living in style for less. In it, there are tips on everything from dressing well to potting plants. Here are a few of the fashion tips:

* Keep the clothing you have in good shape. Polish shoes, sew on buttons, mend hems. When you do shop, ask yourself is this fashion a flash in the pan, or will I wear this next year, too?

* Know how to recognize quality when shopping for bargains. In high quality clothing, zippers should lie flat, prints and plaids should match at seams. Want to know more? For a free

brochure (and a couple of Suave coupons) write to: Suave's Smart Choices, P.O. Box 4776, Libertyville, Ill. 60198.

Listen to your mother

Didn't Mom used to say that if you take care of them, they'll last longer? Well, she was right. Caring for your summer cottons and cotton knits will make them last -- and may ultimately add up to savings. With that in mind, here are a few easy tips in cotton care from Cotton Inc., a trade group:

* Most cotton knits can be washed in regular detergent in

warm water.

* Tumble drying will restore the original shape of the garment. If you're worried about shrinkage, removing the clothing before it is entirely dry will reduce the risk.

* Adding two or three damp towels will also help reduce the shrink risk factor: Shrinkage is usually caused by overheating and the towels will absorb excess heat.

* To remove stains, soak spots with water, seltzer or an ice

cube as soon as the garment is stained.

But even before you purchase those cool cottons, check them carefully to make sure they are well-made. Quality in clothing means quantity in savings.

Professional secret

Washington-area makeup artist and hair stylist Nora Garver bets that her best beauty tip is sitting right in your kitchen cupboards.

She's referring to good, ol' baking soda. "It's a miracle product," she says.

Miraculous because you can save several dollars a month using it.

Here's why: If your hairstyle requires lots of mousses, gels or hair sprays, mix baking soda with water and massage into your hair, rinse then shampoo and condition as usual, she says. Used every now and then, it will strip away residue left from hair care products.

She also uses baking soda as a granular cleanser (twice a day for her oily complexion, much less often for more sensitive skin), she says.

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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