The between-seasons coverups


NEW YORK -- Tans begin to fade, the sound of waves crashing on the beach recedes and what you did after the four margueritas that night becomes a memory you would rather forget.

Civilized life beckons. The clothes you wore around the summer house, and the swimsuits and sandals, won't do for Columbus Avenue and West Broadway.

One interim look seen around town is the crocheted sweater or top, worn over a camisole, bra, teddy or bare skin. Crocheted sweaters, dresses and tops were important in recent designer collections as kind of a variation on the see-through look.

During the transition from summer to fall, the open-work sweater has the reassuring warmth of a knit, but it's also ventilated.

At a cocktail party for the Horst photography retrospective in Henri Bendel, a woman wore an interlocking hand-knit "people sweater," with knitted figures of people in multicolored bikinis, by Michael Simon Designs. Over a black velvet skirt or a silk tube top, the look is simultaneously hippy-dippy and elegant.

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