Old favorites make it fun to dress for less

Dressing for less is a concept that has even touched the style-setters at Vogue magazine. This month's edition -- its 100th anniversary issue -- which highlights fashionables as diverse as Queen Elizabeth II and Tarzan and Jane, focuses a "Dress for Less" feature on actress Robin Wright. She is most recognizable for her role as Kelly Capwell on the defunct "Santa Barbara" nighttime soap and her casual and easygoing style.

Vogue devotes 10 pages to those perennial, affordable favorites -- classic denim and chambray blues -- dressing Ms. Wright in everything from a blue button-down from Banana Republic ($45) to Indian print shorts by Ralph Lauren Country ($140) to Artwork Blue's hand-knit cable sweater ($630). The editors of Vogue should be commended for giving down-home style it's due, but they could have stayed closer to the general store.


Denims and chambray blue are out there in every price spectrum. Just like old friends, by the time they age and get to looking comfortable, designer labels no longer seem important. It could be time to shop the discount and bargain stores where hard-working folks get down to basics. A work shirt from Sunny's Surplus seems to make more sense than a designer version from a boutique.

Have your colors done


Feeling a little peaked and peckish? It may be time to put some color in the cheeks and look ahead to sunny days. Lancome professional makeup artists will be on hand to drape you in colors at White Marsh Mall on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 9 from noon to 8 p.m.

There are those women who have their best colors down pat, but most of us get dizzy just trying to figure out where we land on the color wheel. The drape and decide approach makes sense. It's possible to discover that bright orange can kill. Consider going with a friend who will ugh or aah at the appropriate time. Who knows, you may find out you're a natural for shades of green. Call (410) 667-8381 for reservations.

Put away the woollys

It's time to put away winter things even though the unseasonably cold spring in these parts has kept winter wools in circulation. Here are some storage tips from the International Fabricare Institute:

* Clean garments before storing. Stains and soils left in a garment will set, causing permanent discoloration.

* Store winter clothes in a cool, dry place. Too much heat can cause yellowing.

* Inspect stored clothing from time to time. Stains that did not show up at the time of cleaning may appear later and should be tended at once.

* Hang garments on padded hangers to prevent creasing and distortion.


* Use cedar or mothballs to repel insects. If insect damage does occur, the fabric may be rewoven. However, this is an expensive process, especially on clothes with extensive damage.