of Leger's Lingerie, in West
Bloomfield. Also very big this year
are jumpsuits in parachute
fabrics — in white, bright yellow,
fuschia and lavender, said Krug.
Rompers are a shortened
version of the jumpsuit, and also
are a good seller this year. A hot
color and fabric is white terry, as
well as the latest brights shown
for jumpsuits, she said.
"For this time of year," says
Krug, "in cruisewear, bright is in."
Leger's carries a complete line
of cruisewear in its "Beach and
Beyond" collection, which is part
of Cole of California.
Mix-and-match sets make
planning and packing clothes a
breeze. Popular colors are
lavender, fuschia, and white. A
great mix and match shirt has
shoulders in lavender, a bottom
half in fuschia, and lavender
trimmed patch pockets.
Another favorite at Leger's is
"cropped pants with `tush-cover
length big shirts," says Krug. The
big shirts are mainly shown in
solid colors. "Black and white are
really the best sellers, because
they go with everything," she
says. Straw sun-visors with a
terry flower that matches the crop
pants and tops are strong.
The short caftan is also a look
available in the "Beach and
Beyond" collection. It is shown in
white, with ropes of cotton
material strung with beads
alternating in white, fuschia, and
sewn around the
At Begadim, in West
Bloomfield, pastels are very big,
says co-owner, Lea Beurer. "The
look is soft — soft fabric, and soft
colors (which) is extremely
feminine," she says. "There are
curves in a black and
patterned swimsuit with
high-cut leg and
some bright colors, but in a
specialty boutique store, the
prominent ones are soft."
Linens are a popular fabric for
jackets, skirts and walking shorts;
as is lightweight rayon. To wear
underneath, a lace or silk
camisole — in light peach, mint,
cream, pink, blue or black.
At Begadim, the "Out of Africa"
influence is seen in beige and
khaki bottoms being shown with
African and juncle print blouses.
"Prints are used as accent
pieces," says Beuer.
"The fuller trousers with pleats
are selling well," she says, "but
the narrow look is still in.
Roslyn Rock, owner of
Roslyn's Intimate Apparel in
Southfield, says that for
cruisewear, "things are easy and
comfortable to wear." Very big
are strapless and low-back
sundresses, and popular prints
are the "fruit-salad" look, and the
"cabbage rose," she said.
At Marilyn Brooks and Co., the
focus is on florals, graphics, fruit
prints and jungle motifs.
Rayon, one of the hottest
fabrics for '86, is combined with
linen in dresses, big shirts, and
flowing skirts. Always popular for
summer is 100 percent cotton. In
a knit, or polished, this cool fabric
breathes, for comfort.
Complaisant and The Stadium
in Farmington Hills are both
owned by Ben and Ethel Siegal.
Both stores sell beach and
cruisewear, with The Stadium
showing more sophisticated,
Complaisant carries clothing
for "The young and the
young-at-heart," says Mrs.
"Everything is in prints," says
Siegal. "Everything out of Europe
Besides fruit prints, florals, and
abstracts, polka dots remain a
spring favorite both in coin size
Esther Sherman, co-owner of
Esther and Estelle's, in West
Bloomfield, says that cotton
jumpsuits with lots of metal trim
Stripe accents one-piece
maillot. From Anne Cole.