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March 21, 1987 - Image 60

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-03-21

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Fashion For Petite

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and rayons used for large sizes
are history. Today, miracle
man-made fabrics are blended
with linen, cotton and silk to give
them new life and resiliency. This
season shows colorful prints with
bold patterns, as well as softly
tailored suits and dresses in
subtle pastels. Sport separates
are well coordinated to give a
polished look.
Some of the specialty stores for
large women carry exclusive
lines. At Valentina, (Harvard
Road Mall, 11 Mile and Lahser,
Southfield) Nancy Heller, Beverly
Hills Polo and a line of French
cotton clothing are sold. The
store also carries lingerie,
bathing suits, sports clothes and
formal dresses to outfit the
mother of the bride.
"There are no rules to follow
any more," said Toby Hyman,
assistant manager of Valentina.
"The large woman doesn't have
to dress in dark colors if she
doesn't want. Large women can
find clothes to fit them in styles,
colors and fabrics that are
fashionable and that make them
feel good."
Most stores carry the popular
and successful lines of clothes
that are also made for regular
sizes and sometimes for petites.
Evan Picone, Pendleton, Harve
Bernard, Schrader Separates
and Albert Nipon are just a few.
Other designer names include
Judith Ann Creations, for upper
moderate sportswear, Crest for
cocktail and formal wear, and
Pronto Mode, Bonnie Baerer, and
Outlander for knits and sweaters.
As Finkelstein explained, even
if a woman puts on 60 pounds,
her taste level remains the same.
She wants to look good and is
willing to pay a bit more for
fashion that fits. She understands
that her sizing problems are
"An ill-fitting garment on a large
woman is the worst," Finkelstein
stated. "But there's no excuse not
to look your best. There's enough
available at the stores right now
so that every large woman,

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