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June 03, 1994 - Image 96

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-06-03

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draping and tying like a sarong skirt.
Teamed with a long jacket and in
a solid color that achieves more of a
monochromatic effect, these pants
are professional enough to be worn
to most offices.
* Sleeveless jacket The popular-
With the demise of the power suit
ity
of the vest breathes new life into
from the `80s and the rise of the baby-
jacket
silhouettes. This year, many
doll dress in the '90s, women who
vests
are
taking the place of the tai-
dress for work every day are under-
standably perplexed. As they look at lored jacket.
Crips-looking four-button vests are
pages of photograph& of-waif like
the
newest silhouette and look great
models with their navels pierced
when
paired with soft trousers and
tramping down r nways in combat
soft
georgette
tanks or blouses. Cro-
boots, many professional women
chet
or
knit
vests
are another classic
want to scream. They certainly can't
this
year.
The
vest
can also take the
wear that stuff to the office, which
place
of
a
blouse
when
layered un-
is where they spend a great deal of
der a jacket
time..
For an instant update on the
But subtract the clunky shoes, the
pantsuit,
watch for sun-baked spice
micro-minis and the greasy hair, and
colors
teamed
with neutrals.
yes, there are real clothes out there
*
Mock
wrap
skirt. When you
for the corporate woman.
need
a
change
from
pants or tailored
The key to dressing for success is
skirts,
the
mock
wrap
skirt is a great
keeping it soft but tailored with a va-
item
to
have
in
your
closet
In short-
riety of light, fluid silhouettes that
er
versions,
the
wrap
skirt
can pro-
have endless mix-and-match possi-
vide
some
fashion
relief
from
bilities.
Here are a few "softies" to update head-to-toe solids in an ethnic batik
your wardrobe. And yes, you can or floral print Pair with a coordinat-
ing T-shirt for casual days or with a
wear them to work.
* The new suit The suit is still a cardigan jacket and short-sleeved
- popular work outfit, but more and shell for dressier occasions.
* Soft pleated skirt. Yes, long
more the very matched two-piece
suits are falling out of favorwith the skirts are still very viable alternatives
to the micro-minis showing up on the
fashion crowd.
If the monochromatic look is still runways. Don't throw out all your
your favorite, try substituting sepa- long skirts again. Skirts that are lux-
rates that relate but don't match for uriously long can still go to the office.
Pleats, especially those crushed
an updated option. Menswear pin
stripes and plaids are still favorites. and wrinkled, can look official, be-
* The soft jacket. Most career lieve it or not, when paired with a
wardrobes start with a variety of hard- long button-up jacket Long sarong
working jackets that can easily mix or wrap skirts are as at home at the
and match with several pants and office.as they are on the beach. It all
skirts. Several jacket silhouettes depends on what you put on top.
* The softblouse. The white shirt
stand out: the long and narrow jack-
ets often with Mandarin collars,. is still a wardrobe basic. Thanks to
breezy shirt jackets, sheer duster the airy fabrics, tanks can easily lay-
coats, belted military styles and short- er under blouses if the blouse is a lit-
er fitted jackets with smaller shoul- tle too sheer for the office.
* The soft dress. While slips and
ders.
If you're looking for a new jacket schoolgirl frocks might not make it
this season, invest in a neutral color to the office, there are a few dress-
in washed linen like white or ivory, a es that might fit your time clock. You
shimmery silver or silk indigo blue can always dress them up or down,
jacket for a change of pace from your wear them with or without a jacket,
standard black attire. And while depending on the dress code at your
many of the newer jackets have nub- office. Here are some of the silhou-
by textures, the best fabrics are still ettes to watch for in both long and
always lightweight and soft to the short versions: tunics, shirt dresses,
chemises, and for night, simple
touch.
* Soft pants. For many working columns cut on the bias.
* The soft accessories. Often ifs
women. pants have become a
the
little extras that make an outfit
wardrobe staple. This season, look
look
new. This year a linen suit from
for loose fitting rayon pants to make
last
year
can be updated with filmy
a sophisticated fashion statement
layered
tank
tops and natural jewel-
Avoid extremely wide palazzo
ry
in
stone,
wood
or bamboo. Carry
pants, instead choose a soft pant in a
a
straw
bag
or
a
soft
suede bag in a
more moderate style. Some of the
pale
neutral.
newest pants are slit up the side,

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