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By LISBETH LEVINE
Although men's fashion may seem to remain the same
year after year to many people, over the last few seasons
many changes have evolved which have made this spring
an exciting one for men.
"Men are getting much more fashionable' said Judy
Port, manager of The Hub, Ltd.
The range of colors that men are wearing is one of the
major differences in this spring's clothes. "There's no
limit on colors," said Bob Simpson, owner of The Town
"Our best selling Izods and polo shirts are in the rose-salmon-lavender
range," said Mickie Holden, vice
president of fashion merchandising for key's Carolina.
Polo shirts are very important again this season. "Pur
ple polos with grey collars and cuffs are one of the new
color combinations for men," said Shelton Henderson,
owner of The Shrunken Head Boutique.
"Many of our best selling polo shirts have very wide
stripes," said a representative from Julian's College Shop.
The new spring shirts have band collars or tucked
fronts at The Town and Campus. Simpson also recom
mended woven shirts with knit collars.
"Knit shirts are coming in with banded sleeves this
season. They're usually solid colors with contrasting col
lars and cuffs," said Bob Varley, owner of Varley's.
"Cotton sweaters are still very important, because you
can wear them anytime of year," Simpson said. At,'
Julian's, salesmen say that all-cotton argyle sweaters, as
well as pastel-colored cotton crewnecks, will be popular
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be substantiated. "We've sold out of everything we had in the
nautical look," Holden said. "And I think it'll become even
more popular, because ifs usually a summer thing."
Nichols felt that a dress in navy or white, with a dropped waist
or puffed sleeves, worn with white hose and pumps, would be a
very nice version of a nautical outfit.
Several sources said that stripes would be the biggest pattern
for 1982. Nichols favored wide awning stripes. Colors for spring
will be toned down so that they can be worn from March until
Cotton sweaters will again be worn this spring. "They'll be
mainly handknit, with ruffles, either on the shoulder or in a pina
fore," Nichols said. s
The most popular jacket for spring will probably have sleeves
that are puffy around the shoulders, a tapered waist, and either a
narrow collar or no collar at all. Nichols said it should be cotton
or linen, and in white or one of the drab shades of green or
The most common length for cocktail dresses this spring is
just below the knee to mid-calf, and the best fabrics are taffeta
and silk. "Lots of one shoulder styles are selling this year. The
other main style is square-cut around the neckline, and has
sleeves that can be worn on the shoulder, or pulled off the
shoulder for a more dramatic look," Nichols said.
The bathing suit hasn't changed that much from last season.
"Bathing suits are more exotic than last year," Port said.
"One shoulder styles and swimsuits with appliques will be im
portant this year," Nichols said. Henderson has been selling lots
of bikinis with high cut legs and a tie string around the waist, as
well as metallic suits.
Shoes are low-heeled again this year. "They'll have cut out
toes, low heels, and be in bright colors," Nichols said.
Nichols advised people with low budgets to put their money
in accessories. She particularly liked rope belts interwoven with
metallic thread. The headband worn around the forehead is
proving itself to be the most important accessory of the season.
The changes this season in fashion are subtler, making it very
easy to update last year's wardrobe with a few additions and
some new accessories. The new options offer a wide range of
choices, so if it looks great go for it. S
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"The two most important things in menswear-this
spring are the interest in pants and the jacket options,"
Holden said, adding that pants with drawstring waists,
and blouson-style jackets would be popular.
Simpson agreed that drawstring pants in a wide range of
colors were selling very well. "The new styles in pants are
pleated and taper at the bottom," he said.
Besides the required pair of white pants and khakis,
poplin, madras, and seersucker pants will be commonly
seen this spring.
Shorts seem to have no set limits this season. "All
lengths of shorts are selling like crazy," Simpson said. A
representative from Julian's noted that the bermuda
shorts are increasing in popularity.
The new styles of linen jackets are versatile and add in
terest to an ordinary wardrobe. These jackets are uncon
structed, loose-fitting, and have sleeves wide enough so
that they can be pushed up to the elbows. "This jacket is
great," Simpson said, "because it can be worn either
dressy or casual over a polo shirt. It's also less expensive
because it's unconstructed."
For cocktail parties, Varley recommends wearing a
navy blue blazer, light grey polyesterwool pants, a blue
or white buttondown, and a red and blue wrap striped tie.
"Dress pants in either 100 linen or rayon with pleats
will be big this year," said Billy Calary of Julian's.
Another spokesman for Julian's advised owning a
lightweight navy blazer in a tropical cloth or linen blend.
In casual outdoor jackets, most everyone agreed that
either a poplin or nylon blouson windbreaker was a must.
Shoes this spring really have not changed that much.
Topsiders and Bass Weejuns will again be the staples of a
shoe wardrobe. Varley said that saddle shoes in several
color combinations, and white buck shoes were reap
pearing. "The dirty buck is still the favorite," he added.
The most common belt this season is a two-tone
striped surcingle made in cotton, or a solid color style
with a motif such as ducks or anchors.
This spring, men have the freedom to be more creative
and colorful in their dress. "Everything's wide open this
year," Simpson said. "It should be a fun summer," Sj
Lisbeth Levine is a staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel.
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Showing off the nautical look at University Lake is Lindsay Anderson, left, in a skort with a striped and matching hat. Jeff Scott
stays cool for summer in coordinates from the Izod collection. Clothes from Ivey's. '
Spotlight, March 25, 1982