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6OmnibusThursday, November 3, 1988
OmnibusThursday, November 3, 19887
By ANNE-REHEE RICE
YouVe worn your white shoes
and cotton twill pants for the last
time. Fall is here and with it comes
new fashions to replentish the
wardrobes of you aspiring fashion
Popular colors for fall are like the
autumn leaves: crisp and radiant
with earthy tones.
"Our intense colors have sold the
best," said Anne Simpson, owner
of Town and Campus.
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All dressed up and still comfortable. Depending on your mood, you can look playful or
sophisticated by combining several fashion staples. Black Bolero hat, grey-knit skirt, black
cotton shirt and black and white print scarf courtesy of Modern Times.
Hunter greens and different
shades of ruby, not burgundy, fill
the racks at most stores. However,
navy and black are still big sellers.
Solids may be all right but Elle
magazine urges the fashion con
scious to "Clash with a flash" this
fall. Mixed prints and textures are
very a la mode (you know, trendy)
this fall. Simpson suggested team
ing together a shirt with a big
print and a skirt with a smaller and
less busy print. ,
"When you keep the items
within the same color realm it
makes a very nice combination,"
The fall lines this year definitely
have a certain mood.
"There is an upsurge in ethnic
styles this year," Susan Morris said.
She and her husband own The
Painted Bird in University Square.
They import clothes made of
hand-made fabrics from Guate
mala and Indonesia.
For example, the fabric itaki has
been woven. Certain threads are
dyed by the weaver to achieve a
pattern in the finished result. Also,
batik clothing, which is a form of
tye-dyeing, sells well at The
Painted Bird and at Town and
Batik fabric is coated with wax,
then crinkled to break the wax in
certain places. After the fabric is
dyed and the wax boiled off, the
dye has only colored the cracked
wax places. Other popular ethnic
items are the Maya belts, a woven
multi-colored belt and the hand
embroidered traditional Guate
As far as the fit goes for fall,
loose and comfortable is the look.
Long is in. The longer length skirts
are definitely selling better than
the shorter skirts, Morris said.
As an alternative to miniskirts,
baggy, dressy-looking shorts
above the knee are becoming the
thing. They offer more movability
than does a skirt. Lisa Hayward,
fashion designer and owner of
Modern Times, said her shorts can
be worn to achieve many differ
ent looks - from playful to
"My longer skirts tend to be long
and narrow as well as long and
flowing," she said.
If you can't live without the
mini, you should at least wear it
right. Elle says to "Bundle up a mini
with a wide belt. Layer big sweat
ers and jackets over skinny minis
to flash a lot of leg."
For more standard wear, cardi
gans and vests make the
"We can't keep them on the
racks," said Monika Mitchell, man
ager of The Lodge. Cotton sweat
ers are quickly taking over wool
sweaters, she said. People prefer
the softness of cotton over itchy
wool. And cotton sweaters can be
worn almost all year long. Rather
than wearing the standard turtle
neck under them, many people are
opting for the mock turtleneck
which is less resricting around the
neck, she said.
To get really warm it takes more
than a cardigan. For practical
purposes, get an anarak, which is
a nylon pullover jacket.
"It's been a hot seller at The
Lodge," Mitchell said.
The rich look and feel of leather
also has people going wild over
If you're feeling classy, then get
a cashmere shawl. Elle says, "The
classic cashmere shawl is making
an elegant comeback." The mag
azine also suggests warming up
with leggings, mittens and scarves
Yes, guys, it is possible to look 'good, feel good and be in style.
Men's sweater paired with grey jpleated slacks and leather
bomber jacket courtesy of Julian's. Cotton V-neck sweater with
navy trim by Benetton; khaki pants from Belk.
that have Nordic accents.
Speaking of scarves, they're
making a hit this fall. For that
finishing touch, the right accesso
ries are essential.
"Scarves can spark up an old
wardrobe without much cost,"
Town and Campus carries an
array of scarves and sashes. Many
of them are batik fabric Others
are fringed on the edges with tiny
beads on the end. The very large
ones can be worn as a shawl.
Others can be draped on the
shoulders and pinned or knotted.
"Often people wear sashes as
belts and leave one of the corners
hanging down at the waist,"
Other accessories making the
scene are dressy pins and antique
"Accessories rich in lush textures
like second-skin suedes, leather,
crocodile and lizard are quite
popular," Elle said.
On that same line, Modern Times
sells earrings made of more tra
ditional materials such as wood,
shells and various skins.
Accessories may be nice but
what about shoes - truly an
essential need. The look is a funky
"The European-style rubber
tread-like sole works especially
well with the styles we sell," Morris
And Hayward said these shoes
are incredibly sturdy.
So, that's an overview of the
fashion update In Chapel Hill for
Fall 88. No drastic changes, just a
few deviations from the norm.
Remember the advice of the
fashion master, Yves Saint Lau
rent, who nicely sums up the
outlook for fall trends in Vouge:
"It's traditional classic with a sense
Well guys, jeans and a T-shirt
may be fine for some things, but
taking fashion seriously can be a
plus for you. Although no drastic
changes are seen this fall, there are
still, some new looks for the
Every girl loves looking at a guy
who is wearing a big old sweater.
The rough, worn-in look is appeal
ing. But what girl wants to hug
a guy who is wearing an itchy wool
sweater? Wear a cotton one
"Ninety percent of the sweaters
we are selling are cotton," said Bob
Simpson, owner of Town and
Campus. Cotton cardigans and
vests are just as popular. But do
customers miss the intricate
weaving patterns of a wool
sweater? No, because nowadays
cotton sweaters dont have to be
solid. The new weaving techniques
can produce cotton sweaters with
all sorts of designs and textures
just like wool, but they're oh so
Cotton shirts are rather soft,
too, and the ones sold at Town
and Campus have a small collar. It's
not a buttondown. These can be
worn casually with jeans. For a
dressier look, Simpson suggested
wearing a tie with this sport shirt.
"You can have fun with it," he
Speaking of ties, there is always
a debate about the length and
width. Be serious. Jackie Perry,
manager of The Hub, promotes a
tie that's a little wider at the
bottom and narrower at the top.
"It's the '30s and '40s look," he
Also popular from this era are
baggy pants with a full-cut thigh
that allows for movement. As far
as pleats and cuffs go, Perry said
a pleated pant should always be
cuffed, and a straight-cut pant is
Gentleman Quarterly magazine
suggests choosing a double
breasted jacket for a sleek look
when you're putting your ensem
ble together. The suit coats this
fall have an extended shoulder
making the coat look tapered, but
it's not. It also hides a less than
. "It's not a confined but a relaxed
movement when you wear this
type of coat," Perry said.
To finalize a classy outfit, the
shoes need to be au courant.
instead of the basic lace-up wing
tips, the younger men opt for the
loafer type shoe that is more cut
out to show patterned socks such
as those by E.G. Smith. For casual
wear guys choose the lug sole
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One of the most popular looks for fall is both casual and classy.
skirt and mock turtleneck pullover courtesy of The Lodge. Black
Benetton; houndstooth pattern pants by The Gap.
"Wear a pair of Weejuns with
wide wale cords and you've got
a perfect look," Perry said.
And what goes under this "per-
feet look"? It's the Polo pin-striped
boxer shorts that sell the best at
Now you can relax, your college
fall fashion worries are covered.
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sweater with gold crest by