J6 The San Diego Union-Tribune • Sunday, December 16, 2007
Q: What else can I wear to stand out at a New Year’s Eve party
at a nightclub besides a sequin-covered minidress, which are
A: Yes, sequinned- and pailette-covered dresses are everywhere,
and that can look a bit dull. What about a dress in a rich, satu-
rated color instead — teal, burgundy, amethyst, chartreuse? A
little more surprising than black or red, and a lot more comfort-
able than sitting on something covered in tiny sparkly bits.
— THE WASHINGTON POST
CLOTHING, CELEBRITIES AND CONSUMER TRENDS Getty Images
O scar de la Renta gave a recent
preview in New York of his
prefall collection for 2008, a hint
of where fashion might be headed
With this fall’s styles still in
stores — and many of them on sale
racks — there are some themes
and trends that appear to have
life left in them, including metallic
embellishment, long gloves, patent
leather and the colors of cobalt
blue and purple.
What was different in de la
Renta’s new collection was the nod
to the style of the South American
prairie with upscale, sophisticated
versions of the circle skirt, cropped
jacket and jabot blouse. A brown
tweed skirt seemed to marry the
look with the luxury that de la LINGERIE LINGO:
Renta’s fans are accustomed to, and WORDS TO SHOP BY
models wore cowboy-inspired boots Babydoll: Flowing top,
with a high cone heel and made of goes with a matching
soft, supple leather and suede. panty (above)
For customers in need of ball
gowns, de la Renta offered those, Bikini cut: Underwear
too — the most striking was a strap- briefs fitted low on hips
less embroidered gown in gold
lamé with a fitted bodice and a full Camisole: Sleeveless,
skirt that exploded with seemingly tight-fitting garment
infinite swirls of fabric. made of silk, satin or
— ASSOCIATED PRESS stretch material, worn
with or witwhout a bra
Cheeky: Panty revealing
part of lower behind
Corset: Molds and
shapes torso (below)
demi: Cutaway bra
covering lower part of
Peignoir: Long outer
sold with matching
Push-up: Bras designed
to enhance cleavage
Men: Here’s the naked truth about buying G-string: Type of thong
with “string” of material
between legs and
underwear for the woman in your life buttocks
camisole and panty in
Evan Agostini / Associated Press
By Nicole Reino Don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous: Let’s say
made of thin strip of
white cotton bras are her staples, however, you know she’d
ome years back, Normal Heights resident Mike like to wear something a bit sexier — like a silk corset or
material along center
Pazder walked into a Victoria’s Secret by himself babydoll — for special occasions. Go ahead and get her that
of garment’s rear
— with little lingerie know-how — in search of some- fancy, unexpected corset or babydoll. If you really want to
thing, anything. take it up a notch, buy it in fire engine red or a deep purple.
“I didn’t know how this whole operation worked,” the now
29-year-old lawyer said. “I didn’t know if I was supposed to Find out her size(s): Snoop through her lingerie drawer
touch anything or just keep my hands to myself.” and take note of the size or, in many cases, sizes. Some wom-
A saleswoman sensed his unease around all the lacey, silky en wear multiple sizes, depending on the brand and style.
fabrics with strappy things, hooks and lace, and helped him Your best bet is to buy whatever size you see the most of in
out. her drawer.
“It wasn’t exactly the most comfortable conversation when Go smaller with panties; larger with bras: If you weren’t
we were trying to figure out what size to get and I had to able to find out what size she wears, remember that rule of
compare my girlfriend’s body to hers,” Pazder said. “But thumb and you’ll stay out of the doghouse. No woman wants a
aside from that, there is no question that the best advice is to gift that implies you think she has a big rear and small breasts.
immediately go up to a saleswoman when you go in the store When in doubt, buy panties: There’s no such thing as
and ask for help rather than wandering around aimlessly “too many.” Women can always use another pair.
looking and feeling like a big pervert.” Don’t fret, shop online: If just the mere thought of walking
Point noted and taken: Men, get help. into a department store’s lingerie section or a boutique like
Nobody expects you to be an expert in lingerie. Turn to Frederick’s of Hollywood or Victoria’s Secret makes you feel
those who have the knowledge before buying her unmention- like you’re on the verge of an anxiety attack, then don’t even
ables this holiday season. think about it, let alone force yourself to go inside! Browse
Laurie Thomas, owner of San Diego lingerie shop The stores online in the privacy of your home.
Enchantress, shares a few tips that may make your life a lot If you’re ready to completely surrender, buy her a gift
easier: card: Unless your girlfriend or wife is anti-gift card, there is
Know her style: If your girlfriend or wife wears lacey, absolutely nothing wrong with giving her one to her favorite
skimpy thongs every day, don’t buy her cotton granny pant- lingerie shop.
ies. If she’s a bit more conservative, you might not want to
get her an ensemble you’d likely see on an adult film star. Nicole Reino writes a weekly fashion column called “The Bias Cut” Lisa Maree Williams
Andrew H. Walker / That said, read on. for UTStreet.com. / Getty Images photos
Getty Images photos
S E E N O N T H E ST R E E T
Twenty-seven-year-old BRAndon VAsQuez, of Poway, is a Starbucks barista by
day and DJ by night. We caught up with him at Ritual Tavern in North Park, checking out
the “Artwist” event by MindFill Entertainment.
Tell me about what you are wearing. This
is a vintage jacket, and the hat is a ’70s
great Huggy Bear ’70s “Shaft” jacket. It’s
long, with the patchwork leather.
RED LETTER DAYS
How would you describe your style?
What are your wardrobe staples? Always
jackets — even in the summer!
Very hep cat.
Where do you shop? Thrift stores. There
Finish this sentence: I would never be
caught dead wearing … A polo shirt.
L adies are once again loving their lipstick.
The shiny luster of lip gloss had tempted them away
for a few years, but a creamier texture, long-lasting color
are some great ones on Poway Road. They’re horrible. and more refined fashions are behind a renewed interest
Do you have any fashion icons? Prince. What’s the best $10 you’ve ever spent? in lipstick.
I like the whole androgyny thing. And he I got a Minolta 35mm camera. “There’s is something very glamorous about putting on
has the (guts) to wear whatever he wants. Any fashion tips for men? Stop looking in lipstick. It’s that snapping of the cap, swiveling it up and
Is there something in your closet Maxim for fashion advice. sensual movement of putting on,” says Allure editor in
that you’ll never get rid of? I have this chief Linda Wells. “It’s an old-fashioned sexy gesture.”
So what’s the best-looking drink that Bright red lips have an old-Hollywood vibe that further
completely ’40s mink coat. It’s a woman’s you make? A caramel macchiato. It looks
coat but I just had to get it. And I have this fuels the fantasy. Full color lips have dominated the red
good and it’s a good drink. carpet of late, as well as holiday-season magazine pages
— PHOTO AND TEXT BY CRISSY PASCUAL and the spring fashion runways.
— ASSOCIATED PRESS