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by Shelly Kalkowski
Relax. Be comfortable. The female
fashion mood this spring is light, soft,
roomy and slinky.
Baggy pants and shorts, halter tops,
shirtdresses, cardigan sweaters and tank
top sets, caftans and short, breezy skirts
top the spring-summer fashion lists.
In color, the soft, winter pastels have
spilled over into the new season. But the
traditional Easter pales have perked up to
candy brights-strawberry pinks, banana
yellow, lime greens and sunkissed
Natural adds another shade to the
spring pastels. Dusty rose, buff, white and
beige create a quieter mood. And the
spring t raditionals red, white, and
navy are still in the Dictjre.
Plaids, prints from dainty chintz to
wild Hawaiian and stripes are added
dimensions to the spring color code.
For pants, dresses, jackets and blouses,
the No. 1 fabric is searsucker, a puckery
material most often seen in plaids, stripes
and checks. Other favorites are
gabandine, pinwale corduroy, brushed
denim, double knit and crepe.
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Sun l)a thing, here or
abroad is just about
the same, except in
swim wear from
Suits in cotton
Hawaiian prints, knits
and polyesters are the
biggest hit this year.
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According to Teresa Bramble, buyer
for Quentin's, there are more pants in the
offing than last year. And the outstanding
pant silhouette is still the high-waisted,
loose-legged and cuffed baggy.
Last year's hot pants have cooled
down to less-revealing rehearsal shorts.
Ben Simon's Sportswear Buyer Pat Ward
said the new shorts look is high-waisted
"Rehearsal shorts may be belted and
pleated and will have a fuller,
bermuda-length leg," Ward said. "They
look like the shorts worn in old Betty
Contrary to rumors, alt four Lincoln
fashion buyers interviewed said baggy and
elephant-belled jeans are still an
important item in the UNL coed's
To top the pants, short knit sweaters
are still making appearances. Wooden
Nickel buyer Susie Sup describes these
shrink-like sweaters as "dainty and
The barebacked halter, midriff and the
elasticized "boob tube" are looks which
will gain popularity as the weather warms
up, according to Ward.
Last year's smocks have shrunk to the
waist-length "little angels" which are
usually full-sleeved and gathered at the
neck or yoke.
Blouses are blooming with tiny
flowered prints. Bramble said blouses
feature gathering at the bustline and
puffy, ruffled or butterfly sleeves.
Waist length Eisenhower or baseball
jackets are another approach to the pants
outfit. The jacket usually has long C'iffed
sleeves, a shirt collar and a fitted waist.
Details such as top stitching, zippers,
pockets and buttons add variety.
Shirring is the process and elastic is the
raw material in what is perhaps spring's
newest look. Judy Condon, the buyer for
Hovland-Swanson's Unique Shop,
describes shirring as the insertion of
elastic into waistbands.
You name it, it can be shirred. Pants,
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