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College men buying
By Kasey Berber
Get ready for soira|unk. ..
1970s-style clothing is one of
the hot items for men’s apparel this
year, as neon colors and rayon have
been flying off the racks.
Scott Lubeck, a sales associates
for Younkers, said rayon and poly
ester threads have been popular, as
well as bright oranges^ greens and
“Bright orange is really the
thing right now,” Lubeck said. ' X
Lubeck explained that v-neck
and turtleneck shirts were selling
well, along with colors and fabrics
of other ’70s gear. 7
clothing by Tommy Hilfiger has
been the sought-after item.
Bryan Hinkley, a sales associ^f
ate at Dillard Department Storey
said the Tommy Hilfiger trend waT
“This year it hit pretty hard,”
Hinkley said. “Last year it wasn’t
that big of a name.”
But Hinkley said that Hilfiger
is one of the more popular lines for
college men. Its influence could
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* ‘Some men’s clewing trends
have remained constant../
Michelle Rivera, a sales associ- ^
ate for Younkers, said jeans are still
the most popular pants for men.
“Wrdq-leg jeans are what
they’re buying,” Rivera said. “The
baggy variety of jeans.”
But the question on everyone’s
mind has to be — are bell-bottoms
making a comeback with the other
“I don’t think so,” Rivera said.
“I don’t even think we stock diem
Spring styles bloom
in department stores
' j. The time When fk>w
f bloom^tees bud and parkas get
traded for windbreakers.
As always, the changing of the
season brings new fashion lines.
The buzz this spring on women’s
wear can be described in two words:
citrus brights. These oranges, yel
lows and lime greens started to show
u&a bit last spring, but are going to
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line, de colors can be worn by
Thenjp$ves. In women’s wear, they
clurbe paired under a blazer as a
complement color, she said.
A simple trip through any depart
ment store Will tell that citrus brights
are adorning everything from skirts
and blouses to shoes and belts. There
are a few flowa patterns among the
bright colors, but not as many as last
season. This spring’s patterns are
more focused on clean geometric
prints and subtle lines — nothing
bold or brash.
As far as fabrics are concerned,
silks, linens and “natural” woven fab
ric in shades of khaki are fabrics of \
choice. Liz Claiborne has a line of
natural clothing out this spring,
j tr Shoes will continue in the direc
tion they’ve been heading — fat,
clunky heels of any height are in, as
well as mules and slides. A mule is a
close cousin of the clog, except for
the open toe. Another direction shoes
are taking is the fabric. A new trend
seems to be making shoes out of a
stretch fabric, for more comfort. Of
course, leather and patent will always
be en vogue.
Skirt lengths have become less of
an issue over the past few years,
Greer said, and are pretty much left
to personal preference. She added
that double-breasted suits were “in”
for the career women, and that any
thing “retro” was big with juniors.
“Crop-tops, rib-striped shirts ...
anything that looks as though it were
from toe ’70s is big,” she said. As
far as shorts go, stone-washed shorts
are still in style, although they’re
bleached whiter for the spring. While
Greer said that women preferred
tighter tegs, juniors had other ideas.
“Juniors still like the wide tegs
with the low-slung waist, so they can
show off their pierced belly buttons.”
Retro s stayin’ alive at thrift stores
By Jeff Randall
The inevitable trend of recycling
fashion fads can — at first glance —
j seem to be an obscene money-making
plot by fashion leaders.
They capitalize on' nostalgia by
charging inflated prices for old-fash
ioned clothes, which cost far less when
they were originally created.
And now that the 1970s are once
again upon us, we can expect to see
newly created tube tops, disco gear and
neon sweat suits to sweep department
stores at ungodly costs.
Such a phenomenon would seem
to indicate that anyone who wants to
stay “hip” and “swank” would have to
drop tons of cash to keep up with those
But this isn’t necessarily the case.
Thrift stores, often relegated to the
position of clothing stores for the eco
nomically disadvantaged, have also
become hot commodities in the wake
of recycled fashion.
ii thrift stores, the discarded
threads of people who have moved on
from their polyester-clad past can be
found on nearly every rack.
Prime-time disco suits, glitter-en
crusted swinger dresses and platform
shoes are there for the picking. And
most of them are available for less than
Lincoln is — like most sizable cit
ies — home to centralized meccas of
The main one here happens to be
on O Street, between 16th and 19th
streets. In this three-block area, one
can find not only the Disabled Ameri
can Veterans Thrift Store, the Family
Thrift Center and the Mission Thrift
Mart, but also Retro Recycle and
Rialto Extra, two vintage clothing
stores that are somewhat pricier, but
still very reasonable.
Other hot spots for used clothing
shops include 27th Street (between
Vine and Holdrege streets) and the
Salvation Army Thrift Store in the
Haymarket, which boasts two sizable
floors full of clothes, furniture, records
and bric-a-brac (whatever that is) that
looks like it was dropped off by a set
designer for “The Brady Bunch.”
In short, it doesn’t take a lot of
money to look like you’re on the cut- ;
ting edge. ‘
It just takes a little hustle and the '
will to search through racks of not-so
hot sweaters and T-shirts.
Besides, with the money you save
you can go out and buy the “Bee Gees
Greatest Hits” album you’ve had your
Lincoln's wealth of thrift stores is spread throughout
the city. These are a few of the hotter spots.
Disabled American Veterans
821 N. 27th St.
1731 O St.
5500 S. 56th St.
2638 N. 48th St.
1338 South St.
3910 N. 27th St.
14110 St. •
737 P St.
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