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July 15, 2001

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Wise wardrobes offer a hint of sophistication

Instead of being trendy, be a trend-maker.

All it takes is the perfect combination of the hottest styles and reliable classics.

In the July issue of Cosmopolitan, fashion director Elaine Farley offers these tips to inject your wardrobe with some sophistication:

Toss your tattered straw hat and get the blues with a denim hat.

Skip the basic white T-shirt and put on a cherry red version instead.

Low-heeled slingbacks are the perfect solution for those occasions when open-toe shoes won't do.

Wear a featherweight linen jacket in a motorcycle cut to ward off a chill instead of a cotton cardigan.

Avoid canvas or straw bags during the week. Carry a power purse maybe a red leather bag to work.

Forgo the predictable sundress and create a crisp, elegant look with a white cotton pantsuit.

Author offers tips to slim silhouette

Leah Feldon, an "Oprah" guest and author of "Does This Make Me Look Fat: The Definitive Rules for Dressing Thin for Every Height, Size and Shape" (Villard Books, $25), gives away some of her book's advice free on the Internet at www.leahfeldon.com.

In the tips section, the former stylist offers these suggestions for slimming your silhouette with the right skirt:

Skirts should be longer than they are wide to maximize the vertical line.

Hemlines can make a big difference. A skirt that lands mid-calf makes your legs look heavier. You're better off lowering the hem to a narrower part.

Side slits are good, if you have the legs. Front slits are bad they give the skirt a funny shape and don't move well.

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