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March 25, 2011 ✽ Section E ✽ A special supplement to the Daily Journal


PAGE 2E ■ FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011


Ladies’ spring fashion more feminine than ever BY SHEENA BARNETT

The bohemian look of the 1970s is back with a vengeance. Flowery tops, bell-bottom jeans and earthy shoes are all must-haves this spring. “Everything is really comfortable,” said Jade Gaskin, owner of Luxe in Tupelo. Krista Blanchard at Reed’s Department Store said the overall fit for spring is loose and free-flowing. “It’s an easy fit,” she said. “It’s comfortable to wear all day.” The floral pattern is the biggest trend this season. Reed’s, Luxe, True Blue and Runway all featured floral patterns in dresses, blouses, skirts, tunics and rompers. Dresses are a must-have for spring, especially midi skirts, Gaskin said. Maxi dresses are still big sellers at True Blue, Estrada said. Capri leggings and tunics are a style that has carried over for the past several seasons. Oversized blouses and tees are big sellers at Luxe, Gaskin said, as are pleated shorts. White jeans will be hugely popular, Stout said, as will jeans with a lighter denim wash. Skinny jeans are still stylish

but flare and bell-bottom jeans are making a huge comeback. “It’s the ‘70s look,” Stout said. “We’re also seeing jeans with a higher waist line.” Unlike the skinny jean, which can be tricky to wear, flare leg jeans are for any body shape. “Flare jeans flatter everyone because it balances out the hips,” Stout said. Some women may also fear horizontal stripes, but they’re in everything this spring, from blouses to skirts to handbags. Wide stripes are popular, especially if they’re navy, for that nautical look. One of the dresses at Runway featured white and navy stripes on top with a brightly colored skirt. “If you’re afraid of stripes, carry a striped purse,” said Cindy Collums, a co-owner of True Blue.

Touch of lace

“Embroidery is huge,” Stout said. Blouses featuring crochet detailing or lace are bringing out a feminine look, especially when added to the neckline or on the bottom trim. “The crochet detail gives it the ‘70s vibe,” Gaskin said.

Crochet belts are also in style, Stout said. To make a look more feminine, try a lace vest, Stout suggested.

Spring-like colors

White and ivory are big players in spring fashion, and Blanchard said it looks terrific paired with the colorful flowers of the season. Shades of orange, coral and melon are in everything from blouses to handbags. Honeysuckle, tomato red and mint green are popular colors at Luxe. All shades of blue and turquoise are in style. Color blocking – pairing strong colors together either in one piece or in an entire outfit – is in. It’s bold, but it’s in style. An example of a color block outfit, Estrada said, is a pink top paired with an orange skirt and tourquoise heels. “That’s what’s fun about it,” she said. “It’s kind of like breaking the rules.”

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TUPELO – Like spring flowers, spring fashion is all about a renewal for the fairer sex. “This spring feels like a celebration of the woman and the feminine,” said Andrea Estrada, co-owner of True Blue in Pontotoc. “It’s a really fun spring this year.” Bright colors and delicate embellishments are making this spring one of the most traditionally girly seasons women have seen in a while. “I see more feminine trends than ever,” said Keri Stout, owner of Runway Boutique in New Albany.



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When the sun pokes out and starts to thaw Northeast Mississippi, men’s clothing stores feel it. “I think people get cabin fever,” said Jimmy Long, co-owner of MLM Clothiers in Tupelo, “and when the sun comes out, people are looking for some color.” No matter what the calendar said, the burst of spring-like weather in late February had an immediate impact. “We’re selling beautiful linen shirts, beautiful long-sleeve summer shirts and short-sleeve summer shirts,” Long said. “Everything is new.” Ties are a quick way to acknowledge the rise in temperatures, said John Rush, men’s manager at Reed’s Department Store. PHOTOS BY THOMAS WELLS “We have all these pretty ties,” Rush Jim Goodwin wears a worsted wool suit by Hardwick Clothing Co., with a no-iron cotton shirt said. “That’s like getting a new suit. All by Enro, a silk tie by Ike Behar and a belt by Torino Leather Co., all from Reed’s. you have to do is buy a new tie. “Women buy dresses for Easter,” he continued. “Men buy ties.” ries Agave, Worn and Citizen of Hugo to Florida,” Rush said. “They’re getmanity brands. ting ready for their trips.” “We have a variety of washes, a variReed’s has lightweight rain jackets Versatility ety of fits,” he said. “Fit is very impor- by The North Face, as well as popular Colorful ties are in large supply at MLM, too. The store also offers a rela- tant.” T-shirt lines by Life is Good and Patagtively new item, an unconstructed onia. sports coat. “We have a new line called LaidWork and play “They take the lining out, the The change in the weather will result Back,” Rush said. “They have caps and padding out. They make it soft-shoul- in changes at work. Rush said Reed’s shirts. The mall has sold out of them dered,” Long said. “It’s great for our Enro pants are popular for people who twice. It’s something different, someclimate. The fabric is unbelievable. It’s wear business casual at the office. thing new.” like you don’t have anything on.” “They’re stay-pressed pants,” he All sports coats, unconstructed or said. “The guys at the banks love Fresh additions otherwise, are versatile items for a them. It’s a casual pant but it feels like Rush summed it up with those four man’s closet, Long said. a dress slack.” words: “Something different, some“We are trying to make people unReed’s also carries the Enro cotton thing new.” If you’re tired of winter’s derstand they can wear a sports coat shirt, which doesn’t have to be laungrays and blacks, you shouldn’t have with a shirt and tie, or they can put dered or ironed. any trouble finding colorful and fresh the sports coat with a pair of jeans.” When work’s done, there are more additions to your closet. Speaking of jeans, premium denim reasons to add to your wardrobe in has been a hot item, according to Joe Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 spring. Yarber, MLM co-owner. The store car“A lot of people are getting ready to or



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Floral patterns and cross body bags are two must-haves for spring. Kristin Buskirk, 20, of New Albany, is trendy in a Theme floral dress belted with bright yellow wedges and a matching Melie Bianco cross body drawstring laser cut bag, all from Runway in New Albany.

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Six-year-old Daven Sanders, left, and his 4-year-old brother, Daniel, sport outfits from Reed’s from the T.F. Laurance line. Daven wears a turquoise pique golf shirt, madras plaid shorts and Sperrys, while Daniel shows off a golf shirt with a sailboat on it and matching seersucker plaid shorts and Sperrys. They are the sons of Vanessa and Daniel Sanders of Shannon.

Leslie Hale, 35, of Pontotoc, shows off the power of white in this Waverly top and jean combination from Reed’s. Her shoes are by Nicole.

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Saltillo’s Spencer Pleasants celebrates individuality in fashion BY SHEENA BARNETT

ALTILLO – Whatever is the must-have look for everyone this season isn’t a must-have for Spencer Pleasants. Constantly bucking the trend, Pleasants isn’t concerned with what’s in style for spring. He’s looking for clothes that reflect the many facets of his sunny personality, from his love of punk and glam rock to his religious beliefs. “What you wear is a reflection of what’s on the inside,” he said. “It matters how you present your personal style.”

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Pleasants has advice for those who want to create their own personal style. “See what you like in the world, and try to put it together in how you want to present yourself,” he said. Pleasants suggests throwing out ideas of how things should be worn according to tradition or trends and focusing on how you want to interpret the piece. “Style is all about gestures,” he said. Small accents like cocking a hat to the side, rolling up the sleeves of a jacket or work No clones, please shirt, or wearing a stand-out Pleasants, 20, from Saltillo, piece of jewelry are gestures. started noticing fashion as a Practicality has no place in teen. fashion, he said. Inspired by movies like “The “Something may not have a Breakfast Club” and music by practical purpose but it’s artists like David Bowie, No meant to accentuate the style,” Doubt and Lady Gaga, PleasC. TODD SHERMAN he said. “You’d rather have ants’ wardrobe is full of sharp Spencer Pleasants’ style extends to his “Batmobile” hand-painted car. His “church suit” is as thrifty as it is stylish. “Ninety-nine percent of this is from City something grand than somesuits, band T-shirts and jumpThrift,” he said. thing practical.” suits. It all reflects his personaliThat means wearing a jacket ty, from his Bowie-esque mullet in the summer or uncomforthaircut to his cross necklace. able shoes, but it’s worth it if “Style is a lifestyle. It’s a the look is achieved. choice you make,” he said. “You might sweat or your “Wearing a plaid suit instead of feet might hurt, but do you a plain black suit says a lot know what’s accomplished about you.” when people see you making Speaking of plaid suits, he an effort?” he said. has one, and it’s one of his faAbove all else, fashion vorites. He said he wears it to should be about each individchurch often. ual’s personality – not what’s in “Give the Lord your best,” he style, Pleasants said. said. “Dress like you want to,” he Pleasants finds no inspirawith his own outfits instead of Most of his clothes come my wardrobe is from City One outfit in particular insaid. “Dress bravely, and you’re tion in trendy fashions. buying one “that’s been laid from City Thrift, Wall’s Bargain Thrift,” he said. cluded a David Bowie T-shirt gonna go far.” “It’s actually uncreative out for you.” Center, Elmo’s Military Surplus He also frequents Main Atbeneath a green and brown Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678when you are a clone,” and he Pleasants isn’t just trendy – or from flea market vendors. traction and Hot Topic for fun printed button-up shirt and a 1580 or said it’s more fun coming up he’s also thrifty. “I’d say 75 to 80 percent of accessories. leather jacket, paired with

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black sailor’s pants, caramelcolored platforms, a blue pageboy hat, multiple bracelets and watches on each arm and his ever-present crucifix necklace. “Fashion and style needs to be mysterious, like thunder and lightening,” Pleasants said. “When they come together, it needs to go boom.”

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011 ■ PAGE 7E

There’s a shoe for every taste ■ Men can find a wide variety of ways to do their walking in style. BY M. SCOTT MORRIS


A shoe display at True Blue in Pontotoc features some of the styles of the season, including funky wedges and comfortable flats.

Chunky, fun shoes a must for spring BY SHEENA BARNETT Daily Journal

Cute but comfortable is what’s driving spring fashion footwear for women. Earthy wedges and cloth flats provide both, making them a popular choice this spring. “I’m seeing a lot of wedges with a wooden heel,” said Keri Stout, owner of Runway Boutique in New Albany. Cork heels are also stylish, said Krista Blanchard of Reed’s Department Store. “It’s so nice to wear after wearing your boots all winter,” she said. Jade Gaskin, owner of Luxe in Tupelo, said the throwback wedge is a great look for spring. Sandals are still in, but it’s less of a gladiator style and more of a sleek look, she said. Thong sandals are a good option for spring, said Andrea Estrada of True Blue in Pontotoc. Neutral colors are being seen mostly in accessories this sea-

“It’s so nice to wear after wearing your boots all winter.”

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Reed’s Department Store buyer talking about spring’s cork heels

son, likes shoes and handbags, so opt for a camel or nude shoe rather than something in a bright color, Blanchard said. While wedges have the spotlight for spring, heels are a classic look that never go out of style. “They’re the higher heels, and they even have a platform on the toes,” Stout said. Flats are still trendy, especially airy, cloth ones made by brands like Rocket Dog, Estrada said. “They’re light and comfortable,” she said.

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Morris McCain, shoe manager at Reed’s Department Store, said another old look is back in a new and interesting way. “Toms are the favorites, by

These white Brockton Bucks by G.H. Bass & Co., from Reed’s go nicely with a seersucker suit. far,” he said. “When they come in the door, we say, ‘Looking for Toms?’” He said the shoes resemble old-style Keds tennis shoes. For every pair sold, Toms gives a pair to someone in a developing country. Another top seller for Reed’s is the Chaco sandal. “A Chaco is a water sandal with a totally adjustable strap,” McCain said. “You can pull them around and make them fit your feet. They’re a little heavy, but they’ve got a lot of support.”

Fit over fashion

Jimmy Long, co-owner of MLM Clothiers, said it doesn’t matter if a pair of shoes are for play time, formal ocassions or business casual; the first priority is always fit. “That’s the main thing guys are looking for when they come in,” he said. “All of your shoes need to be comfortable.”


Jimmy Long, co-owner of MLM Clothiers, said customers who buy Alden shoes, left, appreciate their durability. MLM Clothiers has loafers, right, made for the store’s private label brand. One of MLM’s most popular shoes is an alligator print by Martin Dingman. “We do a big business in those,” he said. “They come in black and brown.” Someone who buys a pair of Alden shoes tends to think long-term, Long said. “The Alden shoe is the most

durable we have,” he said. “Man, it’ll last.” If you’ve got walking to do, pick a style that fits your needs, your feet and your personality. As always, the choice is yours.

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As business casual has become a firmly established reality, shoemakers have taken note. “For us, business casual remains the No. 1 factor when it comes to men’s footwear,” said Corey Chunn, Shoe Country manager. Brands like Merrell and MBT make shoes that wouldn’t do for a black-tie event, but they offer comfort for the work day or for play. “MBT is a comfortable shoe that conforms to your feet without a CHUNN breaking-in period,” he said. “They’re designed to bring out your natural walking style.” Chunn added there’s still a need for dress shoes, and old favorites are coming back into fashion. “We’re seeing wing tips, cap tips and bicycle toes coming back,” Chunn said. Here’s a quick primer: ■ Wing tips have elaborate stitching that meets on the top of the shoe. ■ Cap tip stitching goes over the top of the shoe and looks like a cap. ■ Bicycle toe stitching goes along each side of the shoe but doesn’t meet. “Those retro looks are coming back,” Chunn said.


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a face stamped into them – a face with Xs for eyes and a straight mouth. Those aren’t the kind of studs you see every day. I’ve been lucky enough to find several pair of gorgeous, locally made earrings, too, which are always extra fun. I’m not supposed to wear dangly earrings for about another two months, just to make sure the heavy earrings don’t stretch the holes in my ears. I’ve already cheated on that rule, however, and worn a pair or two. Dangly earrings are my favorite. There is nothing as lovely as a dangly pair of earrings – or, as Scarlett O’Hara described them, “dancing earrings.” In fact, it was that description that inspired me to pierce my ears. Last fall I was reading “Gone With the Wind” and Scarlett said, “Dancing earrings always attracted a man and gave a girl such a spirited air.” I’m still new to this pierced ear look, but I can tell you, Scarlett ain’t kidding. Bring on the earrings!

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When Blanchard first started Sadie, she was making the jewelry and repping it herself, loading her two sons into her car and driving to stores to sell it. Now, she has five members of her family who help her create jewelry. There’s her parents, Sadie and David Kenney; her brother, John; her sister, Jill Cole; and her father-in-law, Terry Melton. Cole helps Blanchard develop design ideas. “She’s very, very creative,” Blanchard said. Since Blanchard works at Reed’s Department Store, she sees plenty of fashion and draws inspiration from clothes and other jewelry she sees. “Of course, we put our own take on it,” she said. Blanchard likes for her wire to have a textured appearance, so she’ll beat it with a hammer before adding the design to it. “I think that makes them more interesting when they have texture,” she said. Spring styles for Sadie include nature influences like birds, dragonflies and leaves, and a mix of pastels and bright colors – but not together. Vintage is Blanchard’s favorite style, so she incorporates a lot of pieces that have an antique look. Her brother helps by creating large wire flowers, while her father-in-law crafts wire crosses. Each person has his or her own special task. “Daddy is 76. Sometimes he’ll be fast, sometimes he’ll go slow,” she said, laughing. “I guess I’ve been doing it so long that I’m the fastest.”

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011 ■ PAGE 9E

Bold colors, beads, buttons big this spring for kids BY GINNA PARSONS

Adornments, fabric

Beasley said one thing she’s seeing a lot of this spring are eclectic adornments on clothing. “There’s lots of crochet, crocheted accents, unusual buttons, buttons with details on them, lots of lace, wooden beads, sequins,” she said. “Even a blue-jean jacket has a little fabric splash here, a little jewel there.” Russell said she’s seeing a lot of appliqués on children’s clothing, both for boys and girls. “And the appliqués are more like 3D,” she said. “They kind of stuck out, you know? And we’re seeing a lot of flowers, crocheted flowers, flowers pinned on outfits.” Beasley noted that one look that’s popular for pre-teen girls is sort of mismatched fashion-forward clothing. “It’s not something we’re used to. This is high-end children’s fashion,” she said. “It might mix a stripe with a floral print or combine multiple fabrics in one outfit.” Pitcock said the fashion feels almost retro. “A lot of the prints are going back to the 1970s,” she said. “And a lot of the fabrics are more eco-friendly, like


Ty Russell, 5, wears a Mis-tee-V-Us outfit from Silly Simpson’s that features a tie-dyed T-shirt with matching madras plaid shorts and flip-flops by Itzy Titzy. Ty is the son of DeAnna and Dave Russell of Tupelo. bamboo fabric and organic cotton.”

Late Easter

Because Easter comes late this year – April 24 – you can forget sweater vests for boys. “We’ll probably see more shorts and

golf shorts,” Craft said. “Linen, cotton, poplin and madras plaid shorts that come right above the knee are huge.” For younger boys, Russell is seeing those same madras plaid shorts, but with a brighter shirt. “Some things I’ve seen that are big


Anna Kirk Presley, 11, shows off a multicolored dress from the Spanish line Desigual at Doodles. Anna Kirk is the daughter of Susan and Kirk Presley of Tupelo. are tie-dyed shirts,” she said. Pitcock said shorts with graphic Tshirts are still popular for older boys looking for a casual look. They’re also still into layering shirts. Those wanting a dressier style will wear a blue blazer, a button-down shirt with a fun

tie and khakis or seersucker pants. “Boys are just very basic,” Craft added. “They don’t change much from year to year.”

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TUPELO – Is it possible to define spring fashion for children in one word this year? Yes, it is. Color. “If there’s anything I have to say about this spring, it’s color, color, color,” said Monia Beasley at Doodles. “And I’m so glad, because I love color.” And we’re not talking pale, muted colors either. “The color tangerine is real big,” said Machelle Pitcock at Ladybug’s. “We’re also seeing yellows and lime greens.” Even boys are getting into the bright colors. “We’re seeing lots of turquoise,” said Sissie Craft at Reed’s. “The clothing for boys is very traditional in body, but the color palette is brighter.” DeAnna Russell at Silly Simpson’s said she’s still seeing some soft colors for Easter, with the brighter colors being reserved for more casual wear. “For boys, orange seems to be a pretty good color this year,” she said.

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Linen finds a new season ■ Traditional Southern staple is getting a modern makeover.


Linen is throwing off its stereotypes. Long a favorite in the South, linen developed a certain reputation that it was the provenance of very mature women, had to be ironed until it was crispy and should be put away after Labor Day. “It’s no longer just for your grandmother’s hankies,” said Barbara Fleishhacker, owner of the Main Attraction in Tupelo. The fabric is classic, but it’s less stuffy and very versatile. “It’s very fun,” said Phyllis Robinson, owner of Devilish Mary in Tupelo. “You can dress it up and wear it out to dinner or the symphony, and the next day wear it as a cover-up at the beach.” It looks great with flip flops, flats or heels. Vintage necklaces, chunky bangles and scarves can take linen to the office, mall, restaurant and beyond. And with the old rules out the window, the washable linen is easy to pack and go. “That’s the beauty of linen these days,” Fleishhacker said. “The wrinkle is in.” Linen isn’t just for summer anymore, either. “It breathes so well,” Robinson said. “With our weather, you can wear it almost year round.” During the summer, the linen breathes and keeps you cool. In the cooler months, it can provide insulation in layers.

The look

Linen is getting a more tailored silhouette while still incorporating the loose, flowing feel that has made it a summer favorite. Instead of straight tunics and shifts, designers are incorporating handkerchief hems and flounces that float over the hips without ballooning over the stomach, Robinson said. Some tunics have ruching at the waist or layered fabric to accent a scoop neckline to add shape and texture. “All body types can wear this linen,” Robinson said. Linen tunics can be belted in


Laura Kent is all done up for a summer evening with a Matchpoint coral, hankerchief-weight linen top accented with ruching and pearl buttons paired with Matchpoint charcoal linen pants. The outfit is completed with State of Grace necklace, a Cappelli sunhat, purple and amethyst accessories and Azura Spanish espadrille heels and a leather tooled bag. Outfit and accessories from Main Attraction in Tupelo. to define the waist or left to float around the body, depending on the individual and the look they want, Fleishhacker said. Linen pants are generally going big, and palazzo pant styles are popping up frequently. Earth, wind and fire colors are the colors for the season’s linens. Neutrals like ivories, khakis and deep browns, blues in shades of washed denim and sky, and brights like crimson, pink, corals and plums are all part of the palette. Like other fashion trends, the current linen pieces are designed to be layered under and over. It mix and matches well with other fabrics.

Time to buy

This summer may be a partic-

ularly good time to buy linen. Belgian and Irish linens, the mainstays of the high-end linen world, are still a pretty penny. However, linen is made everywhere, including the United States, and those prices have become much more affordable, said Fleishhacker who carries both import and U.S.made linen clothing. However, with weather impacting prices for the raw, natural fibers that make linen and rising gas prices, those prices may start edging back up. “Linen is a good investment because it never goes out of style,” Robinson said. “It’s a classy look.”

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Ginger Renick models a relaxed linen look with a Camille Linen Co. asymmetrical top and wide leg cargo pants. Treska necklace, dangling earrings and chunky bracelets along with J.P Mattie Himalayan fabric thong sandals with silver orbs complete the look from Devilish Mary in Tupelo.

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