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Shop Talk Part 1: The Jargon of Fashion

By Roxy Rowton Today’s consumer culture thrives on choices. Even the most elementary understanding of fashion shop talk can illuminate the how-to’s of building a fashionable, but economical wardrobe. Keep these key terms in mind as you build yours. Adaptability: The ability of a garment to mix and match with a variety of wardrobe fundamentals, classic staples and fashion trends. The curation of carefully selected fabrics, silhouettes, …

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A Wrinkle in Fashion: Livable Linen

By Roxy Rowton Linen is one of summer’s hardest working and most remarkable fabrics. Embrace an unadulterated frame of reference on this summer classic as linen brings its sunny disposition and exceptional aptitude for coolness and freshness into the warm-weather closet. The word linen is a derivative from Latin for the flax plant. Botanists acknowledged the remarkableness of linen by naming the flax plant “Linum Usitatissimum,” …

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Summer in Blue and White

By Roxy L. Rowton As welcoming as a gentle summer breeze, the harmonious color combination of blue and white is a perfect sartorial gesture to a season of recreation and relaxation. If fashion has a favorite color palette for the sun-drenched days and balmy nights of summer, it’s got to unabashedly be blue and white! This enduring color combination has been the inspiration of sartorial interpretations …

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Social Butterfly

By Roxy Rowton The social season never ends. One social calendar rolls into another with the invites continuing. The social wardrobe should be as individual as each one-of-a-kind invitation. Each and every social request is an invitation to dress your very best—with a pleasing and attractive appearance. The social dress code do’s and don’ts that had guided the fashionista and pragmatist for generations have gradually given …

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Fresh from the Wash

By Roxy Rowton Before storing away cold-weather garments to make way for fashioning a new seasonal wardrobe, it is a good practice to clean wool and/or cashmere clothing. Contrary to the care labels in many woolen garments, these can be laundered by hand or in the washing machine. Hand washing is the gentlest method of all to clean wool and cashmere clothing. It also provides an …

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Spring Closet Countdown

By Roxy Rowton Is it any wonder that spring tugs at the heartstrings? The season makes its entrance with a cheerful procession of blooming flowers, budding branches, chirping birdsong, sundrenching light and warming temperatures. Spring awakens us from winter hibernation to elevate our spirits with an irrepressible hope, a refreshed outlook and renewed beauty. Likewise, fashion dispatches a sartorial parade of innovative silhouettes, mood-lifting palettes and …

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Wanderlust Ready

By Roxy Rowton The attraction and magnetism to travel is strong. The intense desire to experience unfamiliar cultures, explore unknown destinations, and wander faraway paths beckons to adventure seekers, globetrotters, sojourners, travelers and wanderlusters. But even the road warriors and the jet setters have to pack. While traveling, luggage becomes your closet. When dressing from the contents of your luggage, you must condense personal style and the …

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Runway Show Jan. 19 Shows Off Creations by Colgan Students

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS) The bad weather earlier this month dashed all hopes Colgan High School fashion design students had to exhibit their creative take on “wearable art” made from recycled materials. Because schools were closed on Jan. 6, students could not get in to Colgan High School to retrieve their art, which was slated to appear …

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Have a Snow Day

By Roxy Rowton The holiday rush has passed. Now winter beckons us indoors to find serenity and repose for the spirit, mind and body. During the winter season, dressing can become weighed down by heavy layers and hefty textures. Still, on a blustery winter afternoon or evening, you can lighten the dress code by slipping into loungewear staples. Stock your cold-weather closet with easy loungewear pieces …

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All the Trimmings

By Roxy Rowton This holiday season, glamour, in the form of figure-skimming dresses and tailored trouser suits, encourages dressing up whether for an afternoon theatrical performance or for an evening of dance and champagne. Satin, brocade, velvet, metallics and lace are the high notes that enliven the holiday wardrobe with luxe details, luminous tones and rich textures. Much like the heroine of a Victorian novel draped …

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