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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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How to Fit a Coat

When shopping for a winter coat, wear seasonally appropriate clothes underneath for a more accurate fit. There are no shortcuts to finding the correct fit in a coat. You will probably have to try many coat styles and silhouettes before finding the correct fit. A cold-weather coat capsule will generally require more than one coat to accommodate the varied occasions, activities and outfits of winter. Here are some guidelines for finding the right fit by checking: …

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Coat Check: When Cold Weather Comes Calling

By Roxy L. Rowton When bundling up becomes more of a necessity than a fashion statement, it’s time to stock your wardrobe with coats that not only brave the cold, but are thoughtfully designed and beautifully shaped for around-town polish. Like so many articles of clothing, coats were outer garments originally designed for utility, protection and warmth—to provide a defense from inclement weather like wind, …

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The Fashion Folder: Ease into Autumn

By Roxy Rowton Just as the laid-back days of summer give away to the purposeful days of autumn, fashion reflects the return to industrious and enterprising pursuits. During autumn, the sartorial dress code becomes the most pronounced and intentional of any other fashion mind-set. Sartorial undertones of tailoring, styling, craftsmanship, construction, aesthetics, and form stunningly stitch together the cold-weather designs of the autumn fashion portfolio. The …

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Front Office: Closet Staples That Get to Work

By Roxy Rowton In a city where every appearance is a stage, you don’t want to be seen in just any old thing. This fall the wardrobe lineup is anything but basic or back to work as usual. The closet cast features an array of base-layers and core garments of luxurious fabrics, innovative details and thoughtful designs. All these are tailor-made to update the fall …

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