Thursday, May 24, 2007

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Quiz: Are You a Fashion Expert?

Fashion is a funny thing. Unlike other professional pursuits, you'd be amazed at how many people think they are experts because they can don a pretty dress. I can carve a mean turkey, but you'll never hear me say I'm an expert surgeon. To be an expert at something, it requires that you have mastered the entire topic: understanding history, technique, technological advances, etc. And in the case of fashion you need to know all this, and know how to don a pretty dress. Most important, a fashion expert knows how to dress other people, not just themselves. Find out now if you are on your way to becoming a fashion expert with our quiz.

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Fashion Find: Two-Piece for Less-Than-Perfect Bodies

Lands' End 2-PieceThink you can't still wear a two piece? Try Lands' End flattering bikini, which features a clever ruched waist that you can roll up or down to adjust coverage. The cute halter top features a wide band, lining and soft cups so you won't feel too exposed. In black, 4-14 $79 (Buy Direct) (Photo Credit:

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7 Styles to Make You Look Up to a Size Smaller

white jeansSkip a few workouts this spring? You can still look fabulous in shorts, dresses and camis this summer thanks to the latest body-wise styles that have control built right in. With built-in control, there's no need to don an extra layer of shapewear (which is such a good thing when the temperatures rise). So go ahead and wear that pair of white jeans, like the ones left by Not Your Daughter's Jeans (Buy Direct) and know that built-in tummy tamers will keep you sleek. (Photo Credit:

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Fashion Find: Feminine T-shirt

Calving Klein Jeans T-shirtThe one thing I'm always on the lookout for in my wardrobe? Great T-shirts to wear with everything from jeans to shorts. This pretty style from Calvin Klein Jeans fits the bill: a ruched V-neckline (flattering for everyone) and flutter sleeves give this knit top a soft edge. A longer cut and three easy-to-wear colors complete the package. S-XL, $44.50 (Buy Direct) (Photo Credit:

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Designer Spotlight: Nanette Lepore

nanette leporeForty-something designer Nanette Lepore has a vision that's entirely her own. Unlike other American contemporary designers that flirt with girly looks, Nanette Lepore relies on more than just ruffles and bows. Instead, she builds wearable collections that are based on great prints, color and details. And, of course, there's always a bit of frill for the girly girls. For this season, Nanette Lepore sweetens up the runway with her own take on the little black dress, scarf prints and more. (Photo Credit: Cynthia Nellis, licensed to