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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Gladiator-style sandals trendy this summer

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Strappy gladiator sandals are "in," according to a trend-spotter in Los Angeles.

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Full-figured women can get hard-to-find bra sizes up to 56JJ at Morgan Beret Fine Lingerie & Bed Linen in Kahala Mall.

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Former Honolulu IT girl Blaine Ashley Hite now lives and works in Los Angeles as a stylist and sales representative for up-and-coming fashion design firms.

She takes her trend-spotting tasks seriously. Here's her latest list of ins and outs for summer 2006:

IN

  • The perfect white dress.

  • Big, billowy tops in neutral tones.

  • Ultra-skinny pants.

  • Pencil dresses.

  • Gladiator sandals.

  • Neutral laces (cream, tan, peach, pale pink).

  • '50s-inspired colors (cherry popsicle red, mint green, " '50s bathroom" blue, banana vintage yellow).

    EASING OUT

  • Sailor stripes.

  • Cropped jeans and cropped pants.

  • Shrugs.

    WAY OUT

  • Boho chic.

  • Cuffed mini shorts.

  • Metallics.

  • Studded belts.

  • Peasant skirts.

    PLUS-SIZE BRAS

    A woman who wears bra size 32A may find this hard to believe: It's not easy being a 52DD it can be a major challenge to find the bra size.

    Now full-figured gals can head to Morgan Beret Fine Lingerie & Bed Linen in Kahala Mall, where they carry two new lines with hard-to-find sizes, Goddess and Fantasie of England. Sizes range from 34 to 56 in B to JJ cups.

    Goddess is known for its comfortable no-wire bras and supportive strapless styles, as well as an engineered sports bra that shapes instead of smooshes. The high-fashion, feminine fabrics come in quiet, neutral colors.

    Fantasie of England makes a seamless T-shirt bra as well as bras in feminine fabrics, trims, mesh and embroidery in colors that pop: hot pink, plum and deep purple, for example.

    WARD CENTRE FLIPS ITS LIDS

    The newest addition to the Ward Centers retail family is Lids, specializing in athletic fashion headwear and custom embroidery. Just bring in a jpeg image on a CD and they can embroider your logo or message onto a hat, shirt, bag or whatevah.

    The retailer offers more than 1,000 hats featuring logos of college, NBA, NFL and NHL teams, as well as complementary apparel.

    Lids is between Crazy Shirts and Kua 'Aina Sandwich on Auahi Street. Phone: 591-9137.

    Reach Paula Rath at prath@honoluluadvertiser.com.