Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fabric Blends Can Ease the Way

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fabric Blends Can Ease the Way

Article excerpt

NO QUESTION about it, it's tough out there, and consumers are ready to latch onto just about anything that will help them ease stress.

According to recent research by Spiegel catalog:

21 percent of income goes to personal debt repayment. Yoga is the fastest-growing class at gyms and spas in the nation. Sales of "feel-good" products and services are increasing, including massages, aromatherapy products and reflexology. As pressure to look young grows among aging baby boomers, weight loss, hair regrowth and wrinkle removal are major areas of spending. Tough as just about everything else is these days, dressing should be easy. Spiegel and many companies like it are offering clothes that are well-made, comfortable, versatile, affordable and that offer stress-free spring and summer dressing. One-third of U.S. companies (even some surprisingly buttoned-up ones) now allow what they call "business casual" dress five days a week. The key to choosing comfortable clothes with a casual look is to check out the fabric first. New spring/summer fabrics offer the consumer not only style, but also comfort and great fit by virtue of stretch. A touch of stretch updates many a pair of basic chinos out there on the market. Spiegel, for instance, offers a slightly fitted safari-style jacket, skirt and slim pant ensemble in this newest fabric combination. Sophisticated Lycra blends that combine linen, rayon or cotton twill with a touch of stretch for comfort and great fit are being applauded by women everywhere. Especially fresh are classic menswear patterns such as glen plaid and houndstooth checks in stretch fabrics. While Lycra fibers can stretch 500 percent and recover in a snap, the fibers are so fine that the fabrics can also breathe. That means added summertime comfort for men and women whether they are dressed for the office or fun outdoors. Still another stress-free fabric that feels wonderful on the body is matte rayon jersey. It skims the body without clinging and packs like a dream for weekend getaways. …

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