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A few raised degrees doesn't call for shorts and tees

(02/28/05 5:00am)

Spring fever definitely hit early this year. Stores like Banana Republic and H&M and lines like Ideology and H Hilfiger rolled out their flip-flops and tanks more than a month ago. While this is somewhat standard operating procedure for the fashion cycle, one of the ramifications for us regular shoppers is the burning desire to ditch our boots, coats and scarves in favor of halters, minis and sandals in a hurry. But, if you're not careful, you may fall victim to the most harmful and absurd strain of spring fever: "Seasonal Wardrobe Confusion," or SWC.

Fashion future holds nothing new

(02/14/05 5:00am)

Fashion is funny. As evidenced by the recent New York Fashion Week, the world of haute couture is always thinking at least six months ahead. Major designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Tracy Reese laid out the next big ideas for fall 2005, which include minimalism, texture, graphic prints and neutral colors. Their creations are what celebrities, heiresses and other jet-setters will be clamoring for in the next few months.

Tangled Web of online and last-minute shopping

(12/13/04 5:00am)

If you're a normal end-of-the-semester student (aka procrastinator), you probably haven't even thought about holiday shopping yet. But with only about a week until winter break, you don't have much time to knock that shopping list out. Fortunately for you, however, the wonders of technology will allow you to clear your list without ever stepping into a store. If, on the other hand, you like shopping, but can't tear yourself away from your studies, online and last-minute shopping will also be the answer to your holiday prayers.

Checking it twice: What to get for whom on your holiday list

(12/09/04 5:00am)

If you haven't even thought about how to attack your monster of a shopping list, have no fear. Here are details on what to look for, where to go and how much you can expect to spend on the family and friends who made your gift list. Also, look for the "SHOP D.C." tag to learn more about those stores that haven't made it to your hometown yet.

Holiday Shopping: You Better Watch Out

(12/02/04 5:00am)

At this point in the year, the unholy intersection of holiday shopping and final exams is enough to drive an already stressed-out collegian over the edge. However, with the right advice, a reasonable budget and a few non-school related hours to spare, even you can find the perfect gifts for family, friends, co-workers and pets and still come through with a killer GPA. Here are some tips, rules, suggestions (and secrets!) designed to make your holiday shopping experience less painful and a lot more fun.