Question: Please help me find the kind of two-piece bathing suit that was popular in the '50s before everyone started wearing bikinis. The suit that I'm talking about has a bra top and a bottom--usually shorts but sometimes a sheath or a skirt--that starts at the waist. Because of surgery I have a scar that would show in a bikini. I wear a size 14. C.C.
Answer: The Sea Waves suit illustrated here is the kind Annette Funicello and her friends might have worn in "Beach Blanket Bingo." It's back in the fashion swim again and available in a polyester-cotton print combining blue flowers on a yellow background. You can get it for $49.95, sizes 6 through 16, at the Tog Shop, Lester Square, Americus, Ga. 31710.
Q: Please help me find a woman's cashmere sweater in size 42. It will be a birthday present for a friend who wants a long-sleeve, crew-neck style in beige. Cashmere sweaters were widely available during the holidays, but I can't find one now when I need it. J.R.
A: The cashmere sweater that you're looking for is available for $49.90 at the House of Cashmere on the fifth floor of the Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St. All of their cashmeres, including styles for both men and women, small through extra large, are made in China. Prices for cardigans start at $59 and top at $99 for men's argyles.