Q: Because of a medical problem, I am losing my hair. I can disguise that fact during the day by wearing berets and other hats, but now I'm faced with attending an important black-tie event and don't know what to do. My dress is a champagne-colored charmeuse satin with a halter neckline and scooped-out sides. What kind of head covering would be appropriate? I will not wear a wig.--J.S. A: Wrap your head in a champagne-colored chiffon scarf, as illustrated here. Make sure to wind it around your neck and let the long ends flow gracefully over your dress. You might also be able to wear one of the new snoods. Norma Kamali makes an evening version in knit covered with lightweight paillettes. You can get it in black, white or red for $37 (medium) or $40 (large) by writing to OMO Norma Kamali, 11 West 56th St., New York, N.Y. 10023. Snoods without paillettes are also available there.
Q: How do I tie a pareo to look like a sarong skirt? The fabric was purchased in Tahiti, and it is 71x35 inches.--A.A. A: The authentic Tahitian pareo is exactly the dimensions of your fabric. To convert it into a sarong (or, as the Tahitians prefer, a bora-bora ), put the pareo around the small of your back, right at the hip line, so that you will have a short piece and a long piece in front of you, in the middle. Take the corner of the pareo (the short piece) and a small part from the long piece and make a knot. That leaves about 20 inches of pareo in front of you . Make a double fold, and tuck the upper piece of the fold behind the knot.