Question: My skintight Lycra pants with stirrups are no longer skintight. If I shorten them to make them taut again, I'm afraid the give will give out and I won't be able to bend my knees. Any ideas for removing the folds in my pants legs?--E.M.
Answer: You can solve the problem by cutting them off just below the knees and thereby creating cyclist pants. These new thigh-tight knee pants are the very hub of pants news for spring, when they'll be available at every price range from Claude Montana's sleek leathers to moderately priced Spandex pull-ons.
Q: Thirteen years ago, I bought a bleached beaver coat with a mink collar. I have placed it in cold storage each summer and have cleaned and glazed it every other year. This year I discovered a spot on the sleeve. I scratched it and a piece of fur about the size of a dime came off. I took it back to the store where I had purchased it, and a salesperson said the skins were dry. Could this happen even though I have taken such good care of the fur?--B.P.
A: Fur expert Laurie Bodor of Revillon Furs says despite your best efforts, fur skins become dry with time, especially after 10 years. Furs generally become increasingly difficult to clean and repair as time passes, she reports.