Question: You seem to get a lot of mail from women who have just discovered or rediscovered something from the '60s. The questions seem to center on how to wear a mini in the '80s without looking like a '60s reject. My question concerns men's clothes from the '60s. As you may recall, the Beatles used to wear rather long jackets with velvet collars. I recently purchased two such jackets, and my question is: How do I wear them without looking like a '60s reject?--A.B.
Answer: Your timing is perfect. Paris designer Claude Montana recently reintroduced a Beatles look in his menswear collection for fall. He showed the John-Paul-George-and-Ringo jackets with narrow, velvet trousers, as illustrated here. If you feel "All Things Must Pass" and that tight pants are " . . . All Too Much," you can "Get Back" to the '80s by wearing your jackets with plain old velvet slacks.
Q: For more than a year, I've been trying to find full-length wool stockings for my 90-year-old mother. Her knees are constantly cold and she finds life without wool stockings a real pain. The place where she used to get the stockings has vanished, like a lot of good things. I may need them too, as my knees are also getting cold. Can you help?--E.C.