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Rich or Poor, Most Men With a Shirt to Their Names Need Pocket Change

March 26, 1993|JOHN MORELL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Out of pocket: Since the Garden of Eden, men have been tempted by something. Today, instead of an apple, it's usually the little pocket sewn into their dress shirts.

Dress shirts have pockets, but they're looked at as the appendix of men's fashion. If men want to look fashionable, they should avoid using them.

"When you're in a meeting with someone and you've got a pen clipped to your pocket, that's where their attention is drawn," says Tom Fuller of Fuller's for Men & Women in Laguna Niguel.

Many upscale dress shirts are designed without pockets to keep the wearer from using them as a catch-all.

If you find your pocket needs a good spring cleaning, see which items can be stored elsewhere. Pens and pencils are often better suited for a front slacks pocket; eyeglasses can be kept inside a briefcase.

And don't make the mistake many frequenters of fast-food drive-through windows do: jam your entire wallet into your shirt pocket.

Roots, the next generation: Once your hair is colored, it stays perfectly uniform until you walk out of the shop. Your hair grows constantly, and if you took a magnifying glass to your scalp the next morning, you'd see the beginnings of those true roots coming through.

That's life.

With time, those roots become more visible until it's finally time for another color job. But what if your schedule--or checking account--won't allow an appointment when you need it?

"If your hair's long enough, wear it tied back," says hairstylist Stacy Galloway of Seal Beach. "Having some roots showing isn't really that bad. The grunge look is really big right now, and exposed roots kind of add to it."

If you really hate having your roots visible, try the old scarf routine, or even better, a hat. Once those roots start sticking out longer than two inches, however, it's time to let people know that you're going back to your original color.

Stripe hype: It wasn't long ago when men and women who ran or worked out bought athletic socks with color coordinating stripes that matched what they were wearing.

Today, those striped hose spend most of the time on clearance tables, if they can be found at all.

"The style that's in now is the white crew-style sock," says fashion buyer and running enthusiast Bill Rigioni of Huntington Beach. "It's kind of a plain look, but that's because shoes have become so radically colorful, and you don't want the socks to clash."

You can wear your striped socks if the colors work with your shoes and outfit.

Just remember the thigh-highs are out completely--Laker Michael Cooper retired a while ago. Push the thigh-highs down so they're at least a couple of inches below the knee. After a hard workout, they'll be in that position anyway.

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