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Shopping for a New Convertible : For Women * StarckNaked--Available at the Wolford Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, $395. : * OMO/Norma Kamali--The All in One, a long-sleeve, cowl-neck dress that converts to a strapless dress or a skirt, retails only at the OMO / Norma Kamali store on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. However, it is available by phone at (800) 852-6254. In three lengths, from $238 to $300. : * Infinite Dress--Phone orders only at (800) 768-4635. In red or black, sizes small to extra large, $59.95. Allow four weeks for delivery.

September 17, 1998|JULIE LOGAN

If you're thinking about giving it a go, these are but a few of the intriguing choices available in convertible clothing (prices are approximate):

For Men * Maharishi--Pac-a-Duke jacket, $335. Snopant, $200. Combat Deluxe trousers, $265. Available at Ron Herman / Fred Segal Melrose in West Hollywood or Santa Monica Fred Segal.

* Vexed Generation--British utility-meisters Joe Hunter and Adam Thorpe are heavily into what they call "garment duality." Their ballistic nylon with neoprene lining Long Coat is an engineering marvel; with zips and flaps, the bottom can be made into pant legs, reconfiguring the whole item into a motorcycle-ready jumpsuit, $545. Trouser Skirt with zip system, $160. The Vexed Shopper, a shoulder bag that transforms itself into a jacket, $335. Available by phone from their London shop in Soho, 011 44 171 831-6009, or contact them via the Internet at http://www.vexed.co.uk.

* Dirk Bikkembergs--Modular microfiber units fit together with heavy zippers from the progressive Antwerp menswear designer. A windbreaker, at $1,110, zips onto flat-front trousers, $465, to make a jumpsuit. Or a wool knit sweater vest, $289, zips to the trousers to make a sleeveless jumpsuit. Available at H. Lorenzo in Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood.

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