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The recent story in the New York Times about how some guys have taken to wearing high socks with shorts got us thinking. The matter of men and socks isn’t as black and white as it used to be. These days, men can wear colorful, patterned socks as a fashion statement. They can opt for no-show or low-cut socks or pull on a pair of white tube socks with stripes. Or they c…

It will be a sad day when I finally have to ditch my favorite flip-flops. They’re cute – navy with white polka dots. I first bought them for a beach vacation. After that they became my go-to slip-ons for retrieving the mail, watering the porch ferns, heading for a pedicure. I never wear them to the office or to dig in the garden. They’re a summer staple I keep by …

When it comes to spring fashion, there are many trends to check out. Splashy floral prints. Cute neckerchief scarves. Oodles of shoulder-baring dresses and tops. But if you’re on a mission to update your warm-weather wardrobe, we have a couple questions: Do you have a reliable (but stylish) raincoat? How about a quality pair of shades to protect your eyes? Every wo…

Orchard Park native Elizabeth Semmelhack has made a career out of studying footwear. The senior curator at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, she has written multiple books on footwear. But when a graduate student saw the the museum's sneaker collection, told her it was too small and told her she “needed to do something about that,” she did. The result was a traveling…

I admire people who land a great outfit long before a special occasion arrives – including shoes and accessories. The funny thing is, I don’t know too many of them. Last-minute shoppers unite! We eleventh-hour shoppers rip through the racks at 8:30 p.m. Friday looking for a dress to wear Saturday afternoon. Or, even worse, 10:01 a.m. Saturday after the doors open…

President Trump is a polarizing figure in a polarizing time. But he may be able to unify the country under a principle that is the bedrock of American male civilization: wearing things even though they have outlived their usefulness and/or doing bizarre, embarrassing things to make them look right. Even though I'm in the media and therefore am not to be believed, I prom…

Celebrities on the red carpet at Sunday night’s Oscars took the opportunity to talk about more than who designed their dresses and tuxedos. But what became clear is that it is possible to make a fashion statement and a political statement – while also getting personal messages out about their movies and sometimes their families. There was a real grace to many of Hol…

Creative juices were flowing and so were the fabrics during New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday. As designers presented their collections for next fall and winter, styles ranged from crisp white blouses to embellished eveningwear. Menswear plaids and autumnal shades of camel, gray, navy and, of course, black filled the runways but floral prints and colors more o…

Blues and greens have been getting a great deal of attention recently, but we’re here to talk about red – and not just because we’re a couple days away from Valentine’s Day. People who love red love it wholeheartedly. To them, red is timeless – never trendy. They drive red cars. Carry red wallets. Wear red dresses. Or, if the dress is black, they wear red shoes. …

Lisa and Kent Keating are lifelong skiers who have enjoyed their vacation home in Ellicottville for 20 years. Here is a peek inside: Layout: The three-story home features a recreation room, two guest bedrooms and guest bath on lower level. The main level houses a combined living and dining area; kitchen; full bath, and daughter Chloe's room. The 24-by-38-foot master be…

You'll find it on handbags and key chains. Lampshades and steering wheel covers. Bathrobes and blanket throws. In this cozy-seeking season, faux fur makes itself right at home. Whether made to imitate the fur of a real animal - or blatantly fake as in puffs of fluffy hot pink or turquoise -  you'll find faux fur in expected places such as hood trims on parkas but, oh, …

The snow has arrived and local image consultant Marybeth Hallmark has a message: "Winter months can be a delight as long as you dress for it." For many people, that means a puffer jacket. But don't panic. Today's puffers aren't the puffers of the past. "Puffer jackets have evolved - originally uncomplimentary on even the smallest framed person. The channels were larg…

It's that time of year again - no not THAT time of the year but the time that Pantone announces its 2017 Color of the Year. And it's a shade of green. Not Christmas green but a yellow-green called Greenery. Pantone, which calls itself "the global color on authority," described Greenery in its press release as "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first d…

When I think about velvet in the home, I think of the year I decided to sew emerald green velvet pillows for my mother for Christmas. I was in high school, had minimal sewing skills, but I thought it was just what my mother - and our living room - needed. During study halls, I would venture down to the Home Ec room and sew away. I don't recall much else about this ambitiou…

It might not be fashionable to talk politics in our divided nation. But it's still fashionable to talk - and write - about fashion, particularly as it applies to current and future White House residents. Since Election Day, we learned that the dark gray purple-lapel pantsuit Hillary Clinton wore for her concession speech was a Ralph Lauren design. We read in the N…