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In time for summer

The halter is making quite the comeback this season, showing up on everything from sporty swimsuits to party dresses.

The Gap offers a number of halter styles for summer, including stretch halters in solids and patterns and silk halters in tropical prints and paisleys.

American Eagle has a cotton-Spandex stretch halter with rather unique styling: it has an empire waist. No bare midriffs here. The halter extends to just below the hips.

Halter dresses, too, are popular -- from silk midcalf-length styles in splashy patterns at the Gap to a navy-and-white polka-dot polyester number from Ralph Lauren's "Lauren" collection.

Hues in the news

This may have been touted as the Think Pink season, but there sure is a lot of green out there in the stores -- and on the streets.

A sampling of some of the shades spotted so far -- thyme, olive oil, gunner olive, apple green, palm green, kiwi, willow, moss, mint and even groovy green.

Get on track

Track suits also have resurfaced in recent seasons, some in retro styles with side stripes but others that will be right at home in a 21st-century spa.

New York & Co., for one, offers terry track suits for gym, pool and just about anywhere in a rainbow of fruity colors, as well as cool white.

The terry pants are cropped with a drawstring waist. The zipper-front jacket has a hood. Assorted stretch cotton Ts and tanks come in all the right coordinating colors.

And don't miss the matching terry flip-flops and totes.

May cause laughter

Silly warning labels are the subject of a new book with a silly name -- "Wearing of This Garment Does Not Enable You to Fly: 101 Real Dumb Warning Labels," by Jeff Koon and Andy Powell (Free Press, $12.95), with illustrations by Tim Carroll.

For example, the authors -- both college students with some time on their hands, apparently -- take to task the following products and their warning labels:

Chapstick Lip Moisturizer: "Keep out of eyes."

Basic Texture Get Curly Curl Enhancing Shampoo; "If any adverse reaction, discontinue use."

Gila Collapsible Window Shade: "Caution: remove shade before operating vehicle."

Gold Dial: "Use Gold Dial as you would ordinary soap.

Spring Water Dial: "Use Spring Water Dial as you would ordinary soap."

Palm Beach Barbie Doll: "Dolls cannot stand alone."

You get the picture.

And finally . . .

"Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind."
Gail Rubin Bereny, American writer