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3,000 year old pants!

Archeologists have uncovered ancient trousers worn by Chinese horsemen, developed way back then for riding, herding and battling to replace bulky gowns, tunics and togas. The ancient wool riding pants were discovered in a graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin. The prototypical pants feature contrasting fabric on the knees and around the waist – early man seems to have had a good eye for fashion. See a photo and the complete story at Science News.

Fashion first aid.

Fashion first aid kit. Emergencies happen, and quick fixes can save the day (or night). Double stick tape removes lint, fixes falling hemlines. Use a black Sharpie on a scuffed heel. Use a piece of hangar foam to remove deodorant or makeup stains from fabric. Keep a coffee filter in your makeup bag to blot a shiny nose or brow. Chapstick can hold flyaway hair. And keep our phone number handy for tailoring, cleaning and pressing.

Closet management 101.

Keep all your clothes and shoes in the same general area, organized by function. Divide messy drawers with custom-fit partitions made of foamcore board. Add some structure, and capacity, by adding a rod at the top of your closet for shorter items like jackets and out of season tops. Invest in shoe storage units to arrange shoes, boots and sandals. Put 3M Command hooks up on extra wall space for bathrobe, handbags, scarves or hats. Upgrade your hangers to include multi-garment and specialty shapes for skirts, pants and shirts. And recycle the wire hangers back to us.

Summer wedding tips for women.

The first rule: keep the spotlight on the bride by avoiding white, cream or pale pastels. Prints with light backgrounds are fine, as long as they don’t read as “white” from a distance. If the ceremony is in a house of worship, cover your shoulders with a sleeved dress or jacket. If the wedding’s outdoors, skip the heels and wear comfortable flats that won’t sink into the lawn. A fancier evening reception demands a cocktail dress or your standby little black dress. Beachside festivities are casual, time for a graphic sundress with a cardigan or short denim jacket for after dark. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

Summer wedding tips for men.

The women have it easy in a simple non-white dress. But in summer, the men’s traditional dark suit can be a little warm, somber and predictable. For a city wedding, choose a light weight suit in gray, blue or a subtle pattern. Style it up with a sky blue, pink, mint green or lavender long-sleeved Oxford or poplin shirt. In the country, blazers and sport coats reign, paired with well-cut chinos. Seaside or resort? A tailored white shirt, colored chinos and a light-colored linen blazer. Keep everything understated