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Looking Good For Lots Less

Bargaining Basics Part 1
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Sep 27, 2009 - 4:59:42 PM

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LOS ANGELES—We all want to wear quality attire that’s well coordinated and makes us look good. But beyond that, we’d also like to get a great deal, and pay as little as possible for those quality goods.



  Shopping Abroad For Attire
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Aug 22, 2009 - 2:52:34 PM

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LOS ANGELES—Shopping for clothes while traveling in foreign countries can be fun, as well as an opportunity to expand your wardrobe with unique items unavailable at home. Read on for useful tips.



Size Matters Part IV
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Aug 16, 2009 - 3:52:16 PM

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LOS ANGELES—In the previous columns, we’ve discussed the size numbering system used in the U.S., but different systems are used in other countries based on the metric system.



  Size Matters Part III
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Jul 4, 2009 - 6:26:08 PM

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UNITED STATES—More about clothing size numbering systems. Suits come in two flavors: bundled and separates. Always pay close attention to fabric content and workmanship when purchasing any suit.



Numbering Pants
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Jun 28, 2009 - 8:20:11 PM

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UNITED STATES—More about clothing size numbering systems. 
In this column we’ll discuss the numbering system for pants sizes. P
ants have two numbers that indicate their size.



  Size Matters Part I
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on May 24, 2009 - 7:53:06 PM
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VARIOUS—
Clothes need to fit well
to look good. There are several numbering systems used for clothing sizes. We’ll begin with men’s clothing sizes. (Women’s clothing sizes will be covered later.)

RN Numbers
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on May 16, 2009 - 1:52:40 PM

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UNITED STATES—RN numbers provide information about clothing manufacturers, distributors, and sellers. An RN number is associated with a single business and is usually shown on a garment label.



  The Business Of Clothing: Part IV
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on May 9, 2009 - 5:21:23 PM

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VARIOUS— Retail stores are where the public usually shops, so it is very important to understand all that goes into the business of clothing and how your clothes go from just fabric to fabulous fashion.



The Business Of Clothing: Part III
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on May 3, 2009 - 8:22:37 PM

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VARIOUS—What is the next step after clothes are manufactured and packaged? It’s shipping and distribution. They must be moved from the plant where they’re made to the stores where they will be sold.



  The Business Of Clothing
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Apr 25, 2009 - 11:25:24 AM

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VARIOUS—Manufacturing is a major process in the clothing business. 
Each step is performed by specialized industries that can be located anywhere on the planet. It takes many different industries



The Business Of Clothing: Part I
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Apr 18, 2009 - 4:31:07 PM

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VARIOUS—The business of clothing is big, global, and very lucrative. In order to understand this thriving business one must look at it's many components, from start to finish. There are many steps.



  Making Friends With Sales Staff
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Apr 12, 2009 - 4:21:19 PM

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VARIOUS—Sales people are very important people. They help you find things, inform you of sales and can guide you in your quest to be fashionable. Therefore, developing a good relationship is key.



How To Hand Wash Sweaters
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Apr 5, 2009 - 8:40:23 PM

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VARIOUS—Although sweaters can be dry cleaned, the best way to care for your favorite delicates is by hand washing them. It might not be as easy, but it will make your clothes look great longer.



  Outstanding!
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Mar 28, 2009 - 2:14:01 PM

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VARIOUS—When speaking in public before an audience, it’s important to be seen clearly and easily. Seeing is believing. Audibility and visibility go hand in hand to create credibility.



The Tao Of Texture
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Mar 22, 2009 - 2:58:31 PM

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VARIOUS—Coordinating textures is as important as coordinating colors. Sometimes using textures can make the outfit more exciting and fashionable. Try these tips from our fashion expert!



  The Versatile Camel Hair
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Mar 14, 2009 - 5:16:38 PM
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UNITED STATES—In today's economic climate, it is important to make the choice of good quality over price. When it comes to sport coats, camel hair will give you the most versatility for your money.


Sock It To Me!
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Mar 8, 2009 - 2:07:02 PM

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VARIOUS LOCATIONS—Wearing socks is usually a good idea. Not only do socks protect the foot from abrasion, chafing and blistering, they protect shoes from perspiration damage.



  Beware The Schlock Shops
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Mar 1, 2009 - 12:48:15 PM
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Wondering how to recognize stores that sell poor quality clothing? Then there is one type of store to be avoided at all costs: the schlock shops. They give themselves away by certain signs.


Pocket Squares
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Feb 22, 2009 - 3:00:13 PM

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Let’s be clear here: pocket squares are NOT handkerchiefs!
Pocket squares are usually silk, come in a variety of colors and patterns, and are placed in the chest pockets of coats and blazers.



  Self Images
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Feb 15, 2009 - 2:08:47 PM

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For every situation, we can alter our self-image by selecting the right attire. Attire affects how others see and react to us, and plays an enormous part in how we see ourselves at any particular moment.

 

 



First Impressions
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Feb 7, 2009 - 5:03:47 PM
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When meeting others for the first time, how you are perceived is critical. First impressions can make or break successful interactions because people react to what they see.


  A Little Bit About Luggage, Part II
Life & Style : Looking Good For Lots Less
By James F. Brown on Jan 31, 2009 - 4:31:43 PM

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In the previous column, I discussed my system for checked baggage. Now I’ll talk about carry-on.
Airlines permit two pieces of carry-on luggage, but size restrictions limit these two items.



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