By DANICA LO and RAAKHEE MIRCHANDANI
February 22, 2007 -- Puffy, we'll be missing you
WITH all the waist-free puffy dresses and tunics in stores right now, it's hard to imagine a better fashion season to get knocked up.
After all, shouldn't procreation be timed to maximize the seamless integration of maternity clothing into one's existing wardrobe?
For those who cannot resist the lure of comfy girly dresses, but lack the large belly, there's a simple way to avoid the tent look. Take a tip from Tory Burch and wear a belt - or tie something, anything, around your waist.
Avoid empire waist dresses that poof out from just under the bust - they obscure your natural waistline. If you're keen on buying empire, look for a wider band around the midsection.
Cinching a billowing blouse at the hips will create the unflattering illusion of a muffin-top (or brioche-top, if the top is especially voluminous).
The belt doesn't have to be tight and it doesn't have to be fancy - in fact, Burch cinches one of her summer frocks with a simple rope.
No rope? Raid your boyfriend's closet for a tie, grab a length of satin ribbon, or do a double-wrap with a skinny hipster scarf and, voila, you've got the look all tied up.
Beckham, not posh, but a little spicy
Their smell precedes them: Before soccer superstar David Beckham and his posh wife, Victoria, make their permanent transition to La-La Land, brand Beckham lands Stateside with this week's launch of David's signature best-Euro-selling fragrance, Instinct. The spicy citrus eau de toilette will retail for only $32 per ounce (at JC Penney, Sears and Kohl's) and comes complete with a nifty lose-proof, snap-on magnetic cap. And while David (and his image) is steamy, sultry and extraordinarily super-sexy, his fragrance is surprisingly clean and simply masculine - a swell non-intimidating smell for the aspiring baller or superhero inside every average Joe.
Obsessions of the week
* Hello, sailor: This adorable hooded Rojas dress, made out of comfy sweatshirt material and accented with big gold peacoat buttons, is perfect dressed down with Converse or flats. Or, if you need to wear it right now, layer it with a long-sleeve tee, leggings and boots. A second shipment of the $185 dresses - the first sold out in days - hits Intermix (901 Broadway;  533-9720) today.
* Jeepers creepers: The shoes with the sluttiest name ever - brothel creepers - have always been on the cutting under-edge of fashion. First popularized by Teddy boys and rockabillies in the mid-20th century, then revived by '70s punk rockers and fashion icons such as Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, creepers are making a quiet comeback - no surprise, as shoes have been getting clunkier by the season. They're even featured in an eight-page spread in this month's French Vogue. Get your own at creeper megastore drstrange.com or by searching for "creepers" at amazon.com, to find these suede Spike Angels for $49.
* Bag it! With the never-ending quest for a hot spring bag looming over your head, consider J.O.B.'s red satchel, $885, at Henri Bendel. Or snap up the black patent or metallic silver clutch, both perfectly sized for a night out but big enough to carry a cellphone, wallet and multiple tubes of lip gloss. You might want to hurry, though. The bags hit shelves this past weekend and have been blowing out of the store - there's only two clutches left and less than a handful of satchels.
February 22, 2007