Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1976 · Page 24
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 24

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 4, 1976
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«C -July 4, 1976 Sunday Ga*ette-MaU Chirl«fon, W«t Vlrolnli How to Buy July Super Sale Month · By Sidney Margoliui Consumer Expert for Sunday Gtuette-Mail July is a month of clothing clearances, offering consumers a chance to buy shoes; men's suits, shirts and other furnishings, and dresses and sportswear at reduced prices. This also is a good month to look for sales of refrigerators and TV sets. Midsummer furniture and bedding sales start late in July. Because of the Bicentennial celebration,' this has become a big car-travel summer despite rising gasoline costs. With more driving and consumers holding on to cars longer because of high prices of new models, replacement tires have become an important consideration. Here are tips on this and other summer buying needs. TIRES: Before buying new tires, first check the owner's manual or tire instructions affixed to the car. If you want to get larger-size tires than the original equipment, stick to the safe options recommended by the car manufacturer which take into account load ratings, tire dimensions, fender clearances and rim sizes. But never buy a replacement smaller than the original equipment tires. A smaller size may affect the suspension system, ground clearance and even instrument accuracy, and is not designed to carry the vehicle load. If possible, stick to the same size and construction on all four wheels for better car handling. ·If you buy a single replacement tire, make sure it is the same construction (bias, belted, etc.) as the other tire on the same axle. If not, erratic steering and irregular wear patterns can result. If you buy two radial tires to pair with other constructions the radial pair must always be placed on the rear axle. But unless mixed with radial, pairs, new tires should go on the rear wheels for better car handling and safety. If your tires wore out prematurely, have your serviceman check the old ones to see why. If there was no material defect, improper inflation or wheel misalignment may be the case. * * * AIR CONDITIONERS: In season, air conditioners are the hungriest power eaters in your home. In shopping for an air conditioner, remember that it's not only the price of the unit that counts but the amount of electricity it uses to cool a room. The energy consumption of models of comparable cooling capacity can vary as much as 100%. Look for the Energy Efficiency Ratio labels on air conditioners. The EER is the number of BTU's provided for each watt of electricity. The higher the EER the more efficient the unit, and the cheaper it is to operate. Thus, in the 7,500-8.500 BTU class, you may find units with EER's of as low as 5.4, which are costly to operate, and much more efficient units with as high as 9.9 BUT capacity per watt. Some recent models have larger colling coils and special fan motors to save an average of 26% in operating costs over standard units. Power-saver switches are another energy saver. These have a special setting to automatically cycle the fan off and on with the compressor. Otherwise a fan runs continuously whenever the air conditioner is on. It's interesting to see which models the federal General Services Administration has ordered. TheGSA makes its selections not just on initial price but on what it calls "life cycle costing." This takes into account the operating cost as well as purchase price. The list of models bought by GSA is not a complete guide, since the purchase prices paid by the government vary from retail prices of the same models. Nor does this list include models from factories which didn't bid on the government contract. So. even though you use this list as a partial guide, you still should check prices and EER's on other brands and models in your comparison shopping. Here are the models the GSA contracted for this year: Amana, 109-3W; Beldin, AG18E6REB, AK236REB; Fedders, ASD24E7H, as!09e2h, ASK19E7H, Friedrich, SS11B30, SS13B30, SS08B10, SM10B10, SM16B30; General Electric, AGFE909FA, AGFE912AA, AGFS813DE, AJC12DA, AGFS815DD, AGDS919DC. The Clutch System in Fashion Straplessness Lee Radziwill (left) in Halston's Peach Satin, Mrs. William McCormick Blair and Mrs. Frank Schiff (center), chairmen at Benefit Dinner Dance and Jennifer O'Neill (right) in Brown Crepe Jersey by Donald Brooks Inside Fashion The 'Strapless' Is Back By Eugenia Sheppard NEW YORK--Though old fashions never come back in exactly the same form, a universal favorite of 20 years ago is staging an all-out revival in its own mid-'70s way. The rage for the strapless evening dress started in the early '40s when a Life magazine cover showed Brenda Diana Duff Frazier's bare shoulders rising as if from a black bathtub instead of a strapless black velvet ballgown worn to a debutante party. After that there was no stopping the strapless dress. It was worn by women of all ages and sizes, usually above a big, billowing skirt and sometimes, as proved by a recent book of '50s photographs taken by Slim Aarons, accompanied by long white kid gloves. The gesture of the '50s was the furtive clutch at the strapless dress top just to make sure it stayed in place. There was many a slip, but the dresses, on the whole, were well constructed and even boned to behave. If the clutch is less furtive but slightly more desperate in the '70s, it's because the basic fashion story has changed. The thing now is not to construct, and to forget about seams. And who ever heard of bones? * * * THE NEW dress falls soft and limp and very sexy. Many of this year's strapless tops offer a minor kind of security with drawstrings at the top, but the most beautiful are those that look as if they were put on as casually as a sarong and tied in a knot betwe'en the breasts. At a recent party Lee Radziwill, who came with her favorite companion, Peter Tufo, spent half the evening tying and retying the knot that held up her peach color hammered satin by Halston. Halston's sarong types turn up at every party and Mrs. Frank (Gloria) Schiff often wears the identical twin of Lee's. "It doesn't make me at all nervous," she says. The comeback of the strapless top it a Hints for Food · - Traveling Kltchew Some of the best beef meals ever came on'tof a wagbn-the Chuck Wagon. This traveling kitchen of cattle drive fame was, nwned after its inventor, Charles "Cback" qfcd'night, in the 1850'ig natural reaction to the many years women have been muffled to their chins in turtlenecks and hidden from top to toe by what has been known for a long time as the chic coverup look. It's not only strapless evening clothes they are buying, according to the stores, but strapless bandezux to wear with sborts and slacks, and, of course, strapless sun- dresses. A best seller of the moment Is a sundress with a shirred, elasticized top that clings like glue. * · · 'IT'S NOT just happening here, either. The whole world has been hit with the urge to bare shoulders. "Most of my customers come in asking for something strapless," says Bruce Oldfield, a London evening^ dress designer, who has been making a personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue. "In the end, they care more about softness and non-construction than strapless- ness. I always deliver my dresses with almost invisible shoe-string shoulder straps to add if they want to compromise." Though the one-bare-shoulder look is still popular, it's a compromise, too, and so is tbe bias-cut neckline that Halston bas invented for the conservative. The ultimate Straplessness so far is the sheer white tube of a dress falling from under the arms with no visible sign of support, which was worn recently by American-born Maryll Lanvin, wife of Bernard Lanvin of the Paris fashion house. t Masters Tuxedo 1016QuarrkrSt. Charleston-346-0483 The Look of Love... and helps make it happier For Eating, For Chatting, Mainly for Rleaxing A Special Room Where Yqu Can Get Away From Rest of the House Designer's Touch --i---- "· A Room 'As You Like It' By Connie Shearer Blessed is the family who has a little, room somewhere in the house that really isn't needed and can be used 'as you like it.' Twice blessed are you if that special room has a window wall. And now if you're thinking of how difficult it is to decorate around a wall of windows, take heart. It isn't difficult at all. We'll pretend that room is going to be used as a sun room (perfect with so many windows.) You might choose to used the window shade-and-cafe curtain treatment. Suppose you've chosen to give the room a warm, sunny look. Start with bright royal blue shades, which will usually be p u l l e d t o h a l f w a y d o w n o n t h e windows.Then use an expansion or spring rod about 12 inches from the bottom of the window and on it shirr lime green and white check gingham. It's a delightful way to keep out the bright sun but, at the same time, enjoy the good light it gives. In such a room, you just must find growing things. Large plants to set on the floor are nice, but a white metal plant stand just loaded with potted greenery also would add a solarium flavor to the room. Get that old furniture out and get it painted. Painted furniture has never enjoyed such popularity as it is now. Pick up on the color scheme you have chosen for your windows and make pillows and maybe a cover for a table. These are just suggestions. A.special room should be fun for you to decorate. If gingham is not your thing, you might look into othe fabric designs. The window shades will be no problem. If you haven't checked lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find the grand array of styles and patterns available. And the nice part is, window shades are inexpensive and they can be cut to fit your windows, giving the finished design a custom design look. A Tiny Room Meant Only for Comfort Plush Carpet, Soft Chair, Dim Lighting WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE LINEN LAMINATING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS CERTIFICATES ·MguMingofilltyiM ·Nodfepoint ·EmbrndirMi ·, etc. HARPER'S Hours 9 to 4 32% Cipitol St. 34*2*81 Is she captivated by the twinkle in his eye or the dashing "Charleston" formal? We take special pride in making certain the groom and his men look their elegant best. That's why we recommend "After Six" inspired fashions to couples who want their day to be the realization of their most beautiful dreams. See the latest colors and styles by After Six and reserve your choice now.. ·TiMS 1 m m Tnrc_I J ^^^S K£S»2K5ffiHP EXTRA OUR ALREADY SK?co«o« orouRJNTjRE OPEN SUNDAY-FOURTH"! til 6

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