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Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Weekend casual, Florida style



Dogwalkjpeg_3Call it the weekend blues.

Saturday is my hardest day of the week to dress. I need a look that can go from the couch to Home Depot to the grocery store. Oh, and on a quick walk with the dog and a maybe a run to the mall. Who wears a dress and a heels, like this model? But there's a reason that she isn't pictured in comfy jeans.

Let's face it, it's hard to find a casual top that doesn't look sloppy. Especially one that can easily laundered, because running around in Florida is a recipe to get sweaty.

So this Deal Diva's ears perked up when a local woman asked Clinton Kelly during his recent visit about casual fashion, in her case for a busy Mom working the park circuit. His advise: Embrace the blouse. Ditch the floppy T-shirt in favor of something with tailoring.

PoloI wasn't completely sold. Blouses are lovely for work and the weekend BBQ. But I'm not wearing anything that needs ironing on a Saturday morning. Plus, most of my blouses require dry cleaning or hand washing. Not happening.

Still, I can incorporate the idea into a look that I can throw into the washing machine -- the fitted polo shirt and the light cotton sweater. The preppy polo has a certain class, whether it comes from Penney's or Lacoste. Sweaters are more expensive than a fitted T, but don't look ragged after a few washes.

Now let's see if my dog appreciates getting walked in style.

-- Deal Diva Letitia

(Photo: Old Navy polo, $12.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:11pm]


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