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(By Tim Hollatz -- Target)

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CURE FOR THE BLAHS, A SHOP FOR VINTAGE BUTTONS

Michelle Thomas and Janet Bennett Kelly, fashion and beauty editor for washingtonpost.com, were online last week, chatting with readers about shopping smart for fall. Here is an edited excerpt:

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Q: Help! My look is completely blah. During the week I wear dark trousers and a solid shirt, blouse or sweater. Weekends, jeans. I'm boring! What are some fun, cheap ways to look more stylish and put-together? I work in a fairly casual office during the week and chase after a toddler on the weekends.

M.T.: The easiest and (usually) least expensive way to spice up a less-than-thrilling wardrobe is to add some fun accessories. I'd try a playful bag in a bright color or a fun texture like patent or snakeskin. Take a look at Target's latest accessories collaborations with Anya Hindmarch and Sigerson Morrison -- the latter offers purple jeweled flats, above right, (and for the more daring: electric blue suede booties!) that could be just the thing to spruce up your look.

Where can I get vintage buttons for sewing projects?

M.T.: There's a really interesting store in Bethesda called Accessories of Old (4822 St. Elmo Ave., 301-760-7228) that sells tons of very cool vintage buttons, ribbons, lace, trims, etc., plus costume jewelry and other wares. Most, if not all, of it has never been sold or circulated and is in vintage "new" condition.


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