Now that Seventh Avenue is cleaning up the bag-lady look and tidying up the overblown silhouette, one big reward is the return of the neat, ladylike dress.
While some of the clothes for spring -- with their short deep-slit skirts and tight pull over the fanny -- look like they are pitched to ladies of the evening (particularly when teamed with seamed hose, stiletto heels and even lacy gloves), a healthy number of handsome dresses for ladies of the day will soon he in the stores.
Prim Kitty Foyle styles, shirtdresses, cotton knits -- always slim but with room enough to walk and sit comfortably -- are bound to be winners with career women and executive customers.
From left: Richard Assatly's red linen buttonfront dress with white collar and cuffs (Saks-Jandel and Woodward/Lothrop in March).
Halston's shirtdress in ivory silk shantung with luggage belt (at I. Magnin).
Harold Levin's purple and white crepe wrap dress with Ultrasuede cummerbund (at Saks Fifth Avenue in February).
Don Sayres' navy blue Kitty Foyle crepe dress with white collar and buttons (at Garfinckel's).
Kasper's cotton T-shirt dress in stripes with a wide white belt (at Garfinckel's in February).