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In brief: Open house planned at Lawrenceville studio

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Textile designer Amber Coppings offers hand-dyed appliqué shirts, skirts and scarves.
Amber Coppings
Textile designer Amber Coppings offers hand-dyed appliqué shirts, skirts and scarves.

Textile designer Amber Coppings and mixed media artist Sandy Vansuch are having an open house at their new studio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23. It's at 5258 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Coppings owns Xmittens, a company that uses a majority of recycled or upcycled materials for making cold-weather fingerless mittens, fleece jackets and scarves. She will be unveiling some of her hand-dyed applique shirts, skirts and scarves. The event is free. Register at


Bridal showcase

The 24th annual Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. More than 200 vendors will feature everything to help plan the wedding, reception and honeymoon. There will be fashion shows at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. showing the latest gowns. Tickets are $15; $10 in advance.


Prepare to shop

Elyse Walker, owner of a boutique in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and the shopping site, has some tips for trying on clothes in Allure magazine.

Dress the part: Wear simple clothes that you can pair with whatever you are trying on. Your top, for instance, should work under any blazer. Wear a basic white or black cotton tank, because they're great for layering and keep you from overheating.

Less is more: Keep your hair simple and your accessories to a minimum. You don't want to worry about snagging clothes or losing an earring.

Lighten up: Never shop on an empty stomach, but don't have a giant meal beforehand, either. A light snack, like almonds and a banana, is perfect.

Be committed: To give something a chance, you need to try it on in the way you'd actually wear it. Don't even think about trying on a dress over pants — it's not fair to you or the dress.

Get a second opinion: Don't just look in the dressing-room mirrors. Walk into the main part of the store, where there tends to be more natural light. Using two different mirrors gives you two perspectives. Remember, any mirror that's on a slant will make you look deceptively skinnier.

Trunk shows

Larrimor's has extended its Lafayette 148 trunk show, at One PNC, Downtown. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. March 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26 to 28 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29. The collection includes jeans, leggings and stretch-cotton capris, suits, dresses, skirts, tees and spa dressing. Larrimor's also is having an Ermenegildo Zegna trunk show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28. This line for men is known for its Italian-made suits, distinguished by traditional tailoring, luxurious detailing and richly woven textiles.

Details: 412-471-5727 or

Try these sites for size

People Style Watch suggests these websites for special sizes:

If you're tall:'s tall section has an array of cool-girl tops, skirts, pants and more for less than $100. features its own line of skinny to wide-leg pairs, starting at $129, with inseams up to 40 inches.

Shoes in larger sizes:'s modern heels, colorful flats and more are available up to a size 15.

If you're petite:'s petite selection carries items from tons of well-known designers.

Shoes in smaller sizes: has pairs starting at size 3, including fun flats, classic pumps, boots and more.

Perfectly fitting lingerie: offers bras in sizes AAA and up, plus panties, sleepwear and bathing suits.

If you're plus-size: stocks everything from tops to pants to dresses in up to size 28, plus bras, shoes and workout gear.

— Staff reports

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