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Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on he author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

In my estimation, tube skirts are, to put it bluntly, slinky! What do I mean by slinky? Graceful, elegant and classy, touched with sensuality and sex appeal.
Tube skirts, just by the very nature of their cut and fit, are flirty and provocative!
A skirt is a tube or cone shaped garment that hangs from the waist or hips and can cover all or part of the legs. At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of material, and most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist and become fuller below, with the fullness introduced by means of darts, gores. pleats or panels.
The tube skirt looks much like the pencil skirt or the hobble skirt. In my fashion opinion, in order for a skirt to truly be labeled a tube skirt, the hemline of the skirt needs to fit tightly, or straight down, as opposed to flairing out or becoming more full at the bottom, similar to an A-line skirt.
True tube skirts:
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Tube skirts can be short or mini-skirt length, knee length or floor/ankle length, but they must have a narrow or tight hemline!
Skirt Fun Fact:  Costume historians generally use the word “petticoat” to describe skirt-like garments of the 18th century or earlier.
Tube skirts are usually made from light to mid-weight fabrics, such as denim, jersey, worsted, cotton or poplin. Skirts of clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape more aesthetically and comfortably.
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Tube skirts wear real well with tops or blouses that are tucked into the waistline of the skirt. I particularly like the look of a form-fitted angora sweater, a form-fitted long sleeve T-shirt, or a ruffled blouse tucked into the skirt. Since a tube skirt generally shows off the shape and size of the waist and the hips of the wearer, and tends to fit straight up and down, when a form-fitted top and platform heels are added to the skirt, the outfit can only be described as slinky!
Feline seduction!
Tube skirts: flirty, fun and fiercely feminine!
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Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime skirts left the floor, and for the next fifty years, fashionable skirts became shorter. Skirts seemed to reach their shortest length from 1967 to 1970, when skirts became as short as possible without exposing the underwear, which was considered taboo.
Since the 1970s, the rise of women wearing pants for most all occasions took away the immense power of the skirt. Today, not one skirt length dominates fashion, with short, knee length and ankle length skirts all being popular and acceptable women’s wear.
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Many tube skirts don’t contain zippers or buttons, merely stretching over the hips and either hugging the waist or resting on the hips.
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Tube skirts are ultra stylish and feminine. A tube skirt can be made casual to dressy merely by the shoes, tops and accessories that you choose to wear with your skirt.
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Silently flirt in a tube skirt!
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In fashion, the hemline of your skirt will vary according to your personal tastes, which can be influenced by aesthetic preference, social context and your perception of modesty.
May I suggest a tube skirt?
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Whether you select a ballerina skirt, a denim skirt, a leather skirt, a T-skirt, a cargo skirt, or various other types of skirts, I personally find the tube skirt by far one of the most attractive skirts in modern fashion today.
Spend your day the trendy way: wear a tube skirt!
Skirt Fun Fact: Aside from the wearing of kilts, in the Western world, skirts are considered primarily women’s clothing. The wearing of skirts by men in Western cultures is generally seen as cross-dressing!
Tantalize in a tube skirt!
Haute couture! Glamour galore! The tube skirt is a skirt that you can adore!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her flair for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog at www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Long, beautiful eyelashes can definitely make you stand out in a crowd. When those lustrous lashes are real, as opposed to fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions, your eyes will be noticed with or without eye makeup!
There is something about long eyelashes that looks absolutely lovely. Dark, full eyebrows and long, thick eyelashes really pull a gorgeous face together.
There are ways to grow thicker, longer, stronger and healthier natural eyelashes. Just like the hair on your head, your nails, eyebrows, etc., your eyelashes need nourishment to grow and ensure that the vixen lashes remain extended and eye catching.
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Long, voluptuous lashes are a symbol of natural beauty, and are an asset to any face. If you prefer extended, natural eyelashes, there are easy, inexpensive ways to grow out your own luscious lashes.
Of course, there is a practical reason for eyelashes, as opposed to merely being an ornament to decorate our eyeballs. The lashes help to keep dust and debris from getting in your eyes. However, as with all practical bodily exterior features, dolling them up in the name of fashion is always a top priority!
Easy, inexpensive steps to growing your own natural, gorgeous eyelashes:

  1. Use a lash lengthening gel underneath your mascara. Some lengthening gels not only grow and lengthen your own lashes, but the gel also conditions and protects your lashes, making your eyelashes stronger.
  2. Apply olive oil or castor oil to your eyelashes before you go to bed. Rub the oil between your thumb and your finger, and then pat the oil onto your eyelashes, or use a clean mascara brush to apply.
  3. Apply petroleum jelly to your eyelashes. Let the petroleum jelly sink into your lashes overnight, and then wash the jelly off in the morning.
  4. Avoid eyelash curlers: Eyelash curlers have a tendency to pull out and/or break your eyelashes, especially if you use the eyelash curler on lashes that are coated in mascara.
  5. Eat a nutritious, well balanced diet high in B vitamins and proteins. Eyelashes are hair, and just like the hair on your head, the eyelashes need to be fed a healthy diet to grow thick and full.
  6. Glycerin and egg whites mixed with castor oil, applied to your eyelashes, feeds and strengthens your lashes.
  7. Invest in a good eye makeup remover that allows for your mascara to come off easily, where you don’t have to scrub or tug your lashes.

Mascara applied to eyelashes helps to make your lashes stand out and appear longer, fuller and thicker! You don’t want to go overboard with the mascara, but I find lashes heavily coated in mascara to be real attractive!
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Black mascara is stunning, and by far my favorite color of mascara. However, sometimes, especially depending on what I am wearing, colored mascara gives my eyes just the oomph they need to pop open and completely highlight my face. If you want to attempt different makeup looks, try changing the color of your mascara. Just a color change can make your face appear diverse, much like when you wear various shades of eye shadows and lipsticks!
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Long, full, thick eyelashes are beautiful and becoming on any shape of eye and any color of eye! All eyes will be on your eyes when your natural lashes extend with sheer elegance!
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Eyelash Fun Fact: In some cultures, long, natural eyelashes are a sign of youth. Since youth suggests good genes, and ultimately, fertility, it is said that men (subconsciously) are attracted to women with longer eyelashes.
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Everyone needs to dress and wear makeup in the manner and the style that suits and works well for themselves! As a true glamour girl, I would want to wear darling, cute clothes and play with makeup even if I lived on an island of one: just me! That is how much I love style, fashion and beauty!
This may sound selfish, but I call it liberating and healthy: I dress for me! And I have loads of fun doing it! You often times hear it said that women dress for other women, or that women dress for men. I have always found this odd, because I have always, as long as I can recollect, dressed for me!
Fashion, beauty, style and clothes are in my blood!
Enhancing eyelash growth is an affordable, simple step to take to achieve natural, permanent beauty!
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Eye makeup remover tip: Organic, extra virgin coconut oil seems to remove even the toughest of  eye makeups!
Long, thick, full, natural eyelashes: Natural never looked so nonstop glamorous!
Get the natural look the natural way: long natural eyelashes are here to stay!
The natural way to grow naturally long eyelashes!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

Deck yourself up to pretty proportions in a V-neck!
Many women and men, when it comes to fashion, own at least one piece of clothing that consists of a deep and plunging neckline, also known as the V-neck! The neckline of a garment is the top edge of the clothing that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. For each garment worn above the waist, the neckline is primarily a style line and may be a boundary for further shaping of the upper edge of the garment (collar, cowl, darts, pleats).
The neckline of a particular dress, top, blouse, shirt, jacket, etc. can do wonders to offset an outfit. V-necks, most notably with women’s fashions, are ideal for females who wish to display an open neck and chest area, and a preferred amount of cleavage.
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The V-neck originates from the Middle East, and a V-neck neckline is formed by two diagonal lines from the shoulders that meet on the chest, creating a V shape. The depth of the V can vary, ranging from demure styles to a plunging, revealing neckline. The V may also be truncated by a small bottom edge, forming a trapezoid.
If you have a long, elegant neck that you wish to show off, wearing your hair up off of your shoulders and dressing in either a dress or a blouse with a V-neckline will accentuate this beautiful feature!
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When wearing a deep V neckline, a bare neck makes an extremely elegant appearance. Also, if you do want to wear some type of neck jewelry, a choker that fits tightly around your neck, or a shorter style of necklace that drapes over your upper chest, but doesn’t fall onto the fabric of the garment, emits the most fashionable look with a V-neck.
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A long, thin necklace of pearls or a dangling chain necklace would also work, but with the V-neck, a necklace that shows off the bare neck or bare upper, open chest looks the nicest.
Depending on where you are going, or how much cleavage that you wish to reveal, if you are wearing a plunging neckline, yet you want to cover up a bit, wearing a tank top or camisole underneath the V-neck clothing allows you more modesty with your outfit.
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Also, if you are wearing a button up blouse, you can create your own V-neck effect by leaving the top few buttons unbuttoned. Not only does this provide a more vogue look, but this is also more comfortable and not as confining or tightening around the neck area.
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V-neck clothing narrows down your shoulders and accentuates your bust. Women with wide or broad shoulders look great when wearing a V-neck, because V-neck necklines will narrow down your shoulders and put all of the attention on your chest!
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V-neck tops and blouses wear well with jeans, cargo pants and shorts, a well as with skirts or dress pants!
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The shape of the neckline can be modified in many ways:

  1. Wearing a scarf.
  2. Adding a collar.
  3. Wearing a tank top, T-shirt of camisole underneath your upper garment.
  4. Decorating your neck with jewelry.
  5. Adding ruffles to the neckline.

With dressy dresses, V-neck necklines offer you to step out styling in glamour, high fashion and girly, feminine gorgeousness!
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From casual to chic, from cool to classy, you can deck yourself out to off the charts glam when wearing a V-neck ensemble!
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The V-Neck: A neckline sublime!
The neckline of your garment can frame your shoulders, neck and face, as well as change the apparent width, height and angularity of your shoulder and chest area.
Deck yourself fashionable in a V-neck!
What the heck? If you don’t already own a V-neck, you have a fantastic excuse to go buy something new to wear!
What could be better than a V-neck sweater?
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work along with her lifelong love of style into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Seersucker is a fun word for a fun material. With summer on the horizon, seersucker is a perfect, lightweight, easily washable fabric that wears well in hot temperatures.
Seersucker is a thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear (although if you prefer, you can certainly wear seersucker material in fall and winter months as well)! Common items of clothing made from seersucker include suits, shorts, shirts and robes. The most noted colors are white and blue, however, seersucker is produced in a wide variety of colors, usually alternating colored stripes and puckered white stripes slightly wider than pin stripes.
Seersucker material is a fabric that is popular with both men’s and women’s clothing. Seersucker men’s suits are lightweight, fun and fiercely fashionable!
Dare to be a dashing, debonair dude in pink seersucker!
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Seersucker Fun Fact:  The word seersucker came into English from Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), which originates from the words “kheer aur shakkar”, meaning “milk and sugar”, from the fabric’s resemblance of smooth and rough stripes to the smooth texture of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar!
During the British colonial period, seersucker was a popular material in Britain’s warm weather colonies like British India. When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, the material was used for a broad array of clothing items.
Seersucker was originally worn by the poor in the United States, until preppy undergraduate students began wearing the comfortable fabric in the 1920s, as a snobbish reversal trend.
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Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the material to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation.
Built in air conditioning!
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Seersucker is a common material found in children’s clothing and accessory items. Seersucker beautiful, bouncing babies!
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Tips for Wearing Seersucker Well:

  1. Wear light colored, line free underwear!
  2. Don’t over accessorize, since seersucker is a simple yet already textured fabric.
  3. Seersucker clothing should fit somewhat loosely on the body, not skin tight.
  4. Choose colors that highlight your skin tone.
  5. Mixing and matching the seersucker fabric with other materials creates a nice contrasting image (silk blouse with seersucker shorts, cotton blouse under a seersucker blazer, etc.).

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Seersucker material is comfortable, cute and doesn’t need ironing!
Seersucker Fun Fact:  This easily washed fabric was the choice for summer service uniforms by the first females in the United States Marine Corp! This decision was made by Captain Anne A. Lentz, one of the first women officers selected to run the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during the Second World War!
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Seersucker is made by slack-tension weave. The threads are wound tightly onto the two warp beams in groups of 10 and 16 for a narrow stripe. The crinkle stripe may have slightly larger yarns to enhance the crinkle. The stripes are always in the warp direction and ongrain.
Pretty up your pooch in slimming seersucker!
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Today, seersucker is produced by a limited number of manufacturers. It is a low-profit, high-cost item because of the material’s slow weaving speed.  Seersuckers are made in plain colors, stripes, plaids and checks (gingham) and prints. Seersucker is also used in curtains and summer suiting, dresses and sportswear!
The summer splendor of shimmering seersucker!
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Seersucker your way into fabulous high fashion!
Seersucker: the simply summer material!
Sassy, sexy and splashing in seersucker!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Generally, when you think of wrapping something, you envision a gift, or a present, or a box. How about wrapping yourself up in an adorable, darling and always knock-out wrap dress?

The wrap dress was popularized in 1972 when Diane von Furstenberg displayed a knitted jersey wrap dress that was knee-length and long sleeved. The wrap dress is a dress with a front closure formed by wrapping one side of the dress material across the other side, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist, giving the garment a “wrapped” look. This dress style forms a V-shaped neckline and hugs a woman’s curves in all the right places!

Wrap yourself in wonder wrapping splendor!

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Wrap dresses achieved their peak in popularity in the mid to late 1970s, and the design has been credited with becoming a symbol of women’s liberation and power in the 1970s. Wrap dresses experienced renewed popularity in the 1990s.

Wrap Dress Fun Fact:  Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress is part of the collection in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, due to the dress’s influence on fashion!

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In addition to knitted jersey, wrap dresses can be found in other materials, such as cotton, silk and satin. Due to the stretchy and comfortable flexibility provided by the wrap dress, many women find the wrap an ideal garment to wear as maternity clothing, while still maintaining up-to-the-minute style.

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A wrap dress is a great, versatile piece of clothing to have in your closet. With a slim-fitting top and a looser skirt, often with extra material across the bust and the stomach, the wrap look enhances the bust while accentuating and slimming the waist, and flattering the stomach.

In addition to dresses, wrap skirts provide the wearer with just as much fashion fun and a comfortable, non-binding waist!

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As with all clothing, keep the print and pattern in mind that works best for you when you are purchasing a wrap dress. Wear colors, styles and prints that flatter you and satisfy you completely.

Wrap dresses can be worn as work attire, daytime attire or evening attire. If you would like to wear a wrap dress to work, but feel that the V-neck is too plunging for the office, you may choose to wear a camisole or a tank top underneath, or a blazer or a cardigan over the top.

If you have worked all day in a cozy wrap dress, and you would like to wear the same wrap dress that evening, simply fancy the dress up with a more feminine, higher heeled shoe, and dainty or flashy accessories and jewelry! An easy approach to a classier look!

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One nice feature about the wrap dress is that, where the two sides of material overlap and tie, you usually get a nice, big, beautiful bow to accentuate your waistline!

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Some women choose to wear leggings with the wrap dress, for
a more mod, trendy look. If you are attending a picnic, or an outdoor event, flip-flops or sandals would emit a summery, casual vibe with your wrap dress. Numerous beachwear cover-ups wrap around for easy, comfortable wear.

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Wrap Dress Jersey Knit Fabric Tip:  The jersey knit fabric often used with the wrap dress is not prone to wrinkles, so this is an ideal garment to wear on an airplane or to pack into a suitcase without having to worry about your clothes pruning up and needing a desperate ironing!

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Wrap yourself dainty and darling in a wrap dress!

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A “faux wrap dress” resembles the wrap dress design, except that the dress comes already fastened together with no opening in front, but instead the garment is slipped on over the head!

Be it a real wrap dress, or a faux wrap dress, wrap yourself into a pretty, fashionable package dressed in wrap garment elegance!

Purchase yourself a vogue wrap dress, and when you are draped in the gorgeous garment, put together from head to toe exquisiteness, check your look in a full length mirror and say, “It’s a wrap!”

The world will speak the words with you as you strut down the street in sassy wrap style!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano, and her author “like” Facebook fan page, Nancy Mangano.

 

There is something sleek, sensual and sassy about showing just a tad bit of the midriff section. When you are dressed elegantly, or femininely, or playfully, yet a mere portion of your midriff skin is exposed, the look can be classy and clean.

Fashionably fit and flashy in a crop top, as the midriff is on display and out to play when wearing a crop top!

A crop top is a piece of clothing, covering the upper body, but cut short to end above the naval, thereby exposing the midriff area. Midriff is a particular term referring to the human body between the thorax/chest and the pelvis/hips.

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In some cultures, exposure of the midriff is socially discouraged or even banned, and the Western culture has historically been resistant to midriff-baring styles. Baring the midriff was introduced into Western fashion in 1932 by Madeleine Vionnet when she presented an evening gown with strategically cut openings at the waist. Fashion designer Bill Blass, when speaking of the crop top/midriff shirt once said, “It is too difficult. Women will much more readily wear bare-back or plunging neckline styles.” However, crop tops do indeed make many appearances on the catwalks/runways of high fashion!

The crop top: haute couture!

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Women’s fashion in the 1960s saw a spike in crop tops and midriff baring shirts due to the sexual revolution, and in the 1970s with the popularity of halter tops and tube tops.

Midriff Fun Fact: Midriff is a term used to describe:

  1. The belly area.
  2. A synonym for the waist.
  3. A name for the area below the diaphragm (particularly including the stomach region).

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During the 1980s, pop star Madonna appeared in bare midriff looks in her performances and music videos, which helped spread the crop top into mainstream fashion.

For Indian women, baring the midriff has always been considered fashionable attire. Indian women have traditionally worn saris that bare the midriff, especially South Indian women. The cholis, worn by Indian women, exposes a thin section of midriff, usually 3 to 4 inches. And, as we all know, the Eastern art of belly dancing places the female midriff on center stage!

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Currently in Hollywood, the bare midriff is becoming the trend. This midriff look flaunts one of the most desired symbols of beauty and health today: a flat, toned abdomen (abs). Jane magazine fashion editor Elizabeth Kiester stated, “A woman’s stomach and waist is the most feminine part of her body. It’s sexy, but not overtly sexy like cleavage.” Many celebrities have been draped in crop top midriff outfits while walking the red carpet, on stage and in fashion photo shoots.

In addition to the sexy front side that crop tops show off, many crop tops have adorable styles on the backside as well!

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During the 1940s, schools with dress codes added the bare midriff look and all crop tops to the forbidden list. The enforcement of such rules depends on the school itself, although the majority of public and private schools ban the crop top, unless a tank top or undershirt is worn underneath that covers up the midriff skin. 

When abs are toned and only a wee section of midriff is showing, crop tops add a fit, flashy, fashionable demeanor to a stylish outfit!

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Midriff Fun Fact:  According to the PBS Frontline documentary, “The Merchants of Cool”, “midriff” is a marketing classification for an American teenage female who is characterized as prematurely adult and consumed by appearances.

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Crop tops accentuate health and vitality, with a hint of peek-a-boo playfulness, when worn with skirts, pants, trousers, shorts or capri pants! When adorned with the proper accessories and shoes, crop tops can make or break an outfit.

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Comfortable and classy in a crop top!

Sexy yet subtle!

Crop Top Tip: A crop top can be worn with a bottom garment that fits either above or below the naval. Both ways present their own flattering flair!

Go chic. Go cool. Go crop top!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has threaded her love of detective work and her lifelong fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Probably one of the most fun garments to shop for, and often times, also the most dreaded, is the bold, body baring bikini! With summer time approaching, and the lazy, hazy, hot beach and pool days ahead of us, there are ways for all body types to be able to rock a bikini well!
A bikini is merely a two-piece bathing suit. Bikini tops generally cover the breasts, revealing the stomach and back. The bikini bottoms leave a gap between the belly button and the hips, and cover the groin and buttocks. For the more daring individuals, the thong bikini reveals the buttocks, with just a thin strip of material fitting snuggly between the cheeks.
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The first bikinis appeared just after World War II. Early bikinis were not very different from the women’s two-pieces that were common in the 1920s, except that they had a gap below the breast line, allowing for a section of bare midriff. From the 1960s on, the bikini shrank in all directions, until it sometimes covered little more than the nipples and genitalia.
Bikini Fun Fact: The bikini is named after Bikini Atoll, the site of several nuclear weapons, for the barely there swimsuit’s supposed explosive effect of the viewer!
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Even if you aren’t perfectly physically fit, there are ways to look great in a bikini!
How to Wear a Bikini Well:

  1. Choose a style of bikini that flatters your figure (ruffles on the bottoms could hide larger hips, more top support would help to lift sagging breasts, etc.).
  2. Make sure that your bikini is the right size, or buy a swimsuit that is one size larger than your normal clothing size. When bikini bottoms are tight, they can pinch your skin, causing thigh and hip pouches that look like body fat. You want sleek, smooth physique lines.
  3. Longer legs: Pick a bottom that is high cut and shows sides of your hips.
  4. Shorten the look of your body: Select a bikini where the top covers your midriff area.
  5. Posture: Make sure that you stand tall, with your shoulders back, your chest forward and your tummy tucked in when you are walking or standing.
  6. Accessorize: The right sunglasses, sandals, earrings, etc. will help to draw attention to your overall appearance as opposed to just your bikini clad body.

If you are bold and proud of your backside, you may want to show off your firm tush in a thong bikini. Fashion fannies!
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Some women prefer to engage in water or sun activities with their breasts uncovered. This is described as “topless” or “topfreedom”.  In various places around the world, nude beaches are set aside for people who choose to participate in beach and pool events in their buff nakedness.
As for true fashionistas, the appearance, style and cut of the bikini is just as important, maybe even more important, than what your body looks like when scantily covered by the barely there bikini.
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As an alternative to swimsuits, some people wear trousers, underpants or T-shirts as makeshift bathing suits. In some countries, such as Thailand, swimming in regular clothes is the norm, while swimsuits are rare.
The choice and style of bathing suit is dependent on current fashions and community standards of modesty, as well as on personal preferences.
Be a bathing suit beauty in a bikini!
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No matter what style or cut of bathing suit that you prefer, even if you are not dressed in the skimpiest of swimsuits, your head, shoulders, arms and legs will be exposed.
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Many times, especially along the strand or down residential beach streets, people pedal their bicycles or go about some daily activities covered in their comfy and cute bikinis!
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Bare your body in a beautiful, bold bikini!
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Bikinis: Sexy swimsuits!
Bikini Tip: When swimming in frigidly cold water, you may prefer to wear a swimsuit with more material. A wet suit perhaps?
However, for the fashion fetish fashionistas where pretty and pleasing trumps practicality, sometimes you’d rather wear the bikini in the cold water, goose bumps and all, and be willing to freeze in the face of fashion! (I relate, I’ve been there)!
Go brazen! Go confident! Go with attitude!
Sexy, sleek, superb swimwear: the bikini!
Beautiful sun bathers bask in bikinis!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work along with her fashion passion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page, Nancy Mangano.

Read excerpts from the first chapters of Nancy Mangano’s Natalie North novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy:

http://www.nancymangano.com/excerpt.html

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Visit author Nancy Mangano on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com. Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Love them or hate them, bathing suits are a staple of fashion that have evolved throughout the centuries. What were once known as ‘bathing gowns” in the 18th century (long dresses of fabrics that would not become transparent when wet, with weights sewn into the hems so that the bathing suit wouldn’t rise up in the water), have graduated today to the popular women’s swimsuits consisting of one-piece swimwear, bikinis and thongs!

Since bathing suits can bring either incredible joy to you when you look in the mirror, or make you cringe and feel that you need to hire a personal trainer as soon as possible, or, you are comfortable with yourself in a bathing suit no matter what anyone else thinks, on this particular blog I am going to concentrate on the ever popular, always eye catching, one-piece bathing suit.

We will save bikinis and thongs for another blog posting!

One-piece bathing suits don’t have to mean out of shape or old fashioned. There are many one-piece suits that are downright darling, and from a fashion stand point, many one-piece bathing suits are far more attractive than their sister suits, the bikini and the thong. One reason is because with a one-piece swimsuit, you have more fabric to work with, allowing the garment to consist of more style and fashion flair than its itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikini competitor!

Bathing suits are also known as swimsuits, swimming costumes, togs and bathers, and the item of clothing is designed to be worn while the wearer is engaging in water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, water polo, diving, surfing, water skiing, or when you don’t want to get wet at all and you just prefer to sun bathe.

One-piece bathing suits are beautiful, providing stylish, trendy, sensual looks while also offering more support and modesty than bikinis and thong bathing suits.

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Bathing suits are also worn when there is a need to display the body, as is the case with beauty pageants or bodybuilding contests. Glamour photography and magazines such as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue feature models and sports personalities in various styles of swimsuits.

There are so many styles and cuts of modern swimsuits available today, which vary in relation to body coverage and materials, that even the most modest of people are going to be able to find a bathing suit that they feel comfortable in and that also matches their tastes and flatters their figures.

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One-Piece Swimsuit Fun Fact:  The one-piece bathing suit is also known as the tank suit and maillot.  The term “tank suit” is supposed to be derived from the term “swimming tank”,  an obsolete term for what is now called a swimming pool.

So swim yourself to swimsuit splendor, styling and fashionable in your one-piece bathing suit. Another plus of the one-piece bathing suit, as opposed to the bikini or the thong, is that when people are seeing you from the backside, the mod and voguish style and cut of the suit can be downright cute!

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For those of you who wish to dress in modest fashion and not get sunburned, perhaps you may want to purchase a burqini. A  burqini covers the whole body and head, but not the face, in a manner similar to a diver’s wetsuit. A positive of the burqini: minimal sunblock needed!

Bathing Suit Fun Fact:  In the Victorian era, popular beach resorts were commonly equipped with bathing machines designed to avoid the exposure to people in swimsuits, especially to people of the opposite sex!

Some swimsuits are designed specifically for swimming competitions where they may be constructed of a special low resistance fabric that reduces skin drag. Swimsuits specifically made to wear during competitions are manufactured to assist the athlete to glide at a quicker pace in the water and to move in an unencumbered fashion.

And then, for the true fashion diehard where fabric trumps practicality and trendy trumps comfort, many one-piece bathing suits are designed specifically for aesthetic appearances!

Dive your way into one-piece glamour and swim in sexy style!

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Swimsuits today range from designs that almost completely cover the body to designs that expose almost all of the body!

Your choice! Your preference! Your courage!

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Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact:  Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits! Medical professionals warn that wearing damp swimwear for long periods of time can cause a number of infections and rashes in children and adults, and warn against sharing bathing suits with others!

Whether frolicking in the ocean waves, tanning in the surf and sand or snoozing on the beach, dress yourself in a fabulous one-piece fabric swimsuit and catch the attention of every fish in the sea (and people on the beach)!

Swimsuit fashion at its fantastically finest!

I remember when I would go to the beach as a girl, and the minute that my family laid our towels out in the sand, I was in the water, where I stayed most of the day. I couldn’t imagine that people would go to the beach to merely lie out, or read, or slumber in the hazy, lazy summer sun. Now that I am all grown up, when I go to the beach, I much prefer to lie on my towel, absorbing the remarkably sunny, radiant rays, and never stepping one foot in the water!

I mean, come on! It’s all about the fashion! I’m going to get my hair wet and covered with dirty sand? Or get the one-piece bathing suit that I paid good money for all wet?

Ah, to be a kid again!

So step into swimsuit glamour covered in a gorgeous, one-piece, alluring, provocative, sexy one-piece bathing suit!

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One-piece bathing suits are sweet and sexy all in one. Flattering and fashionable! And miraculous for hiding figure flaws!

I believe in miracles, oh where are you from, you sexy thing, you sexy thing, you? (I’m talking to the incredibly darling one-piece bathing suit that you are wearing with glamour girl gusto)!

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Walk yourself into one-piece wonder or swim yourself into sassy swimsuit style!

Comfortable and confident in the one-piece bathing suit!

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If you’re built tall, short, curvy or thin, the one-piece bathing suit is always in. And you will always look scrumptiously divine in the fashionable swimsuit, so swim dressed to the nines!

Always in vogue and always cute when covered in a
one-piece bathing suit!

I salute this fabulous swimsuit!

At one with me and with the sea draped in one-piece bathing suit royalty!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work along with her passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com. Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.