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Fine, feminine, fashionable and fancy! Organdy dresses make for some of the best, most impressive looking dresses on the fashion market.
Organdy is a type of material, consisting of a balanced plain weave. Organdy is fine, thin cotton fabric usually having a durable crisp finish, white, dyed, or printed. Organdy is often used for dresses, blouses, curtains, trimmings, etc.
Organdy looks crisp, clean and sheer!
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Organdy Fun Fact: The material’s sheerness and crispness are the result of an acid finish on greige (unbleached or grey/beige). Organza is the filament yarn counterpart to organdy.
Organdy Not So Fun Fact: Because of the material’s stiffness and fiber content, organdy is very prone to wrinkling. The material can be dry-cleaned or hand washed. Wrinkles should be pressed out with an iron on low heat or steamed, with extra care.
Examples of organdy material/fabric:
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Because of it’s sheer, feminine contour, organdy is often used on wedding dresses and fancy evening wear.
Organdy comes in three types of finishes:

  1. Stiff (most commonly used in clothing)
  2. Semi-Stiff
  3. Soft

Semi-stiff and soft are two finishes more popular for summer wear and draped apparel. A stiff finish is more popular for loose apparel, such as dresses.
Dresses made from organdy fabric are flowing femininity!
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Organdy Fun Fact: The word organdy originated around 1825-1835 from the French word organdi. The word is also sometimes spelled organdie.
Combed yarns contribute to the fabric’s unique look.
Dress your best: sheer, crisp organdy!
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Organdy Fashion Tip: Because organdy fabric is sheer, it is often used as a layering fabric to add volume to a garment. Also, its crisp texture can be used to camouflage figure flaws, because organdy doesn’t drape closely or cling to the body.
Organdy material is often decorated with beads, velvet, rhinestones, etc. for innate ornamentation.
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For all the seamstresses (I don’t have this talent, although I wish I did. A fashion designer I would be!) silk organdy is easy to sew. The fabric stands up and holds its shape well.
Organza Tip: Since the material is strong and easy to shape, organdy works well for making silk flowers. Many prom dresses and gowns are decorated with organdy flowers.
Organdy flower power! Organdy dresses make for some of the best!
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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
 

Create a whirlwind of fashion frenzy. Hot for spring? Plaid! Plaid has made a splash back into mainstream fashion (did it ever really go out?) both on the runway and on the streets.
Plaid prints have vitality, life, color, design and a unique pattern that gives plaid its one of a kind look. To see plaid is to know plaid.
A plaid pattern is checkered or tartan figured. Plaid lines can run symmetrical or asymmetrical, different from squares or rectangles, where the lines generally stay the same (square: height and width the same size, rectangle: height and width different lengths).
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Plaids clothes are often times made of wool, but can be found in cotton, polyester and other popular materials.
Plaid Fun Fact: Plaid is worn in Scotland and in England by both men and women. The early Celtic people excelled in dyeing and wearing multi-colored, checkered plaids, woven or sewn together in asymmetrical squares of different colors.
Plaid Types:

  1. A shepherd’s plaid is black and white.
  2. A tartan plaid has crossbars of three or more colors combined in designs distinctive of the different Highland clans.
  3. Modern plaid refers to any plaid pattern, as a plaid gingham.
  4. Checkerboard plaid is red and  black.

Popular plaid pandemonium! Live the look!
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Plaid is a pattern that radiates youthful, yet looks appropriate when worn at any age. The style, cut and length of the garment can change, but if the material is plaid, an element of young shouts out. Sophisticated and fun wrapped in one: plaid!
Flannel shirts are typically plaid.
Plaid Fashion Tip: If head to toe plaid is too much for you, wearing one plaid garment with solid colors subdues the strong effect of the plaid, yet still exudes style, i.e., a plaid skirt with a solid color blouse, plaid pants with a solid color sweater, etc.
Let’s face it, plaid looks rad! Solid or single.
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Plaid creates an almost theatrical look: strong, playful, noticeable!
Plaid Fun Fact: Through the Middle Ages, and until the 18th century, the people of North Britain belted their plaids about them, the lower part forming the kilt, the upper part the cloak.
It’s hard to feel down when dressed in plaid. Upbeat, colorful pattern – cheery mood! Wear plaid with attitude!
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There’s just something grand about wearing plaid. Plaid is a distinctive look that let’s you own it when you are dressed in plaid patterned prints. Jump on the plaid bandwagon: you’re all that and then some!
Walk proud, walk plaid!
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Plaid Fun:

  1. Plaid pattern is a general textile pattern.
  2. Plaid is the name of an album by guitarist Blues Saraceno.
  3. Plaid Cymru is the largest political party advocating independence for Wales.
  4. Plaid is the name of a general purpose, object oriented computer programming language.

Plaid, always in fashion, never square!
Plaid in your closet? A great garment to wear!
Plaid stands out, makes one stop and stare!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting Natalie North murder mystery 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 www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Spread the love, spread the smiles, spread the styles!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting murder mystery 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 www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

White clothes work well, all year long. An all white outfit creates a look of cleanliness. light, wholeness, health.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, white garments blend with them all.
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White is the color of milk, fresh snow, vanilla ice cream. The color white is produced by the reflection, transmission or emission of all wavelengths of visible light, without absorption. White is light, and a color associated with innocence, perfection, good, honesty, beginnings, newness and exactitude.
White is, purely, pure!
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In fashion, white clothes represent spring and summer affairs, but wearing white on cold, dreary, snowy days can add some brightness to your days.
Wonderful in winter white!
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Many people use white to recall their youth and innocence. Easy, uncomplicated lives.
White Fun Sayings:

  1. To whitewash something is to conceal an unpleasant reality.
  2. White noise is the noise of all frequencies of sound combined. It is used to cover up unwanted noise.
  3. White knight in finance is a friendly investor who steps in to rescue a company from a hostile takeover.
  4. White collar workers are those who work in offices, desks, papers, etc.

White fashion is trendy, modern, polished and perfection.
Take your fashion in the right direction; the white direction!
Nancy Mangano
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
 

Sweater weather. To someone like me, who doesn’t like cold, it is more like coat weather. Although coats are toasty, they are often times cumbersome and bulky to move in. The perfect solution? Knee length cardigan sweaters.
A cardigan is a type of knitted garment that has an open front. Often, cardigans can be buttoned, but never tie like a robe. Cardigans generally can be machine made or hand knitted.
Cardigan sweaters, worn to the knee, create a fashionable look while also providing some warmth to the body.
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Cardigan Fun Fact: The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. The sweater is modeled after the knitted wool waistcoat that British officers supposedly wore during the war.
Start a fashion war by wearing knee length cardigans.
Cardigan Sweater Fashion Tip: Open, knee length cardigan sweaters wear well with pants or dresses. The sweater can be made to look casual or dressy, and depending on the color, pattern and style, can add an upscale image to an outfit, or dress the outfit down. Your preference!
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Cardigans, in sleeved or vest form, may be viewed as a conservative fashion staple. Striped cardigans, sporting vivid colors and patterns, add a youthful image to the cardigan.
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Knee Length Cardigan Fashion Tip: Cardigans are often worn over shirts and blouses, and inside suit jackets, as a less formal version of the waistcoat or vest. A more relaxed style is to wear the open knee length cardigan over a T-shirt. Top the outfit off with a hat, gloves, sassy shoes, etc. and change your looks and vibes, a true fashion chameleon.
Sweater fun in a knee length cardigan!
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Cardigans provide more style and glamour to an ensemble than a typical button up, waist or hip length sweater.
Feeling cold and need a sweater? Add a knee length cardigan, all the better!
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The term sweater is a catch-all phrase for a variety of knit garments:

  1. Cardigan
  2. Pullover
  3. V-neck
  4. Turtleneck
  5. Crew
  6. Jumper
  7. Jersey

Cardigan Sweater Fun Fact: Cardigans were originally made from wool, but now are made from wool, cotton, synthetic fibers, or a combination. Looking for something to pass the time away that leaves you with a glorious garment that is here to stay? Knit or crochet a cardigan sweater!
Your masterpiece can be worn in all types of weather!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting Natalie North murder mysteries, 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 www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Today, February 5, 2017, Super Bowl Sunday in the United States, one thing is certain. Whether you are rooting for the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons, there will be a whole lot of kicking going on!
Hut, hut, hike! Kick a field goal!
Do  you want to watch great football, dine on good food and stay stylish in the process? How about going to a Super Bowl party or restaurant kicking yourself up to a higher fashion notch?
Knee-high boots! Always makes a fashion list at the top!
I have written prior style blog posts on boots in general, ankle boots, thigh-high boots, and from reader responses, people around the world love their boots. Today, let’s highlight knee high boots.
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A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Boots can cover the foot and ankle, extend up the leg, to the knee, up the thigh, or to the hip. Most boots have a heel that  is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made from one piece.
Whether you prefer your boots flat soled, a minor heel, or spiked heels, knee high boots add charm, style and glamour to your feet, as well as to your outfit.
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Boots are traditionally made from leather or rubber, modern boots made from a variety of materials. Boots are worn for functionality, as in protecting your feet and legs from water, snow, mud or hazards, and for providing ankle support. For fashionistas and those who want to rock a gorgeous or a trendy outfit, boots are worn for style and fashion.
Boot Fun Fact: The phrase “give one the boot” means to kick one out of a job, club, or expel someone, literally or figuratively.
If the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, they will be giving the Atlanta Falcons the boot. If the Falcons take the NFL 2017 Championship, the Patriots get the boot.
Have you got your knee high boots on, ready to spur your preferred team on?
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Knee High Boots Fashion Tip: Knee high boots look best when worn with a skirt or dress that leaves a few inches of leg visible from the top of the boot to the hem of the garment, or when your pant legs are tucked into the boots.
If you are wearing knee high boots, then by all means, show the vogue footwear off!
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Boot History Fun Fact: Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 B.C. these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the feet and lower leg, often up to the knee. A type of soft leather ankle boots were worn by nomads in eastern Asia, and carried to China, India and Russia, around 1200 to 1500 A.D.
Boot scoot boggie on, global boot lovers! A great pair of boots is a fashion turn on!
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Here a boot, there a boot, everywhere a boot, boot, What a hoot!
Today, if New England comes up to win from a potential loss, or if the Atlanta Falcons are being defeated, and then end up on top, you can break up the party atmosphere by shouting out the popular boot phrase, “The boot is on the other foot now!” Then eat more munchies for emphasis and to heighten the overwhelming excitement!
Knee high boots add glitz and glamour to fabulous fashion power!
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Super Bowl Sunday boot kick! Right over the goalpost!
Popular Types of Boots:

  1. Thigh High Boots
  2. Knee High Boots
  3. Combat Boots
  4. Military Boots
  5. Ankle Boots
  6. Cowboy Boots
  7. Cowgirl Boots
  8. Wedge Boots
  9. Chap Boots
  10. Flat Sole Boots
  11. Snow Boots
  12. Rain Boots
  13. Utility Boots
  14. Moccasin Boots
  15. Go-Go Boots
  16. Ugg Boots
  17. Chelsea Boots
  18. Dress Boots
  19. Valenki Boots

Let’s give a shout and a toot to the fantastic boot!
Whichever team you root for, let your knee high boots give a roar!
Today, on Super Bowl Sunday, may the best boots win!
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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in February  2017.
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