March 2014


Halternecks, whether in dresses or tops, are a sexy, popular clothing style in mainstream women’s fashion. Halterneck, also known as halter or halter top, is a style of strap which holds up clothing, which features a single strap of material that runs from the front of the garment, around the back of the wearer’s neck, and leaves the shoulders and back uncovered.

Halters are distinguishable by being sleeveless (similar to a tank top) and with straps being tied around the neck.

Halters make a perfect cut for warm spring and summer wear!



Halter dresses look fantastic with high heels for a glammed up, gorgeous look. Halter tops can be dressed up or down, depending on what you are wearing the tops with. A halter top and a form-fitting pencil skirt? Try a sexy strappy high heel or a platform shoe. A halter top and jeans, or shorts? Flat shoes or flat sandals set off the casual yet chic look to perfection.

Halterneck Fun Fact: Halterneck garments are generally considered more provocative than other styles because they leave the upper or upper and middle back uncovered, also exposing the shoulder blades. Some establishments that adhere to dress codes (schools, businesses, offices) may prohibit wearing these garments. If so, you can add a lightweight waist jacket or blouse over the halter, which would cover the exposed skin.


Halterneck Fashion Tip: Many halter tops and halter dresses are worn braless, or have built in bras. If you wish to wear a bra with the halter, invest in a strapless bra. Some people find it sexy to show bra straps when wearing tank tops, etc., but since halters are intended to be worn braless, they look better when no straps are visible.

High top fashion in a halter!


Halter dresses look great as full length formal gowns, knee length dresses or skirts, even miniskirts. Halter dresses come in a variety of styles, from straight cut to A-line, full skirts. 

Halterneck Fun Fact: The halter style is commonly used with swimsuits, which allows the wearer to maximize sun tan exposure on the back and minimize tan lines. Halter straps can be tied, snapped, buttoned, etc. depending on the make of the halter.

High fashion halter fun!


Shimmer and shine from head to toe, a halter is the way to go!

Halter dresses make for great sun dresses, perfect to wear to outdoor brunches, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, beach days.  You can also ramp up the volume of your overall look when you step out in a fabulous, fashionable halter dress dolled up in exquisite glam style!


Halterneck Fun Fact: The decolletage and spaghetti strap are two styles of wear similar to the halter.

Halternecks come in a variety of materials, some being cotton, polyester, chiffon, satin, lace and silk.

Halterneck Fashion Tip: I prefer halters to be worn with a bare neck (no neck jewelry), however, if you do want to dress up the look, a choker works marvelously. Have the choker fit tight around the neck, to accent the halter neck line. A longer, dangling necklace tends to get in the way of the alluring neckline that the garment creates on its own.

What the heck, deck yourself out in a glamorous halterneck!

Sensual and chic in a halter! Sweet!



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 thrill of detective work with her flair for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.



Put the spotlight on yourself – – – illuminate from head to toe dressed in the bright light colors of neon!
Neon colors are bold, bright and noticeable! Walk in a room wearing neon, your clothes will tell everyone that you have arrived!
Neon itself is a colorless, odorless, inert monatomic gas under standard conditions, with about two-thirds the density of air. Neon is a chemical element with symbol NE and atomic number 10.
Too much information? Then just know that the intensity of neon colors when applied to fashion is fun, frivolous and fashionable.
The colors that makeup pastels are generally the same colors that create the best effect when hyped up as neon (yellow, orange, pink, green, red, blue). Neon takes the basic colors and zaps them with wow power! No chance being a wallflower when dressed in neon clothes!
You don’t need a reason to step out in neon!
Neon Fun Fact: Neon gives a distinct reddish-orange glow when used in either low-voltage neon glow lamps or in high-voltage discharge tubes or neon advertising signs.
Advertise that you’ve hit the scene dressed as a bold, bright, neon machine!
Wear the right thing, neon colors for spring!
A neon color passion for fashion!
Let your neon colors set the mood – – – fashion and style with attitude!
Neon Fun Fact: The name neon is derived from the Greek word, veov, meaning new. Neon is chemically inert and forms no uncharged chemical compounds.
Compound your fashion forward wardrobe with clothes of magnificent neon splendor!
Neon Fun Fact: Neon not only makes for knock-out colors for clothes, neon is often times used in signs, vacuum tubes, television tubes, wave meter tubes, lightning arrestors and helium-neon lasers.
Neon is one busy gas!
Gas up your style power with neon colored clothes, from dresses, to pants, to stockings and hose.
Did you think neon clothes were only for women? Men debunk that myth. Guys look like dapper, dashing dudes when dressed in neon duds! The neon duds studs!
Cool, suave, confident and fun. Neon clothes work for everyone!
Mama mia, wearing bright neon clothes is a bright idea!
Wear neon and be in fashion – – – get on board with neon passion!
Neon Fun Fact: Neon is rare on Earth, found in the Earth’s atmosphere at 1 part in 55,000, or 18.2 ppm by volume, or 1 part in 79,000 of air by mass. Neon comprises a smaller fraction in the Earth’s crust. Neon is industrially produced by cryogenic fractional distillation of liquefied air.
It is much easier to accept the fact that neon colors rock clothes than it is to learn the scientific facts of neon gas! Scientists might disagree with my statement.
For all you divas and fashion forward fashionistas, all you need to know is that effervescent, eye popping neon clothes are a gas!
Tired, bored, need a kick-start to get through your planned night on the town? Drape yourself in fabulous shades of neon, you’ll wake right up, nothing will hold you down!
Neon clothing. Fit for every season and you don’t need a reason!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

What event will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California? The 86th Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars. This is an annual American awards ceremony honoring achievements in the feature film industry.

An evening of fashion’s finest. Men will be dressed for black tie events, women will be draped in gorgeous gowns of splendor. Haute couture evening wear by the biggest name designers in the fashion industry.

An evening gown is a long flowing women’s dress usually worn to a formal affair.

Red carpet ready!



Stunning gowns! Evening gowns are usually made of luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, velvet, satin, organza, etc. Silk is a popular fiber for many evening gowns.

Academy Awards Fun Fact: The awards ceremony was first televised in 1953 and is now seen live in more than 200 countries. The Oscars is also the oldest entertainment awards ceremony.

Gorgeous gowns fit for the red carpet!


The first Academy Awards were presented on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. The post Academy Awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for the night’s ceremony was $5.00.

Evening wear for women has its origins in the 15th century with the rise of the Burgundian court and its fashionable and fashion-conscious ruler Philip the Good. Wool was the most dominant fabric for dresses.

Step out in fabulous evening wear fashion. Walk a mile in style!


The only shoes appropriate for evening gowns: High heels! The higher heel, the more feminine, sexier the look. Mix of glam and sass.

Styles of Evening Gowns:

  1. Sheath – Fits the body tightly.
  2. Mermaid – The gown is shaped like a mermaid. Form fitted and draped around the ankles.
  3. A-Line – Bell shaped.
  4. Trumpet – Tight fitting, flared at the knees.
  5. Empire – The waistline comes up just below the bust, the skirt hangs straight and loose.
  6. Dropped Waist – The waistline is dropped below the actual waistline (hip area).
  7. Princess – Tight cut in single pieces, hangs in an unbroken line from the shoulder to the flared hem.

A gown for every fashion taste!




Evening Gown Fun Fact: Evening gowns can be distinguished from conventional or day dresses by two primary features: the cut, which tends to be couture and in line with the latest fashions, and the fabric, which tends to be a luxury material.

Award yourself with a to-die-for, exquisite evening gown! You’re worth it!


Glamorous from front to back!


Red carpet ready!

Camera ready!

Fashion ready!

Gorgeous gowns for gorgeous girls! Glorious!

Red carpet wow!


Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.