March 2015


Here in Southern California, spring has sprung! Beautiful sunshine, clear skies, longer days and busting, blooming flowers!  Flowers, in addition to eliciting feelings of happiness, beauty, love and friendship, also make for great clothes patterns. The look of a gorgeous flower can stop you in your tracks, bring back glorious memories and bring a smile to your face.
Ah, true flower power!
Spring Fashion Hint: To put a bounce in your mood, step out in spring in a floral print!
Flower Fun Fact: A flower is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants. The biological function of the flower is to effect reproduction. Flowers also give rise to fruits and seeds.
Flowers have long been admired and used by people to add beauty to the environment, show romance, and express feelings of endearment!
Spring forward in fashionable, fabulous florals!
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Floral prints sprinkle your mood with sunshine!
Flower Fun Fact: Flowers are also referred to as blooms or blossoms!
Much like clothes can define the wearer, flowers can be defined through their symbolism:

  1. Red roses are given as a symbol of love, beauty and passion.
  2. Poppies are a symbol of consolation in the time of death.
  3. Lilies are used in burials as a symbol referring to resurrection/life. This flower is also associated with stars and sun.
  4. Daisies are a symbol of innocence.

More Flower Trivia: The Roman goddess of flowers, gardens and the season of spring is Flora. The Greek goddess of spring, flowers and nature is Chloris.
Don’t be modest. Let floral prints draped on your outside bring out your inner goddess!
Take your fabulous floral ensemble a step higher by offsetting the outfit with a flowery purse and/or hat! You’ll look like all that…and then some!
Running your eyes over these pictures will put some life into your bones. The colorful, beautiful, alluring florals radiate rays of sunshine in your mood. Life affirming flowers!
I’ve said it before, but I feel it is worth repeating. To me, fashion is all about symmetry! Many flowers have a symmetry. Symmetry exists all around us, and many people consider symmetry a thing of beauty.
What is symmetry? Simply defined, symmetry is evenness, parallelism, well-proportioned, rhythmic, well-arranged, etc. When a picture hangs crooked on the wall, the picture is out of symmetry. When the picture is straightened, lined perfectly, the picture is symmetrical.
The same is true for style. No matter what fabric you are wearing, pattern, colors, etc. when your outfit is impeccable from head to toe, that is style! Perfect symmetry. And that is the main rule of fashion. Not sloppy or thrown together, but well-fitted and matching. Even a beautiful bedspread, if wrinkled, crumpled and stained, no longer looks beautiful! Why? The bedspread is out of symmetry. Get the bedspread pristine clean, with every line and wrinkle removed, and beautiful symmetry has returned!
The same is true for automobiles. What cars catch your eye? If you have an innate sense of symmetry and style, cars with sleek lines, perfectly structured front ends and back ends, are gorgeous. It is all about the shape and body of the car; the color is secondary. And that, you darling fashion divas, is symmetry! And style is symmetry! It’s that simple!
Be a fashion forward, symmetrical gal wearing floral prints that shout wow!
Reds, yellows, blues, greens and corals…colors abound when you wear florals!
In addition to brightening up clothes, flowers speak loudly for many events and functions, such as, new births or christenings, social functions, holidays, weddings, home decorations, funerals, religious rituals, sympathy, to name a few.
This much is true: Flowers can cheer a person’s mood through and through!
Strike a pose in floral clothes!
Fill your closets with a bouquet of beautiful, flowery fashions!
Flower power at its finest!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

“Red lipstick is to beauty what the little black dress is to fashion. The difference is that when you walk into a room wearing a red lip, people notice you!” Francois Nars – Famed Makeup Artist.
Ah, how true. There is something about coloring your lips with red lipstick that makes people notice you, stop and stare, take a second look. If you ever doubt this, stand in front of a mirror and apply all other shades of lipstick (pinks, oranges, purples, bronzes) and although they’ll look great, when you swipe on a radical shade of red, your lips will literally pop and your face will stand out!
What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a happening! Rocking red lipstick is the buzz – and the bomb!
The color red is a warm color that conjures up feelings of passion, heat, confidence, boldness and fire, to name a few. When worn on the lips, you not only light up the room, but you give off an aura of sexy and sensual. Powerful. Grrrr!
Whether you coat your lips in Racy Red, Raven Red, Rev Your Engine Red, Rule in Red, Knock ‘Em Dead Red, Roaring Red, Enough Said Red, when you say it in red, everyone listens. (and looks!).
In my novels, my female characters simply adore their glossy red lips. Same holds true for me in real life!
As I’ve said with fashion, whatever your heart desires works the best for you. However, when wearing red lipsticks, there are certain shades of red that simply glimmer with various skin tones. As you know, red lipsticks come in all shades of red: orange red, pink red, red red, burgundy, maroon, fire engine red.
If you want to wear a glamorous red lip, here are some fashion tips:

  1. Fair skin looks luscious with a bright red, red lip!
  2. A medium complexion looks lovely in deep reds or burgundy shades!
  3. Dark skin simply shines in orangish reds or deep reds!

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The best way to get a great red lip that stops people in their tracks is to line the lips with a similar color lip liner. This will eliminate the lipstick (or gloss) from bleeding and add shape to your lips. Then, pick your favorite shade of red. Paint the lipstick inside of the lip liner and blend the two together (with your fingertip or Q-tip) for a finished, polished, luxurious look. I know some people prefer their lip liner a bit darker than the lipstick, and unblended, and that works too! Like the fashion rules say, whatever works for you is the right way!
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Red Lips: Killer and kissable rolled into one!
Red Lipstick Fashion Tip: If you really want to snap, crackle and pop, wear a red lip against an all black or an all white outfit! This makes for off the charts sex appeal and sky rocketing allure!
Warning: If you love the spotlight, a bright red lip will feel just right. However, if you like to stay anonymous and unseen in a crowded room, a bright red lip will be your doom!
Dare to be brave, a glamorous red lip is what you’ll crave!
Red Lip Fashion Tip: Matching your nail polish with your roaring red lips makes for a striking blend of poise and beauty!
Red lipstick isn’t going anywhere and will always stay a popular mode of fashion and style in the fashion world!
Red Lip Fashion Tip: No matter what you are wearing, if you want to up the ante of your overall look, just apply a red lip. Merely by swiping this bold, fancy red shade over your pretty mouth you will turn a casual, or even dull outfit, into an instant hit! I’m sure of it!
Now would I lie to you?
Red lipstick rocks! I know this to be true!
Red lips go great with all skin colors! Red is a common color with an uncommon talent: It hypes up everything!
Whether you’re going to work, or working it on the town, red lips are a fun, daring, adventurous look that won’t let you down!
Powerful! Spectacular! Confident! The red lip is truly hip!
Knock ’em dead in lips so red! You’ll turn heads!
Warning: Your supple red lips could turn heads so quickly as to cause whiplash!
Ah, the dangers of fashion! I’ll chance it! Well worth the risks!
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 love affair with fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

I don’t have a Pinterest account/page, but thank you to all the faithful readers and followers of my fashion/style/beauty/book blog, I do now!
I see that you have selected your favorite images and fashion photos from my fashion/style blog and pinned them on a Pinterest page dedicated to my blog!
I am thrilled that so many of you enjoy my fashion/style/beauty/book blog and I sincerely thank you! I love sharing my passion for fashion and style with all of you! Fashion forward!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author to two riveting Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her interest in detective work and her love of fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Shoes, shoes and more shoes! Can a gal ever have enough shoes? Whether you prefer heels, flats, tennis shoes, boots, moccasins, wedges, clogs, oxfords, thongs or many more, if you don’t own a pair already, may I suggest the platform shoe?
Platform pumps are just plain pretty!
Platform shoes, also known as disco boots, elevator shoes, triangle heels or simply platforms, are shoes, boots or sandals with thick soles. The soles are often made of cork, plastic, rubber or wood, and tend to run anywhere from 1 inch to 8 inches in height!
Platform Shoes Fun Fact: Platform shoes were used in Ancient Greece for raising the height of important characters in Greek theater. Platform shoes were often worn in Europe in the eighteenth century to avoid the muck of urban streets.
Muck or no muck, the typical fashionista needs her platforms to be pretty, not practical!
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You adore platform pumps, do you? You aren’t alone!
Notable Wearers of Platform Shoes:

  1. Elton John
  2. Spice Girls
  3. Simon Rimmer
  4. Lady Gaga
  5. Veruca Salt
  6. Charli XCX
  7. Courtney Stodden

Fashion Tip: With a platform pump, since the raised sole can tend to look bulky, a platform pump looks more feminine with a skinny, sleek high heel. This is merely my fashion opinion. I know some people prefer a bulkier heel, and that is just dandy too.
The best thing about fashion? Be yourself because there are no set rules!
So you love the elegant, gorgeous look of platforms shoes, yet feel that even walking in a one to two inch heel is too much for you? Then definitely try the platform shoe. Generally, the raised sole makes the bottom of the shoe more flat when you walk, as opposed to a regular pump where your heel is much higher off the ground than the ball of your foot. Therefore, with a platform, it is much the same feel as walking with a bare foot or in a flat shoe.
Dare to be a platform diva! Step out in style!
Platform Shoes Fun Fact: The biggest platform shoe fad in history began in the late 1960s and continued well into the 1980s. At the beginning of the fad, the platform was worn primarily by women in their teens and twenties, and then branched out to women of all ages, as well as men (think the disco era)! At this time, many glam rock musicians wore platform shoes as part of their act! Glam bands were the bomb (that is my personal opinion tossed in here)! I always liked the pretty boy, made up look!
A platform shoe will always attract! That is a fierce fashion fact!
Platform Shoes Fun Fact: The manufacturer Candie’s stretched the envelope of what was considered too outrageous to wear when it came to the platform shoe! Candie’s became a popular platform pump to prance around in!
Platform shoes put the P in Pizzazz! The E in Exquisite! The B in the Bomb!
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Platform Shoes Fun Fact: The Walt Disney Company licensed Mickey Mouse and Disney Princesses and Action Man images wearing platform shoes.
The moral? Platform shoes can be worn and enjoyed by all…making your appearance flashy and tall!
Stand proud! Stand tall! Stand platform!
Take the platform center stage in platform shoes!
Take a bow in platform shoes that scream, “Wow!”
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of the riveting Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.  Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her passion for fashion into her novels. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

She may have wore blue velvet, but velvet makes for a knock-out garment material in all sorts of colors.  Not only does velvet have a distinctive look, but the soft fabric has a feel all its own.
Velvet is a type of woven fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it the noteworthy feel.  Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls.
Velvet – Cool, Suave, Soft, Elegant!
Velvet Fun Fact: The word velvety means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.
The material velvet can make an ordinary pantsuit or dress look and feel extraordinary!
Velvet pile is created by wrap or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns. Never knew making velvet could be so complicated? Ah, but the final product is worth the manufacturing effort hands down.
Velvet Not So Fun Fact: Well-made velvet tends to be a costly fabric. Also, velvet can be difficult to clean because of its pile. Like I’ve said, fashion isn’t always practical, but it is always worth it!
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Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers. The most expensive? Silk. Velvet made entirely from silk has market prices of several hundred U.S. dollars per yard. Other materials that make great velvet are cotton, linen, mohair and wool. Synthetic velvets are also used to make clothing and velvet accessories, the most notable being polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate and/or a combination.
Whether you’re strutting your stuff down the catwalk, or strutting your stuff while walking your cat, you’ll be strutting your stuff in style when dressed in gorgeous velvet! You’ll turn heads and attract smiles!
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet.
The most royal color of all velvets? Purple, of course!
Velvet makes for great garments, whether it be pants, skirts, suits, dresses, purses or shoes. Do you think velvet only looks grand on a gal? Dress a man in velvet and watch him strut just as well!
Velvet History Fun Fact: The art of velvet weaving originated in the Far East, and it wasn’t until the beginning of the 14th century that history finds any mention of the textile. The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, which continued to send out rich velvet textures.
Whether you dress in fine velvet of purple, blue or green, when draped in the softness of velvet you’ll feel and look like like a queen!
Some Common Types of Velvet Are:

  1. Chiffon – A lightweight velvet on a sheer silk or chiffon base.
  2. Crushed – Produced by pressing the fabric down in different directions.
  3. Embossed – A metal roller is used to heat-stamp the fabric.
  4. Mirror – A type of exceptionally soft and light crushed velvet.
  5. Pile-On-Pile – A luxurious type of velvet woven with piles of differing heights to create a pattern.
  6. Plain – Typically made of cotton.
  7. Velveteen – Imitation velvet, normally made from a combination of cotton and silk.

A word to the fashion wise: Dress in velvet – soft to the touch and soft on the eyes!
Velvet Fashion Tip: If wearing an entire outfit made of velvet is too dressy for you, only wear one item of velvet. Are you attending an event where you want to appear dressy/casual? Perhaps a cotton blouse tucked in a pair of velvet slacks will do. Even that’s too dressy? Then how about denim jeans and a sporty top, but add a velvet hat or carry a velvet purse? And velvet pumps or velvet boots knock any outfit up a notch or two!
One item of velvet can knock your outfit up sky high!
Come on, what are you waiting for? Give wearing velvet a try!
Him: “My, oh my. You are a sight for sore eyes dressed in velvet so fine!”
Her: “I have to agree with you, sir, but that’s a weak pick up line!”
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 interest in 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 Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

You need your pups to bark…not make a meager peep! You can accomplish this easily: bedazzle with the shoes on your feet!
What is the first physical part of you to make an entrance? Your foot! You step forward to enter a room, one foot in front of the other. Make that stunning, overpowering entrance when you swagger into a room with jeweled, shiny, sparkly, glittery shoes!
Razzle, dazzle – let your feet bedazzle!
Shoes are a fun, necessary staple of all women’s wardrobes. Every fashionista needs at least one pair of shoes decorated with crystals, rhinestones, beads, etc. to add pizzazz to any outfit and to make their feet pop!
Bedazzled Shoes Fun Fact: Bedazzled shoes can come in all styles, from high heels, low heels, flats, wedges, boots, tennis shoes, etc. There is no type of shoe that can’t be spruced up with a gleaming, glittery stone or two (or fifty or sixty)! Not into stones? Try chains and fringe.
Bedazzled Shoes Fun Fact: If you aren’t up to buying new shoes, yet you want to spice up your favorite pair of heels or your running shoes, it is easy to bedazzle the shoes yourself! This is a great tip if you are going to a prom, wedding, etc. and you don’t want to invest in a new, expensive pair of shoes!
How to Bedazzle Your Shoes with Crystals, Rhinestones and Jewels:

  1. Select the shoes you want to bedazzle.
  2. Make sure the area that you will be bedazzling is clean and dry.
  3. You can purchase rhinestones, beads, chains, glitter, etc. at any arts and crafts store.
  4. Purchase a strong, clear adhesive glue.
  5. Decide where on the shoes you want to bedazzle. The entire shoe? The heels? The toes and heels? Be creative…this is your time to shine!
  6. Lay out the rhinestones, etc. that you will use so they are easily accessible to be placed in the glue.
  7. Apply glue to a small area of the shoe at a time. You need to bedazzle in small areas so that the glue doesn’t dry before you apply the stones.
  8. Using tweezers, pick up each rhinestone, crystal, etc. one at a time and place the bottom side in the glue.
  9. Bedazzle away until your already worn shoes look brand sparkly new!
  10. Once you have applied the stones to your heart’s content, allow the glue to dry at least 24 hours before wearing the shoes.
  11. Step out in bedazzling, beautiful style!

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You don’t have time to bedazzle your own signature shoe style, yet you want your shoes to shout, “Amazing!”? There are plenty of head turning, fancy, jeweled shoes on the market that you are sure to find an ideal pair that fits your sparkly personality and your personal style!
Go the extra mile and walk in style!
Be the belle of the ball with bedazzled shoes! You’ll want to dance all night, or at least walk! You might even want to sleep in the shoe stunners!
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“Who’s that girl?”
“I need more information.”
“The one with the killer shoes on her feet. She’s the one I want to meet.”
Bedazzled shoes – always sweet!
Give your feet a magnificent treat!
Razzle, dazzle, bedazzle!
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 interest in detective work and her addiction to fashion in her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

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Nancy Marie Mangano (born Nancy Marie Southwell) is an American novelist,[1] feature film screenwriter and fashion/style/beauty blogger. She is the author of the Natalie North private investigator/murder mystery series, set in Los Angeles County. Her novels have won three awards.[2][3] Her fashion/style/beauty blog, Author Nancy Mangano, is read globally.
Early Life and education
Nancy Mangano was born in Lansing, Michigan to Donald Eugene Southwell, an upper management executive in aerospace, and Annette Louise Southwell (nee Schmetzer), a business owner of a heating and air conditioning company. Her father is of English and German ancestry, and her mother is of predominantly German descent, with English lineage. Her father was attending Michigan State University when Nancy was born, and after his graduation, her parents moved the family to Southern California, where Mangano grew up. She has one older sister, Victoria (Vicki) and was raised in the Roman Catholic religion.
Mangano attended Santa Ana Junior College where she received an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. During this time she worked at the Orange County Sheriff – Coroner Department. She transferred to California State University, Fullerton where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism & Radio/TV/Film. With passions in writing, detective work and fashion, Mangano interned at KCBS-TV with then investigative reporter Harvey Levin (currently of TMZ), KTLA and KNBC-TV. Mangano then worked at NBC-TV, Burbank for two years as a full-time employee, assisting in the KNBC newsroom and working in the Corporate Media Events department and the Movies/Miniseries department.
According to Mangano, while she was working at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, she decided that it would be “much more fun to play an investigator on TV as opposed to being one in real life”, and consequently changed her major to Communications.[4]
Early career
Mangano has always enjoyed writing and fashion. As a young girl she would write stories, even making an About the Author page. By the age of twenty, she had a complete modeling portfolio of herself and she would drive to Hollywood, California, knocking on agents’ doors and being sent on go-sees, where she landed print modeling jobs.  She also appeared as an extra in three feature films, Body Shot (1994), Speechless (1994) and Bug Buster (1998) and one made-for-television movieA Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (1995). Later she incorporated these interests together in her writing of novels and feature film screenplays.
Full Time Writer
Mangano is the author of two Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. The series stars Natalie North, a twenty-nine-year-old Los Angeles private investigator who busts cheating partners and solves felony crimes, while always maintaining a sense of fashion flair and wearing a great pair of high heels.[5][6][7][8]
Mangano is currently working on a new Natalie North novel, with an estimated 2015 release date.[9][10]
Mangano has written two feature film screenplays, Pretties on the Prowl and Fatal ForgivenessPretties on the Prowl is a female buddy comedy script starring two unmarried, desperate 30-something women, whom acting on an outrageous bet, scope out the city of Los Angeles in the hopes of hooking fiancé’s in four-weeks time. Fatal Forgiveness is a drama, whereby a close knit family is torn apart after the unexpected tragic death of a relative, and the family is forced to deal through their anger and bitterness as they try to find true forgiveness. Mangano is in the process of writing her screenplay, Fatal Forgiveness, into book format. She is also continuing the writing of her Natalie North mystery novel series.[11]
Global Author of Fashion/Style/Beauty Blog
Mangano writes the global fashion/style/beauty/book blog Author Nancy Mangano, where she incorporates her desire of fashion, style, beauty and books.
Personal life
Mangano has been married to Dennis Mangano, her high school boyfriend, from 1976 – 1979.[12]
She has two children, a son Christopher James, b. 1976, and a daughter Sarah Jean, b 1977.[13][14]
Mangano currently resides in Orange County, California.[15]
Awards and Notability
Mangano’s novels have won three awards:
A Passion for Prying:

Murder Can Be Messy:

  • 2012 Best Book of the Year/Murder Mystery Genre at Books&Authors[2][16]

In 2011, Mangano made a guest author appearance on The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television.[17]
In February 2011, Nancy Mangano was also invited to speak on the Author Talk Radio Show.[18]
Her work has been featured on the World News Network[19] as well as on Hollywood Industry.[20]
A Passion for Prying was also reviewed in the Orange Coast (magazine) by Jane Glenn Haas in the October 2011 issue.[21]
She has also been featured in the South Africa Herald.[22]

  • A Passion for Prying Published October 2010 (Natalie North series)
  • Murder Can Be Messy Published September 2012 (Natalie North series)
  • Fatal Forgiveness In progress


  • Pretties on the Prowl– Comedy Genre 2010
  • Fatal Forgiveness– Drama 2011

External links


  1. DURHAM, N.C. (17 September 2013). Award-Winning Author Nancy Mangano Presents Murder Can Be Messy.
  2. ↑ 02.1 2.2
  3. ↑ 03.1 2011-2012 LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL WINNERS. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.
  4. Author Information. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.
  9. Best New Mystery Author Nancy Mangano Sizzles in Her Latest Thrill Novel, Murder Can be Messy (4 January 2013).
  11. Tina (23 June 2012). The Saturday Spotlight with Nancy Mangano.
  17. A Passion For Prying. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.

Photo of Nancy Mangano by Rich Hogan
Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Pencils – gotta’ love ’em. “But people don’t use pencils much anymore, with email, texting,” you say. “The pencil is quickly dwindling away.”
Ah, maybe so, but the pencil skirt is here to stay!
The pencil skirt – such a staple of women’s fashion! A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut (long and lean like a pencil). Generally, a true pencil skirt has a hem that falls to, or just below the knee, and is tailored for a close fit. A pencil skirt, when hugging a feminine figure, appears long, elegant and slinky!
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Pencil skirts look great from the front and the back. Let’s get real…pencil skirts exude sex appeal!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The slim, narrow shape of a pencil skirt can restrict the movement of the wearer, so pencil skirts often have a slit at the back, or at the sides. When walking in a pencil skirt, you have to take small steps so as not to fall down. Hey, fashion is easy on the eyes, but not always easy to pull off!
Not sure what to wear? May I suggest a pencil?
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Some classic shoes for wearing with a pencil skirt are pumps or high stilettos. These shoes always glam up an outfit. If you are dressed in a more casual pencil skirt, flat shoes add a youthful appearance that gives a throw back look to the 1960s. Want to go preppy? Slip your feet into a grand pair of loafers!
Who said pencils are just for writing?
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Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in the late 1940s. Narrow fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre-World War I fad inspired by the Ballets Russes.
Remember: A true pencil skirt seriously impedes walking, so hobble lightly so  you don’t wobble and fall down. Baby steps…but they are worth it!
When wearing a pencil skirt take short strides, but the longer walk is worth the ride!
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Fashion Tips for Wearing a Pencil Skirt Well:

  1. Move gracefully.
  2. Do not climb ladders or try to ride a bicycle.
  3. If your skirt doesn’t slit in the back or the sides, be careful bending over. You don’t want to rip the seam out of the back of the skirt.
  4. Pencil skirts, when worn with a nice blazer or shirt, make great office apparel.
  5. Pencil skirts make for perfect garments to wear in the wind. Generally, the skirt is too tight to be blown up. In fact, you’ll be lucky to be able to slink yourself out of it when it comes time to take the darling skirt off.

Pencil skirts, though covering your hips and thighs, sky rocket sex appeal sky high!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: A slit in the back or the sides of a skirt is often referred to as a vent or kick pleat!
Whether you’re walking the catwalk, walking down the street, or merely sitting, the pencil skirt is always fashion fitting!
Fashion Tip: If you’re sitting in a classroom wearing a pencil, and someone asks you if they can borrow your pencil, you may want to think twice. Unless the class is boring…you could really add some spice!
Still not sure what to wear? I stand by my suggestion of the pencil skirt!
As a fashion lover, I tip my hat to the miniskirt, the maxi skirt, and most all skirts in between. But the pencil, with its body hugging shape and its slinky appeal, takes the ribbon as the skirt queen!
You sly, sexy minx you!
Long and lean: the pencil!
Time to take that test? When wearing the pencil, you’ll always do your best.
Ace the fashion test: Wear the pencil!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong relationship with fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

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