August 2015


While naturally blushing at inappropriate times might be embarrassing, there is a bright side. Your body chemistry is giving you what many people pay good money for at cosmetic counters to achieve: rosy red cheeks and a glowing face.
Okay, I get that with a natural blush the entire face reddens. What if you want the perky pink highlight that blushing provides, but only on your cheeks? Then applying blush the cosmetic way is the best way to go!
Blush, or rouge, is a type of makeup that is applied to the cheek area of the face with a makeup brush or applicator, in order to even out your skin tone and add more color to your face. Depending on how you apply the blush, the colorful cosmetic can also be used to make the face appear wider or longer, and to accentuate your cheekbones.
High cheekbones! High fashion! High glamour!
The most common tones for blushes are various shades of reds, pinks, oranges and browns. Depending on your skin tone and complexion, certain colors will show up more boldly than others.
For fair skin, most any shade of blush will be visible, with lighter shades looking more natural and darker tones sometimes appearing overdone. If you have pale skin yet love the look of a deep blush, applying a lighter coat will keep the darker colors looking more natural on your skin. For porcelain skin, pale pinks work wonders!
Medium skin tones look stunning when the blush or rouge is a bit darker, applied heavily enough to draw out your complexion’s natural glow and pretty color. Oranges, bronzes and reds look fabulous on medium skin tones. Lovely, luscious cheeks!
Dark skinned gals look beautiful in dark pinks, oranges and golds.  For a fantastic face that looks colorful yet not overdone, dark complexions stand out when accented with gold lipstick, orange cheeks and brown eye shadow. The warm colors with the dark skin radiate heat and fire! Fierce!
Blush is most commonly found in powdered form, but the cool cosmetic can also be purchased in cream and liquid forms. Powder blush is best applied with a makeup brush, where cream blushes tend to go on easier with a makeup sponge or blended with your fingertips.
Blush Fun Fact: Blush was considered immoral to wear during the Victorian era. Women who did want to bring a touch of color to their cheeks would often pinch the skin of their cheekbones. Ouch!
How to Apply Blush to Create Various Effects:

  1. To Add Color: Take a coated brush and sweep in a line motion, beginning at the base of the cheekbone up toward your lower eyelid (follow the path of the cheekbone).
  2. Make Your Face Appear Wider: Apply a dark shade from the middle of the eye to the lower temple. A lighter color can be swept over the top of the cheekbone.
  3. Narrower Face: Brush a dark shade near the hairline and outer edge of the face, stopping at the eye level. Place a lighter tone above and below the darker color.
  4. Application Tip: Make sure to blush both of your cheeks and that the patterns and colors that you use match. However, it’s your face, so wear your makeup to your preference.  You certainly don’t want to look like a clown, but hey, maybe you do. Then by all means, go for it! As long as you aren’t hurting anyone else, life is too short to care what someone else thinks if you are doing what you love!

Fashion: Unique, Individual, You!
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Blush Fun Fact: In its earliest form, blush was made out of foods like mulberries, strawberries and beet juice. For a long lasting blush, you may want to try grape juice. Have you ever tried to get a grape juice stain out of a white clothing garment?
Blush Application Tip: Powder blush lightly dusted on the forehead, nose and/or chin will add a rosy shine and glow to your face.
A great way to ensure that your blush stays on for the entire day? Apply a bronzer underneath the blush and a light translucent face powder over the blush. Your rosy cheeks will remain rosy until the sun doesn’t shine!
A bit of color wakes up your skin, perks up your face and shows you have great makeup taste.
Brush your cheeks beautiful with blush!
Blush Tip: Blend two colors of blush together to give you a unique, signature shade all your own!
“I do believe I’ve excited you. Your face looks red and flushed.”
“I must say I agree with you. I think you made her blush.”
“Don’t be embarrassed. The bashful look agrees with you.”
“Don’t flatter yourself. My makeup gives me this fresh face of morning dew.”
“I was hoping I lit up your cheeks, because on you I have a crush.”
“Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m wearing a rocking blush!”
Pinks, reds, oranges, browns. Paint your cheeks; paint the town!
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

Semi-transparent clothing seems to make its way into most all styling events. You see sheer fabric apparel on the Red Carpet, at Academy Award and Emmy Award shows, music awards, etc. See-through clothing is also a popular fashion item at runway shows on the catwalk. Another place the popular peek-a-boo clothing can be found is in mainstream, everyday fashion.
See-through clothing is any garment of clothing made with lace, mesh or sheer material that allows the wearer’s body or undergarments to be seen through the fabric. Sheer fabrics are a common element in designer clothing that has resulted in the “sheer fashion trend” that has been predominant in fashion circles since 2008.
Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: See-through or sheer fabric, particularly in skin tone (called nude) colors, is sometimes called illusion, as in “illusion bodice” or “sleeve” due to giving the impression of exposed flesh.
Sheer clothing: sugar and spice, naughty and nice!
Mesh, web, or net fabric may have many connected or woven pieces with a large number of closely spaced holes, frequently used for modern sports jerseys.
A sheer fabric is semi-transparent thin cloth. These include chiffon, georgette and gauze. Some are fine-denier knits used in tights and stockings, dancewear and lingerie. These fabrics are also used in tops, pants, skirts, dresses and gowns.
There’s something stylish, slinky and sensual about dressing in sheer fabric duds!
Peek-a-boo, playful, provocative!
Sheer fabric garments look great when worn over tank tops or spaghetti strap undershirts. A bit bashful? Wear non-see through clothing under sheer material. Bold and brazen? Wear a bra the same color as the sheer fabric top or dress. Fashion is all about taking chances with your personal style. Wear whatever feels the best on you and makes you smile!
Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: During the 1770s and 1780s, there was a fad for wrap-over dresses which were sometimes worn by actresses in Asian roles. In the 1780s the chemise a la Reine, as worn by Marie Antionette in a notorious portrait of 1783 by Vigee Le Brun, became popular. It was a filmy white muslin dress similar to the undergarment called a chemise.
Sheer fabric – sheer delight!
Sheer clothing makes for beautiful, graceful garments, perfect for spring, summer and evening wear. The often flowing, fancy fabrics give off an air of style and panache, as well as cool and chic elegance.
Sheer Fabric Fashion Tip: If you love the visual allure of sheer garments, but are modest or heading to the office, you can purchase fabulous transparent apparel that is lined. Another great way to wear sheer clothing is to slip the see-through garment over opaque undergarments or an underdress so that your modesty remains intact.
Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: A see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to a charity fashion show in 2002 was sold at auction on March 17, 2011 for $127,500.
In today’s fashion world, see-through materials of various kinds continue to be available for a wide range of radiant, sensual, feminine clothing styles.
Sheer clothing for apparel that excites, bites and fits just right!
“I’m in the mood to wear a fabric that’s pretty, airy and thin.”
“Why don’t you dress in something sheer? Be brave and show some skin.”
“That’s a grand idea. A garment that’s provocative but doesn’t overdo.”
“Covers the essential parts but entices with peek-a-boo.”
“How about a transparent lace top and a chiffon skirt?”
“Ah, let your outfit do the talking. A stylish, subtle way to flirt!”
See your way into the fabulous world of fashion dressed in fantastic see-through fabrics!
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

The color yellow stimulates many warm emotions, such as joy, happiness, hope, cheerfulness and fun. Who doesn’t love a pleasant, sunny day? The color yellow radiates friendship and good cheer all throughout the year. Think of yellow flowers and yellow clothes; loved by all, as everyone knows.
On the color wheel, yellow is a warm color, along with orange and red. Being the lightest hue of the color spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, inspiring original thought and inquisitiveness.
The soothing, mellow mood of the color yellow! Wear it well and look swell!
Yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.
Yellow Color Psychology Fun Fact: Within the meaning of colors, yellow is the great communicator and loves to talk. Yellow is the color of the networker and the journalist, all working and communicating on a mental level. Yellow is the scientist, constantly analyzing, looking at both sides before making a decision, methodical and decisive. Yellow is the entertainer, the comic, the clown.
Paint the town dressed in the uplifting, unique color that is yellow!
The color yellow represents:

  1. Mind and Intellect
  2. Happiness and Fun
  3. Communication of New Ideas
  4. Creativity
  5. Quick Decision Making

Are you in the mood to buy a new, spectacular garment but not sure what color to go with? Make a quick decision to try yellow. A beautiful, sunny, gorgeous color! Fabulous fashion fun!
If you adore the color yellow, but feel an entire yellow outfit is too loud for your more reserved personality, why not wear yellow shoes and accessories? A touch of yellow added to black, tan or white clothing makes for a stylish, fashionable, glorious sight.
Yellow Fun Fact: Yellow is the most highly visible of all colors (even above red), which is why it is used for pedestrian crossings and some fire trucks. Take note of the crossings which are marked in white – they are less easy to see than those marked yellow, particularly on cloudy, overcast days.
If you feel bright yellow barks out at you like a ferocious guard dog, there are variations of the color yellow that work great for all apparel:

  1. Pale Pastel Yellow
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Golden Yellow
  4. Cream
  5. Dark Yellow

Whether you prefer a mellow shade of yellow, or a  hello, I’m here shade of yellow, when dressed in dapper yellow duds you’ll make splash everywhere you go.
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Studies have shown that the color yellow helps us with decision making as it relates to clarity of thought and ideas. Yellow helps us to focus, study and recall information, useful during exam time. For the school bound, do you have a major test coming up? If so, put the findings of this study to the test. Wear yellow on test day and see if you ace the exam. If not, at least you’ll look knock-out, drop dead gorgeous taking the test wrapped in the fun, festive color that is yellow. Hey, maybe there is a reason number 2 pencils are yellow (used for multiple choice scantron tests).
Yellow clothes: fiery on the eyes, easy on the body!
Yellow is by far one of the prettiest colors on the planet! Bright and cheery, never weary or dreary!
“I wouldn’t wear that yellow outfit if you don’t want to be seen.”
“I need to make an entrance where I look both playful and keen.”
“Not too overbearing and stuffy but certainly smart.”
“Fashionable and classy with sass, but not too tart.”
“Then go with the yellow, you’ll stand out in the crowd.”
“Yes, and I won’t look like I’m trying too hard or shouting too loud.”
Dress in yellow garments for a look that’s  picture perfect!
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

If you were to ask me what three clothing items every woman should have in her closet, I would say a black dress, a pair of killer high heels and high-waisted pants (preferably jeans and dress slacks). So, in the realm of fashion, there are four must have garments to complete a fashion-buff’s closet.
I find high-waisted pant to look adorable, whether they are the latest trend or not. Hip hugger, low-waist pants are stylish and trendy, but there is something about the high-waisted pants worn with the right top and shoes that makes a head-turning fashion statement. Adding a belt around the waist, or tucking in a blouse, shows off your waistline. Do you have an hour-glass figure? High-waisted pants will highlight your waist. Are you thick-waisted? High-waisted pants with a tucked in shirt creates a break in symmetry that adds a sliming effect (as opposed to wearing a long, loose shirt over the waist, which creates a straight up and down, thicker look).
Fashion Tips for Wearing High-Wasited Pants Well:

  1. If the pants have a straight leg and fit tight at the ankles, a closed toed, high heeled pump adds class and style to the look. If you prefer flats, a slip-on flat shoe will do. Generally, wearing clogs or clunky type heels takes away from the elegant look with this type of pant leg.
  2. For flared or bell-bottom waist pants, a high platform heel, clogs and wedges work well.
  3. Ankle boots, knee high boots or thigh high boots make for a great look with both straight legged and flare legged high-waisted pants.

However, you know me, and my bottom line fashion advice: wear whatever shoe you want that makes you feel good and look good to yourself! The best rule of fashion is that there are no rules! Clothes should be fun as well as practical! Enjoy!
A plus of high-waisted pants is that the same pair of pants can be made to look casual or dressy, merely by what garments and accessories you wear them with. The same pair of high-waisted pants that look professional in the office can be turned into sexy evening attire by changing out of the cotton blouse and blazer, and putting on a satin, ruffled blouse. Also, kick off your practical pumps and slide your fashionable feet into 5 inch stilettos. Grrreat!
Add a necklace, earrings and a rhinestone belt to shimmer and shine. Simply divine.
High-Waisted Pants Fashion Tip: If you are wearing a pair of high-waisted pants with wide, flared legs that flow (palazzo pants), an extremely sexy, chic look is to have the hem of the pants nearly drag the ground, even when you are wearing stilt stilettos. The wide material draping and flowing over the shoe looks beautiful when you stand and walk. This is the complete opposite of the “expecting a flood” pants leg.
High-waisted pants are never a waste of money, because they never go out of style. Rain or shine, day or night, mix and match to make your high-waisted pants worth every precious penny. A purchase that is just right.
For those of you who love to wear crop tops but don’t want to show much midriff section, wear the crop top with high-waisted pants. Crop tops are darling on their own, so when you add the fashionable, youthful top to a great pair of waist pants, the playful, fantastic look is magnified. Powerful and pretty.
For a head-turning look that is elegant and sharp, dressy high-waisted pants with a flared leg and a feminine top is the cats meow. A lovely look that shouts, “Wow!”
Classy and comfortable! Cool and chic!
You can’t deny that high-waisted pants are haute couture; an always in style look with major allure!
Let’s give a high-five to high-waisted pants!
High-Waisted Pants Fun Fact: When wearing high-waisted pants with a tucked in top or blouse, you tend to look taller and more slender. The eye moves completely up and down, and the waist is accentuated. If you wear a large, oversized shirt, the body loses all symmetry, giving a thick effect from the neck to the feet. A tapered waist equals a thinner waist.
If you don’t own a pair of the ever so stylish high-waisted pants, don’t waste one more minute. Invest in a pair of the modern, vogue, must have pants. Your body and your closet will thank you.
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Get in a good place, with exquisite fashion taste, dressed in pants with a high-waist!
“I’m admiring  your pants. You have good taste.”
“I love the way they hug your waist.”
“You wear them well, you look long and lean.”
“I must crown you the fashion queen.”
“I’d like to get a pair for me.”
“Try them, you’ll want to own at least two or three.”
“I think I’ll get them in black, white and red.”
“You’ll create a fashion scene and knock ’em dead!”
High-waisted pants: Warning: Wear with caution!
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

Leather and lace, paper and fire, ying and yang. In the world of fashion, the mix and match of the tough and the tender, the powerful and the demure, makes for a soothing yet combustible pair.
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
People use leather to make various goods, including clothing (shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers and belts). Leather is produced in a wide variety of types and styles, decorated by a wide range of techniques.
Step out in fashionable, edgy leather wear, if you dare!
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open, weblike pattern, made by machine or hand. Originally, linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber.
Lace Fun Fact: Various modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread. A totally different scale are the architectural lace fences by Dutch designers.
For a touch of class and good taste, be a lass dressed in lace!
Leather, when worn alone, gives off an edgy, tough, masculine vibe.
Lace, when worn alone, gives off a delicate, soft, feminine vibe.
Mix the two together for an off-the-charts look of vitality and vulnerability. Take charge and sensitive. A true fashion hit!
Various Types of Leather:

  1. Full-Grain Leather
  2. Top-Grain Leather
  3. Corrected-Grain Leather
  4. Split Leather
  5. Buckskin or Brained Leather
  6. Patent Leather (my favorite – so shiny and pretty)
  7. Fish Leather
  8. Vachetta Leather
  9. Slink Leather
  10. Deerskin Leather

Various Types of Lace:

  1. Needle Lace
  2. Cutwork or Whitework Lace
  3. Bobbin Lace
  4. Tape Lace
  5. Knotted Lace
  6. Crocheted Lace
  7. Knitted Lace
  8. Machine-Made Lace
  9. Chemical Lace

Do you want just a tad of leather and lace to offset your outfit? How about a leather and lace handbag? Leather and lace – tough with taste!
Leather Fun Fact: Today most leather is made of cattle skin, but many exceptions exist. Lamb and deerskin are used for soft leather in more expensive apparel. Deer and elkskin are widely used to make work gloves and indoor shoes. Pigskin is used in apparel and on seats and saddles. Buffalo, goats, alligators, snakes, ostriches, kangaroos, oxen and yaks may also be used for leather. The leather manufacturing process is divided into three fundamental sub-processes: preparatory stages, tanning and crusting.
Lace Fun Fact: The origin of lace is disputed by historians. An Italian claim is a will of 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb of a worshipping priest in a painting in 1485 by Hans Memling.  Lace was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of Europe.
Leather and lace in clothing, whether worn separately or as a pair, makes for some fashionable garments of spectacular flair!
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Mix leather and lace – tough with taste!
“May I help you?”
“Yes, I’m looking for a dress that says sassy yet elegant.”
“Perhaps a skirt and a blouse will do.”
“I’m only buying one garment. I’ve already overspent.”
“Then I have the perfect dress for you.”
“Wow, it’s a blend of leather and lace.”
“Sassy and elegant to fit your fine taste.”
“This dress has a mix of edgy and soft.”
“And it’s your lucky day…a reasonable cost.”
Score yourself to the front of the fashion race dressed in the provocative yet innocent leather and lace!
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

Action, energy, speed, attention-getting, assertive, confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, driven, courageous, strong, determined! Each of these words is a keyword that is linked with the color red!
Red is a warm, positive color that is associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong, powerful masculine energy, but in the realm of fashion, the color red is also exquisitely feminine, with extra punch.
Make an entrance into any event dressed in the roaring, regal, royal color that is red!
The shape and the style of clothes that you choose to wear gives insight into your personality, much like the colors that you select for your garments. In color psychology, red is a color that oozes oomph and wow. The color red shouts, “Look at me!” and refuses to be ignored.
Red is a bold, brazen, beautiful color that says, “I am confident.”
Being the color of physical movement, red awakens our physical life forces (blood is red and nourishes our bodies). Red is a color that represents sexuality and love (think Valentine’s Day and red roses). Even looking at these pictures of red clothing, you see that red garments are stunning and attention grabbing. Visually appealing!
Do you want to be seen? Wear red. If red clothing is too bold and brassy for you, dress in a more subdued color (like beige, tan or black) and then highlight your outfit with red accessories and/or red shoes. Just a touch of red adds a touch of class!
A little bit of red goes a long way!
It’s not only the gals that wow in the color red. Men wear red with style and pizzazz! Lads and lasses look lovely in red.
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Did these pictures wake you up? Then thank Enrique Iglesias.
Okay, back to red clothes for women.
If you really want to be the belle of the ball and stand out in a classic, sleek, sexy way, swipe your luscious lips with bright red lipstick, and paint your nails Rev Your Engine Red. Va va va voom when you walk in a room!
Red Fun Fact: It is a common belief in the United States that red cars are stopped by police for speeding more than any other color of car, although there is no statistical evidence to prove that this is true. However, we all know that when a candy apple red sports car goes whizzing past you, down the freeway, the color of the car does catch your eye, and gives off the illusion that the head turning automobile is leaving you behind in its pretty red dust!
You’ll look just as hot, and just as on fire, full of speeding energy, when you drape the fashionable wonder that is you in the wondrous color red!
Wow in the color red! Enough said!
The color red represents:

  1. Energy
  2. Action
  3. Desire
  4. Passion
  5. Excitement
  6. Stimulation
  7. Motivation
  8. Assertiveness

Red Fun Fact: Variations of the color red include maroon, burgundy, crimson, scarlet and candy apple red.
Red Sunset Fun Fact: Who doesn’t admire a red sunset? At sunrise and sunset, when the path of the sunlight through the atmosphere to the eye is the longest, the blue and green components are almost completely removed, leaving the longer wavelength of orange and red light. The remaining reddened sunlight can also be scattered by cloud droplets and other relatively large particles, which gives the sky its gorgeous red glow.
From sunrise to sunset, wet your appetite for all things red!
From the tips of your toes to the top of your head, deck your glorious self in the mesmerizing color that is red.
“Who’s the gal in the stunning red dress?”
“She does light up the room. By far the best dressed.”
“In that head turning color she stands out in the crowd.”
“Yes, the bold, beautiful garment she wears does speak loud.”
“I believe I’ll walk over to her and our eyes will meet.”
“If she gives you the time of day, she’ll sweep you off your feet.”
From casual dress to haute couture, you’ll make a lasting impression dressed in red clothing, for sure!
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

Help halt the sizzling summer heat dressed in sleeveless, cool, fashionable halters!
A halterneck is a style of strap that holds up women’s clothing, which features a single strap or material that runs from the front of the garment around the back of the wearer’s neck, and which enables most of the wearer’s back to be uncovered.
A halter top is a type of sleeveless shirt similar to a tank top (by the American English definition) but with the straps tied behind the neck. In another style of the halter top, there is only a narrow strap behind the neck and a narrow strap behind the middle of the back, so that it is nearly backless. This design resembles many bikini tops, although it covers the chest more and may cover some or all of the abdomen at the front.
Halterneck dresses and halter tops worn on hot summer days are truly tops!
Halterneck Fun Fact: The term halterneck is derived from the halter, which is placed around an animal’s neck.
Due to the position of halter straps, the halter style is commonly used with swimsuits, which enables the wearer to maximize sun tan exposure on the back and minimize tan lines. The halter strap can be covered by the wearer’s hair, leaving the impression from behind that nothing is holding the dress or shirt up.
Halterneck Fashion Tip: If a bra is worn with a halter top, the bra should be strapless or of a halterneck construction itself, so as to avoid exposing the back straps of the typical bra. Revealing bra straps with tank tops is a cute, sexy trend, but halters are made to be worn braless, so no visible straps is the best way to go.
Whether your preference is a full-skirt halter dress or a pencil skirt halter dress, the style and the cut of these dresses is fashionable and fabulous. Halter dresses also look great as full length formal gowns, knee length dresses or skirts, and miniskirts.
High top fashion in a halter!
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-fitted 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.
Take the top-rate, blue-ribbon fashion direction dressed in a stylish, summery, halter collection.
Halter dresses make for great sun dresses, perfect to wear to outdoor brunches, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties and beach days. You can also ramp up the volume of your overall look when you step out in a fantastic, fashionable halter dress dolled up in exquisite glam style!
Halterneck Fashion Tip: I prefer halters to be worn with a bare neck (no neck jewelry), however, if you do want to dress up a halter neck, a choker is by far the best bet. There is something sensual and alluring about chokers (the way they hug the neck) for a marvelous, dressed up look. I feel that a long, dangling necklace takes away from the sexy neckline that a halter top provides. This is merely my opinion, so whatever works best for you, go for it.
Unique fashion flair at its finest!
Halternecks come in a variety of materials, including cotton, polyester, chiffon, satin, lace and silk.
For a shimmer and shine from head to toe, a halter is the way to go!
Smooth, stunning, chic…a halter is a great way to dress in style and beat the heat!
Halterneck Fun Fact: The décolletage and spaghetti strap are two styles of wear similar to the halter.
For a youthful, playful look, crop top halters provide a semi-provocative, yet still elegant, vibe.
What the heck, deck yourself out in a glamorous halter neck.
Beat the  heat in a high neck halter!
“It’s a hot summer day. I need to wear something to beat the heat.”
“How about a swimsuit, and sandals on your feet?”
“But I’m going to the store, and then out to lunch.”
“Then how about a halter dress? A perfect garment for brunch.”
“I see you have good taste. Something stylish and cool.”
“Yes. When draped in a halter, you ace the elegant fashion rule.”
Sensual and chic in a halter! Sweet!
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 is it about pencil skirts that make them the queen of all skirts?

  1. Their tight fit?
  2. Their sensual appeal?
  3. Their eye-catching allure?
  4. All of the above.

If you answered number 4, congratulations! The pencil skirt works for all women, in many different ways.
A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below the knee, and is tailored for a close fit. It is named for its shape: long and slim like a pencil.
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A true pencil skirt will hug the waist, fit tight around the hips and thighs, and stay sung at the knee or below. Straight cut skirts or a flared hem doesn’t fit the definition of a true pencil skirt.
The pencil skirt may be worn either as a separate piece of clothing or as part of a suit. 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 less commonly, at the sides. Sometimes a pleat, which exposes less skin, is used instead of a slit.
Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: Types of shoes that look great and wear well with a pencil skirt are pumps, stilettos with a thin, feminine heel, platform stilettos or tight fitted knee length boots. For off the charts glamour and sexiness? Opaque stockings or fishnets! Meow!
“I believe in miracles, oh where’re you from, you sexy thing, you sexy thing, you?”
Aiming for a preppy, youthful look? Flat shoes or loafers will add a more casual, “prep” vibe to your outfit.
But hey, this is me, Nancy Mangano, writing this post, and I am always a lover of high-heels first and foremost!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: Narrow-fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre World War 1 fad inspired by the Ballets Russes. This full-length skirt with a narrow hem seriously impedes walking.
Pencil Skirt Fashion Warning: If dressed in a truly tight pencil skirt with no slit at the hem, you will be forced to walk in baby steps, taking tiny, delicate steps. If not, you will either rip your skirt or fall forward. However, the looks of the skirt and the buzz from wearing the pencil skirt is well worth slowing down for wherever it is that you are going.
Fashion is never practical…but fashion is always fun! And well worth it!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection. (I tip my hat off to you, Christian Dior, as I am a huge fan of the pencil skirt)!
Are you going to a party? A pencil skirt and a crop top is an ideal way to go.
Are you going to the office? A pencil skirt with a sensible blouse and blazer is a perfect way to stand out in style yet blend in with business.
The pencil skirt is very popular, particularly for office wear. The beginning of this success was due to women’s desire for new fashions in the wake of the Second World War and Cold War rationing, coupled with the austere economic climate, when fabrics were expensive.
Fashion done write in a pencil skirt!
Pencil skirts are sexy and slinky, form-fitting and fabulous, pretty and perfect.
Tips When Wearing a Pencil Skirt:
When on the body,  the pencil skirt feels different from looser skirts, and impacts the wearer’s movements and posture.  So, if you dare to wear this stunning skirt:

  1. Walking needs to be done in shorter strides.
  2. Getting into and out of a car gracefully may take practice.
  3. When sitting, the tightness of the skirt at the knees will force you to keep your legs together.
  4. Activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles will be difficult to pull off in a pencil skirt. But this may be fun and challenging for the adventurous type.
  5. The skirt is less likely to be blown up by a wind gust.
  6. The pencil skirt will keep your thighs warm due to reduced ventilation.

All of the potential calamities when donned in a pencil skirt are well worth the effort, as the pencil skirt is by far the most adorable skirt on the market!
Be a long, lean, pencil skirt wearing machine. A true fashion queen!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: A vent or kick pleat in the center back seam of the skirt makes it easier to walk with a normal stride, while preserving the slim line and cut of the skirt.
Flirt silently in a pencil skirt: let your clothes do the talking as you swagger while you’re walking!
Pencil Skirt: Long, tight and a fit that’s just right!
“Excuse me, may I borrow your pencil?”
“Oh my, you’re such a flirt.”
“I merely need to jot down a number.”
“And for that you need my skirt?”
“No, your lead pencil that’s in your hand.”
“Not the one covering my hips and thighs?”
“If you’ll give me that pencil, that would be just grand.”
“Sorry, you’ll never fit in my darling skirt. You’re the wrong size.”
Turn your head, sigh, and roll your eyes!
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

Crocheted materials are always pretty. Anything crocheted, be it blankets, sweaters, dresses, doilies, etc., radiate a soft, feminine, peaceful vibe.
Cool, calm and collected: crochet!
Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread or other material strands using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word “crochet”, meaning hook, a diminutive of croche, feminine of croc, of Germanic origin.
Crocheted garments emit a unique, attractive and alluring look!
Crocheting garments consists of pulling loops through other loops, but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that with crocheting, only one stitch is active at one time, stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used, instead of two knitting needles.
Crocheted dresses look suave and mod on any body!
Crochet Early History Fun Fact: In the 19th century, as Ireland was facing the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849), crochet lace work was introduced as a form of famine relief (the production of crocheted lace being an alternative way of making money for impoverished Irish workers). Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere is generally credited with the invention of Irish Crochet, publishing the first book of patterns in 1846. Irish lace became popular in Europe and America, and was made in quantity until the first World War.
Today, crocheted patterns are an extremely popular fixture in the clothing and handbag business. Crochet your way into fashion accessory flair with a crocheted purse to match whatever you choose to wear.
For those of you who prefer to make a crochet dress yourself, the steps are easy and the outcome is well worth the effort. For those like me, who find it easier to walk into a store and buy one, well, that works too!
Basic Materials Needed to Crochet Your Way to a Darling Dress:

  1. A Crochet Hook
  2. Yarn or Thread
  3. A Cardboard Cut Out – Modeling the garment that you wish to crochet
  4. Tassels, Fringe or Decorative Items
  5. A Tape Measure and a Gauge Measure (used for counting stitches)

A crochet hook comes in many sizes and materials, such as bone, bamboo, aluminum, plastic and steel. Sizing is categorized by the diameter of the hook’s shaft, and a crafter aims to create stitches of a certain size, in order to reach a particular gauge specified in a given pattern.
Crochet Hook Fun Fact: Crochet hooks range in size from 0.4 to 3.5 millimeters, or from 00 to 16 in American sizing.
Crocheted dresses, in addition to looking summery, fabulous and festive, are a perfect attire to wear to fancy dress occasions, such as parties, holiday celebrations, wedding and baby showers, etc.
Dress divine in doll dress up style, draped in glorious crochet and a knock out smile!
Crocheting Process: Crocheted fabric is begun by placing a slip-knot on the hook, pulling another loop through the first loop, and repeating this process to create a chain of a suitable length. The chain is either turned and worked in rows, or joined to the beginning row with a slip stitch and worked in rounds. Stitches are made by pulling one or more loops through each loop of the chain. At any one time, at the end of the stitch, there is only one loop left on the hook!
Hook ’em in a crocheted dress, simply the best!
Make a fashion statement the crochet way.
Many crochet stitches can only be crafted by hand, but the final product is worth your time, as the finished look is elegant and grand.
Pick up that crochet hook and hook yourself some new, dazzling duds. A completed, stitched in vogue, crocheted dress will outshine all the rest. You’ll be permanently hooked.
Loving me that crocheted look! I’m hooked!
“That crocheted dress of yours has caught my eye.”
“Yes, you are a vision of loveliness when you walk by.”
“Do tell, where did you get that dress? I want the same look.”
“I made this dress myself with yarn and a hook.”
“Wow, I am impressed. Will you make one for me?”
“It’s one of a kind. I don’t want to be copied.”
“Perhaps a different color, or maybe a different style?”
“I’ll teach you how to crochet. It will be well worth your while.”
Crochet away and smile your way into feminine garment glory!
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