September 2015


If you’re looking to buy a new fashion garment for your wardrobe, or if you need an excuse to yet again lavish yourself in trendy clothes, every closet should be home to at least one jumpsuit!
A jumpsuit is a one-piece garment that generally consists of a combined top and pants (where the pants go down to the feet/ankles). Somewhat similar to coveralls or overalls, jumpsuits can be loose or tight fitting and can be found in a number of style preferences.
Jumpsuits are a staple of popular clothing in women’s fashion!
Starting in the 1960s, the jumpsuit has made occasional appearances in both common and high fashion. The jumpsuit was at the height of its popularity in the 1980s, and the stylish one-piece garment has been used as stage costumes in theater productions and by various singers and bands. Think Britney Spears, Pink, the Spice Girls and Suzi Quatro, who have all performed on stage in one-piece signature jumpsuits. And let’s not forget male performers such as Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Roger Daltry and Freddie Mercury, who have all stood on stage and entertained audiences dressed in flamboyant one-piece jumpsuits. Ah yes, they have entertained me!
Bring out your fashion flair in a jet-set one-piece jumpsuit!
Jumpsuit Fashion Tip: Make sure that whatever shoes you decide to wear with your jumpsuit match and compliment the style. Shoes can make or break an outfit!
Jumpsuit Fun Fact: One-piece jumpsuits have a tendency to make the wearer look longer and leaner. Since the garment has an unbroken line running from the neck to the feet, this tends to flatter body shapes, providing an elongated appearance.
Jumpsuits tend to make their mark in high fashion as the one-piece wonder is often attractive to fashion designers. Whatever your fashion sense, jumpsuits run the realm of casual to club chic, and the enticing garment can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of shoes and accessories.
I love black clothes, and I find black jumpsuits to be both modern and elegant, being worn as standard day or office clothing, or fancy evening wear.
Slinky and sassy, black jumpsuits always look classy!
Jumpsuit Fun Fact: Jumpsuits can also be referred to as rompers or onesies. Rompers appeared in the United States in the early 1900s and are particularly popular because they are generally ideal for movement and not as restrictive as separate shirts and shorts or pants. In France, for many years, rompers were only worn by boys.
Since 2006, rompers have enjoyed a comeback as a fashionable garment for women.  In the Spring 2009 fashion collections, Marc Jacobs, Max Azria and Mara Hoffman were among name designers who showcased various versions of the romper.
Romper reemergence on the runway!
From one-piece rompers to one-piece jumpsuits, this one-piece wonder will jump-start any wardrobe.
Jump on the jumpsuit bandwagon!
Drape yourself in sheer fashion splendor and jump at the chance to dress in a divine, dazzling jumpsuit!
“I adore your smashing shirt and pants.”
“Yes, you’ve made quite a fashion splash.”
“But my outfit isn’t separate. The pants and shirt are one.”
“Is it hard to move in? To frolic, walk or run?”
“No, it’s easy to maneuver into and easy on the eyes.”
“I want to rush out and buy one. I hope they’ll have my size.”
“Are there any drawbacks to wearing a one-piece suit?”
“Trying to get out of it quickly can be a real hoot.”
Try wearing a jet-setter jumpsuit: You just might like it! Haute couture for sure!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Belts do a lot more than merely hold your pants up. They accentuate your waist (or hips if you’re wearing the belt around your hips) and add style and definition to an outfit. As in most fashion items, practicality meets visual aesthetics. In addition to the punch and pizzazz that a belt can add to your fashion ensemble, the belt buckle can add volumes to spice up your gorgeous garments.
A belt buckle is a buckle, a clasp for fastening two ends, such as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other. Belt buckles are used on a variety of belts, including cingula, baltea, baldries and waist belts.
Belt Buckle Fun Fact: The word belt buckle enters Middle English via Old French and the Latin buccula or “cheek-strap,” as for a helmet.
Belt buckles go back at least to the iron age and a gold “great buckle” was among the items interred at Sutton Hoo. Primarily decorative buckles were common Anglo-Saxon goods at this time, elaborately decorated and associated only with men. Women’s belts and belt buckles have come a long way, being worn for trendy, vogue reasons as much as for keeping pants and skirts up!
As an element of fashion, things just seem to work better when they look better! Pure belt gold!
Popular Types of Belt Buckles:

  1. Frame-Style Buckles: This is the oldest design. A prong attaches to one end of the frame and extends away from the wearer through a hole in the belt, where it anchors against the opposite side of the frame.
  2. Plate-Style Buckles: These buckles are common on western military belts of the mid 19th century, often featuring a three-hook clasp.
  3. Box-Out Buckles: Usually made with an enduring leather or other synthetic material as the band, these belt buckles are less functional and more fashionable.
  4. Box-Frame Buckles: A 20th century style of military friction buckle, common on web belts. This buckle consists of three parts: front, back and post.

Buckle up in beautiful belts!
Belts look great whether thin or thick, and can be found made from leather, rhinestones, beads, felt, crochet, chains, elastic. Belt buckles became more popular as fashion accessories in the early 20th century, as the tops of trousers moved more toward the waist.
Western style belt buckles were largely popularized by cowboy movies in the United States and are more often awarded to winners in rodeo events as prize medals or trophies. This custom has been adopted by the Western States Endurance Run and other ultra-marathons.
Don’t walk…run, and put your fancy belt buckle on! Giddy up cowgirl!
Belts look great and spice up an outfit even when worn on garments that don’t have sewn in belt loops. Do you have an oversized shirt or blouse that you want to doll up? Just put on a waist belt. Not only have you added extra oomph to the look of your outfit, but you’ve accentuated your waist and given proportion to your physique. All women are beautiful, don’t hide what you’ve got under baggy clothes (unless that’s the look you’re going for)!
Are you wearing a skirt with a tucked in blouse, or hip hugger pants? Chain belts look exceptionally attractive and alluring when worn around the hips. Sensual and sexy!
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Belt Buckle Fun Fact: Decorative buckle sets may contain a metal buckle, one or more matching loops which sit next to the buckle and a metal tip for the opposite, tongue end of the belt. Belt plates are decorative covers for a plain buckle or fittings affixed to the belt itself. Decorative belt loops are sometimes awarded in scouting for participation in or completion of activities.
Add glitz and glam with a brassy belt to upgrade your outfit just because you can!
Buckle up in chic belts and blast off!
“Your shirt is cute but it’s missing something.”
“Do I need to wear a necklace or perhaps a matching ring?”
“No, add an accessory to the top that has style and flair.”
“I’ll put on a rhinestone flower pin and curl my hair.”
“I’ve got what you need to add style and make your waist look thin.”
“This elastic belt was the answer and I don’t need to hold my stomach in.”
Breath easy while highlighting your hour-glass figure in a brassy belt!
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

Most of you have heard the phrase “vested interest.” What exactly does that mean,  you ask? A vested interest can be defined as:

  1. A personal stake or involvement in an undertaking or state of affairs, especially one with an expectation of financial gain.

Let’s concentrate on a vested interest in a fashion gain. Ah, we’ll focus on the sassy,  brassy sleeveless garment known as the vest.
A vest is a sleeveless piece of clothing that covers the upper body, usually adding spice, pizzazz and a signature flair to an outfit.
The term vest derives from the French veste “jacket, sports coat,” Italian vesta, veste “robe, gown” and Latin vestis.
Vest Fun Fact: The sleeveless garment worn by men beneath a coat was first popularized by King Charles II of England.  A noted diary entry by Pepys records that “the King hath yesterday, in Council, declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes…It will be a vest, I know not well how; but it is to teach the nobility thrift.”
Vests: Suited for royalty!
Vests add glamour and appeal to skirts, suits, shorts, pants. Vests, when worn over a shirt or worn alone, can dress up an outfit with style and class.
Types of Vests:

  1. Waistcoat:  A sleeveless under-jacket.
  2. Cut-Off:  The cut-off is popular in biker cultures throughout Europe and North America. This type of vest is often made from cotton or denim and decorated with patches or pictures of biker related subjects and/or logos.
  3. A-Shirt:  Similar to the tank top in the United States and Canada.
  4. Sweater Vest:  A slipover, sleeveless sweater. In Australia this is referred to as a baldwin.
  5. Banyan: An Indian garment commonly called a vest in Indian English.
  6. Flannel Vest: A flannel garment worn instead of an overcoat.

Vested Interest – A Fashion Favorite!
Vest Fun Fact: Historically, flannel vests were regarded as a status symbol in some regions of the United States, Canada, and the Soviet Union, particularly in rural communities. This trend was re-ignited in the 1920s, when the flannel vest phenomenon was popularized in South Carolina. The re-emergence of the flannel vest as a counter-cultural statement in the 1990s was spearheaded by such grunge luminaries as Nirvana.
Are you looking for a clothing accessory to add just the right touch of fashion fab without bogging you down with heavy material? Try the lightweight vest; a fashion best!
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Vests look great whether the hem ends across the rib cage, at the waist, on the hips or below the hips. Some vests are styled to wear open in the front, however, vests come with button ups, zippers, slipovers or hooks.
Caress your chest with a snug, vogue, chic vest!
Other sleeveless jackets similar to vests are the tank top, hunting vest and fishing vest, which carries a profusion of external pockets for carrying fishing tackle. And of course, let’s not leave out the oh so needed bullet proof vest!
“My skirt and blouse ensemble looks a little bland.”
“A vest will spice up your outfit and make you look grand.”
“Much like the whip cream and cherry on top of ice cream.”
“Add five-inch heels to your outfit and you’ll look a scream.”
(Slide on vest)!
“You have great taste. This vest is what my outfit needs.”
“Now for the finishing touch add jewelry of rhinestones and beads.”
Exquisite! As a fashion diva, my expectations you exceed!
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

In the early Middle Ages, princes, nobles and the wealthy usually wore bright colors. A favorite? Scarlet cloaks from Italy. Black rarely made the wardrobe of noble families. The one exception was the fur of the sable. The glossy black fur of this animal was the finest and most expensive fur in Europe, imported from Russia and Poland, and used to trim the robes and gowns of royalty.
In the 14th century, the status of black clothing began to change. High quality black dyes arrived on the market, which allowed for garments of deep black. Magistrates and government officials started wearing black robes, which became a sign of importance of their positions. The wealthy bankers and merchants from northern Italy responded to the trend by changing to black robes and gowns, made with expensive fabrics. By the end of the 16th century, black was the color worn by almost all the monarchs of Europe and their courts.
Today, black clothing in fashion exudes power, dignity, humility and temperance.
Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. Black is the opposite of white. Black is referred to as an achromatic color, literally a color without color or hue.
Black Fun Fact: In the Roman Empire, black became the color of mourning, the end, secrets, magic, force and elegance! Think the honoring of the dead by wearing black to funerals.
Black magic – fashion fierce!
Dressing in black from head to toe makes for a powerful fashion statement – a stylish way to go!
Some people feel that dressing in black from head to toe is too much of one solid color. Me? I think wearing all black looks stunning. If you dress in all black and then feel like you need a break, add silver or gold jewelry by way of a belt, earrings, bracelets, etc. for a look that is still tough, but not as bold.
Black Fashion Tip: If you dress in all black, the look is at its best when your shoes are also black. All black garments with white or tan shoes doesn’t pull off as much of a dignified look. For an aura that is sexy and sassy, if you want to ramp up the sensuality of your garments, a bright red heel and red purse accents the black clothing to extreme dynamic proportions! Dynamite!
The color black represents:

  1. Protection
  2. Comfort
  3. Strong
  4. Contained
  5. Formal
  6. Sophisticated
  7. Seductive
  8. Mysterious
  9. Endings
  10. Beginnings

Black represents the unknown, and the color can be used to create fear and intimidation.
Fashionable, feisty and fierce. Be a black style sensation!
The color black in clothing is always in style, and a little black dress with a trendy, terrific pair of black stilettos always rates a fashion A+.
Black Fun Fact: The Old High Germans had two words for black: Swartz for dull black and blach for a luminous black. These words are paralleled in Middle English by the terms swart for dull black and black for luminous black. Swart is still used in the word swarty, while black became the modern English black.
The color black in clothing is often seen as a color of sophistication. Think the little black dress and the black tie event. Black gives off an air of success, elegance and confidence.
Black Fashion Fun Fact: Studies have shown that teenagers often have a psychological need to wear black during the stage of transition from the innocence of childhood to the sophistication of adulthood. The wearing of black signifies the ending of one part of their life and the beginning of another, allowing them to hide from the world while they discover their own unique identity.
Black is often associated with sexiness and seduction, as in the temptress in sexy black lingerie creating an air of mystery and intrigue.
“What are you going to wear to the party tonight?”
“I haven’t decided yet. I need something just right.”
“I think you’d look best dressed in fierce, pure black.”
“You’ll look a sensation. Cause a fashion heart attack.”
“I’ll go in black, and paint my nails and lips red.”
“A true style diva. You’ll turn every head!”
Dress in all black – you’ll knock ’em dead.
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