February 2016


I would say good evening to all the readers of Strutting in Style, but it is only evening for some of you. For others, like me, it’s the afternoon. However, no matter what time of day it is in your hometown, for fashionistas everywhere, occasionally dolling yourself up to glam proportions in splendid evening gowns is exciting and fun. Oh, what a fashion lover’s thrill!
An evening gown is a long flowing women’s dress or gown usually worn to a formal affair. The gowns can range from tea and ballerina to full-length, even flowing on the ground. A woman’s evening gown corresponds to both men’s semi-formal wear for black tie events and men’s formal wear for white tie events.
Tie into the glitz of glamour draped in a luscious, lovely evening gown.

Evening Gown Fun Fact: Evening gowns are often made from luxurious fabrics of chiffon, velvet, satin, organza, and silk. Evening gowns come in a variety of silhouettes, such as sheath, mermaid, A-line or trumpet shaped, and may have an empire or dropped waist.
Although all evening gowns look spectacular, I am quite fond of the mermaid style, that fits snuggly at the hips and thighs, and flows at the hem. Let’s face it: have you ever seen a mermaid who doesn’t look magnificent?

Evening Gown Fun Fact: Evening wear is sometimes known as court dress based on its creation at royal courts. The fancy gowns originated in the 15th century with the rise of the Burgundian court and the court’s fashionable and fashion-conscious ruler Philip the Good. Wool, in various weaves, was the most popular fabric for dresses, and the ladies of the court often added a train to their kirtle for formal occasions.
Popular Styles of Evening Gowns:

  1. Sheath: Designed to fit the body tightly. The sheath is generally unbelted and has a straight drape. The gown can be either strapless or have shoulder straps.
  2. Mermaid: The gown is shaped like a mermaid. The dress has a form-fitting bodice and the skirt resembles a mermaid’s tail, hugging the hips and thighs and flaring out at the hem.
  3. A-Line: The dress is bell shaped, close-fitting at the top and widening at the bottom, without gathers or pleats. Basically a full-skirt that makes for a simple yet elegant appearance.
  4. Trumpet: The gown is tight fitting until it reaches the knees, where it flares.
  5. Empire: This silhouette involves the waistline coming up to just below the bust, from where the skirt hangs straight and loose. This is a breezy style.
  6. Dropped Waist: The gown’s waistline is dropped below the wearer’s actual waistline. The skirt can be fitted or flared.
  7. Princess: The princess style is tight, cut in single pieces, such as gores, and hangs in an unbroken line from the shoulder to the flared hem.

Woe to the evening gown lover: So many styles of evening gowns to choose from – so few places to wear them!

Although black is my first choice of color for evening gowns, the yellow looks absolutely stunning! Sunny and cheery with mounds of elegance!
Evening gowns can be distinguished from conventional or day dresses by two primary features. First, the cut, where the evening gown tends to be couture and in line with the latest fashions. Second, the fabric itself. Evening gowns tend to be made from luxurious materials and are often richly embroidered or decorated with beads, sequins, jewels or other ornaments.
Evening Gown Fashion Tip: As evening gowns are designed for luxury, often you get the best look with fabulous hair and makeup, and minimal yet dazzling high quality jewelry. A feminine high heeled shoe is a must to set off the glamorous appeal of the dress. Try an open toed pump or an open toed high heeled sandal for a beautiful head to toe look.

Evening Gown Fun Fact: For highly public events, such as the Academy Awards in the United States and the BAFTAs in the United Kingdom, well known fashion designers will lend custom or vintage dresses to famous attendees of the event, in order to showcase their design skills. Often once the gown has been worn, the gowns become part of a permanent archive.
Notable Events to Wear Evening Gowns:

  1. Balls
  2. Dance Parties
  3. Awards Ceremonies (Music, Theater, Movies, etc.)
  4. Bar and Bat Mitavahs
  5. Weddings
  6. Film Festivals
  7. Proms

Evening Gown Fun Fact: In the 1940s, couturiers introduced dancing costumes, a party dress with a full skirt specifically made for semi-formal and formal dances. The dancing costumes resembled evening gowns but were shorter in length.

Eye-catching evening gowns for a fancy night on the town!
Evening Gown Fashion Tip: Although the evening gown comes in a variety of shapes, lengths and colors, the full-skirted ball gown remains what is known as the pinnacle of formality. Add elegant silk gloves that cover the hands and lower arms up the your elbows and wear your hair off your shoulders for an exquisite glamour girl look that shouts regal royalty!

Evening Gown Fun Fact: The vibrant court life of the 16th and 17th centuries, with its focus on art, literature and music, created a perfect environment for feminine formal clothing. Elaborate dinners, dances and theater productions allowed ladies to showcase their fashionable and enviable formal attire to fabulous proportions.
“I’m looking for a knock-out evening gown where I’ll stand out from the crowd.”
“Then you want a dress that is so spectacular it speaks for itself, nothing too loud.”
“I prefer the gown show off my girlish figure, but a style that looks all woman.”
“Make a splash in the royal blue mermaid dress and wear your hair in a wispy bun.”
“I’ll show off my shoulders with the strapless dress and wear a diamond belt around the waist.”
“No wonder you passed Fashion Diva 101 with flying colors, you have divine fashion taste!”
Never tire dressing to the nines for an event consisting of evening gown attire!
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

Decorating your hands has been a fashion art for centuries. Polished nails, whether glossed up with powerful color or subdued, never go out of style. Another way to enhance the looks of your hands is with diamond and jeweled jewelry. For this particular blog post, I’m going to concentrate on jeweled and chain slave bracelets, and chocolate and white diamonds. Fabulous fits for fabulous hands!
Diamonds, in addition to being a girl’s best friend, in minerology are a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. Although the most popular diamonds area crystal clear, brown diamonds or chocolate diamonds, are growing in favor.
Diamond rings are always a fashion hit, no doubt about it!

Diamond Fun Fact: Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperatures and pressure depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 118 miles) in the Earth’s mantle. Because of the clear diamond’s extremely rigid lattice, a diamond can be contaminated by very few types of impurities, such as baron or nitrogen. Small amounts of defects or impurities color the diamond blue, yellow, green, purple, pink, orange, red or brown.
Brown Diamond Fun Fact: Brown diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. The brown color can cause reduced glimmer, however, brown or chocolate diamonds have become valued as gemstones. Chocolate is always delicious, whether edible or wearable!

The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek adamas (proper, unalterable, unbreakable, untamed). Diamonds are thought to have been first recognized and mined in India, where significant alluvial deposits of the stone could be found many centuries ago along the rivers Penner, Krishna ad Godavari. Diamonds have been known in India for at least 3,000 years, but most likely 6,000 years.
As all jewelry lovers know, the most familiar use of diamonds today are as gemstones used for adornment. Diamonds are simply grand for decorating and dolling up the hand!

Since your hands are viewed by everyone you come in contact with (unless they are covered by a great pair of gloves), sprucing up your hands for aesthetic enhancement is as much an art as adorning your body in fantastic fashion garments.
In addition to ornamenting your hands with dazzling diamond rings, slave bracelets are a unique piece of jewelry that adds glamour and pizzazz to any hand. I adore slave bracelets, both for their beauty and for the individuality they bring to the wearer. Slave bracelets are ring/bracelet attachments, where the ring and the bracelet is one piece of jewelry, generally held together by jewels, chains or leather.
Slave bracelets are sensual, beautiful, exquisite pieces of jewelry!

Slave Bracelet Fun Fact: Slave bracelets are an Indian wrist bracelet joined by a ring and chain (Panjas). Slave bracelets are associated with several cultures and are also worn as belly dancing and harem jewelry. Slave bracelets are elegant and gorgeous on any hand!
Diamonds and jewels for hand jewelry that rules!

Whether you prefer white diamonds, chocolate diamonds, slave bracelets or all three, your hands will look picture perfect when adorned in them, as you can plainly see!
Slave Bracelet Fun Fact: Any bracelet made of chains is called a slave bracelet as slang.
Diamond Fun Fact: The formation of natural diamonds require very specific conditions – exposure of carbon-bearing materials to high pressure, ranging approximately between 45 to 60 kilobars, but at a comparatively low temperature range between approximately 1,650 and 2,370 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The Golden Jubilee Diamond is currently the largest cut diamond in the world. It was found in 1985 as a rough stone of 755.5 carats in the Premier mine in South Africa, which is operated by De Beers. The Golden Jubilee Diamond was named by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and given to him on occasion of his 50th coronation anniversary.

Shimmy up your hands with jeweled splendor for the loveliest look in the land!
“I keep waiting for my diamond ring but time keeps ticking by.”
“If you wait for someone to buy you one you might wait until you die.”
“Yes. I will solve that dilemma by purchasing one for myself.”
“You know you’re certainly worth it. Don’t put yourself on the shelf.”
“Maybe I’ll buy me two diamond rings. One white and one chocolate brown.”
“Fabulous. And toss in a slave bracelet to have the best dressed hands around!”
Treat yourself all fashion divas: you certainly deserve a little luxury!
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

Here we are in Southern California, February 22, and the temperature outside is 82 degrees. Ah, I truly feel like we won the weather lottery! I have never been able to handle cold weather well, and just like reptiles, I come alive in hot, desert, dry heat. So it may be winter, but I’ll take our spurt of summer weather with a smile on my face.
But, just like fashion changes all over the world, so does the weather, and there are many places around the globe today where the weather is cold, rainy, snowy or all three. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, a trending choice of dress that is always in style is sweaters and boots. Comfortable, chic and cozy.

A boot is a type of footwear and specific type of shoe. Most boots cover the foot and ankle, the lower calf, the knee, and extend up the leg clear over the thighs. I’ve even seen boots that go all the way up to the hip. How hip is that? Most boots have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made from one piece. Let’s not boot scoot boogie around – boots are the bomb, perfect for all over town!
A sweater is a knitted garment intended to cover the torso and arms. Most sweaters are pullovers (fit over the head) or cardigans (button up the front). Sweaters are a fashion item that are worn by adults and children, both males and females. Generally sweaters are worn over shirts or blouses as a wrap, but sweaters also rock a great fashion look when the sweater is the top!
Be the top in your unique style game when donned in fabulous sweaters and boots!

Sweater Fun Fact: In British English, a pullover sweater is also called a jumper or jersey, and there is no hypernym equivalent to sweater covering both pullovers and cardigans.
Boots Fun Fact: Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles, and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 BC, these components were more permanently joined together to form a single unit that covered the feet and legs, often up to the knee.
Sweaters and boots, when worn together, look fab and fantastic in all types of weather!

Sweater and Boots Fashion Tip: Do you want to stretch the fashion realm? Wear a mid-calf sweater with a pair of boots, and nothing else. Or, if this is too much for you to show some thigh, try thigh-high boots that touch the hem of the sweater. Wow – fashion power and a confident you, no less! Whether you dress for success, always dress to impress – yourself! All that truly matters in fashion is that you are happy with you! Clothes should be far more than garments to keep you warm – embrace the fun that is fashion! It adds spice and pizzazz to your life!
Thigh length sweaters wear well with leggings, skinny jeans and opaque stockings. These three items tend to fit snuggly to the legs, making it easier to tuck the garments into boots. If your boots are calf, knee or thigh-high, you certainly want to show them off, not tuck them underneath a loose pant leg!
Stylish Boot Warning: If you do cover your incredibly sexy boots under pants or a long skirt, be prepared to hear a shout out from your boots that long to see the world, screaming “Let me out!”

Sweaters are actually a versatile item of clothing and can be worn on top of almost any outfit and look chic and vogue. Sweaters are great garments for achieving the popular layered look, and if this is the case, the removal of the sweater allows for temperature regulation, which is a major benefit of the sweater!
A benefit of boots? Have you ever seen a pair of boots that don’t look downright sassy, sexy and slinky? Even construction workers dressed in work boots look hip and masculine! Let’s root for the beautiful boot!
Boots and sweaters – even in 80 degree weather!

Fashionable boots may exhibit all variations seen in other fashion footwear: tapered or spiked heels, platform soles, pointed toes, zipper closures, wedge heel, etc. Boots can be made from leather or fabric, and can be found in all colors. Color me up in some of that booty boot beauty!
Boots Fun Fact: Singer Nancy Sinatra popularized the fad of women wearing boots in the late 1960s – in the 1960s and 1970s knee-high boots were the rage. Today, boots have surged in popularity. If you have some extra loot laying around that you need to spend, invest the loot in a sensual boot! You and your money won’t be disappointed!
If you ever have a fashion doubt – simply remember that sweaters and boots is what it’s all about!
Boots: “I feel like getting out of this closet and walking the town today.”
Sweater: “Take me with you. I’ll dress you up in every way!”
Boots: “I need to make sure when our owner opens the closet door, she sees me standing out from the other shoes on the floor.”
Sweater: “I’ll stand out on this hanger by sticking out my sleeve. I’ll look fabulous – never the bore.”
Closet door opens.
Boots: “Yippee. She just grabbed me by my shiny black long legs.”
Sweater: “She pulled me out too. Together we’ll make her look all the fashion rage!”
Boots and Sweaters: A spectacular combination – not many garments wear better when worn together!
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

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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano