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Platform Shoes: Shoes, boots or sandals with thick soles at least four inches in height and a high slim or wide heel.

Pizzazz: Style, spark, zest, zing, energy.

Combine the two, and you have a shoe that puts the “P” in  PIZZAZZ!

Platform shoes have been worn for such reasons as fashion or added height in various cultures since the Ancient era. It has been said that the platform shoe got its start being used in Ancient Greece for raising the height of important characters in the Greek theater and that the alluring shoe was also used by sixteenth century prostitutes or courtesans in Venice, Italy.

No one has ever denied that the Italians do indeed know their fashion!

The most prolonged platform shoe fad in history began in the 1960s through the end of the 1980s in both Europe and the United States. Although predominantly worn by women, the platform shoe was also enjoyed by some men during the height of the disco era, and worn on stage by many male rock stars and heavy metal glam bands.

To date, platform shoes are still a staple of high fashion and high appeal, and also, high height!

For those of you who wear platform shoes, and for those of you who wish to wear platform shoes but refrain for fear that you will fall flat on your fabulous fannies, a platform shoe is actually easier to walk in than a standard pump. When walking in a pump, the sole of the shoe is flat with the ground, and the entire leg is raised up and supported by only the high heel, giving the effect of falling forward. Your toes are on the ground while your heel is elevated in the air.

However, since a platform shoe has a raised sole, your toes stay at the same level as your heel, just inches off of the ground. As you walk, your entire foot remains straight, as if you are making strides in a flat shoe.

For the faint of heart that still believes that you will wobble walking on such stilts, the next time that you are in a shoe store, try on a platform shoe and walk a few feet. You will see that it is as if you are walking on flat ground, just slightly elevated.

Nancy’s Tip: If wearing platform shoes, it helps if the shoe has an ankle strap or some sort of back support for your foot. If you wear slip-on platforms (with no back support at all) your dainty foot slips out of the shoe as easily as your dainty foot slips into the shoe. While walking, the shoes will slip right off, and you will slip onto the ground.

 

 

Great Fashion Looks for Platform Shoes:

  1. Worn with tight, form fitting skirts like the pencil skirt and the tube skirt.
  2. Worn with wide-legged or bell bottom pants, whether dress slacks or jeans.
  3. Worn with dresses that stop at mid-calf or at the ankle.

I vividly remember my first pair of true platform shoes. I was in the ninth grade, fourteen-years-old, and yes, already a shoe lover. The shoe was a royal blue in color and was crushed velvet. The platform sole was 4 inches and the heel was 5 inches. The shoe was open toed and the material that ran across the top of the foot had tiny openings in the shape of hearts. Darling!

I am, by nature, a fashion fanatic!

(Thanks Dad and Mom for never squelching my clothes creativity and for always letting me wear whatever fabulous fabrics I wanted to drape myself in. I never crossed the line and wore midriff tops to school, but I do think midriff tops are peachy, but that is another blog post).

Platform shoes truly do put the “P” in Pizzazz! The “P” in Punch! The “P” in Pow!

When you step into platform shoes, you will be lifted up and stand tall on the platform, literally!

Classy, sassy platform shoes!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Makeup gives an amazing power to boost our confidence. From covering blemishes to highlighting our cheekbones, cosmetics are our BFF. Makeup is magical!

In this day of iPhones and selfies, taking photos of yourself with friends and family are now part of our daily routine. We all want to look our best. As far as makeup application, there are ways to ensure that you’re always camera-ready.

Makeup Tricks and Tips for Looking Great in Pictures

Ramp Up the Contour: If you think your makeup looks good for home or office, bump up the contour for a photoshoot. The camera can make your face look washed out and wide, so contour allows you to sculpt the shape of your face and features.

Foundation and Translucent Face Powder: The camera reflects light and picks up every blemish and red spot on your face. Apply a foundation that complements your skin tone, then apply a light amount of translucent face powder to seal your foundation, allowing you and your makeup to look fresh and natural all day.

Matte Nose Shading: A glowing complexion looks lovely in person, but can appear oily in pictures. Leave a dewy blush or rouge on your cheeks, but keep the middle of your face and nose area dry with a matte finish. You may wish to use blotting papers on your T-zone before taking pictures to eliminate oil build up.

Emphasize the Eyes: If you’re going for a sultry look, applying eye shadows to give you a smokey eye or cats’ eye is always a hit. For a more natural-looking eye, using bronze or light brown eye shadows with brown eyeliner and mascara comes across glamorous in pictures. For a more dramatic eye, black mascara and eyeliner always do the trick. For eyes that pop, false eyelashes are stunning both in person and on camera.

Remember the Eyedrops: Bright eyes are beautiful eyes. The clearer the whites of your eyes, the more youthful and radiant you will look in pictures. Before you leave home, squeeze a few eye drops in each eye to eliminate redness. This is why every photo-editing app has an eye-whitening option.

Brush on the Blush: In pictures, you want your cheeks to look rosy and natural. Swipe a thin coat of powder blush just underneath your cheekbones to accentuate and highlight your bone structure. Powder blush works better than cream blush in pictures, as the blush remains dry throughout the day as opposed to looking oily and wet.

Plump, Pouty Lips: Besides your eyes, your lips are noticed and stand out in photos! Always add lipstick or lip gloss to your lips, even if you prefer nude tones. Line the lips with an identical color to shape the mouth and prevent the lipstick from running. Wet, shiny lips look luscious in photographs so lip gloss is your answer. If you prefer a dry lip, select matte lipstick colors.

There truly is a way to look striking, composed and camera-ready all day. Whether you’re using sunlight, iridescent light or flash, looking great in every picture you take is an easy task! Perfect pictures for the perfect you!

Great Photos – Great Makeup!

It’s true what they say: the camera loves you!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

With many well-known beauty tips and claims floating around that have existed for decades, it’s no wonder many of us aren’t sure what is true, and what is false when it comes to our beauty beliefs. From skincare to makeup application, many myths have circulated regarding what truly works and what doesn’t. Here’s busting 5 beauty myths and giving you the facts.

We all want to use beauty and skincare products that work well, and that doesn’t have to mean they break our pocketbooks!

5 Beauty Myths Busted!

  • Expensive cosmetics work better than inexpensive cosmetics. With hundreds of cosmetic brands on the market, good and bad products exist in all price ranges. With beauty products, the ingredients can make or break how the product works when applied. Also, in many cases with more well-known brands, you as the consumer are paying for the brand name more so than the actual cost of the product. Drugstore makeup and skincare lines can indeed work just as well as products purchased at finer stores for a higher cost.
  • You should choose skincare products based on your age. Regardless of your age, fighting the visible signs of aging should start as early as possible. Someone in their 60s can use the same skincare products as a younger person and get the same results. Taking good care of yourself at any age and stage of life is the key to achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin. 

  • All your skincare products should be from the same brand. Much like applying various cosmetics from different brands works well, the same is true for your skincare products. Many people have been led to believe that your face creams, moisturizers and body lotions should all be from the same line, but you can mix and match brands and get the same positive results. The key is to make sure the skincare products you use contain natural and/or organic ingredients.
  • Your skin adapts to products so they eventually stop working. This beauty myth has existed for years. The truth is, as long as you are applying what is beneficial for your skin type and you are pleased with the results, using the same products daily won’t cause the products to eventually stop working.
  • Foundation with an SPF sunscreen is enough to protect you from the sun. Many foundations and concealers come with an SPF as an ingredient. While this is beneficial, the dosage of SPF in these products isn’t enough to protect your skin from the strong rays of the sun. To get a high protection rate you would need to apply a thick coat of foundation. To keep your skin healthy, soft and supple, always apply a base coat of sunscreen underneath your foundation.

We all want to look and feel our best each day. While many beauty myths exist, a beauty fact is that we all exude a better mood and a positive attitude when we feel good about ourselves.

Developing a daily beauty and skincare routine that works well for you is your best option for maintaining a healthy, glowing, radiant look.  Healthy skin equals happy skin and a happier you!

Many beauty and skincare tips are merely myths! Bust your today!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

As a cosmetics guru, did you know that you can actually change your overall appearance by simply choosing the color of lipstick or lip gloss you decide to swipe on? Just like with your clothing, in addition to your look, changing the color of your lipstick can also elevate and change your mood. From classic red to pink to nude, experimenting with various shades of lipsticks can truly improve your attitude!

Roaring Red Lipstick: The color red exudes a strong and powerful energy. As a lipstick, the color red stands out as the epitome of sex appeal and femininity. Red lipstick is energizing, excites the emotions and motivates you to take action.

Pretty Pink Lipstick: The color pink is romantic, affectionate, and intimate. Pink lipstick is feminine, girly and dainty. Lather your lips in pleasing pink lipstick and you won’t go wrong.

Opulent Orange Lipstick: Orange lipstick is the bomb! There is something about orange lips that stand out. You get an aura of bold confidence and opulent royalty. The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical reaction of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange lipstick will get you through any kind of day in a fun, upbeat way.

Nifty Nude Lipstick: For a look that is naturally warm and inviting, your best bet is to opt for a nude-toned lipstick. Makeup companies have interpreted nude cosmetic tones as a fair to medium skin color. Nude lipsticks look flesh-toned and glamorous. It’s suitable for any look or mood that you’re in. Nude lipsticks complement every skin tone: fair, medium, or dark.

Pleasant Purple Lipstick: There is no denying that purple lips pop. Whether you prefer a deep, dark purple or violet color, maybe even a lighter hue of lavender, when you color your lips in shades of purple you’ll always look trendy and fashionable.

Baby or Bold Blue Lipstick:  Blue shades of lipstick or lip gloss is daring and unique! For a look that is dramatic, dazzling and oh so delightful, go blue.  If you’re in a melancholy, blue mood, your emotions will ramp up quick! Blue is a cool color on the color wheel, and also a cool color on your face!

Lipstick Tip: For a dry-mouthed look, go with matte lipsticks. For a shiny, wet look, you want to use lip gloss.

Change your lip color – change your face!

Love the lips that you’re in. Alter your look with this easy tip – change the color of your lipstick!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Ulta Beauty 21-Day Sale! Oh so worth It!

There’s a great reason why Ulta advertises their 21 Days of Beauty as “Beauty’s Biggest Event,” because to cosmetics lovers and beauty gurus, it is!

With so many cosmetic lines available on the market, both walk-in and online stores promoting major sales and price reductions on numerous beauty and skincare items, do you as the consumer really benefit from product sales and gimmicks?


Ulta Beauty Inc. is a chain of beauty stores in the United States, headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Ulta Beauty carries cosmetics and skincare brands, men’s and women’s fragrances and hair care products. Ulta Beauty has both walk-in and online stores, and all walk-in stores are equipped with a salon.

Twice a year, usually in the months of March and September, Ulta has a 21-day sale where select brands or items give huge discounts for one day. Each day throughout the 21 days has at least two beauty steals, with discounts up to 50% off. Ulta also promotes Hot Buys which run through the entire 21-day sale. Along with the events, you are usually offered Beauty Samplers and Try Me Kits. These deals come from Ulta’s upcoming catalog and their online link. All listed deals are available both in-store and online unless the deal is listed as an online exclusive. Another sales technique used by Ulta is free shipping for Platinum and Diamond members and free shipping with a $50.00 or more purchase for UltaMate members.

 

For all you fashion and beauty lovers and for those of you that occasionally glam up, is Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty worth the hype? Yes!

Our fascination with cosmetics, skin and hair care products is evident, as the beauty industry racks in billions of dollars in sales annually.

If you receive an Ulta catalog in your mailbox announcing their upcoming 21 Days of Beauty deals and browse the magazine, you’ll see why Ulta’s bi-annual sale benefits both Ulta, and you as the consumer. Leading up to the event, if you actually shop in the store before the sale begins, it’s all too easy to get lured into eyeing not only the beauty items you plan to purchase at that time, but additional items will catch your eye, and you’ll think “Why not? I’ll buy those during the 21-day sale.” There is something about thinking you got a bargain and are spending your hard earned money wisely that makes you feel good and satisfied!

Another way Ulta’s 21-day sale is a success is because if you spread your purchases out over a number of days, you’ll feel like you’re spending less money overall, as opposed to one large purchase in one day. Then by tossing in free shipping for any order over $50.00, you’ll naturally hike your cart price up while you’re shopping, which even though you’ve spent more money, you’re happy because you saved on the shipping!

If you’re someone who buys a large number of cosmetics and beauty products throughout the year, then Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty is a great promotional sale for you. Ulta carries their own brand, as well as a large supply of major brand cosmetic products, so you’ll have numerous makeup, fragrance, skincare and hair care items to choose from. Some people prefer certain brands, while others will mix and match their cosmetic choices, and you have this preference made available to you through Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. You can buy all your favorite reduced items in one store or on one online website, over a 21 day period.

Don’t miss out on the remaining days of the Ulta Beauty 21-day sale 2021. It’s running from August 29, 2021 through September 19, 2021 so you still have plenty of time to stock up on all your favorite beauty and skincare products for 50% off.  So shop away! Every guy and gal uses skin and hair care products, so you’ll certainly find items you will love and get your money’s worth out of, and save money in the process. Your price reduced purchases will feel like a major success.

Ulta Beauty 21-Days of Beauty! Oh so worth it!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Long, lovely eyelashes are gorgeous, becoming and dazzling. Lustrous eyelashes are one of the main features to a beautiful face. For those of you that adore and wear eyelash extensions or false eyelashes, one would wonder why you would ever want to take them off. But like all makeup and beauty accessories, what goes on must eventually be removed.

Whether your eyelash extensions are applied yourself with a kit or put on by a professional stylist, they are removed much the same way. Eyelash extensions are attached to your natural lashes with semi-permanent glue or with a sticky tape attached to the extensions. You must be careful when removing them so that you don’t pull out your natural lashes, but the removal process can be quick and easy.

Eyelash extension removal made easy!

Easy Ways to Remove Eyelash Extensions:

Steam and Oil: Remove your eye makeup, using a gentle eye makeup remover or petroleum jelly. Heat a bowl of water and steam your face. The hot steam will help loosen the eyelash extensions. With a wet cotton ball, wipe olive oil on your lashes until the extensions peel off easily. Rinse with warm water.

Glue Remover: You can purchase glue remover at most drug stores, beauty supply stores and salons. Remove your eye makeup and apply the glue remover with a wet cotton ball. Move the cotton swab across your lash line, working from the outer corner to the inner corner with a gentle motion. The remover will dissolve the glue. Pull off the extensions and rinse with warm water.

Professional Removal: Eyelash extensions can be tricky to remove without pulling out your natural lashes. By using a pro health and beauty expert to remove your eyelash extensions, you can be assured your own lashes will stay intact and strong.

For long, glamorous eyelash extensions let your face truly shine! Bat those beautiful eyes!

Did you know eyelashes are made to protect dirt and other debris from falling into your eyes? As is true with fashion and beauty, all practical things are enhanced for allure, attraction and beauty!

With gorgeous eyebrow extensions, the eyes truly have it!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Yes, it’s true that if you go to the beach wearing a one piece bathing suit you will likely be surrounded by a borage of beach babes dressed in thongs, bikinis and two piece swimsuits. Guess the good news? You can still stand out and be a bathing suit beauty wearing a one piece swimsuit. Have you seen the one piece bathing suits on the market today? They are sexy, classy, sassy and gorgeous all the way!

Whether you prefer a one piece bathing suit that covers your entire torso, or a swimsuit that still shows plenty of skin, when you fit yourself into a slinky, stylish, sensual one piece bathing suit you’ll love the suit that you’re in (and the way you wear the suit so well)!

Before the popularity of the two piece swimsuit, and then the bikini, virtually all female swimwear covered at least the wearer’s torso, and men also wore similar swimsuits. While the bikini has increasingly found popularity since the 1960s, the one piece swimsuit has maintained its signature place on beaches and pools to this day. Yes, the darling, adorable one piece swimsuit is here to stay. Hip hip hooray!

The most common type of one piece bathing suit is the maillot or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or body suit. Many variances of the one piece swimsuit include the halter neck, wrap around, pretzel suit and bandeau style bathing suit.

One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: The modern one piece swimsuit made its appearance in the mid 1900s, when the style was widely known as the tank suit. Its widespread acceptance is attributed to Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman, who attracted further attention to the style in 1907, when she was arrested on a Boston, Massachusetts beach for indecent exposure because her swimsuit showed her arms, legs and neck. This arrest prompted a wide public outrage which added to the worldwide acceptance of the tank top one piece bathing suit style. Can you imagine what would have happened if Annette Kellerman had been wearing a thong bikini that is prevalent today? Locked up for sure and they would have probably thrown the key away. Ha!

One reason I find the one piece bathing suit so attractive is because you have more material to work with, which means the designer can cut and sew a swimsuit together that has more fashion and style. When you work with the minimal amount of fabric it takes to sew a bikini, you don’t have much fabric to put together and show off your creativity. With a one piece swimsuit, you can have shoulder straps, halter neck tops, cutouts and openings in the midriff section, etc. which allows the designer/manufacturer more options in sewing together a knockout, sexy, beautiful bathing suit.

It was during the 1920s and 1930s that people began to shift from “taking in the water” to “taking in the sun”, where tanning and sunbathing began growing in popularity. It was at this time that one piece bathing suit designs shifted from functional and practical to adding more decorative features. Necklines plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. Once again, fashion wins! The looks, design and aesthetics of the swimsuit began to matter more to women than merely being something to wear in the water to cover their skin! Ah, hail the fashion divas that take practical, necessary garments and make them chic, cool clothes to behold!

Look like “the one” in a one piece bathing suit!

Even in contexts still today, a two piece swimsuit is regarded by some as immodest and controversial, with a one piece swimsuit being mandatory, as in the case of most school swimming events, Olympic women’s swimming and other international swimming events and competitions.

Beach baby, beach baby there on the sand…oh how I adore the fabulous one piece bathing suit that you are wrapped in!

“We’re planning to take a fun, festive, much needed vacation at the Jersey Shore.”

“This calls for splurging on a few new bathing suits that you will adore.”

“I think I’ll go for the one piece swimsuit to help keep tan lines away.”

“You’ll turn every head on the shore when you wear a stylish one piece each day.”

“I think I’ll buy one red, one black and one rainbow, with slinky slits and cutaways.”

“You’ll be the belle of the beach and you won’t want to come home. Vacation all the way!”

One Piece Bathing Suits: Grab yourself a beach ball, slip into your slinky one piece bathing suit and be a true bathing suit beauty that is the most noticed gal on the shore.  Need I say more?

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to adding fashion and flair to any garment, an element of fringe (trim) adds a fun, festive look to clothing. Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of an item (clothing, drapes, flags, etc.).
Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling.
In the realm of fashion, fringe is a popular trend on the runway! Always stylish and in.
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Fringe Fun Fact: In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen or narrow strips of leather. The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).
We often hear the term “runway” and “catwalk” when it comes to haute couture clothing, world wide fashion weeks, fashion shows, etc. So, for all fashion divas, what exactly does it mean when one refers to a runway show, strutting the catwalk, etc.?
Runway/Catwalk Fun Fact: In fashion, a runway, catwalk or ramp is a narrow, usually flat platform that runs into an auditorium or between sections of an outdoor seating area, used by models to demonstrate clothing and accessories during a fashion show. In fashion jargon, ‘what’s on the catwalk?’ or similar phrasing can refer to whatever is new and popular in fashion.
So, when displayed on the runway or catwalk, fringe is always in and a sure number one win!
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There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to assume commonly accepted names. Styles of fringe were clearly defined in England by at least the year 1688.
Popular Types of Fringe:

  1. Buillon Fringe: Twisted yarn that generally contains threads of silver and gold. The name derives from bullion hose, which had a twisted element at the top that resembled this type of fringe. Modern buillon fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 to 22.9 cm) in length.
  2. Campaign Fringe: From the French word campane (meaning “bell”), consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe: Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.

Fashionable fringe to step out in!


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Runway/Catwalk Fun Fact: Although fringe clothing is always glammed up, never basic, a runway could be as basic as a narrow space between rows of chairs or a more elaborate set up with multiple catwalks.
Most runway shows are held indoors, for shelter against the weather, but there are times when runway shows are held outdoors. In the 2016 Paris Fashion Week, Chanel presented an elaborate setup by designing the hall as if it were an airport. The viewing guests sat as if they were awaiting their flights, while the models walked around the airport approaching ticket counters.
Get a first-class ticket to some of the loveliest clothes on the market. Purchase fringe garments and let the fringe swing and sway while you walk it!
Fringe clothing works splendidly for day or night dress. Always look your fashion best!

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Fringe clothing gives off an appeal of fine elegance and downhome country chic all in one! Whether you dress in fringe for the flared effect of it, or for the casual, fun, youthful look of it, when dressed in fringe you’ll always look hip and in!
Runway/Catwalk Fun Fact: When a model scores an exclusive for a fashion label, it means the model has been selected to walk for that particular designer only. An exclusive contract often launches a model’s career and elevates their status in the fashion industry, guaranteeing them spots on the world’s best catwalks.
Strut yourself down the runway of life in fun, festive, flappable fringe!
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Say no more, fringe dresses, skirts, pantsuits and accessories to adore!
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Love the fringe that you’re dolled up in!
Fringe: Always a high fashion hit on the runway!
“I normally go for an office, business type of clothing look.”
“Why not change it up a bit and wear fancy fringe? You’ll get hooked.”
“Fringe garments do look elegant and chic when the fringe swings and sways.”
“Fringe dress works for all events, fun when the tassels move every which way.”
“I wonder if my fringe attire will make it look like I’m dressing for a club?”
“And you care why? Dress to suit your personal taste, make your closet a fashion hub!”
Fringe: Delicate, flapping tassels make the clothing fun and flashy to wear. If the fringe adds a party or club look to your stylish clothes, oh fashion diva, wear it if you dare!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
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 http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

In fabric land, velour and velvet materials have similarities, as well as distinct differences. To the naked eye, the two rich, smooth fabrics look near identical, creating difficulty telling them apart. So, for all of you fashion divas who aren’t quite sure of the difference between velvet and velour clothing, this post is for you.
(See my post She Wore Whatever Color Velvet She Preferred! for additional velvet information and clothing ideas).
Velour: Velour is a plush, knitted fabric or textile usually made from cotton, but can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester. Velour looks and feels very similar to velvet, but is a knit fabric with a structure known as pile knit.
Velvet is most commonly known for its smoothness and luster. Velvet is a woven fabric with a structure known as the pile weave, where the yarns are woven into little loops in one direction, giving the fabric its smooth hand and luster.
And there is your basic difference. Velour is knitted and velvet is weaved. Now, to your beautiful, most likely made up eyes, I’m sure these velour fashion photos look very much like velvet!
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Velour Fun Fact: Velour can also refer to a rough natural leather sometimes called velour leather. Chrome tanned leather is ground from the inside, which forms a delicate, soft layer on the surface. Velour leather is used for footwear, clothing and upholstery. Velour leather looks similar to velvet suede and chamois.
Velour material is stretchable and the fabric combines the stretchy properties of knits with the rich appearance of velvet. In addition to clothing garments, velour is popular in tracksuits and loungewear due to its softness and comfort.
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Velour Fun Fact: Velour is a favorite fabric of the character Zapp Brannigan of the television show Futurama. Zapp’s quarters (known as the love-nasium) are host to a wide variety of velour made items, including carpet, uniforms and bed sheets.
Velour fabrics also make for gorgeous, elegant and fuzzy feeling shoes, handbags and hats. If you don’t want to dress in full velour, merely wearing the smooth material on your feet, head or purse is the way to go! Add sparkle, shine and richness to your body from head to toe.
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Velour vs. Felt Fun Fact: Velour also resembles the material felt. Where velour is a knitted fabric, felt is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers together. Felt can be made from natural fibers such as wool or synthetic fibers such as acrylic. While many felts have a soft consistency similar to velour, some forms of felt are tough enough to form construction materials.
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The soft felt, velvety feel of velour!
Glorious and glamorous for sure!
Velour and Velvet Difference: While velour is most often made from a blended cotton fabric, velvet is most often made with a silk pile on top.
Velour Fun Fact: Velour is a French invention: the word doesn’t appear before the 18th century. “Velours” is the French word for velvet. Velour fabric has only been around since it was invented in 1844 France. Velour is often considered a budget-conscious version of velvet, although velour garments can be expensive in their own right.
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You don’t own any velour garments? What a fashion waste! There are numerous valuable velour clothing items to fit your signature taste.
Your closet looks very bare, you say? Spice it up with effervescent velour garments in every way!
Velour Fun Fact: In the last decade, velour has been used for pillow covers and mattress coverings. Luxury memory foam mattresses often come outfitted with Jacquard velour covers, for their comfort, elasticity and flame resistance.
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Start a fashion fire frenzy dressed in smooth, chic, felty and velvety velour!
“The rich velvet material of your skirt is absolutely striking, that’s for sure!”
“Thank you, but your eyes have deceived you. My skirt is made of velour.”
“I have to disagree. I can tell by the material’s shine, feel and fuzz.”
“My skirt is not now made of velvet. Never will be and never was.”
“Wow, velour fabrics ooze with elegance, ritz and class.”
“Yes. A beautiful velvety fabric with stretch, glamour and sass.”
Are you a staunch velvet kind of a girl? Why not branch out in your fashion choices and give velour a whirl!
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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 http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846