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Fashion is a word we hear often, known and admired all around the world. Have you ever stopped to contemplate what “fashion” truly is? As someone who is drawn to fashion, style and beauty, here’s my take on what fashion means.

Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, products, hairstyle and body. Fashion is a distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which a person dresses.

There is a distinct difference between fashion and style, although the words are often used interchangeably. Style is a unique cut or clothing preference individual to each person, and the way the person wears and carries the clothes. Whereas fashion is basically the clothing and garment industry as a whole. One can wear fashionable clothes without carrying them off in a stylish manner. On the other hand, take a person who oozes style, and they can dress in not too fashionable of clothes, yet put the outfit together with excellent, exquisite class and style.

The term fashion not only refers to clothing, but also to the study of clothing. Fashion is a very detailed subject and there is much interest of research which is taught at several world renowned institutes. The Fashion Institute of Technology in the United States and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, based in India, has produced several notable professionals, alumni and designers in the fashion field.

Although many aspects of fashion can be feminine or masculine, some trends are androgynous. Think tuxedo suits, pink shirts, etc. Yes, men look handsome and sexy wearing pink or purple shirts!

 

Fashion trends can be influenced by several factors including cinema, celebrities, climate, creative explorations, political, economical, social and technological trends. Fashion forecasters use this information to help determine growth or decline of a popular fashion trend or fad. Examining these factors is called a PEST analysis. Fashion forecasters can use this information to help determine the growth or decline of a trend, which can change daily. For the true fashion diva, always have the confidence and the courage to set your own fashion trends, true to you and all that you do!

No matter how you view fashion, there is no denying that fashion is fun, fearless and aesthetically visual and pleasing. For the fashion buff in all of us…clothes truly do make the man or the woman!

The notion of a global fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the mid-19th century, most clothing was custom made. It was handmade for individuals, either as home production or an order from dressmakers and tailors. By the beginning of the 20th century, with the rise of new technology such as the sewing machine, the rise of global capitalism and the development of the factory system of production, along with the addition of retail outlets such as department stores, clothing had increasingly come to be mass-produced in standard sizes and sold at fixed prices.

How would you describe fashion?

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The Fashion Industry Consists of Four Levels:

  1. The production of raw materials, principally fibers, textiles, leather and furs.
  2. The production of fashion goods by designers, manufacturers, contractors and others.
  3. Retail sales.
  4. Various forms of advertising and promotion.

Fashion forward, fashion sweet, whether you’re dressing comfy and casual or sophisticated and chic, all aspects of fashion are a true “clothes buff’s” treat!

Fashion Fun Fact: The four major current fashion capitals are acknowledged to be Paris, France; Milan, Italy; New York City, United States; and London, England. These exciting cities are all headquarters to the greatest fashion companies and are renowned for their major influence on global fashion. Fashion Weeks are held in these cities, with Los Angeles, California following in their footsteps.

Step into style in the fashion of your choice, whether you’re comfortable dressed casual like a Volkswagen or dolled up to a Rolls Royce!

Whatever fashion means to you…without its flair and flamboyance the world would be a drab, lonely place. Hail the delight we get from our sense of style and fashion taste!

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 http://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

 

 

 

 

Although sarongs are worn around the world and denote different dress traditions, in North and South America, as well as Europe, sarongs are mainly worn as beach wear or as a cover-up over swimwear.
A sarong is often made of a thin, light fabric, often rayon, and may feature decorative fringe on both sides. The sarong may have ties, which are long thin straps of fabric which the wearer can tie together to prevent the wrap from falling down. Sarongs in the western culture are worn mostly by women as beach cover-ups. Western men who wear male sarongs are often influenced by the Scottish style men skirts known as kilts.
Summer days…sensational sarongs!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The fabric used for sarongs often have woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be highly colorful by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Colorful, gorgeous sarongs are all that!
The American public is most familiar with the sarong for the dozens of motion pictures set in the South Seas, most of them romantic dramas made in the 1930s and 1940s. Dorothy Lamour is by far the actress most linked with the sarong, which was designed by Edith Head. Lamour was nicknamed “The Sarong Girl” by the press and wore a sarong on occasion in traditional films.
Sarongs: Free moving and feeling groovy in a Hollywood movie!
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Various Ways to Tie and Wear a Sarong:

  • Wear the Sarong as a Short Skirt: Fold the sarong diagonally, wrap the sarong around your waist, gather the two ends of the sarong and tie a knot on the side.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Halter Dress: Hold the sarong horizontally, bring the top corners together in front of your body, twist the two corners around each other twice.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Long Skirt: Hold the sarong horizontally, take a corner of the sarong in each hand, make a knot, twist the material to the side of the hip, fluff out the corners, alternately tie the skirt to cover you up as you desire.

Other Popular, Fashionable Ways to Wear a Sarong:

  1. One Shoulder Dress
  2. Side-Slit Dress
  3. Draped Dress
  4. Toga Dress
  5. Wrap Dress
  6. Jumpsuit

Why not get inventive and wear your sarong any way you see fit, to fit your particular diva style?
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Sarong Fun Fact: Numerous tying methods exist to hold a sarong to the wearer’s body. In some cases, techniques customarily differ according to the sex of the wearer. If a sarong has ties, the ties may be used to hold the garment in place. Sarong ties give you extra hold and security. If the sarong doesn’t have ties, a pin or broach may be used to clamp the sarong together, the fabric may be tightly tucked under itself in layers, the corners of the main sheet may be wrapped around the body and knotted, or a belt may be worn to hold the sarong in place.
Wear a sarong and get hooked! Let the sarong become a stronghold in your favorite fashion choice!
Summer strong in a sarong!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The basic garment known as the sarong is worn around the globe, where the garment shows variations in style and name. The sarong is extremely popular in:

  1. Africa
  2. Brazil
  3. Canada
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East
  6. North America
  7. Pacific Islands
  8. Somalia
  9. South America
  10. South Asia
  11. Southeast Asia
  12. Sri Lanka

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Sarong Fun Fact: In Singapore, the term Sarong Party Girl refers to local single Singaporean women, especially of Chinese ethnicity, who favor socializing and having relationships with Caucasian men rather than the local males.
Party hearty in the surf and the sun, wear your sarong and join in the fun!
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Sarong Fun Fact: If you’re enjoying a day at the beach, covered in a sarong, and you long to go ride the waves or bathe in the sun, simply remove your sarong and use the fabric as a beach towel! Lay down on your sarong all day long!
Sarong Fashion Tip: Sarongs can also be worn as scarves and shawls! Across the shoulder or around the neckline, sarongs when draped look simply divine!
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Sarongs are apparel that work for a number of occasions. The beach, a party or an Island vacation!
“I love the new bikini bathing suit I bought for summer beach days.”
“I adore my new sarong. I can wear the silky, colorful garment in a variety of ways.”
“Wow, your sarong is gorgeous all right. May I borrow it? What a great thought.”
“But the sarong will cover up a portion or all of the bathing suit you just bought.”
“Yes, but the sarong looks even more fashionable than the bikini, don’t you think?”
“Stunning! Let’s lay in the sun and sand wearing sarongs and enjoy a refreshing drink!”
Sarong: Put a skip in your step and a song in your heart when dressed in a sarong all day and night long!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846