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Did you know that you can completely change the look and tone of your outfit merely by the accessories you choose to wear? A casual outfit of jeans and a blouse can be turned into a dressier look by adding patent leather high heels, perhaps a strand of pearls, diamond or gemstone earrings and bangle bracelets. Jewelry, hats, scarves and other accessories can turn a drab outfit into a dazzling outfit that works for all occasions.

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Jewelry is adored by both women and men and is worn for personal adornment. Various items of jewelry consist of rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, chokers, bracelets, anklets and pins. Other popular types of accessories include gloves, scarves, body piercings, stockings and hats.

Various types of jewelry that add sparkle and elegance to any outfit include those made with gemstones, precious metals, beads, shells and rhinestones. Shimmer and shine and make your garments unique and simply divine! Jewelry has been made to decorate nearly every part of your body, from hairpins to toe rings. Most cultures at some point have had a practice of keeping large amounts of wealth stored in the form of jewelry. Whether you are lathered in real 18 carat gold or cosmetic jewelry, there is no denying that the adornment of accessories is exciting, elegant and beautiful.

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Forms and Functions of Wearing Jewelry:

1. As an artistic display
2. A symbol of personal meaning, such as love or luck
3. A marker of social and personal status, such as a wedding ring
4. Functional to fix clothing or keep hair in place, such as a headband or pin

Accessorize your outfit to perfection and truly adore the accessories that you are in!

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Popular, gorgeous gemstones used in exquisite jewelry include amber, amethyst, emerald, jade, jasper, quartz, ruby, sapphire and turquoise. Some gemstones (pearls, coral, amber) are classified as organic because they are produced by living organisms. Inorganic gemstones are composed of and arise from minerals. A trendy, popular man made gemstone is cubic zirconia, which resembles a diamond.

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The patterns of wearing jewelry and adding accessories to clothing is trending with both men and women, but women are by far the most consistent wearers and lovers of jewelry! Spoil yourself and bedazzle your way to your own unique style by adding mounds of jewelry and accessories. The pretty pieces will make you smile!

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Gladiator shoes and gladiator sandals are incredibly cool. Much like “gladiators” themselves, gladiator sandals add edge, swagger and a stylish toughness to any outfit.
A gladiator (swordsman) was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals and condemned criminals. Gladiators offered spectators an example of Rome’s martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they could inspire admiration and popular acclaim.
A sandal is an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps going over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle. Sandals can also have a heel.
Combine the gladiator look with a sandal (or boot) and you have a shoe that fits splendidly with dresses or pantsuits.
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Gladiator Fun Fact: The origin of gladiator combat is open to debate. There is evidence of it in funeral rites during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BC, and thereafter it rapidly became an essential feature of politics and social life in the Roman world. Its popularity led to its use in ever more lavish and costly games.
The gladiator games lasted for nearly a thousand years, reaching their peak between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD. The games finally declined during the early 5th century after the adoption of Christianity as state church of the Roman Empire in 380.
Gladiator games may have ended, but gladiator shoes will walk with us until the end of time.
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Gladiator sandals, shoes and boots get their distinct look by having an open-toed T-bar shoe with multiple straps running across the foot in a style designed to resemble the footwear of ancient Roman gladiators. Whether the straps fit low like a sandal, or run up the entire calf to the knee or the thigh, everyone will notice your glorious gladiator shoes as you walk on by!
Glad to be wearing and walking in gladiator sandals!
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Sandals Fun Fact: The oldest known sandals (and the oldest known footwear of any type) were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the state or Oregon in the United States. Radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years.
Due to the openness of the shoe, many people wear gladiator shoes in warmer climates or during warmer parts of the year in order to keep their feet cool and dry. Of course, the cool look of gladiator shoes makes them an ideal choice of footwear for most any occasion in all types of weather. A true fashion diva will wear her gladiator boots in the rain or the sun…as the shoe is simply too rocking and fun to take a pass on!
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Gladiator Sandal Fashion Tip: Gladiator sandals, shoes and boots look outstanding when worn with clothing that consists of chains, beaded jewelry and leather. The overall aesthetic appeal is off the charts glamour, as well as provokes a tender toughness that says “I’m all that…and then some!” These fabrics, garments and jewelry worn together capture the true image and aura of the gladiator times!
Gladiator shoes tie all of this together: comfort in warm weather, a fierce look that can’t be denied, a look that says I’m confident and provides the wearer an excellent fashion choice!

 
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Gladiator Sandal Fun Fact: Gladiator sandals and shoes may have a sole made from rubber, leather, wood, tatami or rope. The sandal may be held to the foot by a narrow thong that generally passes between the first and second toe, or by a strap or lace, variously called a latchet, sabot strap or sandal, that passes over the arch of the foot or around the ankle. Gladiator sandals and shoes may or may not have a heel (either high or low) or a heel strap.
I find gladiator shoes that tie up the entire calf to be slinky, sensual and stunning!
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Gladiator Fun Fact: In 216 BC, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, late consul and augur, was honored by  his sons with three days of ‘gladiator munera’ in the Forum Romanum, using twenty-two pairs of gladiators.
Though gladiator times seem violent and hostile as spectator entertainment, gladiator shoes bring joy and fashion entertainment to every wearer, as well as to those who see your sensual gladiator footwear.
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Oh I would walk five-hundred miles, and I would walk five-hundred more, if I had slinky, sassy, gladiator shoes on my feet fit to adore!
“The gladiator boots slinking up your legs look edgy and sexy. I’m a fan.”
“They do give off a glamorous appeal that says, “Do not mess with me, man!”
“You definitely have confidence to wear them, and ooze with fashion flair.”
“It takes a sassy, strong woman to wear them on her own or on a dare.”
“Your gladiator shoes makes you look like you could truly hold your own in the fashion world.”
“Yes, they give me the toughness of a man with the sensual, sexy, aura of a girl.”
Gladiator Shoes: Wear them: make your feet glad! You’ll never be so glad to step out!
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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 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
 
 
 

In the realm of fashion, fringe trim is in! Fringe trim on clothing is fun, festive and fabulous, adding sparkle and pizzazz to your overall appearance.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item. In addition to clothing, fringe makes for a fine visual appeal on drapery, flags and clothing accessories.
Shake, shake, shake the fringe you’re in!
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Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. (Think fringe denim cutoff shorts)! Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling.
Fringe Fun Fact: In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on to the garment. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen, or narrow strips of leather.
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Fringe, or tassels, add style and flair to any garment. In addition to spicing up pants, shirts, dresses and skirts, fringe is a popular fashion add on to purses and handbags. Much like you see on a great pair of moccasins, fringe dangling freely from handbags looks fun and flashy!
Festive and fun with the fringe you’re in!
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Fringe is often found on suede clothing items. The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).
Three Types of Fabulous Fringe:

  1. Bullion Fringe – Twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver or gold. Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 cm to 22.9 cm) in length.
  2. Campaign Fringe – This is from the French word ‘campane’ ( meaning “bell”), and consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe – Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.

Toss those hips and swing that fringe you’re dressed in!
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Fringe Fun Fact: There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to gain in popularity and added whimsical wonder to women’s wardrobes. Various styles of fringes were defined in England by at least the year 1688.
Not sure what to wear to the brunch you’re attending, or the baby shower, or the birthday party? Why not give fringe a try? Fringe flows beautifully and is an ornamental addition to clothing that always catches the eye!
Decorate your clothing to dynamic heights with lengths of fringe that hang just right!
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Fringe trim works well whether you prefer the tassel length be long or short, and the width be either thin or thick. Fringe garments are visually appealing and maintain a youthful look. Do you want your fringe trim to match, meaning the fringe is one length and one width? This gives off a look of class and elegance.
If you want to mix your fashion flair up a notch, fringe trim looks partyish and festive when your garment has various lengths of fringe, with varying widths. Colorful fringe also adds glamour and shimmer to your dazzling duds!
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Shimmy, shake and boogie down in that fantastic fringe you’re strutting in!
“I adore all the loose strands of material hanging down from the end of your skirt.”
“Are you admiring the fringe trim or is that your subtle way to flirt?”
“A little of both, I assume. Your tassels are lovely and so are you.”
“I take both your observations as compliments. I do believe your kind words ring true.”
“Will you spin around for me so I can watch your fringe swing and sway?”
“You can see the same effect from my fringe as you watch me walk away!”
Fringe: When you wear it, you’ll make a fashion splash, whatever way you walk! Let your sexy, sassy trim talk, talk, talk!
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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 http://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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Velvet – Soft on the eyes; soft to the touch! A beautiful fabric, in the fashion world, used so much!
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive feel. By extension, the word ‘velvety’ means ‘smooth like velvet.’
Velvet can be made either from synthetic or natural fibers. Velvet makes a garment look fancy, elegant and classy!

Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. Velvet pile is created by warp or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.
Fill up your fashion fancy taste with soft, fun to feel, velvet!
Velvet is a fabric that looks expensive, merely by its portrayal of elegance and elan! Velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly product. No matter the cost, velvet is a rich looking fabric!
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Velvet garments look luxurious and appealing in all colors!
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely of silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in less luxurious fabric. Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wool. No matter the fibers used, velvet always looks amazing and, as far as garments go, always a cut above.
Velvet Not So Fun Fact: Velvet is difficult to clean because of its pile, but modern dry cleaning methods tend to work well to clean velvet to its lustrous appeal!
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Velvet pants! How wow is that? Thank you Victoria’s Secret!
Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as the high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet.
Velvet Fun Fact: In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in ‘velveto’.
Velvet, a gorgeous material truly fit for kings and queens! Be victorious in velvet!
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She wore whatever color velvet she preferred!
The girl can’t help it! She’s earned the right!


Due to velvet’s high class look and feel, the fabric makes for glamorous evening wear. However, velvet clothing and accessories also work for a casual, yet fashionable, look. Think a velvet blouse with skinny jeans and pumps. How adorable is that ensemble? The velvet dolls the look up, yet the denim jeans add a touch of office or daytime look to the outfit.
Can you say, “I’m dressed and velveted up to go pump gas, people! I’m a true fashion diva!”
The art of velvet weaving originated in the Far East, and it isn’t until the beginning of the 14th century that we find any mention of the soft textile. The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. The art was later taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that were similar to those from the great Italian cities.

Popular Types of Velvet Fabrics:

  1. Chiffon
  2. Crushed
  3. Devore
  4. Embossed
  5. Hammered
  6. Lyons
  7. Mirror
  8. Nacre
  9. Panne
  10. Pile-On-Pile
  11. Plain
  12. Utrecht
  13. Velveteen
  14. Voided
  15. Wedding Ring Velvet

No matter the color, no matter the type, when dressed in velvet you’ll look and feel just right! I understand the velvet hype!
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Although there are other fabrics that are similar to velvet, such as corduroy and velour, velvet is by are a fashionable fabric that oozes glamour, royalty, richness and class!

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Fashion strong? The answer has been velvet clothing all along!
“Sir, didn’t your mother teach you to keep your hands to yourself?”
“I merely needed to feel the material of your dress, see how soft it felt.”
“Much like when my little brother would get a buzz haircut and I would rub his head?”
“Exactly. Except that haircut feels prickly and rough. Your garment is smooth instead.”
“Yes. Velvet is easy on the eyes and feels marvelous to the hands.”
“Let’s give a hand to velvet. The finest fabric in all of fashion land!”
Velvet: Rich, elegant, luxurious and truly grand!
Wear velvet and take a winning style stand!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 

Denim duds…a main staple of American (and world) fashion! Where would we be without denim clothing? Almost as lost as when Chevrolet discontinued the Camaro (a muscle car of vast performance)…until Chevrolet redeemed that mistake and brought the popular car back on the market. Vroom, vroom!
Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck.  “Quack, quack…those are some mighty fine denim duds you’ve got on there!”
While denim is a popular material for jeans, denim makes for fabulous dresses, skirts, jackets, purses, shoes, overalls, etc. Pretty much any garment can pull off denim. Do I hear a denim wedding dress, anyone?


Blue Jean Denim Fun Fact: The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
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The name ‘denim’ derives from the French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes.”
Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans, although “jean” formerly denoted a different, lighter, cotton fabric. The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Delicious, dazzling, delightful denim duds!

Denim Fun Fact: Denim has been used in the United States since the mid 19th century. Denim initially gained popularity in 1873 when Jacob Davis, a tailor from Nevada, manufactured the first pair of ‘rivet-reinforced’ denim pants. His concept for making reinforced jeans was inspired when a female customer requested a pair of durable and strong pants for her husband to chop wood in. When Davis was about to finish making the denim jeans, he saw some copper rivets laying on a table and used the rivets to fasten the pockets. Necessity, the mother of invention!
Dry denim (or raw denium) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time, dry denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some people. During the process of wear, fading will usually occur on those parts of the material that receives the most stress.
“My dear, how would you like your denim?”
“Faded, ripped, threaded and shredded!”
Who knew that type of denim would become a mainstream fashion must have?

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Washed Denim Fun Fact: After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. In addition to being washed, washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. In jeans made from dry denim, fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates a more natural look rather than an artificially distressed denim.
Downright darling, your denim duds!

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One thing is certain with denim. The sturdy material creates garments of upscale, youthful appeal, as well as an overall look of casual…as in, well, denim overalls!

For those that adore faded jeans:
Patterns of Fading:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – Faded lines that are found behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
  3. Stacks – These are created by having the inseam of the jeans hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length. The extra fabric stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending to the upper calf.
  4. Train Tracks – These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades, which resemble train tracks.


Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant Indigofera trintoria, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a repeated sequence of dipping and oxidation – the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.
Dip that dyed denim, darling!
Denim fabric dying is divided into two categories:

  1. Indigo Dying – Produces the traditional blue color and similar blue shades.
  2. Sulfur Dying – Produces specialty black colors with other colors, such as red, pink, purple, grey, rust, mustard and green.

No matter the denim color, blue, red, black or green, you’ll always be a fashion hit in denim on any style scene!

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Whether you prefer to wear your denim ripped or solid, it’s your choice. Create your own unique fashion voice!
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Denim duds: Always a hit, never a miss. Now give those favorite jeans of yours a thank you kiss!
“My denim jeans outshine your denim jeans.”
“But the style of our jeans looks very much the same.”
“Mine aren’t faded, are neatly pressed, the material even and long.”
“Mine are faded, ripped, shredded and cut…definitely fashion strong.”
“Mine have more fabric and look more expensive. I paid a hefty price.”
“My tattered denim look is free…I tore them up myself. Ah, fashion nice!”
Denim sugar and spice. No matter how you prefer to wear your denim, don’t allow anyone to make you think twice!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

High heeled shoes are footwear that raises the heel of the wearer’s foot significantly higher than the toes. Sandals are an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankles. Sandals are generally flat, but can have a heel.
What do you get when you combine high heels with strappy sandals? A glamorous, highly sexy shoe!
Strappy sandaled high heels allow your feet to put on a fashion show everywhere that you go!

People generally wear sandals in warmer climates or during hot parts of the year in order to keep their feet cool and dry. Add a high heel to the sensible sandal, and you’ve added alluring appeal that can cause both a raised height and a visual high!
There is no denying that high heeled shoes look lovely on the feet and add posh glamour to any outfit. Strappy sandaled high heels add extra elegance and a sassy, sexy, classy look.
Positive Effects of Wearing High Heels:

  1. High heels change the angle of the foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of the calves.
  2. High heels change the wearer’s posture, requiring a more upright and altering gait in what is considered a seductive fashion.
  3. High heels make the wearer appear taller.
  4. High heels make the legs appear longer.
  5. High heels make the foot appear smaller.
  6. High heels make the arches of the feet higher and better defined.

Even with the benefits of wearing high heels, I believe most people wear them for the same reason I do. High heels are beautiful! Fashion is a creative, visual, aesthetic field!

High Heel Fun Fact: Medieval Europeans wore wooden-soled patten shoes, which are regarded as the ancestors to contemporary high heels. The high heel has been traced back to Persian horse riders in the Near East who used high heels for functionality, because they helped hold the rider’s foot in stirrups. It has been suggested that raised heels were a response to the problem of the rider’s foot slipping forward in stirrups while riding. These features are evident today in riding boots, most notably cowboy boots!
Ah, shall we boot scoot boogie in a seductive pair of strappy sandaled high heels? Let’s give the pretty girl a whirl and a twirl! Yeehah!
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Sandal Fun Fact: The oldest known sandals were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the United States, in the state of Oregon. Radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years. The Ancient Greeks distinguished between ‘baxeae’, a sandal made of willow leaves, twigs or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers, and the ‘cothurnus’, a boot sandal that rose above the middle of the leg, worn by tragic actors, horsemen, hunters and men of rank and authority.
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Seal the stylish shoe deal with strappy sandal high heels!

High Heel Fun Fact: According to high fashion shoe websites like Jimmy Choo and Gucci, a “low heel” is considered less than 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters), while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches (6.4 and 8.9 cm) are considered “mid heels”, and any heel over 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) is considered a “high heel.” Extremely high heeled shoes, such as heels above 6 inches (15 cm), can be viewed as ‘eye candy jewelry for the feet’! Sweet! Give your fabulous feet a treat!
Sandal Fun Fact: A typical sandal may have a sole made from rubber, leather, wood, tatami or rope. Sandals are often held to the foot by a narrow thong that passes between the first and second toe, or by a strap or lace, called a latchet, sabot strap or sandal, that passes over the arch of the foot and around the ankle.
Mix together the strappy high heel with the open sandal, and you have a shoe that will never look drabby or dull! Wonderful footwear everywhere that you go!

A major benefit of the strappy sandal high heel is that the fabulous shoe can be worn as a dressy shoe or a casual shoe. Depending on how you’re dressed, either in a stunning evening gown, or a pair of cuffed denim jeans, with a strappy sandal high heel on your foot the outfit says “I always dress like a queen!”
Create a strappy sandal high heel scene, as the sensual shoe makes the leg appear long and lean.
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High Heel Fun Fact: During the 16th century, European royalty, such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of England, started wearing high heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. By 1580, men wore heeled shoes, and a person with authority or wealth was often referred to as “well heeled.”
In modern society, high heeled shoes are a large part of women’s fashion. High heels force the body to tilt, emphasizing the buttocks and breasts.
There is no denying that women adore their high heels! A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed that 42% of women admitted they would wear a high heeled shoe they liked, even if the shoe caused them discomfort!
Occasional clothing pain is a fashion diva’s gain!
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The strappy sandal high heel equals pure fashion gold! How do I know? It’s simple. I wear them everywhere that I go! The foot doctor says, “Say it ain’t so!” I say, “I’m proud to say it is so!” Oh so lovely, the strappy sandal high heel!
“Excuse me dear, but how do you walk in heels that high?”
“It’s elegant and easy. You should give it a try.”
“Your shoes are spectacular, but I think I’d fall down.”
“With these strappy beauties on my feet I can dance my way through town.”
(Demonstrates. Skips, walks, jumps up and down).
“How do you do that? Stilts on your feet yet you maneuver so well.”
“The secret stays with me. A true glamour girl will never kiss and tell!”
Strappy sandal high heels slide on the feet just right and always emit a sensual sight!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

Choker necklaces are by far one of the most elegant, beautiful pieces of jewelry by far. Whether the choker consists of real diamonds, or merely a thin piece of velvet material, the look and appeal of the choker gives the wearer a look of majestic opulence.
Chokers are, to sum it up, a gorgeous piece of neck wear!
A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of a variety of materials, including lace, velvet, plastic, beads, stones, gemstones, metal (silver, gold, platinum) and ribbon. Chokers can be adorned and decorated in many ways, including with sequins, studs or pendants.
Chokers hug the neck in all the right places!

A necklace is an article of jewelry that is worn around the neck and can either fit tightly (choker), loose, or hang down to the wearer’s waist. Necklaces are worn by both men and women in cultures around the world for purposes of adornment and social status. However, in Western culture, the necklace often carries female connotations.
Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 4,000 years, coming to life during the stone age. The oldest necklaces were made of natural materials, such as shells, bones, teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, seeds and stones.
I love the elegant, feminine look of the choker, above all necklaces. The choker, a chic cut above! With such a fabulous piece of jewelry, what’s not to love?
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Choker Fun Fact: Common types of chokers include Victorian, vintage, open collar, Gothic, pendant, gemstones or tattoo.
Chokers are associated with high fashion, for their look of beauty and graceful appeal. Ballerinas and the upper middle class in the late 19th century often wore certain types of chokers.
Chokers became popular among women and girls in the 1990s, with this fashion trend resurfacing in the 2010s through today. For high glamorous neck wear, the fabulous choker is here to stay.
Chokers can be simple, yet oh so full of pizzazz. A bare chested dress, with merely a choker to offset the garment, speaks volumes!
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Popular Types of Necklaces:

  1. Chokers – Sit and fasten on the neck.
  2. Princess Necklace – Rests right below the neckline.
  3. Matinee Necklace – A single strand that rests on top of the cleavage.
  4. Opera Necklace – The necklace sits at the breastbone.
  5. Rope Necklace – Any necklace longer than an opera necklace.
  6. Lariat Necklace – A very long variation of the rope necklace, without a clasp, often worn draped around the neck. The ends can be crossed over, looped or knotted.

Popular Adornment Necklaces:

  1. Cross Necklace – Features a Christian cross.
  2. Diamond Necklace – Needs no explanation, often given as gifts of love.
  3. Pearl Necklace – Pearls can either be all the same size or various sizes, with one or more strands.
  4. Tooth Pendant Necklace – Animal teeth, such as a shark tooth.
  5. Prayer Bead Necklace – A long, beaded necklace typically in the form of a wide lasso, usually with a religious symbol.
  6. Riviere Necklace – A single strand of gemstones of the same size and cut.

So many necklaces, only one neck. What’s a jewelry lover to do? Wear more than one type of necklace at one time (i.e. a choker with a rope necklace, a diamond princess necklace with a long strand of dangling pearls). Or, when in doubt, give the choker a try out!

Mixing and matching necklaces can really doll up a neck, and an outfit!
Choker Chic: The elegant, knock-out necklace!
Choker Fun Fact: Chokers appeared in 1798 as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy women. In 1874 the choker necklace was worn by ballerinas and in the early 1880s, by queens. Radiant necklace royalty!
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Necklace Fun Fact: Cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans. Twine and string enabled the development of smaller, more durable, intricate necklaces. After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, copper, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make gorgeous necklaces for both men and women.
And, wahlah, metal chains came onto the fashion scene. Gem-cutting and glassblowing allowed highly polished gemstones and beautiful art glass to be added to making glamorous necklaces.

Deck out your neck for a look that is spicy, effervescent and sure to impress the rest!
Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker had ties to prostitution, as seen in Manet’s “Olympia (1861)”.
Today, hey, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker can merely be an aesthetic way to add class and glamour to your outfit choice of the day!

Necklace Fun Fact: If a necklace includes a primary hanging feature, such as a charm or a large stone, it is called a pendant. If the pendant has a small container, the necklace is called a locket. It is common practice to place pictures of loved ones inside a locket, such as a spouse, lover or children.

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You love the looks of chokers but you don’t own one? Then either run to your nearest jewelry store and treat yourself to a nifty necklace. Or, better yet, make one yourself with velvet or ribbon. Remember the famous cameo chokers? Why not place a cameo at the center of your choker and bring the dainty cameo choker back to the forefront of fashion?
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The Choker: A necklace lover’s passion and a staple of high fashion!
“Although the choker around your neck is lovely, don’t you find it fits too tight?”
“It fits snug and hugs the neck. The fit feels oh so right.”
“The choker gives you a look that is dainty, soft and darling.”
“That’s the choker’s great appeal. It matches with everything.”
“So whether your blouse or dress neckline is high or low, the choker wears well?”
“Precisely. Just look at the way I wear this choker. Any fashion diva can tell!”
The choker is a necklace lover’s first choice…always a stylish sell!
Marvelous…absolutely swell!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

When you consider the various colors of the most popular eye shadows (blue, gray, brown, gold, bronze, purple, lavender, pink, hazel, green) I feel one of the best colors to bring the pop, sizzle and punch out of your eyes is gorgeous shades of greens. Green eye shadows, for adding so much glamour to your face, tend to fade into the background of more popular cosmetic colors. Such a  glamour girl pity!
Green eye shadows complement all color of eyes and match well with lipstick shades of reds, pinks and golds. The color green is a positive color, the color of growth, spring, renewal and rebirth. Eyes painted with glorious greens evoke a beautiful face fit for a queen.

Eye shadow is  a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. It can also be worn underneath the lower eyelashes. Eye shadow, in addition to adding sparkle to your eyes, can also be used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out and look more attractive.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger, or simply make the wearer’s eyes more noticeable. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow is generally made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream and mousse form.

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Cosmetics, also known as makeup, are substances or products used to enhance the appearance or scent of the body. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering one’s appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”
Ah, glimmering, glorious green eye shadows. I see cosmetics as an art form, much like a painter filling in a canvas with breathtaking brush strokes of paint colors!
There are many shades of green that make for glamorous eyes, some being pale green, sea green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, dark green, aqua, olive green, yellow green and grass green. In the realm of eye shadow colors, a green eye screams to be seen!
Powerful and serene in just a few swipes! I understand all the green hype!

Eye catching glamour with green eye shadows!
Many people use eye shadow simply to improve their appearance, but it is also commonly used in theater and other plays to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on the wearer’s skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention.
How to Apply Eye Shadow:

  1. Place a primer on the eyelid area where you wish to apply the eye shadow.
  2. Decide if you would like to apply cream eye shadows, powder eye shadows, or a combination.
  3. Apply the color where you prefer with either an applicator brush or your fingertips.
  4. If you prefer, eye shadows look particularly pretty when you use both lighter and darker shades of the same basic color. With green eye shadow, a dark green or olive shade just above and below the eyelashes, with a lighter green or pale green shade above the upper eyelid (much like a smokey eye using greens) looks lovely.
  5. Blend well.

Now give a hand to your wowing green eye shadow wonderland!

Green Eye Shadow Fashion Tip: If you want to wear green eye shadow but feel a completely green eye is too bold and bright, green eye shadows look particularly appealing when toned down with gold shades or aqua shades. A mix of these colors match splendidly for an attractive, stunning look!

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Eye Shadow Removal: To remove your eye shadow, a commercial eye makeup remover cream works well, and can be purchased at department stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores. Petroleum jelly works wonders for removing eye shadow (and other cosmetics such as mascara, blush, eye liner and lipstick) with ease. Also, warm water and soap works, but be careful with soap near the eyes. Ouch!
Cosmetic Fun Fact: Cosmetics have been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40), and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burials dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmetae” was first used to describe Roman slaves whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.
Be a glam queen and reign supreme in eyes decorated with colors of cool, serene green!

Green Fun Fact: In color psychology, the color green is the color of balance and harmony. Green renews and restores depleted energy. Green is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. Green is an emotionally positive color and gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.
Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Restoration
  4. Self-Reliance
  5. Reliability
  6. Calm
  7. Well-Balanced
  8. Nature
  9. Family Oriented
  10. Sympathetic
  11. Kind
  12. Loyal
  13. Generous

Nice words to be associated with, right? For an eye that is cool, chic, glamorous and sweet, go with green eye shadows! Give your eyes a treat!
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Green Eye Shadow: A definite glam eye grand slam!
“Your eyes of green are the most becoming eyes I’ve ever seen!”
“Why thank you, but my eyes are brown.”
“I was referring to your eye shadow; fabulous shades of green abound!”
“My gorgeous green cosmetic colors highlight my dazzling brown eyes.”
“And add beauty, dimension, glamour, depth, intrigue and size.”
“Not to mention emit a vibe of mesmerizing and wise.”
No matter your color of eyes, why not give glamorous shades of green eye shadows a try?
Ooh la la, you beauty queen! You look fly!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 

Most people, if given the choice of things they love, would choose a maximum amount over a mini amount. Large candy bars over fun sized bars, big gulps over little gulps, three scoops of ice cream over one scoop, one million dollars over one dollar, etc.
Where is this universal concept reversed? With the miniskirt!
Whether you’re one who adores wearing a fashionable miniskirt, or whether you’re a person who loves to see a great pair of female legs walking in a miniskirt, the fabulous miniskirt is a garment where the less material, the better! Yes, longer skirts can be just as beautiful and certainly have their place in fashion, but it is the miniskirt that remains a constant signature fixture of mainstream culture.

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A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress. A micro-miniskirt, or microskirt, is a miniskirt where the hemline stops at the upper thigh.
My oh my, your to-die-for skirt is thigh-high! Such a pleasure to the eye!

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: While the miniskirt looks visually appealing with any shoe (even flats or bare feet) the short skirt is such a show stopper that a high heel or high heeled platform shoe adds extra glamour, allure and oomph. A high heeled boot ramps the sexiness of the miniskirt to even higher levels of posh pizzazz.
Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called ‘mini’ until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was linked to a miniskirt.

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How to be an unassuming, silent flirt? Strut your darling diva self in a magnificent miniskirt!
Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London-based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian Andre Courreges. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first to offer fashionable miniskirts.
From 1969 and onward, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the ‘midi’ and the ‘maxi.’ A longer skirt hemline coincided with the feminist movement. In the spring of 1982, short skirts began to reemerge. By the mid-1980s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century.

An extremely popular miniskirt is the denim skirt. Denim skirts are always in high demand, whether the skirt is long or short. Denim miniskirts? A diva dream girl’s dazzling desire!

If you tend to dress fancier than denim, and feel denim skirts need some glamming up, add bedazzled jewelry for accessories, perhaps a rhinestone necklace and a pearl belt! Or, better yet, add gems, stones and jewels to the denim skirt to bedazzle that already pretty skirt to over-the-top fashion flair and fun!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th century science fiction, particularly in 1940s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K. Bergey, who depicted futuristic women in a “stereotyped combination” of metallic miniskirts, bras and boots. The “sci-fi miniskirt” was seen in genre films and television programs as well as on comic book covers.

Major ‘max’ appeal: the miniskirt!
Miniskirts make for some fun, modern, eye catching garments. Whether you prefer a tight, pencil miniskirt, or a flared, A-line hem, the miniskirt is by far a sensual style gem!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: In 2003, Tom Ford, at that time described as one of the few designers able to effortlessly dictate changes in fashion, stated the micro-skirts would be the height of fashion for the Spring/Summer 2003. At this time, an even briefer version of the micro-miniskirt emerged, creating a garment sometimes described as a ‘belt-skirt’.

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: For summer wear, the miniskirt look great when worn with a bare set of legs. For those more modest, or during cooler weather, miniskirts worn with opaque stockings or leggings look particularly fashionable and avoid revealing too much!
Peek-a-boo! But don’t peek. The miniskirt will tease to please!
Despite the miniskirt’s popularity, the skirt is still seen as controversial by some people. The miniskirt remains subject to bans and regulations, many times in office dress codes and school dress codes.

Not sure what to wear? A miniskirt will do the trick. Always a trendy fashion pick!
“Pardon me, but I believe that you lost a good chunk of your skirt.”
“You’re showing your lack of fashion sense. I’m wearing the fabulous miniskirt.”
“Do you find it difficult to bend or to walk in such a short dress?”
“Golly gee, I really don’t. Let’s put your question to the test.”
“I believe a girl of your radiant class and charm would move with style and grace.”
“You have guessed correctly. I have exquisite panache and glorious fashion taste.”
The miniskirt: A staple of here-to-stay fashion for the entire human race!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846