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In fashion, color can make or break a garment. The same dress can look sensual and elegant in black, yet youthful and cheery in yellow. One color that tends not to dominate the fashion world, yet stands out when you see it worn, is pink.
Whether you prefer to go daring and bold and dress head-to-toe pink, or you choose to offset your white outfit with pink pumps and a pink purse, the color pink in fashion is grand…don’t you think?

Pink Fun Fact: Pink is a pale red color, a combination of red and white. Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century. The color pink is named after the flowers, pinks.
Variations of the Color Pink:

  1. Blush – Similar to skin color, a pale pink.
  2. Fuschia – A blend of deep pink and blue.
  3. Hot Pink – Neon pink, a striking pink.
  4. Orchid – A lavender pink.
  5. Pastel Pink – A soft, muted pink.
  6. Rose Pink – A deep, rich pink.
  7. Salmon Pink – A touch of orange to offset the pink.

No matter the shade of pink that you’re dressed in, when you strut down the street in striking pink you’ll bat a definite fashion win!

Pink Fun Fact: In color psychology, the color pink represents compassion, nurturing and love. Pink relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. The ‘red’ in pink contains the need for action, while the mix of ‘white’ helps pink achieve the potential for success.
Pink clothing exudes femininity and romance, affection and intimacy.
The power of pink in fashion: pleasing, pretty and passionate!


Positive Keywords Associated with the Color Pink:

  1. Unconditional Love
  2. Romantic Love
  3. Compassion
  4. Understanding
  5. Nurturing
  6. Romance
  7. Warmth
  8. Hope
  9. Calming
  10. Sweetness
  11. Naiveté
  12. Femininity
  13. Intuitive Energy

Pink Fun Fact: The color pink has been described in literature since ancient times. Pink wasn’t a common color in the fashion of Middle Ages; nobles preferred brighter reds, such as crimson. However, the color pink did appear in women’s fashion, and in religious art. In the high Renaissance painting the Madonna of the Pinks by Raphael, the Christ child is presenting a pink flower to the Virgin Mary. The pink was a symbol of marriage, showing a spiritual marriage between the mother and child.

As far as accessories (which always make or break an outfit), I tend to favor pink purses and pink high heels. These two pink accessories together say “I’m confident”, “I’m fashion fabulous”, “I’m fashion fun”!


Pink Fashion Fun Fact: The golden age of the color pink entering mainstream fashion was the Rococo Period (1720-1777) in the 18th century, when pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe. Pink was particularly championed by Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, who wore combinations of pale blue and pink, and had a particular tint of pink made for her by the Sevres porcelain factory, created by adding nuances of blue, pink and yellow.
The color pink can signify good health, being ‘in the pink’ and success, as in ‘everything’s rosy’.
Pink clothing, whether shocking or pastel, when wrapped in pink you’ll look youthful, sweet and well!


For a color of clothing that is sure to lighten and lift your mood, go with a full set of pink: style, playfulness and attitude!
“I’m going to an amazing dinner party next week and I’m thinking of wearing black.”
“You will look magnificent no doubt, but you’ll blend in to the back.”
“Perhaps you’re right. There will probably be more black dresses than I can count.”
“I say wear any shade of pink…you’ll look unique and you’ll certainly stand out.”
“Maybe I’ll wear pink chiffon…or find a neon satin or silk pink dress.”
“Go full fashion pink…add pink earrings, a pink necklace, dress pink to impress!”
Pink Clothing: All fashion divas oughta wear pink, don’t you think?

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
 
  

Denim, the sturdy blue cotton fabric the world knows and loves. Denim is a thick 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.
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 is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside.
It’s the indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, that creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.  Fashion fading at its finest!

Denim dresses look and feel sent from heaven. A denim dress can be glammed up or toned down merely by the accessories you wear with the dress. A glamorous night out? Try five inch black patent leather stilettos, a black velvet choker, dangle bracelets and long diamond earrings. Your denim dress has become high fashion. Walking an evening fair? A flat shoe or sandal and minimal jewelry keeps your denim dress casual and comfortable.
Denim Fun Fact: 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. The contemporary use of the word ‘jeans’ comes from the French word for Geneo, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Denim has graduated from trousers to dresses and looks splendid when worn with long, short, curly or straight tresses.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one piece garment). A dress consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs, containing a skirt of any desired length. All dresses, denim included, can be formal or informal.
Denim Fun Fact: Dry, or raw denim, (contrasted with washed denim) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time dry denim will fade, which is considered fashionable in some circumstances. During the process of wear, fading usually occurs on the parts of the garment that receive the most stress. On a pair of denim jeans, this includes the upper thighs, the ankles, and the areas behind the knees.
The dose for fashion happiness? Enter the durable, dazzling, dynamite denim dress!

Not sure what to wear to the Sunday brunch? Don’t stress! Always a hit is the denim dress!
After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. 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, such fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates what denim enthusiasts feel to be a more natural look than artificially distressed denim.
Denim Fun Fact: To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their denim garments for more than six months. Most dry denim is made from 100% cotton and comes from several different countries, including the United States, Zimbabwe and Japan.



Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant ‘Indigofera tinctoria’, 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.
Rope dyeing is considered the best yarn dyeing method, as it eliminates shading across the fabric width. The alternative “slasher process” is cheaper because only one beaming process is needed. In rope dyeing, beaming is done twice.
Two Categories of Denim Dyeing:

  1. Indigo Dyeing: Produces the traditional blue color or similar shades.
  2. Sulfur Dyeing: Produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green (Think colored skinny jeans!)


The ever popular stretch denim incorporates a plastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of give in garments made from stretch denim. Only about 3% of spandex is required within the fabric to create a significant stretching capacity of about 15%.

Whether your denim dress flows to your ankles or fits short and tight like a miniskirt, when dressed in a denim dress you’ll be a fashion diva with a silent flirt!
“I normally wear denim jeans but tonight I’m going with a denim dress.”
“I love the faded denim look and the natural wear of the fabric distress.”
“Since I’m going out to dinner I wore my patent leather pumps and a flower in my hair.”
“Those two accessories do glam up the outfit and give you a stylish high fashion flair.”
“Perhaps you’d like to join us. There will be plenty of room for you.”
“Excellent. Let me change into my denim dress and we’ll match the whole night through.”
Denim Dresses: When only divine denim duds will do!

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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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 

 

 

Daisy Duke shorts are, if nothing else, notable. Whether you adore dressing in the denim short shorts, or you admire them on others but don’t feel comfortable wearing them yourself, or if you can simply do without them, Daisy Duke shorts are a popular piece of memorable fashion.
Daisy Duke shorts are cut off denim jeans that fit below the navel and the hem stops at the top of the thigh, much near the hip bone. The hem can either be sewn or left with loose threads and frays left over from the cutting.
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Daisy Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. She helped popularize Daisy Duke shorts, her signature dress on the series. Daisy Duke shorts were also worn by Jessica Simpson in the feature film movie spin off.
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Daisy Duke Shorts Fashion Tip: Daisy Dukes look real cute and daring when worn with a crop top, or a button up shirt tied at the bottom. If you dare to wear Daisy Dukes, but you’re watching your spending, these shorts are easy to make yourself! You most likely own a pair of denim jeans that you’re willing to turn magically from pants to Daisy Duke shorts, straight from your own closet! Yes, it’s that easy!
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How to Make Do It Yourself (DIY) Daisy Duke Shorts:

  1. Take a pair of denim jeans that fit, along with sharp scissors, sandpaper and a sharpie or black pen (stay over a work table or outside, as the material will thread and fray when cut). Most Daisy Dukes are made from blue denim, but the shorts look savvy and stylish in any color of denim.
  2. Put your jeans on, and then use the pen to mark the spot on the denim where you want to cut (what will be the hem). True Daisy Dukes show almost all of your thigh.
  3. Remove the jeans and use the sharp scissors to cut the material across the drawn lines, turning the pants or capri pants into shorts.
  4. If you want to add age to the Daisy Dukes, or fray the material to provide a worn look, rub the sandpaper hard over the area that you want to age. This should help to fray the material and rub out some of the blue denim color, fading the material.
  5. If you wish to doll up and dazzle your Daisy Dukes, you can bedazzle the shorts by adding rhinestones, sparkles, glitter, embroidery, etc. to the shorts.
  6. Wear your Daisy Dukes with pride and profound confidence!

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Denim Fun Fact: 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. 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 is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dying process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
Whether you view Daisy Duke shorts as darling, or as shorts that lost their modest length, one thing is for sure: Daisy Duke shorts are noticeable and memorable!
Everyone remembers the dame in the dizzying Daisy Dukes!
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Many lovers of Daisy Dukes and denim prefer when the material looks faded and worn, as opposed to brand new.  To achieve the faded look, one can either wash the denim numerous times, or simply purchase faded denim off the rack. In addition to faded material, various patterns of fading are preferred by many denim wearers and are considered to be “personalizing” the garment.
Popular 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 then stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up to the calf area.
  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.

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Denim Fun Fact: Over 50% of denim is produced in Asia, most of it in China, India, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Here is the order of the world’s denim mills, from highest to lowest: China, India, Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia. Ah, denim is loved, worn and purchased the world over!
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Do you want to leave your fashion mark? Dress yourself up in dynamic Daisy Duke shorts and see how much “chatter and buzz” you spark!
“When that girl struts in her Daisy Duke shorts we stop and watch her walk by.”
“Without a doubt, she does get attention and catches everybody’s eye.”
“Makes me wonder where the rest of her pant legs are.”
“Probably in a trash can somewhere. Could be near or far.”
“Her Daisy Dukes could have started out as shorts, merely sewn that way.”
“Doesn’t matter how she got them. When she struts in them she looks A Okay!”
Mesmerizing Daisy Duke shorts are here to stay, no matter how they got that way!”
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Is that you wedged into those Daisy Dukes?
Daisy Dukes: Hot pants; short shorts, ultra short cut-off denim jeans!
Daisy Dukes: Hotter than Georgia asphalt!
Daisy Duke shorts are a super short version of jean cut-offs, in reference to Catherine Bach’s character of that name (Daisy Mae Duke) from the American television show The Dukes of Hazard. Many times, with true Daisy Dukes, the cut is not finished or hemmed and the fabric is left to fray. Or, the hemline of the short shorts are turned up, making the Daisy Duke’s even shorter, and exposing almost all of the thigh!
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Denim shorts are immensely popular, and Daisy Duke’s are recognizable merely by their denim material and their resemblance to hot pants. Daisy Dukes are typically worn in warm weather or in an environment where comfort and fashion are superior to protection of the legs!
Dare to be a diva dressed in Daisy Dukes!
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Daisy Duke shorts are easy to make, and the shorts can be decorated and bedazzled to doll up the sassy, sexy shorts!
How To Make Daisy Duke Shorts:

  1. Take a pair of blue denim jeans that fit, along with sharp scissors, sandpaper and a sharpie or black pen (stay over a work table or outside, as the material will thread and fray when cut).
  2. Put on your jeans, and then use the pen to mark the spot on the denim where you want to cut (what will be the hem). True Daisy Dukes show almost all of your thighs.
  3. Remove the jeans and use the sharp scissors to cut the material across the drawn lines, turning the pants or capri pants into shorts.
  4. If you want to add age to the Daisy Dukes, or fray the material to provide a worn look, rub the sandpaper hard over the areas that you want to age. This should help to fray the material and rub out some of the blue denim color, fading the material.
  5. If you want to doll up and dazzle your Daisy Dukes, you can add rhinestones, sparkles, glitter, embroidery, etc. to the shorts.
  6. Wear your Daisy Dukes with pride and profound confidence!

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Daisy Duke Tip: Although Daisy Dukes are darling, they probably should not be worn to school. Most school dress codes ban Daisy Dukes.
Daisy Duke Fun Fact:  If your Daisy Dukes are too short, or too tight, they will look tacky more than tempting!
Daisy Mae Duke Fun Fact: Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazard) posed as Daisy Duke for a poster, wearing her ultra-short, legs exposed Daisy Duke denim shorts. The poster sold 5 million copies!
Are those your luscious legs lurking out of your Daisy Dukes?
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Daisy Dukes can be either dressed up or dressed down, depending on your mood or your daily destination. A feminine shirt, high heels and Daisy Dukes are a glamour girl’s dream. But country girls look just as sensual and sexy in their Daisy Dukes wearing a midriff or crop top and sneakers or boots.
Daisy Duke your way to whatever suits you and your original diva style!
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You can rock your Daisy Dukes to your own mode of comfort and fashion. And that is rocking good news!
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Divaish and dollish in your Daisy Dukes!
Daisy Dukes: Cut-off denim jeans at their best!
Daisy Duke Not So Fun Fact: For those of you who are dying to join the “I wear Daisy Dukes” diva club, but don’t feel comfortable exposing so much bare leg (almost all leg!) flesh colored or nude pantyhose can be worn with the short shorts!
You’ll be dashing, daring, darling, dazzling and dizzying, strutting through the streets in Daisy Dukes!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.