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Love them or dread them, skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere, except perhaps in your closet or wrapped on your body. The myth that skinny jeans can only be worn by thin people is just that, a myth. The term “skinny” as it relates to the jeans refers to the cut of the pants, as the pants fit straight up and down. Stretch skinny jeans work real well for expanding and fitting various body types.

Skinny jeans are worn by both men and women, generally have an extremely tight fit and have a tapered leg. Skinny jeans are made of denim. You know a true skinny jean by the snug fit through the legs, and the hem ends in a small leg opening that can be anywhere from 9 inches to 20 inches, depending on the size of the pants.

The skinny jeans style of pants are also known as slim-fit pants, drainpipes, stovepipes, tight pants, cigarette pants, pencil pants and skinnies.

Get the true skinny on skinny jeans!

In addition to blue denim, skinny jeans can be found in most all colors, and many times the pants material contains some spandex (2% to 4%), which makes the pants easier to put on and take off, and allows the fabric to cling to the body. Some styles of skinny jeans have bottom hems that actually hug the ankles.

Skinny jeans look great in both high waisted and hip hugger cuts. Depending on where you are going or what accessories you are wearing, you can dress down with skinny jeans, or ramp your look up. For a casual look, why not wear tennis shoes and a T-shirt along with your skinny jeans? For a look that is dressy and classy, go with denim skinny jeans, a silk blouse and four or five inch heels, preferably patent leather. This creates an aura that appears chic, stylish and trendy. Drape a strand of pearls around your neck to add the last splash of classic!

Since the 1950s, skinny jeans have come in and out of style. In contrast to the bell-bottoms that were huge in the 1970s, many punk rockers and glam band artists continued to wear tight skinny jeans (think Poison, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi).

Fashion is all about taking risks and finding your unique, signature style that works and defines you! Whether you’re a man or a woman, this famous saying holds: To thine own self be true!

Remember, wearing skinny jeans doesn’t mean you have to be a “skinny-minnie”! As long as your jeans fit well, and you feel like rocking the mainstream jeans, then you’ll look swell! For those of you who prefer the look of skinny jeans, yet you want a bit more room and comfort, there are cuts of jeans that come close to the skinny jean but leave your hips and legs a touch of breathing room!

Perhaps you’re someone who craves beauty and fashion, but doesn’t dare to wear much denim. Why not slink the stylish you into a new pair of jeans and become the denim diva star that you are? Wow, a brand new you! Who knew?

Skinny jeans are ideal for tucking into boots (ankle boots, knee high boots and/or thigh high boots) as the pants fit tight on the calves and ankles, allowing the pant legs to stay snug in the boot, and not slink up and out! No continuing to tuck your pant legs back into your boots all day! In some styles, zippers are needed at the bottom of the legs to help you pull the pants over your feet. I think skinny jeans with zippers near the feet are adorable and a visual fashion treat!

Sexy, sassy, stylish and keen, look your best in an alluring pair of skinny jeans, you gorgeous fashion machine!

“I need a pick me up today. Perhaps I’ll go to the mall.”

“A day of shopping and pampering ourselves helps us all.”

“I’m thinking of buying a black velvet blazer and a fitted pair of jeans.”

“You’ll look like a sexy siren vixen…truly make the fashion scene.”

“I might get a patent leather clutch and patent leather stiletto heels.”

“With bargain prices, the walking fashion plate will find great deals!”

Skinny Jeans: Steal the scene you denim diva queen!

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!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 

 

 

It’s a given that colors can affect our moods. Colors appear to us in numerous forms. Man is able to perceive at least 2,000 different shades with the naked eye, and humans get 87% of our sensual impressions through a colored world.
One of the most striking colors for clothing is the neutral color of beige or nude. The other two colors categorized as neutral are white and brown. When dressing for an event, a day at the office or fun in the sun, beige/nude clothing is always in style and always works well.

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Beige Fun Fact: The color beige offers some of the warmth of the color brown and some of the crisp coolness of the color white. Though beige can be a relaxing color, there are many ways to wear beige so that the garments don’t come across as dull or boring. Add color, bling and zing with bright or neon colored accessories. Perhaps necklaces, bracelets and rings!
Colors in clothing are important in our lives as they can directly influence our well-being and mood. Each of us has a range of colors that we enjoy and become comfortable wearing. If you dress in beige/nude often, good for you. If not, why not give the neutral color a try? You can always spice up an outfit with colored accessories, shoes, handbags and jewelry.
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Color Fun Fact: It has been noted that colors can affect our health. A person’s perception of colors depends on several factors: shade; type of light (daylight or artificial – intense or dim); our general welfare; biological rhythms, etc.
Beige/Nude Fun Fact: The color beige is considered to denote dependability, flexibility and tends to run conservative. Beige is neutral, calming and relaxing. The attributes and meanings associated with the color beige can change based on other colors it accompanies.
Looking beautiful and natural dressed in neutral beige and nude tones!

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Beige/Nude clothing works in all weather temperatures and against all skin tones. If you want just a spice of beige/nude, add the elegant color through purses and shoes.
Ah, give me a dose of a beige handbag and nude glad rags to add chic glamour to myself and my closet.
Dressing in the demure yet sexy color of beige and nude tones adds warmth to our body and pizzazz to our bones!
Give me the bare bones…all girls stand out dressed in beige/nude tones!




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Words that Represent Various Shades, Tints and Values of the Color Beige:

  1. Biscuit
  2. Bone
  3. Buff
  4. Camel
  5. Cream
  6. Eggshell
  7. Ivory
  8. Off White
  9. Milk White
  10. Mushroom
  11. Nude
  12. Oatmeal
  13. Opaline
  14. Pearl
  15. Sand
  16. Tan

Lavish yourself in garments of beige and nude to set your mood! Walk with a beautiful beige attitude!
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Beige Fun Fact: A similar color to beige is ivory. Ivory is the traditional Fourteenth Wedding Anniversary gift and Pearl is the traditional Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary gift. Pearl and opal, which are shades of beige, are considered precious stones. The ivory tusks of elephants carry a high value and worth in many cultures and have long been used in the creation of fine and cosmetic jewelry.
For a look that is classy, sophisticated, high fashion and cool, wrap yourself in gorgeous garments of beige…the imperative fashion tip should be taught in school!

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From simple, to casual, to downright glamorous evening wear, step out in beige/nude clothing and toss away your cares!
“Your beige clothing blends with your skin tone. From a distance I thought you were nude.”
“Sorry if I disappointed you. My elegant outfit of beige gives me major fashion attitude.”
“Beige clothing works much like perfectly applied makeup…glamorous yet natural.”
“You are a vision of loveliness and our lighthearted chat has made me smile.”
“I decided to go all beige today, including my purse, lipstick, jewelry and shoes.”
“After seeing how splendid and sensual you look, beige clothing is the color I’ll choose.”
Beige/Nude Clothing: Who said beige is dull, boring and blah? This fashion diva gives beige/nude garments a shout out and cheer: rah rah rah!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 

Polka dot materials are pleasant, playful and pretty. They are also “spot” on in current fashion!  Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles (discs). Polka dots differentiate from a general spot pattern as polka dots are perfectly even in shape and size, while spots can be irregular in spacing and size (although many people refer to spotted garments as polka dotted).
Many modern polka dot prints include more randomly spaced, sized and colored dots. Polka dots became common on clothing in the late 19th century in the United Kingdom.
Polka dots will remain a garment rated number one until kingdom come!

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Polka Dot Fun Fact: The polka dot pattern rarely appears in formal clothing contexts and is generally confined to a more playful attire such as bathing suits and lingerie. Polka dots also make a spotted splash on summery skirts, dresses, shorts and stockings, perfect to wear when running or walking!
The term ‘polka dot’ originated in popularity from the polka dance which was big at the time the polka dot pattern became fashionable. Traditionally polka dots are used in clothing of flamenco dancers and performers due to their stylish flair and festive fun vibration!
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Polka Dot Fabulous Fun Facts Featuring Performers:

  1. Frederic Bazille’s 1867 painting Family Reunion depicts two women in blue polka dot dresses.
  2. In 1962, DC Comics introduced Polka-Dot Man, with irregularly-sized and different colored dots.
  3. Bob Dylan wore a large print green polka dot shirt in the photo on the cover of his single Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.
  4. Musician Randy Rhoads used a Flying V guitar with polka dots.
  5. Professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes was given a black outfit covered in yellow polka dots during his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

So may ways, so many reasons, to wear those signature spots known as polka dots. Oh, we love them lots!

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In addition to clothing, there are many other polka dot items to choose from, some of which include polka hats and polka jackets. Since its inception, the polka dot fabric pattern has remained popular, and the name polka dot has stayed intact over the years.
Spread fashion cheer when dressed in the polka dot pattern year after year!
For a look that is elegant, ritzy and right, doll up in polka dot patterns colored black and white!
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Polka Dot Fun Fact: Some people associate polka dots with Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who used polka dots on most of  her dresses during the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as on her boxes of perfume Carolina Herrera, Herrera for Men, Aquaflore and Flore.
Polka Dot Crazy Fun Fact: The world’s first crack pipe vending machines are polka dotted, for a fashion trip sure to make you see spots!
Why is the catwalk filled with spots? Oh, it’s classic polka dots!
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Polka Dot Fabulous Fun Facts Featured in Popular Music:

  1. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” is a novelty song telling the story of a very shy girl in a very revealing bathing suit who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide her from view. The song was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and was first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland.
  2. “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” was a popular song with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1940. The song was Frank Sinatra’s first hit recorded with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The song has become one of the top 100 most frequently recorded jazz standards with arrangements by Gil Evans and others and notable recordings by Lester Young, Sarah Vaughn and many musicians.

Whether its jazz, rock, punk, blues, instrumental, funk, metal or classical, dress in polka dotted fabrics to look mystical, magical and lyrical.
Frilly, frolicking fun! Delightful dots and splashing spots!
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Polka Dot Fun Fact: In the Tour de France, the leader in the mountains competition wears a distinctive polka dot jersey (French: maillot a pois rouge). Although the King of the Mountains was first recognized in the 1933 Tour de France, the distinctive jersey wasn’t introduced until 1975.
Felling down in the dumps? Get yourself pumped by dressing in youthful, pleasing, popular polka dots for a mood that is happy where you’ll thrive and feel alive!
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Cover yourself in pizzazz filled polka dots for a fashion look that is splendidly “spot on!”
“Your polka dot ensemble is the most fun, alluring outfit I’ve seen all day.”
“The entertaining spots are pleasing to the eye and definitely have a lot to say.”
“The dots create a party atmosphere that lifts your mood and brings you joy.”
“You’ll turn heads in the delicious dots so don’t wear them if you are shy or coy.”
“I look at you and I want to dance the polka or twirl you around and have fun.”
“The festive dots are perfect to dress in whether you stay indoors or go out in the sun.”
Polka Dot Clothing: Your polka dot garments will bring a smile to the face of everyone who walks on by. Some might even give the polka dot pattern their own fashion try!
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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
 
 

In the realm of jewelry and accessories in fashion, belts are one of the best items to decorate and dress up an outfit. Yes, belts do much more than merely hold your pants up! Perhaps the loveliest of all belts is the chain belt.
A belt is a flexible band or strap, typically made of leather or a heavy cloth, and worn around the waist, or sometimes directly under the rib cage. Chain belts are typically made from precious metals, mainly gold and silver. Platinum, palladium and steel may also be used. These metals are used because they keep their intricate shape and strength, and require minimal maintenance to keep their lustrous shine.
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Chain belts and body chains are designed mainly for aesthetic purposes.
Popular Types of Jewelry Chains:

  1. Byzantine: An intricate chain that can be made by the hobbyist from jump rings.
  2. Figaro: A number of standard chain links precede an elongated link all the way through.
  3. Rolo: Round links joined in a simple alternating sequence.
  4. Rope: Rope chain creates the effect of two twisting strands spiraled together, created by many small links which are not completely joined.
  5. Singapore: Links are joined in such a way that even when the chain is untwisted, there is a natural curve to it.
  6. Trace: The simplest chain. The links are uniform in breadth and thickness.
  7. Twisted: The links are joined to where the chain has a twisted look.
  8. Wheat: Long, thin teardrop-shape links that all point in the same direction.

A chain belt around the waist shows off your exquisite fashion taste!
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Chain Belt Fun Fact: Chain belts are often made from “fancy” chains, which can be any form of fine metal that can be replicated and joined onto each other to make a chain. Many fancy chains are variations of the standard styles, for example a trace chain formed of heart-shaped links or a curb chain with every other link set with a gemstone.
Bead chains are another popular choice for chain belts. A bead chain is formed of small balls of metal joined by small lengths of wire, not longer than each bead in between.
Chic in chain belts: would I yank your fashion chain?

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Chain belts look gorgeous and can doll up a casual outfit or add extra elegance and pizzazz to ritzy, evening attire.
Belt Fun Fact: Belts have been documented as male clothing since the Bronze Age. However, both genders have used belts depending on the current fashion. In the Western world, belts were more common for men, with the exception of the early Middle Ages, late 17th century Mantua, and skirt/blouse combinations between 1900 and 1910. Today, belts are as popular for women as for men, often worn with skirts, dresses and pants.
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Other Popular Types of Chains:

  1. Anchor
  2. Belcher
  3. Briolette
  4. Curb
  5. Herringbone
  6. Prince of Wales
  7. Snake
  8. Spiga

With so many types of chains to choose from, and so many styles of belts, you can find a beautiful chain belt for any occasion, ranging from wide to svelte.
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Chain Jewelry Fun Fact: In addition to making fabulous belts, chain jewelry is made to encircle parts of the body, namely the neck, wrists and ankles, and they also serve as points to hang decorative charms or pendants.
Make great fashion gains wearing elegant, stunning, chic chains!
“I never knew chain that resembles a chain link fence can look so pretty and chic.”
“Yes, the wide chain links on my belt look large and open,  but also sleek.”
“I love the way the layers of chain drape slinky around your waist and over your hips.”
“Did you notice the way I matched my gold chain belt with the gold lip gloss on my lips?”
“And the gold nail polish on your fingernails and your perfectly polished toes.”
“When mixing and matching your gold chain belt, anything ‘gold’ goes!”
Chain Belts: Sensual, stimulating, stunning in silver too! Would a true fashion diva lie to you?
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sure, bikinis and two piece bathing suits are alluring, sensual and a fashion staple of summer, pools, beaches and vacations. For those that dread slinking into two piece swimsuits, or for those of you that find one piece bathing suits more attractive, there are many one piece suits that are sexy as well as comfortable, darling and adorable.
Fit for the body, fit for the ocean…make a summer splash that is sure to last!
A one piece swimsuit is usually a skin tight garment that covers a female’s torso, except the back or upper chest. Many one piece suits are cut stylish and provocative, covering the crucial body parts, yet exposing a semblance of the stomach, back and ribcage.


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Swimsuit Fun Fact: Swimwear is described by a number of names, including swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, swimming suit, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossies and swimming trunks.
The most common type of one piece swimsuit is the maillot, or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or body suit. There are variants of the one piece bathing suit, including halter neck styles and plunge front swimsuits. Another innovation in one piece swimsuits is the body skin, which resembles a unitard or wetsuit.
One Piece Swimsuit Fun Fact: The modern one piece swimsuit made its appearance in the mid-1900s, when the style was widely described as a maillot. Its widespread acceptance is attributed to Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman. Kellerman marketed these bathing suits and the style became known as “the Annette Kellerman.”

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Swimsuit Fun Fact: Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of the tight fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also sometimes being used. In the 1930s, new materials were being developed and used in swimwear, particularly latex and nylon, and swimsuits gradually began hugging the body.
Sassy and classy: sexy one piece bathing suits!

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During the 1920s and 1930s people began to shift from “taking in the water” to “taking in the sun,” and swimsuit designs shifted from functional considerations to incorporate more decorative features. By the 1930s, the necklines of women’s swimwear plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. With the development of new clothing materials, swimsuits began hugging the body, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
Hollywood endorsed this new glamour with films such as Neptune’s Daughter, in which Esther Williams wore provocatively named costumes like ‘Double Entendre’ and ‘Honey Child’.
Create a stir when on the beach in a one piece swimsuit. Durable, attractive, comfortable and downright sensual to boot!



Most swimsuits in western culture leave the head, shoulders, arms and legs exposed. Women’s bathing suits generally cover at least the aereola and bottom half of the breasts, and many one piece suits have amazing cuts and styles as more material can be used to create an eye catching, alluring garment.
Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn that wearing damp swimwear for long periods of time can cause a number of infections and rashes in children and adults.

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Whether you go to the beach for a swim, a good time, a walk or a run, dress up in a fancy, sassy, classy one piece bathing suit and soak up the glorious sun!
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Wartime production during World War II required vast amounts of cotton, silk, nylon, wool, leather and rubber. In 1942 the United States War Production Board issued regulation L-85, cutting the use of natural fibers in clothing, and mandating a 10% reduction in the amount of fabric in women’s beachwear. To comply with the regulations, swimsuit manufacturers produced two piece swimsuits with bare midriffs, and dispensed with the skirt panels and other superfluous material.  Enter the two piece swimsuit!
Even with the popularity of the two piece bathing suit, the one piece swimsuit has held her ground and often times is the most dynamic, beautiful, stunning swimsuit around!
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So much for swimsuit practicality. Although some swimsuits are designed specifically for swimming competitions or diving competitions, most bathing suits are designed for aesthetic reasons, as is most fashion! Hail the fashion queen…arrive on the summer scene looking better than you’ve ever been seen!
“I bought me the most gorgeous, flattering, fashionable one piece bathing suit today!”
“If you wear it to the beach, I bet you blow every bikini, thong and two piece swimsuit away.”
“I’ll definitely blow everyone else out of the water. My suit is sexy, playful and full of style.”
“I’ll come with you when you make your grand entrance. Watch everyone around you smile.”
“The suit is black with ruffled white trim. Hugs all the right places and makes me look thin.”
“So grand and glorious. Everyone needs to feel wonderful in the skin and the suit they’re in!
One Piece Bathing Suits: A definite fashion win!
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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
 
 
 
 
 

Paisley prints look fun, exciting, colorful and whimsical. One might even describe paisley fabrics as magical and dreamy.
Paisley print pandemonium!
The Paisley pattern is a term for a design using the ‘buta’ or ‘botch’, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin. Buta is an almond-shaped ornament with a sharp-curved upper edge. Such designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal versions of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then imitated locally.

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Resembling a twisted teardrop, the fig-shaped paisley is of Persian origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center for textiles where paisley designs were produced. Some design scholars believe it is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.
Paisley Print Fun Fact: The floral motif was originated in the Sassanid Dynasty and later in the Safavid Dynasty of Persia (from 1501 to 1736), and was a major textile pattern in Iran during the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties. In these periods, the pattern was used to decorate royal regalia, crowns, and court garments, as well as textiles used by the general population.
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Imports from the East India Company in the first half of the 17th century made paisley and other Indian patterns popular, and the Company was unable to import enough to meet the demand. Paisley was popular in the Baltic states between 1700 and 1800 and was thought to be used as a protective charm to ward off evil demons. Local manufacturers in Marseilles began to mass-produce the paisley patterns via early textile printing processes in 1640.
My oh my, when dressed in paisley prints you’ll get noticed walking by!


Paisley Park Fun Fact: Known around the world, the paisley pattern is a popular, colorful, youthful looking pattern. In addition to a fabulous fashion fabric, Paisley Park is known worldwide for music superstar Prince’s record label and recording studio, as well as living quarters.  Paisley Park was funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. It was started in 1985, following the success of a film and album Purple Rain. Paisley Park was opened to the public as a museum and memorial to Prince following his death on April 21, 2016.
Prince performing in paisley prints! Music and style icon!
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Paisley Prints Fun Fact: Paisley fabrics/prints became identified with psychedelic style due to a resurgence in the pattern’s mainstream popularity leading up to the mid and late 1960s. Of particular note is the influence of The Beatles. The style was particularly popular during the Summer of Love 1967. Fender Guitars made a Pink Paisley version of their Telecaster guitar, by sticking paisley wallpaper onto the guitar bodies.
Create a fashion stint in a powerful paisley print!



Paisley Print Fun Fact: At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Azerbaijan’s team sported colorful paisley trousers. Paisley was also a favorite design element of architect Laurie Baker. He has made numerous drawings and collages of what he called ‘mango designs’. He also used to include the paisley shape in the buildings he designed.
The modern French words for paisley are boteh, cachemire and palme, palme being a reference to the palm tree, which along with the pine tree and cypress tree, is one of the traditional botanical motifs thought to have influenced the shape of the paisley element as it is now known.


Often psychedelic, always fun, dressing in paisley prints offers excitement and style for everyone!
Paisley Print Fun Fact: In addition to the loom-woven fabric, Paisley became a major site for the manufacturer of printed cotton and wool in the 19th century, according to the Scotland’s Paisley Museum and Art Gallery. The paisley pattern was being printed, rather than woven, on to other textiles, including cotton squares which were the precursors of the modern bandana. The key places of printing paisley were Britain and the Alsace region of France.
We tip our paisley hats off around the globe for paisley fashions of dresses, skirts, pantsuits, shorts, blazers, pajamas and robes!
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Don’t be late, don’t hesitate. Jumping on the paisley bandwagon will add energy and glamour to any diva fashion plate!
The paisley pattern remains popular in many countries. Paisley is woven using gold or silver threads on silk and high quality textiles for gifts, for weddings and special occasions.
Feel special and oh so sensational when draped in paisley. A true fashion professional!
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Whether you’re bored with nothing to do, or so busy that you’re stressed, treat yourself to something special and buy a paisley pantsuit or dress!
“Pardon me, but I clearly see that you look adorable dressed in the perfect paisley.”
“Why thank you. I am fond of many prints and patterns, but paisley is number one for me.”
“The fabulous colors, the busy print and the beautiful shape will catch everyone’s eye.”
“Yes. I noticed that by the number of people that have stopped me as I walked on by.”
“As lovely as you look makes me what to go buy some paisley print garments of my own.”
“Go paisley and you’ll never take the clothes off. Not outside; not even in your own home.”
Leave the home draped in paisley prints: put the fashion suggestion to the test! I see a definite “A” coming your way!
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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
 

Beach season equals bikini season. Love it or loathe it, warm summer days in the surf and sun are enjoyable and fun for everyone!
Swimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving, surfing or sun bathing. Although many types of bathing suits exist, a bikini (or two piece bathing suit) is one of the most popular.
A bikini is usually a women’s abbreviated two piece swimsuit with a bra type top for the chest and underwear cut below the naval. The basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the women’s breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the buttocks in back (unless you prefer to wear a thong bikini. Then all buns are out)! In a bikini or two piece bathing suit, the size of the bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.

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Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also being used. In the 1930s, new materials were being developed and used in swimwear, particularly latex and nylon, and swimsuits gradually began hugging the body.
The modern two piece bathing suit design first attracted public notice in Paris on July 5, 1946. French mechanical engineer Louis Reard introduced a design he named the ‘bikini’, taking the name from the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Four days earlier, the United States had initiated its first peace-time nuclear weapons test at Bikini Atoll as part of Operations Crossroads. Reard hoped his swimsuit’s revealing style would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction”, similar to the explosion at Bikini Atoll.  His hunch paid off, it did, big time!
Beach baby…beach baby…there on the sand from July to the end of September…Surfing was fun, we’d be out in the sun everyday! (The Beach Boys)

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Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Bathing suits are often lined with another layer of fabric incase the outer material becomes see through when wet. Most swimsuits in modern culture leave at least the head, shoulders, arms and legs exposed.
Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn against sharing bathing suits with others.
When donned in a darling bathing suit of your own, you’ll stand out like no other! Beach bomb!
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Bikini beach bonanza – two pieces of material never looked so good!
Bikini Fun Fact: Common glamour shots of popular actresses and models played a large part in bringing the bikini into mainstream fashion. During the 1950s, Hollywood stars such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Esther Williams, Tina Louise, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe took advantage of the risqué publicity associated with the bikini by posing for photographs wearing the two piece bathing beauties. In Europe, 17-year-old Brigitte Bardot wore scanty bikinis in French films.



Bikini Fun Fact: By the 1960s the bikini caught on to mainstream fashion popularity, and by 1963, the movie Beach Party, starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon led a wave of films that made the bikini a pop-culture symbol. In 1965, it was reported in Time magazine that “65% of the young set had crossed over to wearing bikinis in public.”
Raquel Welch’s fur bikini in One Million Years B.C. (1966) gave the world the most iconic bikini shot of all time and the poster image became an iconic moment in cinema history.
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Louis Reard’s company folded in 1988, four years after his death. By the end of the century, the bikini had become the most popular beachwear around the world. This global credit is given to the power of women more than the power of fashion.
Bikini Fun Fact: By the early 2000s, bikinis had become an $811 million business annually, according to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company, and had boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the sun tanning industries.
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Bikini Fun Fact: Bikini variations include string bikinis, monokinis, tankinis, skirtini, granny bikini, hikinis, tie-sides, teardrops and thongs.
“I can’t take my eyes off of you with that shapely, stunning bikini you have on.”
“This is my favorite bathing suit for taking a swim or simply soaking up the sun.”
“You must exercise day and night to keep that swimsuit fitting just right.”
“All body shapes and sizes can wear a bikini…fitted loose or fitted tight.”
“Your bikini is so lovely I imagine you don’t want to change out of the bathing suit.”
“Yes. Sometimes I wear it in the winter months…braving the cold is quite a hoot!”
Bikini/Two Piece Bathing Suits: Good for soaking up the sun or taking an early winter morning run! Pure fashion fun!
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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
 
 
 

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
 
 

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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846